Coven, Robin and Wake
Strawberry Fields, Glasgow on 27th April 2003
Reviewed by Bob on 18th May 2003
Before I start, a quick note to bands: introduce yourself during a gig, the first two bands here decided not to tell the audience who they were.
First band of the night were Coven, Nirvana sounding, they came on stage looking nervous, this showed through in their music. The band didn't seem to notice the audience and played to each other, with a couple of their songs sounding like they were just jamming during a rehearsal.
Each song they played sounded similar to the last, by the end of the set it sounded like they'd played 3 songs a couple of times each but changed the lyrics each time. The vocals were poor, too quiet and out of tune.
Robin, named after their lead singer, were next up. Starting off with the Rolling Stones' 'Jumping Jack Flash', they performed well. This band were good at what they were doing but it became evident that all they were doing were other peoples songs, a total of about 4 or 5 covers (from Rolling Stones to the Beatles) and 2 or 3 of their own songs. A fun band but nothing different than was done 30 years ago by the original artists.
Final band of the night, also best of the night. Wake came on stage and jumped into their first song, the same format seemed to be used for most songs, starting quiet then on comes the distortion and thrash away. The band looked confident and had some good crowd interaction, I think they need to vary the pace of songs more.
Enthusiastic band that looked like they knew what they were doing, need to cut down on the distortion as the guitar sounded like noise at parts of the gig.