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Live Review : The Pretty Reckless, 02 Academy (20/11/2014)

On Thursday night, Glasgow was treated to a night of edgy rock from Heavens Basement, Nothing More and headliners, The Pretty Reckless, fronted by former child star-turned-wild child, Taylor Momsen.

Texan quartet, Nothing More expertly warmed up the audience with tracks,“Christ Copyright”, “Mr MTV” and “First Punch” all getting an airing. During their set, the Americans also mounted their bass guitar onto a stand and proceeded to have three members simultaneously playing. Following the memorable bass solo during the last song “Salem”, all four members of the band participated in a drum solo, before thanking the crowd and leaving the stage.

Heavens Basement were next to take to the stage and played an incredible eight strong-song set, all of which came from their debut studio album “Filthy Empire” which was released in February 2013. The audience were in full voice, with tracks, “Fire, Fire”, “Nothing Left To Lose” and “Executioner’s Day” bring particularly well-received.

Soon it was time for headliners, The Pretty Reckless to take their centre-stage spot, opening with “Follow Me Down”, whipping their crowd into a frenzy, before “Since You’re Gone” and “Sweet Things”. The four-piece from New York then performed “Miss Nothing” and latest single, “House On A Hill”, which fuelled the already sweaty frenzy. The Cherie Currie-inspired, Momsen chatted with fans in-between tracks, expressing how thrilled they were to be back on tour in the UK, before the band returned to where it all began with signature hit, “Make Me Wanna Die”, which appeared on the band’s 2010 debut, “Light Me Up”.

Momsen confided in the crowd that, “Heaven Knows” was written for audience participation and encouraged the fans to get involved, before playing, “Going To Hell”, the title track from their second LP, released in March.

The band were coaxed onto the stage for an encore by fans chanting for “one more song!” and launched into, “F’d Up World” which, halfway-through, saw drummer, Jamie Perkins get the stage to himself to showcase his talents with a 5 minute drum solo, before being rejoined by the rest of the band to close their Glasgow stint.



New Music : Out This Week (24/11/14)

Olly Murs “Never Been Better”

Since coming second to Joe McElderry in the 2009 series of The X Factor, Essex boy, Olly Murs has gone on to sell over 10 million albums across the world and has supported both One Direction and idol, Robbie Williams on tour. Murs releases, “Never Been Better” today, his fourth studio album which features the lead single, “All Wrapped Up” and follows his 2010 self-titled debut, “In Case You Didn’t Know” released in 2011 and 2012’s “Right Place, Right Time”. Murs will be out on tour next Spring in support of the LP, including two dates at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in April.

Coldplay “Ghost Stories (Live)”

“Ghost Stories” is the sixth studio album from Coldplay and was released in May of this year. “Ghost Stories (Live)” is a collection of tracks recorded live by the band on tour dates in London, Sydney, Paris, Cologne, New York and Los Angeles between April and July of this year. The live CD also includes a DVD.

Iggy Azalea “Reclassified”

The sassy rapper dropped her debut album, “The New Classic” in April of this year, which features the singles, “Work”, “Bounce”, “Change Your Life”, smash hit, “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX and “Black Widow”, her collaboration with Rita Ora. This week Azalea releases, “Reclassified”, a bumper edition of her original debut, but with added bonuses, including collaborations with Ellie Goulding and Mo.

Clean Bandit “New Eyes (Special Edition)”

Electro, synth-pop band, Clean Bandit formed in 2009 and released their debut album, “New Eyes” in May of this year, which features the singles, “A+E”, “Mozart’s House”, “Dust Clears”, “Rather Be”, “Extraordinary”, “Come Over”. The band are treating their fans this week with a special edition release of their debut, which includes their latest single, “Real Love”.

Pixie Lott “Platinum Hits”

Currently strutting her sassy stuff on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, blonde bombshell, Pixie Lott releases her first Greatest Hits compilation this week, “Platinum Hits”. Lott burst onto the pop scene in 2009 with her sultry pop-smash, “Mama Do” and has gone on to release three studio albums and scored countless Top 10 singles, including “Boys & Girls”, “All About Tonight” and “Nasty”. “Platinum Hits” includes Lott’s cover of “Caravan Of Love”, plus brand new track, “I Got Love For Xmas”.



