No reintroductions were necessary but guitarist John Douglas made them anyway: “We’re the Trashcan Sinatras from Ayrshire”. This Irvine band were long ago claimed by Glasgow and their first show in the city since 2009 was packed out “like a family reunion” according to a certain special guest, in support of new album Wild Pendulum.
Trashcan Sinatras ***
Oran Mor, Glasgow
The set was weighted towards its sonic delights, kicking off with the languorous jangle of Best Days On Earth and the contented Teenage Fanclub-like harmonies of Ain’t That Something. Guest brass players were on hand to soup up their dancefloor celebration All Night and there were playful references to classic tracks from the pop canon. Alternative girl group number The Family Way sounded like a close cousin of The Shangri-las’ Leader of the Pack in both tune and spirit.
These newbies have been available to fans who helped to crowdfund the album recording but the majority of the audience fell eagerly on familiar old fare such as Easy Read, a mild, inoffensive sing-along of the sort later mastered by Travis, which whipped up into a lively skirmish between instruments in its latter moments.
However, the Trashcans’ back catalogue is generally not wanting in character. The bittersweet likes of Got Carried Away and The Safecracker showcased Frank Reader’s vocal at its most beguiling. He’s a rather diffident performer so guest cameos from original Trashcans member Davy Hughes and “my sister Edna” – we can call her Eddi – helped to energise proceedings.