Live at Faversham on Monday, 4th February 2008
The much hyped Glasgow 4 piece came to a sold out Faversham with a crazy amount of expectation, was there a 'picks for '08' piece that didn't feature them? They're certainly different from the crop of 'anyone can do it' indie hopefuls plaguing us at the moment. Dry-ice, Noise, Quiffs? all present and correct as they appeared through the mist to the strains of Ennio Morricone's 'One man and his Harmonica'. The effect slightly undermined by the smoke machine setting the smoke alarm off (clues in the name, I guess) about 5 times during opener 'Flowers and Football Tops'.
They were back on track for new single 'It's my Cheating Heart That Makes My Cry', reverb all the way up to 11 on everything, drums waaay too quiet (come on Fav, sort it out), voice strong and clear and very, very Glaswegian. I'd love to see this take off on radio, and break them out of evening 'speciality' shows. It's music that would make you pull over or down tools to listen too and hope that the DJ will tell you who it is rather than cut to promos.
Biggest cheers was for last single 'Daddy's Gone' (ok, not the cheeriest of set lists so far, death, loss and desertion, maybe that's Glasgow for you) with even a sing along in the Oh, Oh Oh's. Before this song there was a nice moment when singer James Allan read from the notes of an aspiring journo caught scribbling at the front, showing that there is a sense of humour in there somewhere.
Last song was a cover of 60's Ronettes' smash 'Be My Baby' which neatly summarises the ingredients that Glasvegas bring to the table. Phil Spector in the sheer amount of noise coupled with sweet harmonies and the 50's and 60's in the purity of the pop song. Whilst this does make them stand out now, it can't be claimed as entirely original, The Jesus and Mary Chain where doing this years ago, The Cocteau Twins also had sugar coated vocals over sheets of noise but that doesn't mean that Glasvegas aren't doing it very well.
It's not so much a Wall of Sound as the White Noise Cliffs of Dover. Those hype '08 lists are right.