All Time Low + Supporting Acts ★★★★

O2 Academy, Glasgow
14/01/12

Supporting Acts :
We Are The In Crowd 

The Maine

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The gig kicked of with a 30 minute set from a New York band named “We Are The In Crowd.” The five piece pop/punk band played various hits from their most recent album that was released in October 2010 named “Best Intentions.” Having previously been compared to Paramore, who also have a female lead singer and songs of the same genre, I was eager to see just how well this band would create a name from themselves and differ from their comparisons. With tracks being played such as “Rumour Mill” and “Kiss Me Again” it was quickly highlighted that this  band have a great ability to create really catchy, memorable lyrics that fans could easily relate to. With flawless vocals and a great stage presence, it was evident at first listen that this band will go far. And with so many of the crowd singing along to every word during most songs, and hysterical screams from fans when a UK tour in April was announced, the band successfully created a really great atmosphere throughout the room.

Next up were another five piece American band by the name of “The Maine.” This pop/rock band recharged the crowd once again during their  performance with a selection of songs from their album “Pioneer” which was released only last month. It was an enjoyable performance and it was clear that they have a strong fan base in Glasgow with many crowd members also singing along during most of their songs.  It was an overall good set however I would have preferred this band to have performed first as “We Are The In Crowd” were clearly a much greater hit with the crowd.

And finally It was time for All Time Low to perform. The five piece pop/punk band, who take their name from the lyrics of “Head On Collision” by New Found Glory, performed a 60 minute set on the second night of their tour. And it was nothing less than amazing. The band came on stage to perform hits such as “Time Bomb” and “Forget About It” and various hits from their most recent album “Dirty Work” which was released in March last year. They effortlessly got the crowd completely wild and the  band clearly had some fun on stage by talking to fans, encouraging a “mosh pit” and even bringing one lucky topless male fan upon stage. An acoustic singalong was then carried out  during ” Remembering Sunday” by lead guitarist and vocalist, Alex Gaskarth which brought out his great singing ability. A few more songs were then performed, including “Guts” and “Lost In Stereo” before the band left the stage to a screaming audience.
After chants from the crowd of “Char- lie Sheen” then ” All Time Low” , the band reappeared on stage once again to perform the encore consisting of hits such as Do You Want Me (Dead?) and Weightless which had the crowd in complete awe. A few more words were said by the band including that the “merch guy named Vinny” would be celebrating his birthday at “The Cathouse” after the gig and that the entire crowd was invited. Thus then encouraging the crowd to chant “Vinny Fuckin Vegas” which is overall very entertaining before ending the night with a clearly popular hit “Dear Maria, Count Me In”.
It was a great night which I think was really boosted by having such great supporting acts and the fact that the lighting effects were amazing throughout the entire set , it really added to the overall intense atmosphere within the room.
I’d advise everyone to go give them all a listen!

 


The Toi ★★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
King Tuts New Years Revolution
Supporting The River 68’s

 

Having last seen the band perform at the Barrowlands in October during SaviFest, a huge improvement could be seen from them at their gig last night.

The three piece band, who first formed in February 2011, performed a 30 minute set as part of the New Years Revolution in King Tuts. Original songs such as “Get on it” and “Down by the River” were performed at a very high standard. And with many of the crowd singing along, a buzzing atmosphere was created throughout their set. We can only expect greater things to come from this band in the forthcoming months,with an EP promised to be released later this year.

The Toi are a really entertaining band with an evident passion for their music.
Would really advise everyone to go see them!

P.s Thanks for the demo cd!

 

 


Tragic O’Hara ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
King Tuts New Years Revolution
06/01/12

 

Having recently been mentioned on Clyde 1 radio as “One to watch for in 2012”, there were high expectations for this free gig.
As part of the King Tuts New Year Revolution, Tragic O’Hara performed a 30 minute set in the bar consisting of original songs including  “Out of My hands”,  which helped to highlight what a talented songwriter this guy is and his guitar skills ,along with the harmonica, were nothing short of impressive.
A great atmosphere was created within the crowd with an intro to the story behind the lyrics of a recent song titled “Thick as Thieves” , Tragic O’Hara really knows how to entertain.
A large crowd started to gather during the end of the set, therefore having the performance on the main stage upstairs,would have been preferred
However it was an overall great gig!

