• 907

    Yip man plus support, followed by neon lounge

    Live show
  • When
    16 September 20:00 - 22:00
    Hosted by:
  • Non Ticketed Gig

    GIG 8pm-11pm £5 (£4 student)
    free entry 11pm-12am
    NEON LOUNGE 12am-3am £3 (student £2)
    See you here! #discovertiki #divebar

    SAT 16TH SEPT proudly presents:

    YIP MAN plus support

    Yip Man

    Yip Man is the alter-ego of Scottish songwriter, Al Nero. The former frontman of blissful guitar slingers, Le Reno Amps and co-founder of Glasgow’s Armellodie Records, one might be forgiven for thinking that Nero has been somewhat idle, or at least focussing on running Armellodie, since Le Reno Amps bowed out in 2011. But in truth he has been undergoing metamorphosis. He’s been away. Al Nero went to China… Yip Man came back.

    We could choose to imagine our hero here in sprawling dusty wastelands squinting against the setting sun, or atop snow-capped peaks in earnest conversation to stationary holy men, maybe brushing the Mongolian border astride a saddleless galloping horse. Perhaps that’s true, or perhaps he was in a bar. Whatever happened on our protagonist’s travels the resulting music displays, in the brightest of colours, Yip Man's ability to melt down a rainbow of musical possibilities into an irresistible marriage of riff & melody.

    From the explosion of the lop-sided opener ‘Barnburner’ and the synth-riddled rocking of ‘Not That Easy’, to the Calypso carnival of ‘For Your Own Good’ and Pavement-esque brain-rockin' of ‘Skinny White Ghost’. The songs on debut album, Braw Power, find our protagonist wrestling poetically in the darkened shadows of his own existential ennui, whilst simultaneously sounding like a man who just found the magic beans at the end of the rainbow on the sunniest day of the year.

    There is a world-weary sarcasm in the lyrics too, a black humour, and sometimes a barely withheld anger. This creeps into the music as well, and we start to hear dissonance, unusual rhythms and chromatic melody upsetting and mutating the kind of songs that might otherwise have had something of the simplicity of the Ramones.

    Yip Man realises and understands the power and purpose of the pop song. They are for our hurt, our disappointment, our regret, our losses and our failures. Each tragic breakup song heals something in its listener. The best pop songs are beautiful feedback loops of empathy and pathos. Yip Man brings it all, inadequacy, lies, loss, bitterness, infidelity, empty beds and the horrible certainty that whatever he’s just got over, he’s doomed to live through again and again. It’s no accident that ‘Stuck on Repeat’ reappears as Braw Power's ominous coda.

    Nero’s metamorphosis into Yip Man might not have been a gruesome Kafkaesque shift in species, but it has produced a darker, smarter and completely unapologetic writer of intelligent pop songs stuffed full of unusual ideas and fresh interpretations of trope. Grand ambitions tempered by a homely charm, whatever life throws at Yip Man, one can be sure he’ll come back with a riff and a chuckle

    followed by NEON LOUNGE
    11pm - 3am
    A nocturnal refuge for the free spirited, an incandescent Dionysian antidote to clubbing.

    See you here! #discovertiki #divebar