Monthly Archives: March 2012

World O’Mind ★★

The Bay , Glasgow
16/03/12

World O’Mind
Supporting Acts

Gareth Croll
Mel McMillan
Franny McKeown

Playing a range of both original songs and cover versions, the 2 piece Glasgow band, World O’Mind , played a 30 minute set at a great wee acoustic venue in the centre of Glasgow.
Their new song “Radio Crash” was a popular hit, with great lyrics that proved to create an upbeat atmosphere from early on in the set. Cover versions included the Kings Of Leon hit “Use Someone” and the ever popular Katy Perry song, “Teenage Dream” which enabled many of the eager crowd to sing along and interact with the performance. With both members performing a solo song within the set, including “All The Kings Horses”,  it didn’t really help with creating an overall understanding of the band as one however a great performance could be seen throughout their most recent song, “All The World To See”, which was my personal favorite, before the night ended with another original song, “Dream World”.
It was an overall good gig, more interaction with the crowd could have improved on the atmosphere at certain points within the performance although great lyrics could be heard within the variety of originals songs.
Would really like to hear more from them in the future.

 


Laura Marling ★★★

O2 Academy
10/03/12

Supporting Act:
Timbre Timbre

Arriving just in time to see the second supporting act of the night- Timbre Timbre. The 30 minute set, accompanied by a guitar, consisted of all original songs performed acoustically.  It was nothing too exciting but created a nice atmosphere before Laura Marling took to the stage.
The indie folk artist arrived on stage ,along with her band,  to perform a selection of hits from her 3 released albums. Songs including “You Know”, “Ghosts” and “Everlasting Love” were all certain crowd pleasers on the night . And her great thought provoking lyrics accompanied by her flawless vocals easily highlighted exactly why Marling has reached global success.
Despite really enjoying the gig, more so when it was simply Laura accompanied by her guitar, the sound quality and 0verall atmosphere of the gig could have been greatly improved by a small, more intimate gig venue.

I would really love to hear her perform live in the future, but with much a smaller crowd number.


The Modests ★★★

03/03/2012
The Classic Grand, Glasgow
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Despite having their Barrowlands gig cancelled at the last minute, The Modests still managed to secure a 30 minute set as part of the Charity Sadowski Fest.
The four piece Glasgow band performed a series of original songs including 07505, which was explain to be titled after the lead singer, Jacksons phone number. P.S The World was also evidently the most popular song of the night, and despite poor sound quality during parts of the set, the band still managed to encourage the crowd throughout their performance. The Elvis cover of ‘Heartbreak Hotel” created a great atmosphere throughout the room and further original songs including “Call The Cops” and “In The Wings” were performed before the band thanked the crowd and left the stage.

A great improvement could be seen from their previous performance at George Square , which can be read here. And with a recent interview in The Evening Times and having secured a whole list of upcoming gigs, this band have clear high hopes and ambitions.
Go check them out!


Tommy Reilly + Supporting Acts ★★★

Captains Rest, Glasgow
28/02/12

Tommy Reilly
Supporting Acts:

Rae Morris
The Deep Dark Woods
Gabriel and the Hounds
Every Genius Delivers

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This was my first time seeing a gig in the Captains Rest, and despite nearly falling down the stairs a few times, it was a really impressive venue with great sound quality throughout the night.
There were 4 overall supporting acts before Tommy Reilly took to the stage, some coming from far out as Canada,  however the one that really caught my attention was 19 year old, Rae Morris who has recently been signed to Atlantic Records.
Arriving onstage, looking slightly nervous, Rae Morris performed the first of many original songs, which instantly captured the awaiting audience. Her flawless, soulful vocals were accompanied by the sound of the piano as she played hits such as’ Day one’ and ‘For You’ before confessing to the crowd that this was only her second time in Glasgow.

The singer-songwriter from Blackpool provided short annicdotes before performing some of the songs which enabled many of the crowd to relate to the very raw lyrics, thus creating a really warming atmosphere throughout the room.
Towards the end of the set, Morris explained that she wanted to give back to fans and was hoping to do so by putting some free tracks online for fans to download, creating an applause from the audience.

This was definetly the first time I have been totally drawn in and left in complete awe throughout a supporting acts performance. Rae Morris seems to be incredibly greatful for the opportunity to play live music around the UK, and this was evident through her performance on stage. I really hope to hear more from her in the future.
And after the 30 minute set, Tommy Reilly took to the stage . The Scottish singer-songwriter, who first recieved a recording contract after winning the tv talent show ‘Orange Unsigned Act’, performed an acoustic set of mainly new, unreleased songs, which provided us with a preview of whats in store for the upcoming album. Songs performed on the night included, ‘Dolminos or Darts’ and ‘Shut My Eyes’ and the ever popular “6 billion people” proved to be a hit with many of the crowd singing and dancing along.

I would have like to hear more songs from the first two albums, and there were some technical difficultes during his performance, however this guy has a clear talent and I really enjoyed the gig.