Quoted as being one of the 50 best Scottish bands of all time by The List, Mouse Eat Mouse was top on my agenda tonight. Andrew and John are the only members left from the original outfit, Andrew being the front man/beatpoet/gentle preacher/biting observer. It was fun drawing him and his various expressions/characteristics as he rode the poetry infused music. Or is that music infused poetry? You can look him up at www.myspace.com/mousehq It's definitely worth a listen times over. "..like Chumbawamba doing John Cooper Clarke in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting..." The Daily Record (is that how you spell chumbawamba?)
Supporting acts were Mike and Solveig, and Babygod. Mike and Solveig's set was very sweet and engaging but although each piece was gently magical, (opening with the aptly named 'Spiral') there weren't many of them due to a late sound check and Mike being unfamiliar with the guitar he'd borrowed not having a replacement for the string that broke on his own one, time slipping by like an impatient and mischievous pixie. These two you can find via Mike's own myspace http://www.myspace.com/mikehastingspendulums
Then there was the raw attitude in the lyrics and music of Gerry/Babygod who's now off on his accoustic holiday around Britain. He's got quite a stage presence and was a great start to the night. Check him out at http://www.myspace.com/babygod
All in all a very enjoyable night though short and sweet with powerful messages through prose/song/subtle wizardry. I very much enjoyed all of them, I thought it was a great lineup, and hope to catch them all again sometime somewhere.