Wednesday night saw Yorkshire trio White Belt Yellow Tag welcomed to King Tut’s for their first ever show in Scotland. After walking onstage and doing a brief last minute sound check, with no introduction they launched into what was to prove a short but powerful set.
The pounding drums and soaring guitars of their opening track, ‘Remains’, was the only introduction needed. The wave of sound hit the modest but enthusiastic crowd and they were off and away for seven tracks all of which swelled to fill the venue and beyond. It was easy to get caught up and swept away.
On stage White Belt Yellow Tag have a very full sound and are dynamic to watch. The group are the new project of Justin Lockey, formally of now defunct band Yourcodenameis:milo. WBYT are aided by the use of samples but thankfully are not overdone. The driving force of their quite intense live sound comes from the guitars and those solid drums, not from recorded loops, refreshing in the age of electro. The addition of keyboards in a few tracks gives the songs a more ethereal feel but keeps the intensity.
‘You’re Not Invincible’ a tune already receiving play on BBC 6 music was the night’s stand out track but closer ‘Endsong’ provided a change of pace rounding off the show beautifully.
Watch out for some festival appearances and their debut album, due to drop later this year.
Words: Megan Leggo
Pics: Heidi Kuisma