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Gig Guide, Glasgow : 04/03/2015

Gigs This Week


Female-fronted, American rockers, Halestorm are due to explode onto the stage at The Barrowland on Friday (6th March 2015). The band consists of Lzzy Hale on vocals and guitar, her brother, Arejay on drums, bass player, Josh Smith and guitarist, Joe Hottinger. “Into The Wild Life” is the bands third studio album, which is due to be released next month and features the singles “Apocalyptic” and “Mayhem”.

Aussie pop duo, The Veronicas are live at Glasgow’s Garage this Friday (6th March 2015). Identical twins, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso are out on the road as part of their “Sanctified Tour”, which will see them play five UK dates. Last year, the pair released their third, self-titled LP, which includes the singles, “You Ruin Me” and “Cruel”.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be at The SSE Hydro this weekend (Saturday 7th March 2015). Since Oasis’ split, Noel has carved out a highly successful solo career, releasing his debut LP in 2011. “Chasing Yesterday”, his sophomore offering, was released on Monday (3rd March 2015) and is on course for number one this weekend. Noel will be at HMV on Argyle Street on Saturday afternoon to meet fans and sign copies of his brand new LP.

Sunset Sons bonded over a love of music, snowboarding and surfing and are bringing their brand of sun-soaked, pop-rock anthems to Glasgow on Sunday (8th March 2015) when they play King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The gig coincides with the release of the band’s EP, “The Fall Line”, which features the single, “Medicine”.

LA-based, glam metal band, Steel Panther are scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Monday 9th March 2015. The band, know for their profane and humorous lyrics and exaggerated on-stage personae, are a parody of glam bands of the 1980s. The band released their fourth LP, “All You Can Eat” last year.

Just Announced 

After a successful co-headline slot at The SSE Hydro with You Me At Six, All Time Low have announced plans to return to Scotland; the band play Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on 25th August 2015. The band’s sixth studio album, “Future Hearts” is due to be released next month, featuring lead single, “Something’s Gotta Give” and forthcoming single, “Kids In The Dark”.

Bellahouston Park will be playing host to Dumfries DJ, Calvin Harris on 30th August 2015, as part of their Summer Sessions line-up. The gig is Harris’ first headline, outdoor Scottish show and support come in the form of pal, Ellie Goulding. Harris released his fourth LP, “Motion” last year, and forthcoming single, “Pray To God” (which features sister band, Haim) is out next week.

Fresh from her tumble at The Brits last week, Queen Of Pop, Madonna proved she is far from down and out when she announced her tour plans for later this year. Madge will be at The SSE Hydro on 20th December 2015, as part of her “Rebel Heart Tour”; the icon releases her 13th studio album of the same name tomorrow (6th March 2015).

Homegrown talent, Texas have unveiled plans to celebrate 25 years in the music industry with a string of UK dates this December. Sharleen Spitiri and Co will be at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on 18th December 2015. The band recently released, “Texas 25″, a greatest hits compilation of their 2 decade-strong back catalogue. Texas will also be at The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow next month.




Live From London : Best Friends, The Social (25/02/2015)

There was something apt about the whole occasion when Best Friends took to the stage at The Social on the night of Wednesday 25th February. The compact London venue hidden round quiet street corners within spitting distance of the bright lights of Oxford Circus was built with punk club, rock’n’roll chic in mind.

The Nottingham quartet certainly embraced the mood of the venue, launching straight into the high energy of opening track ‘Fake Spit’. Proudly displaying Dinosaur Jr reverbs, Best Friends dress the part with 90s Stephen Malkmus hair and faded Californian t-shirts. The riff of ‘Shred Til Your Dead’ and ‘Wasting Time’ recall The Cribs in their student union nights pomp and the harmonies of ‘Dude Love’ sound like Girls after a weekend bender.

For all their influences from across the pond, when you hear vocalist, Lewis Sharman implore ‘If you want it/Reach out and take it/And if you take it, try not to break it’ you can’t help but smile wryly at the traces of British pessimism.

Best Friends blast through their set hard and fast, with barely pause of breath or time to contemplate a song lasting more than three minutes. Even in such a small venue, where you can’t disappear into an embarrassed anonymity if you bump into someone and spill your drink down their back, a circle of pogo-ers nonetheless emerge and even a crowdsurfer too. In an age where indie pop guitar wielders are pushed to the peripheries of the charts, Best Friends are certainly one to catch sooner rather than later before their immediacy gets lost in bigger venues.

Live Review : Enter Shikari, The Barrowlands (21/02/15)

The Barrowland Ballroom spewed chaos on Saturday night when Enter Shikari brought their “Mindsweep Tour” to a sold out Glasgow.

