It was a late curfew for Paisley’s VLs last night, otherwise known as The Vegan Leather, playing to an exciteable fan base in Glasgow’s King Tut’s. With not one but two support bands to warm up their dedicated fan base, it was beyond the 10pm point before the headliners took to the stage to relish in the release of their new album, Poor Girs/Broken Boys.
The Vegan Leather, Paisley’s answer to a punchier Franz Ferdinand consist of Gianluca Bernacchi on vocals, guitar and synths, Marie Collins on vocals and guitars, Matt McGoldrick on bass and synths, and Duncan Carswell on drums. Their new release was recorded at Chemikal Underground’s Chem19 Studios and was engineered by Scotland’s finest, Paul Savage.
French Exit kicked off the set with their roaring guitars and bouncy energy. Adorned in black, Gianluca and Marie held the stage with their riveting stage presence. The art-pop band, which is renowned for not holding back when it comes to their live performances, were a little lacking with their set, perhaps due to exhaustion with much touring and other activity that comes with an album release.
Having recently won Best Live Act at the SAMAs I assume there is also a lot of expectation for the Scottish four-piece to live up to. Their throbbing guitars and retro-pop grooves have perhaps become too large for the likes of the intimate King Tut’s and are more kitted out for a bigger and more spectacular venue. The novelty, as always, was their with the band. They were performing against their very own VL backdrop too, and not devoid of light and sparkle.
With many of “the hits” performed (as Gianluca informed us), Holy Ghost, Heavy Handed and The Hit were all there on the set list for the evening, and despite their something lacking, it’s no overstatement to say that The Vegan Leather are Paisley’s most vibrant band to emerge from the town in the last decade.