Scarlet Rascal – Live – Mono, Falmouth
Bristol’s Scarlet Rascal played Falmouth’s Mono last week as part of their UK tour. Support came from local band The Velvet hands.
A review of the show by Sean O’Hea can be found below and here on the West Briton website.
Review of the show by Sean O’Hea
BRISTOL’S tipped Scarlet Rascal slipped onto the stage at Falmouth’s newest, coolest and sweatiest venue, Mono, and eased straight into their set without breaking stride from tuning up to full flood.
Their black-clad and floppy-fringed aura edged to the darker side of indie. The singer could well have been the offspring of The Fall’s legendary frontman Mark E Smith with a strikingly similar tone.
The solid driving rhythm section were well at the Joy Division end of the spectrum, making the band better for it. The guitars lent an edge-less wall of sound with simple riffs cutting through to provide a psychedelic feel at times.
The last tune was the achievement of the night, stripping down to a cutting bass riff before kicking back in with an impressive intensity.
An interesting set was let down by poor stage presence and impenetrable lyrics, masked by overzealous reverb, and redeemed by a killer drummer and refreshing low slung bass attack.
They left the stage as they graced it – after cursory applause from the few attendants, surely making them wonder why they bothered.