Gig Review | Blvck Hippie @ Sneaky Pete’s

Blvck Hippie Edinburgh show artwork

Raw vocals, and welcoming stage presence.

Feels Like Pluto

This gig at the iconic Sneaky Pete’s started off with a support slot from Feels Like Pluto. They are a duo from the borders consisting of Josh Jackson on drums, keys and backing vocals, and Louie Thomson on vocals and guitar. The duo took to the stage in their signature and iconic matching white denim outfits. Forming over their shared admiration for fellow Scottish band Fatherson, it is clear to see this influence when Feels Like Pluto perform live. This was the alt-rock band’s debut live show as a group and it was nothing short of very successful.

With a great turn out, they brought their two singles to life. Included in this captivating performance was November 2022 single ‘Open Mind‘ and their latest single ‘people being people‘. The latter song is a very effective demonstration on reflection and I loved seeing it being transformed into an amazing live version. Watching the duo integrate their talents into creating a live version of their tunes was enticing. They looked like they were really proud of their performance and they seemed to really enjoy being on stage. I highly recommend catching Feels Like Pluto at their next gig, they’re very talented individuals and together created a fascinating sight.

Blvck Hippie

Headlining the Edinburgh venue, and playing in the Scottish city for the first time ever, were Blvck Hippie. The indie-rock band came all the way from Memphis, Tennessee to play in the landmark venue as their only Scottish date on their tour. In an eclectic setlist consisting of catchy and crowd-engaging tracks, Blvck Hippie put on an electric display. Among these tunes was “Answering Machine” which features on show Reservation Dogs. They also played “If You Feel Alone At Parties” which, with the previous song, feature on their 2021 album with the same name. The American band showcased their unique sound through raw, powerful vocals, and their signature DIY approach.

Throughout, their stage presence in the intimate venue was welcoming, encouraging people to dance and move along. Even if you don’t know any of their tunes, Blvck Hippie are a band that makes the whole audience feel at ease, even whilst playing heavier sounding tracks. Their individual talents and personalities as well as their infectious attitudes kept the whole of Sneaky Pete’s engaged. They are a really fun group to watch perform and I loved how they made everyone feel part of the performance, even those unfamiliar with their material.