Live Review: Victorian Trout Conspiracy – Paddles with Piranhas EP Launch w/ Hector Bizerk & Mickey 9’s @ The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh. 20/06/14

Words: Amanda Cunningham.

Victorian Trout Conspiracy launched their latest EP on Friday 20th June, with an event at the Liquid Rooms in their home town, Edinburgh. These are the safest hands in Scotland when it comes to delivering a gig line up. At a ridiculously cheap £6, I was blown away by 3 outstanding musical groups.

I arrived early and alone to be greeted by lovely ladies from the merchandising desk, in stunning corsets. The crowd were friendly, the vibe was really welcoming. The venue was a great choice, apart from those ruddy stairs going in which mess with my depth perception. The sound quality was the best I’ve heard in an Edinburgh venue. Hats off to sound and lighting, they kept all the sound checks and changes quick and smooth.

Mickey 9’s kicked off the evening in spectacular style. Their front man is a blast! Sporting an impressive, startling yellow, hooded tracksuit and superhero mask, he ripped through their songs like a cross between Prince and David Byrne. They have a funked out sound, nice screaming guitars, totally high energy and the front man is a brilliantly bonkers, he must have been knackered. My favourite song was Shark in the Water, with clever PJ Harvey reference and unsettling rhythm and breaks.

Hector Bizerk was sharp, witty, intelligent street poetry and a real privilege to see live. The speed and clarity of delivery is breathtaking. Their enigmatic front man is an uber confident performer, who worked his crowd like a puppet master. Getting a packed Liquid Rooms up and twisting them down to floor, calling out any lazy slackers at the back. I am completely unsurprised they were short listed for The SAY Award. An additional mention to their drummer, there are not enough women in music and I was delighted to see a lady confidently sorting out the beats.

VTC

VTC delivered a fast, fun filled introduction to their new EP. I jumped at the chance to review them and they exceeded even my high expectations. I got up an sweated it out with the rest of the crowd as the Trouts acquainted their audience with their new tracks from the EP and a smattering of old favourites. ‘Golden Jim’ already feels like a VTC classic and I loved the wackily titled ‘Adopt an Elephant’. ‘Get with the Times’, with its South American sexy tango quality, that makes you feel a little dirty in a good way. The catchy ‘Gin Song’, with it’s Greek Taverna inspired music and poetic lyrics of alcoholism was another treat that had the Liquid Rooms jumping. ‘Summer’ is another cheerful little festival anthem, suited perfectly to raising a beer in a muddy field. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a fast paced, catchy, guitar driven track with slight feel of early Aerosmith. I loved the launch, loved listening to the EP I bought, my only disappointment was not being able to make it to the after party, where the Trouts were premièring their ‘Making of Paddles with Piranhas’ video and more live music! VTC are the best value around at the moment whether it’s their live gigs or their EP’s. Thanks for one of the best Friday nights out in Edinburgh in years.

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