Park Circus , with support from Garrison Court and The Hunt, at Ironworks, Inverness.
The Ironworks in Inverness was the venue for three young exciting new acts from the local area and the place was bouncing. It was my first time in there with the more closed off stage and found that it was a really good way to make the venue seem more intimate.
First up were the band from the Black Isle, Garrison Court. An instrumental three piece playing a mix of shoegaze indie rock and a bit of Pink Floyd. They looked comfortable on the stage and their set flowed from start to finish. I really enjoyed their set and have to say that their guitar work was second to none. I do feel that if they could get the right vocalist and lyrics, they could rise to the top very of the local music scene and beyond.
Next up were a new band called The Hunt, a two piece akin to the White Stripes in they were set up with a drummer and a guitarist/vocalist. When they come on to the stage the drummer was dressed up in fairy lights and lead vocalist Alexander Rennie, came up with a synth pad attached to his guitar.
They rock out hard with hot and heavy riffs and the gravely voice of Rennie fits in well with these tracks, producing an impressive loud sound for a two piece. Although they were not perfect, a bit rough and scratchy in places, but for a debut show they put on a good performance and I look forward to rocking out to these guys again.
The headline act of the evening was Inverness scamps Park Circus, no small feat for a band that had only played their first ever gig around 6 weeks prior. The one thing I have noticed with these lads is that they can draw a crowd and the atmosphere within the Ironworks is electric from the word go.
They kicked of their set with the brilliant Rain On Me, a punky indie crossover which is one of my favourite songs of the year so far. They follow this up with a new track called follow me and a cover of Same Jeans, that the View themselves would be proud of.
Everybody (hand in hand) was next and this track shows the progression the band have taken in such a short space of time. They played Nineteen next, a fast paced grab you by the seat of your pants tune that had the crowd jumping around and going crazy in a mosh pit. They then went in to Get Away before playing Manchester ’16, a track that would not have been out of place at a Stereophonics gigs.
A couple of covers came next with a brilliant rendition of the Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In lLve and the Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored before ripping through their own track Bangin’ On. They closed the night with a great cover of Oasis, Don’t Look Back In Anger.
This was one of the most fun and energetic gigs I have been to in recent times and I believe that this is only the beginning for Park Circus. If they can roll out a performance like this on their very first headline show after six weeks, how good are they going to sound in six months? If you see that they have a gig on, get yourself down to it, you will not be disappointed .
Definitely one of the bands to watch from the local area at the moment and a disappointment that they will not be on the card for XpoNorth in June
See pictures of the night below;