Vulpes – Qudos 20/6/15
Playing the Qudos stage in the QMU as part of the West End Festival, Vulpes performed a strong setlist of distinctive originals and covers. Setting up on stage with an unassuming introduction, it’s clear they are keen to let the music speak for them, offering only rare moments of dialogue between songs. There was enough within the night’s arrangement to leave audiences with a clear indication of the band’s own electro-rock style, with renditions of Foals and The 1975 hinting at the band’s inspiration.
Guitar from Darren Smyth and Conor O’Brien, bass from Jordan Mooney and drums by Megan Pollock: the stage suits the band well as the audience tightly gather at the front, responding enthusiastically to the band’s brief song introductions. Darcy Hendry’s deep vocals create an edge of almost blues-like soul reminiscent of Lorde or Hannah Reid of London Grammar, and provide an authentic and distinctive front to the quintet.
‘Colours’ is a bold set opener, attracting the audience with its defined electro riffs, but arguably the most notable is the final song ‘Ninetails’. With the slick, almost haunting guitar intro and dual vocals from Hendry and O’Brien, it would be a surprise if this song doesn’t front their debut EP, expected over the summer.
Vulpes are a well formed, attention-grabbing band with a clear understanding of their sound. They perform with a raw, unpretentious focus on the music and it feels as though every member carries equal weight on stage.
Set to play various gigs around Glasgow in the coming months with an EP expected in the near future, they are definitely one to watch.
[Tara Fitzpatrick – @TFitzpatrick25]