King Tut’s has an energy and atmosphere befitting its iconic stature. The Glaswegian institution is renowned for not only showcasing local, emerging talent but massive acts, too. Nova Twins are currently on a stark rise, so it’s only right that they’d have a Friday night slot at the venue.
There was a tangible sweatiness to the place, on top of the usual party vibe. I was on a post-pints buzz and arrived during Cherym’s set to see the Derry three-piece pulling the puppet strings of the whole room. Their scuzzy alt rock blend is totally well-matched to Nova Twins’ sounds — especially tracks such as ‘Listening to My Head’ — and they certainly get the streams, too, so they were a great support choice. The whole room was bouncing. The mood was right for the headliner’s entrance.
Georgia and Amy were fresh, alert and ready to put on a show. Their experimental electronics were mystifying; they blared through the pedals. And the thrashing, thunderous drumming from both the full kit and combined effects machine were just something else in unison. This band knows how to write hell-raising tunes.
I first came across Nova Twins due to their links to Kid Kapichi. But since then, they’ve served us a healthy plethora of seriously bold tracks. At this point, my favourite has unequivocally become ‘Antagonist’, which they rolled out early doors at the gig. Nobody was stationary at that point — it was as loud and deliciously hostile as the song’s title commands alone.
Although they had their eyes on the new-fans prize, bringing out their latest single, ‘K.M.B.’, and offering tasters of what will land on the just-announced, forthcoming album, ‘Supernova’, Georgia and Amy had put together a setlist that worked for all ears. Original, day-one listeners could throw their bodies around to plenty of bangers from their debut, 2020 album, ‘Who Are The Girls?’, too. ‘Undertaker’ was even more impressive live, as was ‘Bassline Bitch’. We even got a couple of songs in the form of an encore.
It was an electrifying show, and then some. Nova Twins are a bit dangerous but wholly exciting, so you need to catch them sooner rather than later, before they’re doing arena tours. Because, believe me, they’re destined for those bright lights.