Indie collective make giant leap towards mainstream success

Randolph's Leap

Randolph's Leap

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There was magic in the air at Glasgow’s Glad Cafe recently when arch songsmiths Randolph’s Leap held a gig to mark their latest record release.

The intimate Shawlands venue was packed with fans keen to play a part in one of the greatest Glasgow indie love-ins of the year.

Openers St. Kilda Mailboat were the only unknown quantity of the night for the majority of the crowd, but the duo delighted with nonsense songs played largely for laughs - the highlight being a particular gem questioning the point of growing a moustache.

Kid Canaveral frontman David MacGregor was also in jocular form during his acoustic solo set, combining his band’s impressive back catalogue with a few covers, including James Yorkston’s ‘St Patrick’. When he forgot the words to the latter he was swiftly joined on stage by former Fence Records head honcho Johnny Lynch who gamely filled the gaps, before inviting half the headline act on stage for a finale.

The DIY aesthetic was quickly blown away when Raldolph’s Leap took to the stage to play a blissful set showing just how far they have come in a relatively short time.

Showcasing songs from their new mini-album ‘Real Anymore’ along with a few old favourites, the eight-piece sounded razor-sharp launching into opener ‘Conversation’. It’s a song which tells you all you need to know about the band, the poppy sound providing a jaunty base for Adam Ross’s equally jaunty vocals.

Naysayers have dismissed the band as just another twee indie outfit, but any hint of effete affectation is swiftly countered by lyrical ingenuity which abounds around every corner - bringing to mind Jarvis Cocker in the ability to provide both laughs and tears in a single rhyming couplet.

Indeed, much of their ‘twee-er’ early output comes into its own live, the relative thinness of the demos given added weight and impetus by a brass section and assorted other bells and whistle.

Adam’s strong vocals are also a revelation compared to his comparatively weedy showing on the ramshackle series of releases to date.

It all points towards a debut album proper which should be a triumph. Sadly this has been delayed by ongoing wrangles between the aforementioned Johnny Lynch and Kind Creosote at Fence Records. A switch to Lynch’s new label Lost Map means it should be out early next year - ready to joyously soundtrack 2014.