Electric Circus, Edinburgh
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With original guitarist Greg Paterson having left the group precisely a year ago, after the recording of Have Some Faith in Magic, it’s an indication of things to come for the Glasgow band, now reconfigured as a trio after eight years in existence.
On the evidence of this show they’ve got nothing to worry about. Admittedly it was played in front of a partisan crowd, but it mustn’t have eased the group’s nerves any to be appearing before a full house on a bustling Saturday night.
Something about their manner betrayed a touch of nerves, but also a growing confidence as track after track hit the mark with their audience.
Although frontmen Simon Ward and Stephen Livingstone passed a guitar back and forth, this was a show built on the rising, bass-heavy excitement of classic house music.
The set mixed the old (the bleeping electronica of A Rumour in Africa and Tusk) with the new (the sleek 1980s synths of Engine Homes and White Infinity) and a real treat in the Broadcast-like Relics, with guest vocals from Magic Eye’s Bek Olivia.
“We got there in the end,” we were told in relieved tones at the finale. “I hope you’ve had a good night. I think you have. We have too.”
Right on all counts.