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Opening duties tonight go the duo of local electronic performer Heat Death of the Sun and Glasgow-based performance poet The Eagertongue. With Heat Death of the Sun setting up an oblique, enveloping layer of noise in the background, The Eagertongue provides a variety of his and other’s bands lyrics over the top, delivered with focused intensity. It’s a starling introduction for sure, although it does often feel more like two different performances happening over each other than a collaboration per se.

Although they might have been roped into the gig on their past goth credentials, Transfigure spent their set displaying their growing artistic diversity and ambition. Tracks from their debut album Translation like Fields and No Other Way sparkle here as part of this confident performance, while two new tracks performed here highlight a dramatic (and very enjoyable) pivot into full-on pop territory – tonight’s closer, complete with the most joyously outrageous key change this side of Eurovision, even sees them go straight for the hi-NRG jugular.

No such swerve from the darkness for Drab Majesty however. As those familiar with this year’s album The Demonstration can attest, this is an act with an unwavering dedication to their chosen aesthetic. Performing live as a towering duo caked in silver facepaint, shades and none-more-black capes, their music is impressive and imposing in all the right places, with plenty of low-end synth bass and reverb-d up guitar arpeggios to draw you in. It’s hard not to think that letting in a little light and room to breathe would make this stronger though.

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