Review: Whitehill Grove at Electric Circus

A young and lively audience fill Electric Circus on a Friday night to enjoy three bands on the rise and all keen to grow their fan base.

A good-sized early crowd are rewarded with a fine set from the energetic opening act, Aberdeen four-piece The Cliftons.

The band showcase songs from their new EP, Scarlett. Standouts are the slower-paced Demons and the EP title track, an impressive slice of indie rock. Take a listen to the new EP, due out on 20 January – you won’t be disappointed.

Second band Wylde, a four-piece from West Lothian, take to the stage and soon mesmerise the audience with their brand of high-octane shoegaze.

The glorious, glimmering guitars and tight drumbeat of Siren kicks off the set as singer Monica Anderson beckons the eager crowd to move forward. The fast and furious Circles sets the audience up nicely for closing number How, their next single due out in February. Keep an eye out for this band.

When two streets collide the outcome is headliners Whitehill Grove, four young lads from Musselburgh whose bold statement of intent is to ‘be the biggest band in the UK’.

Formed in late 2014, and with two EPs under their belt, the band have been building up a steady stream of fans and a growing reputation as a live act.

Lead singer Callum Ferguson comes on stage, plugs in his guitar and launches into Runaway before the rest of the band join him to finish off a blistering performance of the song. Mood Ring follows, with the crowd hand-clapping from the start. The atmosphere is electric with the band thriving on the audience participation.

The latest single Hide & Seek provides another crowd-pleaser and new song Crocodile Tears gets a rapturous reception.

The melodies and riffs are as strong as early Milburn songs and the band can also mix it up with the rap rock of Wacko and lively covers of The Killers’ Mr Brightside and Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.

Make no mistake, this band have swagger and confidence and this performance did that bold statement of intent no harm.

Words: Alan Hotchkiss

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