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The large, bald American singer with the geek specs and a T-shirt that simply reads 'SPAM' sings with the voice of an angel.

There's no accounting for taste, but you wonder sometimes what makes a band tick. Tonight's conundrum is why Edinburgh's Pig Pen can emulate The Beach Boys' pristine pop noise, then nearly ruin it with an apparent affection for the bloody Barenaked Ladies.



Just for tonight we'll put it down to naivety, because there's something really quite sweet about Pig Pen. Like the way the large, bald American singer with the geek specs and a T-shirt that simply reads 'SPAM' sings with the voice of an angel; and the way the rest of the band, looking like they failed an audition for Shed Seven for lacking charisma, can conjure harmonies straight out of 'Pet Sounds' on the delicious 'Waiting For The Day'.



Then there's 'Happy', with its unutterably cute chorus, "If she's happy/Then I'm happy/The world is happy too" P a pretty summer pop that could easily trample over pretenders like Gomez. So you have to ask why debut Human Condition single, 'Stay Low' sounds like something Weezer left behind. Or why they keep trying to be quirky, singing about cats that smell of fish and being so damn cheesy and cheerful in their heartache.



Like discovering your loved one snores, you will just have to live with it. For all those minor irritations, Pig Pen still come up smelling of roses.

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