❉ Eoghan Lyng checks out one of Glasgow’s most exciting bands – more than ably supported by Fiskur and Wuh Oh.
And onto the stage they march, Jill O’Sullivan and Jenny Reeve, better known to the eagerly awaited public as BDY_PRTS, one of the most exciting groups in Glasgow. Dressed like The Spiders From Mars and eye-lined heady ready like T-Rex, this is a group both esoteric in sound and Kate Bush-lite in delivery. “We’ve spent a thousand years on this record” they chant, and while a little bit of a hyperbole even for performance artists, it has given them the chance to finesse their live sound. If their record sounds anything half as good as this gig, it’s going to be a belter.
Chicago born O’Sullivan has a snafued growl heard on the best of rock, at one point she scat-chants to the Eastern sounds of the world. Reeve has hair like Florence and The Machine and sings like her too; both bring their audiences to the ethereal outer spheres with hand claps, sighs and ghostly silhouetting. This is the closest many of us will ever get to a seventies prog gig.
“Bdy Prts are the best band in Glasgow”, calls support act Fiskur. Stark and naked with only a guitar for acoustics, his set is livened with the added set of sampled drums, bringing a Big Country like energy to the act’s most accomplished piece Too Slow, Too Far behind Ross Clark’s vulnerable Stuart Adamson-esque tones.
Fiskur is followed by Wuh Oh, aptly described on their Facebook page as Hoodafunk (you’d get it if you heard the music). Psych trance, hypnotic, seventies swish and synth satisfaction are all pushed through their Roland, grooved and whooshed, impossible not to dance to (and everyone is dancing in Café Stereo). This is the type of trance for post-parties’ four o’ clock chill; Wuh Oh even have their own Spotify page for such an endeavour.
And then there’s the main act, guitars in hand, costumes steamed and ready. Much like Goldfrapp and Strawberry Switchblade, it’s hard to separate the visual flair from the music, there’s a symbiosis of both. IDLU is a belter, the crowd scream in recognition to the hypnosis of Take It To The Top, recently released as a single. Behind the sophisticated anthemic qualities, the duo take a moment of conceptual self-reflection with Welcome (or ‘The Clapping Song – as they joked recently to ‘Clash’ magazine, there is a lot of clapping here!).Haunting, this is the best song of the night, leaving a chill far greater than that of the cold December wind.
Later in the gig, O’Sullivan leaves the stage to waltz and pine with audience members, the soul of the songs at the feet of the audiences. Special mention must be made to their touring drummer Jonny Scott (who also plays for The Kills), bringing a mid-sixties Ringo hypnotic bang to their songs a la Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain. Paul Mellon also makes a fine lead guitar player.
Fly Invisible Hero is an apt title for their record, as there is an invisible force at play here, neither musical (despite the duo’s accomplished vocal interweaving) nor conceptual (despite the visceral shoulder pads). It’s an element between band and listeners. It goes beyond body parts. It is Bdy Prts.
❉ BDY_PRTS debut album ‘Fly Invisible Hero’ was released on 24 November 24 2017. To order or for more information visit their website
❉ Eoghan Lyng is a writer, part-time English teacher and full-time lover of life.