DUDS @ Mono, Glasgow, 5 May

Manchester's DUDS and Glasgow's KAPUTT seem to get better every time we see them and the show at Mono on 5 May was bags of fun

Live Review by Claire Francis | 25 Jun 2018
  • DUDS

Manchester’s DUDS and Glasgow’s KAPUTT must be two of the most prolific touring groups around right now. The two bands shared the stage at Nice N Sleazy back in January; a gig that was so much fun it’s no surprise Freakender have brought both acts back to Glasgow for round two.

For a newly-hatched group, KAPUTT continue to go from strength to strength: a prolific string of performances in recent months has seen the five-piece's live show become even more engaging. Think jumbled arrangements, well-timed pauses, vocals both sung and shouted, big drums, and Paul McCartney circa Wings-era basslines. Songs like Highlight and Feed My Son also showcase KAPUTT's mastery of writing hooks and their rather strange song lyrics only add to the band's overall appeal.

Machester’s DUDS only up the fun factor. There’s something encouragingly silly about having seven players crowded onto Mono’s stage with all manner of instruments, including a dedicated cowbell that gets a hefty workout. In the manner of many bands labelled as post-punk, their songs rarely exceed two minutes in length, but there’s so much going on in those two minutes we can understand the brevity. DUDS make the kind of music that defies you not to dance – fast, furious and with sporadic bursts –  and like KAPUTT, they’re a group who seem to get better and better every time we see them.