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Chairlift – The Arches, Glasgow

Chairlift - DullThere are celebs that everybody knows one thing about. Fern Britton? Gastric band. Leslie Grantham? Murdered a taxi-driver. Sarah Miles drinks her own piss. No need to know anything more.

Chairlift will be known, on the evidence of this show, as the band who had that one song on an iPod ad once and nothing else.

Their song ‘Bruises’ (you know it) is a terrific tune, no doubt, even when being used to shill Apple’s ubiquitous music player. But anyone expecting anything similar from their show will be left disappointed. Instead the crowd are treated to a dull set of vaguely 80’s inspired keyboard/guitar atmospheric dirges. Singer Caroline Polachek makes the mistake of mistaking loud wailing for emoting (see also Florence and the Machine) and the songs sound as though they were rejected efforts from Siouxsie’s dreary 80’s goth period, and therefore rubbish.

It’s difficult to quite accurately explain just how dead the whole thing is. The overriding feeling is one of sheer pointlessness. There’s nothing there, a solulless, vapid mélange of noise.

They end with the hit, and even then it’s extended, stretched and played with to almost nothing. Chairlift may well have a lot more to offer, but on tonight’s performance, they wouldn’t even be worth a Spotify.

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2 Responses

  1. yep, utter shite. her yelping made me want to punch someone. her.

  2. Don’t hold back GGM.

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