Spectrum II @ Queen's Hall

Has everyone on the floor, from the youngest nippers to the older, slightly less agile

Article by Paul Traynor | 16 May 2006

Rounded up tonight at the Queen's Hall, a select band of local Scottish talent are plying their wares in rock, dub and acoustic music, shining the spotlight on what Scotland has in store for the future of the UK's music scene.

Kicking off the evening's main events, The Very (2 stars) take to the stage, and they don't fail to disappoint their hard-core followers with their raw, two-piece rock. However, blighted by battling their sound in an attempt to break free from the garage-rock inspired noise that governs them, tonight, to these ears The Very fail to do little more than recall the winners of the school talent show.

Following The Very, are more local darlings, Amplifico (4 Stars). It's not hard to see a quick rise to the top for them. Having already supported KT Tunstall, they exude professionalism, from their Coldplay-esque full-blown rock numbers, right through to the quiet, piano-driven dwindling with vocalist Donna - bringing to mind a louder, Scottish Regina Spektor.

Before headliners Disciples of Panic Earth (DoPE) take to the main stage, the Acoustic Balcony plays host to the highlight of the night, acoustic duo Gecko 2 (4 stars) are testament to what two men can do with guitar, double bass and a human beatbox. Reusltantly, they hold the crowd in awe. But headliners DoPE (4 Stars) are what everyone is here to see. Their blend of dub beats, MC-ing and straight-up, crowd pleasing rap-rock has everyone on the floor, from the youngest nippers to the older, slightly less agile. Featuring a brilliant performance from a guest flautist for the evening, they take on an air of jazzy, chilled out, trip hop, before a stomping climax sees the day's festivities end in success. [Paul Traynor]