My Latest Novel: Great Escape 09

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Aidan Williamson

15th May 2009
At 17:49 GMT

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Whether voyaging by aircraft, sea-craft or go-kart: these are the people you want playing to stem the prospect of imminent doom.

Marking Strange Glue's first band of the Great Escape festival (suddenly all of those jokes about Brighton beach are starting to make sense) the co-ed Scots merge sweeping orchestrations and intensely urgent passages to breathe life into a term we like to call 'mellow-dramatic'.

The strikingly-tall Laura McFarlane (who lent her violin skills to a recent The Twilight Sad recording also) augmented the more conventional rock set-up of the others. However, convention was not present in their sound, breaking into new directions at a whim and performing an impressive array of vocal harmonies they Scottish quintet managed to make that rare combination of elegance and sheer fun.

The first band done good.

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