Go check him out!

Apologies for the poor picture


The Modests ★★★

George Square, Glasgow
WinterFest
02/01/2012

There has recently been a lot of hype surrounding this band and their free gig in George Square earlier this week soon made it clear as to why.
This four piece glaswegian band performed a 30 minute set consisting of many original songs.  Songs such as “P.s The World” and ” I need your help” were certain crowd pleasers and a great cover of the Elvis Presley hit, “Heartbreak Hotel” was performed towards the end of the set.
Better sound quality would have improved the gig, as it was difficult to hear the lead singer at certain times during the performance.
But it was an overall good wee gig.

Looking forward to hearing more of them in the future.


Waiting For Go ★★★★

Oran Mor, Glasgow

Supporting The Imagineers
26/12/11


I hadn’t heard much from this 5 piece Glaswegian band but I was nothing short of impressed with their 30 minute set this week.

Full of energy and enthusiasm, the band performed many of their original songs including “Stay” and “On the Dancefloor” which many of the crowd, filled with their friends and family, already knew all the words to. This created a great atmosphere throughout the room and the crowd were buzzing.

Great guitar skills could be seen from 1 of 3 guitarists within the band Jack McDade and the very enthusiastic lead singer, Jordan Butler, even carried out an amateur crowd surf.
This band are clearly very passionate about their music and I really hope to hear more from them in the future.
Go check them out!


The Imagineers ★★

Oran Mor, Glasgow
26/12/11

This was my first time in the Oran Mor and it may possibly be my new favourite gig venue. Fresh from supporting Kassidy a few weeks previous, Their headlining gig included supporting acts The Rudiments and Waiting For Go. The four piece glasgow based band performed a 60 minute set consisting of all original songs with a very folky sound.
Popular songs including ‘So Dramatic’ and ‘Marianna’ were certain crowd pleasers on the night. However the lengthy set, with very similar sounding songs caused the crowd to lose focus during the end of the performance.
This band are a bit different to my personal music taste but it was a good gig none the less.
Go see them!


Majestic Dandelion ★★★

Sno Bar Xscape, Glasgow
22/12/11

This 3 piece band from Paisley performed a great 45 minute set this week with free entry and a great acoustic venue, it was a great night all round.
Performing a series of their original songs including a recently written song temporary named, in true glaswegian fashion, as “Hurricane Bawbag.”
This guitar band is clearly very passionate about their music and a great hit with the crowd.
Hope to hear more of then in the future.


Friendly Fires ★★★★

The Barrowlands, Glasgow
20/12/11

Voted one of the best UK live acts, Friendly Fires certainly maintained their title at their last show date this week.

With a set list including ‘Blue Cassette’, ’ Jump In The Pool’ and ‘On Board’ along with their ability to get the crowd moving with every track played, helped ensure a great time was had by all.
Constant strobe lighting throughout the 90 minute performance along with colourful parrot wings resembling the artwork from their latest album “Pala”, being displayed on screens behind the stage showed the band really stepped this tour up a gear.
Really great performance.


The Complete Stone Roses ★★★★

O2 Academy , Glasgow 
09/12/11

This was the first gig I’ve ever been to where I got the ticket for free and got on the guest list. Im moving up in the world haha.

It was such a good night! Playing a series of hits from The Stone Roses, this band are simply amazing. Andy Connor’s guitar skills are nothing short of sweeeeet and to top it off, the lead singer – John McKenzie – even looked a lot like Ian Brown.

With the enthusiastic crowd singing along to every single song that was played, including “She bangs the drums” and “Sally Cinnamon” , It was clear to see that The Stone Roses have a lot of work to do if they want to keep up with this famous Glaswegian band.

Would really advise everyone to see this band at least once in their lifetime.


Steve Poltz ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
Supporting Glenn Tilbrook
26/11/11

This singer/songwriter is by far the happiest guy I have ever seen in my life. His very distinctive songs are so full of fun ,the audience was left in total awe and laughter throughout his 30 minute performance this week. Such an inspiring songwriter.

Would love to see him live again soon!