You’ll be hard-pushed to find a synthpop band nowadays that not only creates great dance music but that performs it as powerfully and as loudly as Prides, a Glaswegian trio that were only formed in 2013 and are already leaving their stamp on the music scene.
About 150 people gradually packed into the quaint little venue, and opening act Polo, formerly GirlsOnDrugs, commenced the evening. Although their songs were primarily unknown to the audience and their set was quite slow and tranquil, a fantastic cover of Arctic Monkeys’ Do I Wanna Know was enough to win over the opinions of the still crowd.
Duo The Wild Curve played their third ever live performance to perfection, contrasting with Polo by playing tunes that were loud, brazen and full of flair. The two juggled a mixture of instruments, from guitars, to drums, to keyboards as well as vocals and there was a circus-like feel to their set that was entertaining and well-played.
Finally, Prides entered the stage to an impatient crowd. I Should Know You Better carried the energy and power that set the tone for the rest of the night and Prides just didn’t stop giving. Out of the Blue was the peak of the set, due to it being released it on Spotify that same day and having a place on the FIFA 15 soundtrack. Sweat was flowing aplenty from both crowd and band; big, beltering choruses and an earth-shattering bass drum made the compact room seem to vibrate. Their cover of Roar by Katy Perry went down a storm and finale Messiah was an anthemic explosion. The entire gig was a mass of colour and dance, and both the crowd and the band loved every second.
Prides are definitely ones to watch – having already supported Blink 182 alongside Neck Deep at the O2 Academy Brixton and headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival this year, we can expect big things from the Scottish trio.