Live Review – Crawlers at QMU, 21 September.

A sea of box-dyed red mullets, septum piercings and hand-painted leather jackets packed out QMU on Thursday for Crawlers. By Rachel Cronin (she/her).

Image credit: Jess Mead

The Scouse TikTok sensation brought their alt-Indie 4-piece to Glasgow’s iconic Queen Margaret Union. Stood on the same stage that Nirvana, Jimmy Hendrix and Queen played in their early days, Crawlers proved they’re more than a social media fad.

After their song ‘Come Over’ went mega viral in 2021, the band have scored gigs all over, and their gig at QMU was a high-energy kickstart to their current UK Tour. After an excerpt from the single was used religiously as a pro-trans audio on TikTok, Crawlers gathered a mass of queer and trans fans that continue to rally behind their music and message. Supported by Indie-punk 5-piece Shefu and Joshua Grant, an alt atmosphere of Queer joy and trans solidarity bled out of the building.

A couple of sound issues, mic feedback, and of course a few fainting incidents in the crowd (as seems to be standard procedure) only added to the gig’s raw atmosphere. The Glasgow audience of mixed-aged emos ate up the Scouser’s fiery performance and electric stage presence. Lead singer Lily Minto sure can carry a crowd, and it’s safe to say their fans were not disappointed. The band also debuted their newest single ‘Would You Come To My Funeral’, which they released just three days prior to the gig. A beautiful display of alt culture and unapologetic queerness. Trans rights now!