MAKE SPARKS @ KING TUT'S | GIG REVIEW
by Sarah Devine
Anyone who knows King Tuts knows that any gig there will be filled with ebullience and even on arrival to the Make Sparks gig, this was confirmed; the sound of the crowd along with the bangs and thumps echoed over the famous staircase that proudly embraces a long list of King Tuts predecessors including Pulp, Blur, Radiohead and The Verve. A moment of discomfort set in when I noted the considerable crowd only to realise that viewing the stage may be problematic. This however, is always a sign you're in for a great show.
Make Sparks finally arrived on stage following support from Skippy Dyes, The Detours and Flourescent Hearts. They got straight to the point with their renowned poppy and upbeat guitar sound as they dived into 'Rewind' followed by 'Apollo! Apollo!'. These first songs got the crowd bopping here and there and already, their drunkenly slurred chant towards the stage had begun.
As everyone started to move I gained the perfect view of the Dundonian trio, a sight any female fan will appreciate. During the hour long set, Make Sparks captured the audience and owned the stage giving a little banter to the crowd and welcoming Glasgow to their show several songs in.
'The Answer' is a track of effects, beats and emotion fuelled melodies which saw the crowd singing along even louder than before and jokes from the band about sugar daddies. They then went on to play 'None the Wiser', 'Your Hearts on Fire' and 'The Question'.
They ended the show with their single 'Floored', the 'woahs' from which have been swirling around my head since thanks to the enthusiastic spectators. How much Make Sparks like this or not, this band is very comparable to the younger days of Biffy Clyro allowing the gig to remind me of being 15 again. Thanks to their summer, teenage-pop feel, the evening was energetic, funny and raw. Even by their last song, the crowd was still chanting through their drinks and the word 'sausages' became notable. With laughter from the stage, perhaps its best left unexplained.