First to take to the legendary stage were home-town talent, Fatherson, who wasted no time in warming up the crowd. The band’s laid-back, indie sound was ideal for welcoming in punters, and they were humble enough to include a quick “Thank You” to fans who had bought their debut LP, “I Am An Island” or come out to see them play live in and around the city in their short, but sweet set.

Yorkshire’s allusondrugs followed. The venue gave the band’s unique grunge sound their seal of approval; the loud, heavy guitar riffs kept the crowd on their toes, and hungry for more. Before departing the stage, Singer, Jason Moules expressed his love of Scottish soda, Irn Bru, which provoked a wave of cheers and laughter from fans.

Third, and final, support band, Feed The Rhino were up next; the crowd were noticeably more enthusiastic over this band, especially when opening track, “Behind The Pride” kicked in, much to the crowd’s moshing delight! Frontman, Lee Tobin had punters in the palm of his hand throughout stand-out tracks, “Left For Ruins” and “New Waves”.

A 10-minute countdown announced headliners, Enter Shikari and prompted excitement to rocket through the roof. “The Appeal & The Mindsweep I” kicked off proceedings, whipping fans into a frenzy. “Destabilise”, “Radiate” and “Ghandi Mate, Ghandi” followed, with a background of daredevil crowd-surfing. The band took the crowd back to their 2007 debut, “Take To The Skies” with fan-favourite, “Mothership”. “Stalemate”, “The Paddington Frisk” and latest single, “Anaesthetist” concluded their set.

Enter Shikari have a unique appreciation of their Glasgow fans; the band chose The Barrowland to record a live LP in 2013 and fans returned the favour by swapping traditional chant of “One More Song” for national anthem, “O Flower Of Scotland” to coax the band back on-stage for an encore. Enter Shikari granted their wish, returning to the stage with, “Dear Future Historians” and “Slipshod”, before bowing out with a remix of classic track, “Sssnakepit”, not before they invited punters to their aftershow DJ set.

Enter Shikari’s sold-out Barrowland gig proved that their twisted take on modern rock is as popular today as their 2007 debut; their unique sound satisfies their fans, dazzles their critics and challenged everyone else anywhere near their genre.



Gig Guide, Glasgow : 25/02/2015

Gigs This Week

The SSE Hydro plays host to an array of reality TV “talent” this weekend when The X Factor 2015 Tour rolls into town. The line-up includes winner, Ben Haenow, Fleur East, controversial contestant, Stevi Ritchie, Stereo Kicks, Jay James, Lauren Platt, Only The Young and Andrea Faustini. The tour will be live on Friday (27th February) and a Saturday matinee (28th February 2015).

Manchester’s Blossoms will be in Glasgow this week as part of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut’s birthday celebrations. The five-piece will be bringing their spin of psychedelic rock to the venue who celebrate their 25th Birthday this month on Friday (27th February 2015). Support comes from Vagabonds Poets and Daniel Paris.

Placebo are scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Sunday (1st March 2015) as part of their current tour. The London-based band, who formed in 1994, are out on the road in support of the most recent, seventh LP, “Loud Like Love”, which was released in 2013.

Brighton-born, indie rock band, The Kooks are live at Glasgow’s 02 Academy this week, too; the quartet will be performing at the venue on Monday 2nd March 2015. The band have enjoyed a run of rejuvenated success following the release of fourth studio album, “Listen”, released last September.

King Tut’s plays host to Little Comets on Monday (2nd March 2015). The band formed in 2008, and released latest album, “Hope Is Just A State Of Mind” earlier this month. It follows their 2011 debut, “In Search Of Little Elusive Comets” and 2012’s “Life Is Elsewhere”. Support comes from Model Aeroplanes and Ross Mitchell.

Home-grown talent, Neon Waltz will be playing live at Nice N Sleazy’s next week (Wednesday 4th March 2015) as part of their current UK tour. The band, from Caithness, formed in 2013 and have already generated quite a following and fans in the form of radio DJ, Jim Gellatly and The Scottish Sun’s Editor, Gordon Smart.

Just Announced

Old-school, indie band, Shed Seven unveiled plans to tour in Winter 2015. The band, who formed in 1990, were one of the prominent players of the Britpop scene, and have released four LPs since, the most recent being 2001’s “Truth Be Told”. Shed Seven will be supported by very special guests, Inspiral Carpets, who released their self-titled LP last year; it was the band’s first studio release in 20 years and toured late last year. Shed Seven and Inspiral Carpets will be at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Friday 4th December 2015.

