Gig Review | Penny Mob @ Church | 03/03/23

Cries of “We are the Mob!” rang around as indie rockers stormed through an energetic set in Dundee on Friday night.

ZenDen, Colourway & Callum Gibson

Kicking off the night at Church was local singer/ songwriter Callum Gibson. This was Callum’s first gig of 2023 and featured a whole host of new tracks. Armed only with an acoustic guitar, he wowed the modest crowd with his powerful voice and soulful lyrics.

Colourway, also from Dundee, brought their indie rock charms, as well as a sizeable chunk of the audience. Like Callum Gibson, Colourway were also performing for the first time in 2023. The four piece produce some excellent music, the guitar solos are a particular highlight.

Four piece ZenDen took to the stage to complete the hattrick of local support acts. The Dundonians were fresh off the back of their first gig outside of Scotland last weekend, when they performed in Soho. The vocals of frontman Logan Howett are what elevate ZenDen above your average alt rock group. His compelling voice, especially when harmonising with bassist Robbie Borthwick, is quite simply outstanding.

Logan Howett of ZenDen, James McGovern of Colourway & Callum Gibson

Penny Mob

The evening’s headliners Penny Mob were in fine form, a slightly depleted crowd didn’t stop the group from giving their all to the remaining audience. Singer Jamie Quinn and drummer Andrew Mullan are actors by trade and they know exactly how to work a crowd. Quinn, perhaps best know for his role as Fergie in ‘Still Game’, is every bit the charismatic frontman you’d expect. For me it was Mullan who completely stole the show. Singing drummers are a bit of a rarity and to do both tasks so spectacularly was great to see. Much of Penny Mob’s set came from their latest EP ‘Party Animal’, tracks that discuss love, politics and childhood in Scotland. The somewhat novelty of seeing a Still Game actor might be what brings people in the door but they’ll leave with the chant ‘We are the Mob!’ repeating in their head for days to come.