Words: Leah Curtis
It’s a Monday night in Edinburgh and a small crowd eagerly awaits some delicious live music. Just before 8, A Plastic Rose take to the stage to curb our hunger. They simply tune their instruments and go. A heavy start with driven guitars makes you think “when are they going to start smashing stuff up?”
Imagine that Green Day and Biffy Clyro had four fully grown babies. You’re not imagining hard enough! Ah that’s better! Well, this is what they would sound like, the kind of punk-rock sweetness that tickles your eardrums.
After the first two songs, which ran into another, they pause for a wee bit of banter and introduce themselves. We find out they are from Belfast and the lead singer tells the audience thank you for coming out on a Tuesday night. People correct him that it’s actually still only Monday (boooo!) and he responds that they shouldn’t have gigs on a Monday (cue audience laughter).The lead and backing vocals keep interchanging which makes a nice change from just one guy singing and a few others shalalala-ing beside him.
Towards the end, they mention that the support act dropped out, so they have to play longer. Cue more banter, this time about brown sauce. The lead singer says how much he loves the stuff and asks what it exactly is. The response from the audience goes something like “we’ll never tell”. They have that cheeky Irish charm that people love so much.
They finish off with a song that starts nice and slow, something quiet. Then…BAM… the heavy riffs start again and the vocals grow louder. After a heavy, guitar driven, instrumental finish, the boys thank the audience once again and leave the stage, leaving the audience hyped up for the headline act.
Shortly after, Vukovi take to the stage. But… wait… there’s someone missing. The boys start playing and suddenly the golden-locks lead singer runs through the audience, jumps on the stage, grabs a microphone, and starts. She has an amazing voice and some pretty damn good dancing skills, which makes you want to get up and dance too. Her voice reminds me a tad of Hayley Williams (Paramore) but better. The whole thing is something I’ve never quite heard before and I like it. The small crowd doesn’t seem to bother them and they go full throttle. They have the stage. They take it and make it their own. The whole band seems quiet tight-knit. The way they play, communicate and dress.
They also thank the audience for coming out on a Monday and a round of applause is given (headed by the lead singer) to the guy who is drinking and has work tomorrow. The atmosphere, because of the small crowd, is quite intimate, which makes the gig seem quite special.
Toward the end of their set, and in the last song she grabs some drums sticks and starts jumping around hitting the symbols of the drum kit. This along with more driven guitars and heavy drum beats is quite mesmerising. It seems as soon as they have started, the have to stop again. The lights come up and the question is “Encore?”, but as it seems an encore wasn’t meant to be, the lights stay on and the “it’s time to leave now” music comes back on. I’m still hungry for more, but I guess I’ll have to wait until next time to sweeten my eardrums with their music.