Alan McGee has somewhat magical powers when it comes to eyeing up new
talent. Raising Kain, who have recently signed to McGee’s Poptones
label, are no exception - they are certainly a magical find. Hailing
from the city that spawned Franz Ferdniand, Raising Kain’s sound
is more suited to Whitechapel in London than Glasgow. Although they have
been called the “Glaswegian Libertines”, it’s a bit
of an unfair analysis on the band - even though there are some elements
of the band (RIP) in their sound. The ‘Glasgow Stones’ would
be a fairer correlation.
Raising Kain (formerly ‘Kain’, but forced to change due to
legal reasons) appear on stage dressed like uber-cool ‘scenesters’ – there
is a somewhat uncanny resemblance to The Libertines but with a wasted
Mick Jagger as the lead singer. Ian Crawford is the typical Alan McGee
front man - he is cocky, arrogant, drunk and has the crowd in the palm
of his hand.
The Glasgow 5- piece, open with 'Night & Day'. It’s a storming
start that gets the drunk Glasgow crowd moving. By the 3rd song the crowd
are quite literally going mental, the whole floor becomes a mosh pit – the
older members of the audience flee to the bar at the back.
'Baby, Am Amazed' is a blusey Libertines-esque number that is potentially
the best song of the night, as the crowd lap up every lyric crawling
off the tongue of Ian.
Ian greets the next song as being a “new one, so like it”.
As the band trash out the opening bars to ‘Safehouse’, Ian
somewhat ejaculates with excitement – spraying a can of beer all
over the front rows of the audience. Not many singers could get away
with that in Glasgow. However, Ian brushes it off, cheekily saying, “I
hope you all opened your mouths”. He had the audience where he
wanted them, in perfect timing for the crowd-pleasing finale ‘Daddy
Raising Kain once said “2004 was for making people dance, 2005
is for making people go mental”. They are right it is difficult,
almost verging on the impossible not to go mental at this wonder showzen.