Bo Ningen @ Broadcast, Glasgow, 24 Sep

It's a treat to have Bo Ningen in Broadcast's cosy surrounds tonight, where their gloriously overwhelming noise is amplified tenfold

Live Review by Claire Francis | 04 Oct 2017
  • Bo Ningen at The Art School, Glasgow

Two excellent Glasgow-based support acts, in the form of politicised garage rock miscreants Sweaty Palms plus Green Door Studio affiliate Mr TC, give tonight's show a solid kick in the right direction. The latter in particular sees DJ and producer Thomas Clarke bring his raw, danceable recorded sounds to life via a live set that packs out Broadcast's basement to near-capacity.

Bo Ningen are a music journalist's nightmare, in that there's really no adequate way to do written justice to their insanely impassioned stage show. The Skinny last saw them in Glasgow supporting Primal Scream at the O2 ABC, so it's a treat to have the band in Broadcast's cosy surrounds, where their gloriously overwhelming noise is amplified tenfold. 

The Japan-born, London-based four-piece have a cult following on the basis of their eccentric, untamed live performance. Bathed in dim red light, frontman and bass player Taigen Kawabe growls, shrieks and yelps his way through the Japanese-language lyrics, while the rest of the band follow suit through a maze of hair whirling, tricky time signatures and reverb-drenched effects. There's no clear definition between where one song ends and the next begins – it's a seemingly chaotic but deceptively cohesive blast of acid, psych, punk and genre-defying grooves from start to finish, that ends with Kawabe semi-hanging from the ceiling leaving a room full of shattered eardrums, and broadened minds.