MANY may say that Billy Connolly, battered Mars bars and free university tuition are the best things to come out of Scotland in recent years.
This is hogwash, because Prides’ emergence on the music scene, for me, is by far one of the best.
Led by Stewart Brock, the Glaswegian synth-pop band have already made waves across the UK after performing at the closing ceremony of the Common Wealth Games.
Now on their UK tour and releasing new tracks almost monthly, the band has garnered support that I have not experienced in recent years.
I’m not referring to numbers here, but more the level of response seen at The Haunt in Brighton on February 11.
Watching Callum Wiseman impressively flip between guitar and keyboard, Stewart back-kicking to the beat and Lewis Gardiner hammering away on the drums was like falling into a trance.
Backlit by the glowing logo – a line through a circle – and plenty of stage smoke, the crowd seemed to get lost in the experience.
A medley of their favourite tracks from 2014, sampling Ellie Goulding, Catfish and the Bootlemen and Taylor Swift, was a thrashing meld of familiar hits, all given the Prides spectacular synth treatment.
But the biggest crowd pleaser was naturally one of the band’s best known hits ‘Messiah’, which saw around fifty fans storm the stage and dance along.
In a nice gesture, Stewart made them honorary band members.
Next I will book my tickets way in advance as I expect Prides’ fanbase to explode this summer.