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Grrrl Crush #7 : Wild Wimmin, The Mousetrap, Edinburgh

Quite a mixed bag of entertainment here tonight for the seventh Grrrl Crush night. Disappointingly the pub’s stopped doing all the cheese-related food it used to do but nipping out between acts for some isn’t a drama.

First to play are Girl Scout. Starting out grungy & moody theirs proves to be a short set that unfortunately deteriorates into very dreary and unfocussed territory. Quite what they’re about is a mystery & it’s time to seek out a pizza.

Timing-wise things are run pretty tight tonight so there’s little delay in Thee Girl Fridays moving in to occupy the performance space. Sound quality on the night is a bit ropey for them initially but probably only to be expected given the venue. That kazoo sounds pretty weird though. With a fully formed set of their own material (‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’, 'Big Knicker Twist') and a few choice covers (‘Camel Walk’, ‘Goo Goo Muck’) the quartet, with new drummer Liana fitting in nicely, have come on a lot since their initial gig just a few months back at the Girls Rock School showcase.

The crowd are certainly into the music and the performance, whooping it up at the end of every song and dancing about as best they can in the confined space. For some in attendance this could well have been their first exposure to the styles that Thee Girl Fridays dabble in but if they went away wanting more of it then they’ve been doubly well served by the band. Keep your eye out for them at the pre-fest gig for this year’s Franklin Fest, followed by a show at Glasgow’s McChuill’s in July.

Tonight’s final act was Vixxxionary. As it was still rather hard to get anywhere near the front of the crowd (cool that the event was a popular draw) I may be wrong in my assertion that this was a solo act – one girl and a drum machine/backing tracks. Either way the curse of the iffy sound was once more in effect and the first couple of numbers came over as uninspiring so it was time to head off and catch the first available bus. All things considered though this was a good night’s free entertainment so keep a look out for the next one.

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