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.