Review: Man Of Moon and Stillhound @ Sneaky Pete’s

Choose Independent Venue Week. Choose Sneaky Pete’s. Choose Stillhound. Choose Man Of Moon.

The world premiere of T2 Trainspotting may have been capturing the headlines but all the heat and sweat was elsewhere on Monday night as up-and-coming band Man Of Moon kicked off Independent Venue Week in the Capital in great style.

The young Edinburgh duo of Chris Bainbridge and Michael Reid have been turning heads since the release of their 2015 debut single, The Road, and subsequent EP Medicine.

Lauded by the music press, they have picked up some high-profile support slots for the likes of Super Furry Animals and Frightened Rabbit, with the latter’s Andy Monaghan producing their first releases.

This is a band who perfect their sound through live performance rather than in the studio – and a sold out Sneaky Pete’s was testament to their growing reputation on the gig circuit.

First up, was support act Stillhound – the trio formerly known as Discopolis, who have already released their debut album, Bury Everything.

Hampered by initial ‘technical issues’, the boys recover well to delight the crowd and manage to throw in a couple of new tunes.

The funky groove of Shy goes down a treat, and the band end with Time Enough For Love – a perfect slice of electronic pop which has the packed audience bouncing off each other.

Discopolis were one-time favourites of the NME, and Stillhound wrote and recorded their debut album with Honeyblood drummer Cat Myers, an original bandmember.

When Man Of Moon take the stage, Sneakys is bursting at the seams and the crowd erupt as the first chords are struck. As Woods closes it transforms into the railroad rhythm of I Run and the audience are with the band all the way.

The band continue to mix new songs with firm favourites such as Sign and the first single, The Road, and the crowd react with equal fervour to old and new.

They are a tight outfit, the guitar and drums almost become one instrument and the result is a stripped-back, psychedelic vibe, with a melancholic twist.  A jammed-packed Sneakys love the sound so much, they hang back in the forlorn hope of more.

With this breadth of material and audience reaction, all bodes well for Man Of Moon’s keenly-anticipated debut album, which is due out this year.

For now, make sure you take a listen to Auld Reekie’s next big thing.

Words: Alan Hotchkiss

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