Scotland’s music scene has hit a new peak with the likes of TRNSMT festival and Carnival 56 being introduced, as well as the EP launch of Blind Summit, at Dunfermline’s popular music venue PJ Molloys.
After a late opening of doors, I positioned myself downstairs towards the stage where solo artist, Jacob McDonough, is warming the gathering crowd with a few covers and originals. He clearly has a good following through the locals from the amount of fans who got up to dance to his cover of Paolo Nutini’s ‘Last Request’.
Next up wowing the audience was the local five piece, indie rock band, The Plastic Mac. The band have a new Liam Gallagher vibe; as the frontman danced with his tambourine through the smoke which was tie dyed with the fluorescent lights. The band are influenced by other artists such as Slade, The Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones. Their energy increasingly escalated all the way till their last song, a cover of The Beatles ‘Helter Skelter’. Their frontman, Sean Sneddon, left the stage on the climax of the raw, fresh instrumental crescendo outro.
There was a short interval as Majik Carpet, a four piece band from Perth, took a moment for a quick soundcheck. The band had an incredible, confident stage presence; almost too energetic, with their guitarist knocking over a cymbal for the duration of a song. However, the band worked through multiple other malfunctions of their set and created a passionate buzz through the hospitable venue. They engaged with their ecstatic audience, inviting them towards the stage and to join them in singing ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ by Jet; showing great depth to the drum beat and bursting with charisma.
I had the pleasure of meeting the four lads of Gentlemen Jackals, from Cowdenbeath/Kirkcaldy, after their phenomenal set. Forming in August, 2015 they have released three singles to date; their newest being ‘Wisdom to the Wise’, proof of them striving for the aim on writing “catchy songs”. They took to the stage with great positivity, interacting with one another as well as the growing crowd. Their influences from punk, rock and blues are shown through their laid back, catchy melodies. The atmosphere was built up by tremendous guitar playing and the venue became warmer and lively as they smashed their set.
Starting off with two originals, the headliners which are Blind Summit are on. The four piece from Dunfermline have an incredible band image and have a clear fan base, with the audience jumping and dancing to all their tunes. Amongst their own catchy tracks, they included some immense covers such as Oasis’ ‘Rock and Roll Star’ and ‘Fossils’ by Circa Waves. These captivated their amazed audience as their sound enticed even more passers – by in from the street. The crowd got rowdier as the set went on, everyone shouting and showing their love for the music. Blind Summit’s songs are full of pounding riffs and mesmerizing vocals. They released three new songs on the night: ‘Praying for our Purpose’, ‘The Vixen’ and ‘Accusations’. A cover of ‘Same Jeans’ by The View took the crowd by surprise, ending the show after they had played their future hit ‘Telephone’.
Overall the night was spectacular, so much potential and talent, a real supportive scene in the heart of Dunfermline.