Irish singer/songwriter, Damien Rice will be out on tour this summer; he will be live at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Tuesday 9th June 2015. Rice released his third studio album, “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” in November 2014.



Live Review : The Script, The Hydro (19/02/2015)

Dublin-born trio, The Script were on a mission to “paint the town green” at Glasgow’s Hydro on Thursday night; the band took to the stage via the ecstatic crowd accompanied by a team of green flag-fliers for the first of two sold out shows at the venue.

Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, who formed The Script in 2001, launched straight into, “Hail, Rain, Sunshine”, which featured in Mrs Brown D’Movie last year, before taking fans back to “where it all began” for the trio with “Breakeven” and “Before The Worst” lifted straight from their self-titled debut released in 2008. Guitarist, Sheehan confided in fans about how great it was to be “home in Glasgow” while O’Donoghue praised the fans’ singing, “You sound fucking great!”

A sprinkling of material both old and new followed; “We Cry”, “Nothing”, “If You Could See Me Now”, a poignant track penned by frontman, O’Donoghue about his late father, and forthcoming single, “Man On A Wire” taken from their latest LP, “No Sound Without Silence”, released last September. The trio then stripped back to basics with a short, but sweet acoustic arrangement on a small stage at the back of the room (to the delight of seated fans) on tracks, “Never Seen Anything Quite Like You” and signature song, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” which was accompanied by the traditional sing-along. O’Donoghue was then let-loose on fans sitting in the top tier of the venue for “You Won’t Feel A Thing” stopping for hugs and posing for selfies to the delight of fans, and dismay of security. An emotionally-charged “Six Degrees Of Separation” saw the band bow out.

However, The Script certainly saved the best for last; the encore was shaped by their collaboration with, “Hall Of Fame”, their first UK number one single from 2012 and latest single, “No Good In Goodbye”. However, it was “For The First Time”, the lead single from their second LP, “Science & Faith” which stole the show and closed the set on an emotional, energetic high for both band and fans.




Live Review : The Kerrang! Tour, 02 Academy (16/02/15)

Despite the miserable weather and the unavoidable Monday blues, gig- goers were out in force at The O2 Academy last week for a night of non-stop rock; The Kerrang! Tour was in town.

Ohio metal-core band, Beartooth kicked off proceedings with “Beaten In Lips”. “In Between”, “Dead” and “I Have A Problem” followed, after which frontman, Caleb Shomo thanked the crowd for coming out early to catch their set before concluding with, “Body Bag”.

Next up was Southampton’s own, Bury Tomorrow and lead vocalist, Dani Winter-Bates spared no time in encouraging the audience to get involved, saying that the evening should be about appreciation of live music, rather than the genre that sound-tracked The Kerrang! Tour. The quintet ripped through tracks, “Man On Fire”, “Garden Of Thorns” and “An Honourable Reign” during their blistering set. Their stint on stage closed with Winter-Bates launching himself on top of the crowd during, “Lionheart”.

Fresh on the scene, and on the tour followed; Young Guns took centre stage. Singer, Gustav Wood and Co are out on the road in support of their forthcoming third studio album, “One And Zeros”, due for release in June. Their set was short, but very sweet and shaped by tracks, “I Want Out” and “Speaking In Tongues”. The band concluded with their biggest hit to date, “Bones”, which whipped the crowd into a bouncing, singing frenzy.

New Yorkers, We Are The In Crowd brought a slightly different feel to the bill, thanks to their brand of pop punk. As the main support to headliners, Don Broco, the female-fronted outfit played a mixture of material both old and new in a 12-strong song set. Upbeat tracks, “Never Be What You Want” and “Both Sides Of The Story” loosened up the crowd in perfect time for the main event. 

Don Broco took centre stage and singer, Rob Damiani had the crowd by the jugular from the get-go! The Bedford band delivered a roaring performance with mass sing-alongs accompanying tracks, “Money Power Fame” and “Yeah Man”. “Actors”, “Fire” and “Whole Truth” followed, before the band bowed out with “Fancy Dress”. Don Broco’s encore was shaped by “Beautiful Morning”, “Thug Workout” and “Hold On”, before the band surprised (and delighted) their audience by splitting them down the middle for an impromptu game of badminton complete with net and rackets! “Superlove”, “Priorities” and “You Wanna Know” closed the set, and concluded an exceptional evening of live music in Glasgow.

As is typical of The Kerrang! Tour, the anticipation was high this year, and the five-band strong ensemble chosen to represent the metal/rock/punk genres certainly did not disappoint.


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