Nero release their Guilt in Glasgow

Nero: The crowd had more than a crush on them last night.
Nero: The crowd had more than a crush on them last night.

It was quickly apparent from the trembling bass, that a bit like swimming lessons, Nero was not a show to be taken on a full stomach.

Built into a platform of raised speakers close to the height of the ABC's giant disco ball, the duo were saluted like Greek Gods in the sky. Londoners, Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray, alongside vocalist, Alana Watson, brought a slice of high-season Ibiza to a rainy Monday, fuelling a young crowd that knew how to party.

With both Stephens and Ray in dark visors, the part man, part robot pair had the crowd in their grip, as moments of solace were few and far between. Demonic lighting, and  dirge bass with booming beats set the pace for the night, live, the act taking a leaf out of Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger book.

Lead single from their debut album, Innocence, was played live with a wilder streak, the confines of the chart gone, and the floor of the club there for the taking. Vocalist Alana Watson, the embellishment on many of their tracks, was revealed, as she took to the centre of their platform in leathers and her signature face-lift high ponytail.

Performing the mystical In The Way, the jungle influences of the group were evident as the pace slowed briefly, and the syncopated cross rhythms of the track jerked the crowd around as though they were in  stormy waters. Most of them weren't far off it from the amount of sweating that was going on in-house tonight.

With huge LED screens behind the duo displaying back to the future style fast-paced image after image, if you concentrated hard enough, the set was on the verge of a virtual reality ride.

Constantly chopping up their set on a voyage through genres and back again, dubstep would break into drum and bass jams, sandwiched between wedges of house. The turbulence of the set was full on, but kept the crowd involved between chart tracks.

The piercing arpeggiator of Reaching Out sent a new high through fans before their number 1 hit, Promises. With Watson taking to the floor of the stage this time, a bit like her size in comparison to the platform of electronics, her vocal was weakened by the sheer monstrosity of the volume of the backing. Filming on their mobile phones as they furiously bounced in the air, fans couldn't care less.

An extended rework of Crush On You had poppier undertones, and more of a Soulwax edge, leaving not a foot still in the venue. This vibe continued into the propeller build intro of Must Be The Feeling which grew and grew, into a bounce inducing stomp, laced in electronic filth.

Nero put on a relentless live show tonight which should see them welcomed with open arms (and most likely bare chests if the sun makes an appearance) to Balado in July for T in the Park.

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