Scotland - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 28 - 01/31/99
Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow, January 19th 1999
"Is Frances on the left?" whispers someone to me. I nod. "Hmm, she must be
quite old by now, but I couldn't tell." Personally I couldn't say what age
Frances McKee joined the Vaselines, when you think about what age the BMX Bandits
were when they started, well, she could still be in her mid-twenties. "I don't know".
Never guess a woman's age, especially if she's a rock musician.
After quite a while out of the live circuit, Frances, complete with new
band, have decided to confront the animal that is live rock again. You
wouldn't know that this was the band's 2nd gig, or that Vicky hadn't played
live anywhere until tonight. In fact, the Vaselines are just a distant
memory (and I won't mention them again in this review). There are no calls
from the audience for Molly's Lips, which you might have expected.
Perhaps the tone was set for the evening with the appearance of flautist
Eleanor, no room for C86-style shambling here. In fact, not much room
onstage, with the 6-piece (featuring McKee sibling Marie and bassist Alan
stage right) generating a rich, almost dense sound. The songs that Suckle
play are a million miles removed from, well, anything really - high on
atmospherics, yet somehow catchy too. Frances says of Saturn: "This
is the fast one", but that's relative, the pace doesn't get too frantic, always
relaxed and under control.
At times the songs have a sense of forboding,
like Nothing, other times they're more upbeat, driven as they are by
Kenny (and it's good to see him back on stage following Long Fin Killie's
split). The band work the audience like they're long-time fans, certainly
the band play like a bunch of old pros, even if that description's only
half right... yes, they are a polished and professional live act, in case
you were wondering. Welcome (back) to the rock'n'roll circus.
Note: Suckle was the opening band for
Copyright © 1999 Stuart McHugh