SAINT RAYMOND // KING TUT’S WAH WAH HUT, GLASGOW

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Saint Raymond returns to Glasgow after four years for an intimate show at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut as part of his UK Tour

SAINT RAYMOND PERFORMING AT GLASGOW’S KING TUT’S WAH WAH HUT - 17.11.2018  PICTURE BY: ALAN WHITFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY

Support tonight comes from Casey Lowry who describes himself as “Trop Pop”.  It’s a strange genre to slot yourself into and I don’t really know if it will alienate or confuse some of the people here tonight.  It doesn’t feel like there is much of a market for Tropical rooted music in Glasgow, especially in November but thankfully when Casey took the stage I could hear little evidence of the touted tropic sub-genre.

They are definitely good songs in this set and musically they are tight as a band.  For me, the lyrics might be a little naive and clumsy but he is 19 and has plenty of time to grow given the chance.  I enjoyed what I heard and his enthusiasm and personality won a few people over tonight.   Myself included.

The best song was Trampoline, written when Casey was only 14 and it’s a decent pop song.  I imagine after a few listens it would be stuck in your head and you’d be singing “so come and bounce on my little trampoline, we might make a curry we might make some tea”.  The problem is nobody really wants to sing that!  As strong as the melody is it’s not really the kind of mantra that turns a chorus into an anthem. 

I think if you were to listen to the album after catching them live you might be a little disappointed as the energy doesn’t really translate onto the record.  Its a shame and I’m not sure if the “California Brunch Pop” production has taken its toll. 

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