Camden Crawl Critical Conclusions for….The Pictish Trail (2012 Camden Crawl Review)

Day 2 of the 2012 Camden Crawl! Like Day 1, PeteHatesMusic is at the Camden Crawl, and giving a gig by gig review as they happen. Below is our Camden Crawl Critical Conclusions for….The Pictish Trail. Due to colossal fuck ups, bad luck, and schedule changes, this was the first band I caught today. For shame.

Venue: Earl of Camden

First Impressions: Good vocals, tight sound. Not your standard rock songs.

Stage Presence: 8/10 – Frantic at times, and stuck to the task at hand

Crowd Reaction: 8/10 – Polite applause which got better as the show went on. The group behind me were won over and asked their name.

Banter: 8.5/10 – Funny and engaging. Top quotes:

“I’ve got a tshirt and sweater for sale if you’re cold”

After a frantic song ending, “There’s only 1 way to follow that up – with a nice ballad!”

He also dissed the crowd chatter, which was a bit outrageous at times.

Number of times they said their band name: Twice.

Water/alcohol/neither: I had a terrible view so I couldn’t tell. But since they are Scottish, we’ll assume beer.

Number of bald fuckers who decided to stand 6 inches in front of me and block my already shitty view: One – one bald fucker

The Last Word: 8/10 – Johnny Lynch’s Pictish Trail definitely writes non-standard rock songs, which is a compliment. A mix of unexpected tempo changes and sounds, and songs where he sung into 2 mics, Pictish Trail are one interesting band.

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