Co-headline tours are a rare beast nowadays, making the Scottish double-tap of WHITE and Baby Strange all the more special. Having stormed Camden’s KOKO the night before, the faces of new Scottish music managed to snatch success from meagre ticket sales and a cavernous venue – Sheffield’s music scene thrives upon its students, all of whom were caught in the throes of exams. Up first are WHITE, a band with Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem built into their DNA and a penchant for discotheque bangers. Frontman Leo Condie is magnetic , channelling Lias Soudi and Jarvis Cocker as he cuts shapes over thumping neon grooves. Baby Strange invade the stage next, demanding the spotlights to be lowered, leaving them to thrash about in a scarlet gloom. Urgent and brooding punk-rock is their MO, rolling like thunder across the crowd of stunned teenagers. It’s plain to see that WHITE and Baby Strange share two key traits: making hits, and blasting them out. If Sheffield’s stop on the tour was unappreciated, it showed that WHITE and Baby Strange are severely underestimated, and ready to break with force.
Photos and words by Ethan Weatherby.