Vukovi – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow – 24/01/20

This show has been quite some time in the making. Nearly three years after the release of their eponymous debut album and after two years of teasing us with singles, the sold-out release show for second album Fall Better finally arrived.

First I’d like to make special mention of Soeur who provided support. A band I’d heard of but never had the privilege of seeing perform. And a privilege it was too.

A fine mix of contemplative lyrics with gentle guitar ranging to the downright noisy. A real pleasant surprise. I was pleased to hear they will be returning to Glasgow to support Vex Red at King Tuts in late February.

As the buzz increased in the rapidly filling room, it was clear that with this being a hometown gig on a Friday night things were going to get a bit rowdy. As the intro track ‘17359’ declared “Credit Accepted!” and the band launched into opening track ‘Violent Minds’ the rowdiness kicked in straight away. The early development of the mosh pit was a sure sign that Glasgow was right up for this and things didn’t let up throughout the entire gig.

Singer Janine Shilstone, seemed overwhelmed at the outpouring of warmth towards the band and the new album. This settled her and guitarist Hamish down and meant they could almost relax and enjoy the opening night of their tour as much as everyone else in the room. It was also nice to see drummer Colin Irving playing in the band once again.

As you’d expect with an album launch show, the set was heavy on songs from what is a fantastic new album. Clear favourites were ‘C.L.A.U.D.I.A.’ and ‘Behave’ but to be honest this was a set full of favourites including older gems like ‘Animal’. Janine leaving the safety of the stage to sing ‘Colour Me In’ in the middle of the audience was nothing new but it’s always lovely to see. A moment of relative calm amidst the mayhem of the rest of the gig.

Like a lot of bands nowadays there was no encore to allow more songs onto the setlist and as Janine put it, “It’s all just a bit of wank anyway.” So the band pushed on, finishing the show with ‘La Di Da’, sending an already boisterous crowd absolutely mental.

This was a triumphant return with a cracker of an album that could just see Vukovi moving on to much bigger things. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.

Alan Vaughan

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