Live Review : New Found Glory, 02 ABC (17/11/14)

On Monday night, Glasgow’s O2 ABC saw American band, New Found Glory take to the stage as part of their Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour, which was finally brought to the UK after enjoying huge success Stateside in 2011. The band’s latest offering, “Resurrection” was released last month and is the first album not to feature founding guitarist, Steve Klein.

New York-based band, State Champs took to the stage to warm up the crowd, playing a selection of tracks from their debut studio album, “The Finer Things” as well as a few tracks from previously released EP’s. Next to perform were main support act, The Story So Far who opened their set with “Empty Space” which was followed by “Things I Can’t Change”, a track taken from their latest album. The five piece from California ended their time on stage with “High Regard” which saw most of the venue singing along with vocalist, Parker Cannon.

After a short break to get thing set up, the headliners kicked off their 21 song-strong set with new track “Selfless” which had the entire venue off of their feet, before older tracks “Understatement”, “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down” and “Hold My Hand” filled the room. The foursome then went on to play “Resurrection” and “Hit Or Miss” where frontman, Jordan Pundik left the stage and sing whilst towering over fans from on top of the barrier. When guitarist, Chad Gilbert asked the crowd to go crazy, they responded with no questions asked; mosh pits opened up and crowd surfers were thrown towards the stage from every direction. “Stubborn” and “Ready And Willing”, both from the latest album, also got an airing.

Towards the end of the set, The Story So Far’s guitarist took to the stage again to play track namesake, “The Story So Far” alongside New Found Glory. “Head On Collision” and “Kiss Me” got a great reception from Scots‘ fans, however one of the bands biggest hits, “My Friends Over You” sent the audience reaction off the rictor scale when any lasting inhibitions, screaming the lyrics as loud as their throats would allow. Taking a few minutes to recompose themselves, the band returned to the stage for an encore consisting of “Sonny”, “Forget My Name” and “All Downhill From Here”. With the 17 year old band giving everything they had to make the sold out show unforgettable for the hundreds of both new and old fans that attended, it can be said, with confidence, that pop punk is certainly not dead!

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 20/11/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

80s synth-pop duo, Erasure will be LIVE at 02 ABC on Sauchiehall Street tomorrow night (Friday 21st November). The pair are expected to perform classic hits including, “A Little Respect”, “Sometimes” and “Stop” as well as material from their latest album, “The Violent Flame”, released in June of this year.

Lily Allen is brining her Sheezus Tour to the O2 Academy this Saturday (22nd November); the tour comes in support of the singer/songwriter’s third studio album of the same name, released earlier this year. This will be Allen’s first headline tour since 2010, although she supported wild child, Miley Cyrus on tour in the US earlier this year. 

2014 marks 30 years since The Jesus & Mary Chain released “Psychocandy” and to celebrate, the band are playing TWO gigs at The Barrowlands this weekend (Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd November). The East Kilbride born band will be playing the album in full as well as material from their back catalogue, including “Darklands” and “Honey’s Dead”.

Coming all the way from Japan, metal-core band, Crossfaith will be blowing the roof off of The Garage on Sunday night. With a musical style which fuses together metal with an electronic twist, a unique show is to be expected!

Award-winning English folk/rock singer, Passenger will be at the O2 Academy on Tuesday (25th November) as part of his Whispers Tour. After his solo career began in 2009, the 30 year old has had a huge success, largely thanks to single, “Let Her Go”. Support is coming from Canadian trio, The Once.

Mancunian duo, The Tings Tings play King Tut’s this week (Wednesday 26th November). Known for their signature song, “That’s Not My Name”, the pair are out on the road in support of third album, “Super Critical”, released last month. 

Mastodon will be at the O2 Academy this week (Wednesday 26th November). With an impressive six studio albums produced since the bands formation in 2000 (two of these which debuted within the Top Ten on The Billboard 200 Chart), the Atlanta four-piece definitely know how to rock!

