Peaness @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 7 Oct
Peaness, Mt. Doubt and Tongue Trap make for an overall fun night out at Sneaky Pete's
Tonight's stacked young bill has drawn a full crowd to Sneaky Pete's and it's a pretty even mix of both the fresh-faced and the grey-flecked, with many older folks holding their own on the sticky floor. First up are Tongue Trap, a trio from Glasgow whose roots lay in the capital having formed as part of the Girls Rock School a couple of years back. Dealing in darker moods and an altogether more raw, snarling sound compared to the rest of the bill, they make for a strong opener, with their cover of Grimes' Oblivion proving a particular highlight.
Edinburgh's own Mt. Doubt follow, and seem to have already outgrown such small venues, judging from the enormous scope of their music, and the fact they can barely fit all five of them on stage. Built around the solo work of singer/guitarist Leo Bargery, whose wonderfully deep voice spearheads a commanding presence, the band trade in richly-layered indie rock that is, at times a little overfamiliar but at others – most, in fact – it's bold, lush and triumphant. Bonus points for calmly dealing with perhaps the nicest hecklers ever ("I REALLY LOVE HIS VOICE!").
That just leaves our headliners for this evening, Chester-based indie-pop trio, Peaness. And if you can get past their name, in all its infinite silliness, then you'll likely find enough sweet pop goodness and syrupy harmonies to earn you a trip to the dentist. For some, however, it might be a little too sweet, and certainly, some of the more mid-tempo indie disco numbers sound like they're taking a trip accross Lake Twee, on a saccarine-laced boat made of gingerbread. Or something to that effect.
But it's when they pick up the pace and cut loose a bit on the likes of Oh George, Summer Song and Same Place that the band really come into their own. They've clearly got the chops to pack a punch, and seem to work really well together when they've got their foot on the go pedal, so it's a little frustrating to only see that side of them in small doses while they favour more laid-back grooves that don't quite match that same energy. However, the aptly-titled Fortune Favours the Bold seems to take its own advice, bringing with it some of the catchiest hooks of the night and ending the set on a high.
A solid, fun night overall though, with plenty of reasons to keep watching these peas as they continue to sprout.