Merry (belated) Christmas Everyone

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Silver Coast and Bear Jacket at Mad Hatters, Inverness 23/12/2014. A review.

It was an impressive debut from new to the scene Bear Jacket, loud high energy punk flavoured rock: three vocals coming at you wrapped up in some cracking arrangements (as seen to perfection in their festive cover of ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’). Don’t be thinking Bee Gee’s here though, this was a well judged sharing of three mix and match voices.

An EP on the way in the new year, surely a showcase appearance beckons . . . either way keep an eye open for forthcoming gigs. Well worth catching, their own description is as good as it gets – ‘Like a gothic George Michael scrapping with a punk Neil Diamond’.

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I’m not sure Phil Spector had Silver Coast in mind when he developed his wall of sound, but that pretty well sums up this indie-rock infused performance: it was big and tall and loud and mighty.

Personally I think Silver Coast really cracked it at their goNORTH gig earlier in the year, they hit on something that night and really haven’t looked back. It’s carried them through a busy calendar that has included the likes of Belladrum on a varied venue menu.

I have to confess to being not too sure about their cover of ‘Last Christmas’, but live, it was immense. On the evidence of tonight’s gig there is plenty to look forward to in 2015, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year folks.

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You can catch Silver Coast next at The Market Bar on the 7th of January more dates for Bear Jacket announced via their Facebook page.

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Roddy McKenzie
Roddy McKenzie
Life-long engagement with music and a truly eclectic taste (although prog-rock and metal will usually have me scrambling for the off button). If pushed, I would have to say the Velvet Underground are one of the most important band’s of all time. Although I consider myself first and foremost a photographer, as regards reviewing I guess I cut my teeth in the vibrant fanzine scene of the 80’s. Around the same time I started taking photographs and, to be brief, performance and photography were made for each other: perfect match.

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