Echo & The Bunnymen are scheduled to take to the stage at Glasgow’s O2 ABC next Thursday (27th November). The band from Liverpool, who formed over 30 years ago, have released many successful albums over the years, including “Porcupine” released in 1983, a self-titled album in 1987 and their latest offering “Meteorites” which came out earlier this year.

Announced This Week

On Wednesday, it was announced that old-school, shoe-gazers Ride have reformed following their break-up in 1996 and will be touring North America and Europe next year, including a gig at The Barrowlands on 22nd May 2015. 

Following the release of latest album, “Sonic Highways”, rock icons, Foo Fighters will be embarking on a UK Tour next year, including a gig at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 23rd June 2015. Over the 20 years since Grohl and Co formed the band they have become one of the most influential bands of our generation. With massive hits including, “Learn To Fly”, “All My Life”, “The Pretender” and “Everlong” as well as plenty of experience playing sold out shows, The Foo’s  LIVE will be an unforgettable night!

X Factor success story, Olly Murs will be touring next year. The cheeky chappy from Essex came second to Joe McElderry in 2009 and has gone on to over 10 million albums worldwide and score 4  UK number one singles. Murs will be at The SSE Hydro on 14th and 15th April 2015

Pop-newcomer, Ariana Grande announced plans to tour this week. Fresh from The MTV EMAs in Glasgow earlier this month, Grande will be at The SSE Hydro on 8th June 2015.

Liverpudlian band, The Wombats will be at The Barrowlands in Glasgow on Friday 17th April 2015, as part of their UK Tour. Formed in 2003, The Wombats have released three studio albums and are known for their indie-dancefloor friendly anthem, “Let’s Dance To Joy Division”.



“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” 2014

The 2014 version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” got its World Premiere on The X Factor last night. 

The latest version of “Do They It’s Christmas?” has reworked lyrics to reflect the Ebola crisis, including the subtraction 0f Bono’s notorious line, “Well tonight, thank God it’s them, instead of you” and features One Direction, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Emeli Sande and Sinead O’Connor.

Band Aid 30 marks 30 years since the original 1984 version released to combat the famine in Ethiopia and was the catalyst for Live Aid which took place on 13th July 1985

The official video for the single was introduced by Geldof on The X Factor and included some short, but harrowing footage of Ebola in full effect; a decision that Geldof said he had agreed with Simon Cowell in order to let viewers understand what the magnitude of the disease. Geldof made a passionate plea to viewers to buy the single, not to download it for free “This is hardcore, to allow X Factor nation to watch this. This is the most anti-human disease but we can stop it and we will stop it”. 

The single is available NOW and has already raised over £1 million, according to reports issued earlier today. Join the fight to STOP Ebola by texting AID to 70060 to DONATE £5.




New Music : Out This Week (17/11/14)

Bryan Ferry “Avonmore”

Roxy Music frontman, Bryan Ferry releases her 14th solo album today. “Avonmore” is his first studio effort since 2009’s “The Jazz Age” and includes the single, “Loop De Li”. Roxy Music announced their split just last week, and Ferry will be on tour in the UK next Spring.

TV On The Radio “Seeds”

Brooklyn-born band, TV On The Radio release their fifth studio album this week. It follows their 2004 debut, “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes”, 2006’s “Return To Cookie Mountain”, 2008’s “Dear Science” and from 2011, “Nine Types Of Light” and is the band’s first studio effort since the death of bassist, Gerard Smith. “Seeds” includes the single, “Happy Idiot”, released in September.

One Direction “Four”

X Factor success story, One Direction release, “FOUR” this week, their fourth studio album since coming third in the TV talent show in 2010. It’s the bands first studio album since 2013’s “Midnight Memories” and includes the single, “Steal My Girl”, the video promo which features legendary Hollywood actor/director, Danny DeVito.

Nickleback “No Fixed Address”

The Canadian rock band release their eighth studio album today. It’s their first release via Republic Records and includes the singles, “Edge Of A Revolution” and “What Are You Waiting For?”


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