Kid Carpet : King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Wednesday July 20

Kid Carpet : King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Wednesday July 20

Toy-wielding synth-punka plays nursery rhymes waaaaay past everyone’s bedtime

It would be easy to make a pretty convincing argument that Kid Carpet is just a novelty act. All you’d have to do would be to point at the grown man onstage rocking out on a miniature, battery-powered children’s toy guitar, clear your throat and solemnly pronounce, “That man knows one joke and he’s taking it on tour.”

As you’d expect of somebody fashioning a career from playing the shit out of a variety of children’s budget instruments, it’s a reaction that Kid Carpet is obviously used to. “I am a one-trick pony”, he sings to the tune of Chesney Hawkes’ indomitable ’80s opus. But the Kid’s not only good for knowingly raised-eyebrow appreciation. His big-beat disco shambolica is so instantly effective that the novelty act accusations quickly become rather beside the point.

And if he’s pinched some kid’s toy set, he’s also got their enthusiasm and his gigs are infectious with it – sometimes he looks like a 10-year-old doing an impersonation of a superstar DJ, other times he’s Willy Wonka on an LCD Soundsystem kick.

A far better self-review than ‘One Trick Pony’ comes on the song ‘Your Love’ with the lines “I got your love/From just mucking around”. Let the grown-ups bleed their hearts all over their guitars and love the Kid for being way more fun.

Alan Trotter