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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.

 


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!


Chloe Latimer ★★

G2, Glasgow
18/02/12

Chloe Latimer

Supporting:
Model Jet Pilot
Waiting For Go
Sonny Marvello

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Performing only her second ever gig, Chloe Latimer took to the stage on Saturday night to an eager awaiting crowd.
The 15 year old singer songwriter from Clydebank performed a mix of both original songs, including “Home” and some cover versions  such as the Bonnie Raitt hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and a great acoustic version of  “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus before ending the set with a unique Ed Sheeran medley, including hits such as “A Team”.

The atmosphere really hightened towards the end of the set, and despite her young age and lack of experience with live performances, Chloe appeared incredibly confident and really seemed to enjoy performing in front of an audience.

Saturdays gig made it evident that she has great potential, and after being chosen to support Nina Nesbitt at her gig in King Tuts in May, I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from her very soon!
It was a good gig and she already has a a really great fanbase, go check out her music!


Big Country ★★★

Barrowlands, Glasgow
07/02/12

Supporting Act:
GUN

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Ok so firstly, due to the fog, and my mums reckless driving , I missed the supporting act.
However, I arrived just in time to see Big Country wow the crowds once again at The Barrowlands.

The scottish rock band, who first formed in 1981, appeared on stage at 9pm, to the loud cheers and cries from many of the crowd. Having first performed at the Barrowlands in 1983 for a Hogmanay gig, they returned once again to welcome the Glasgow crowd. Despite there being a clear “bittersweet” atmosphere as the band first appeared onstage, due to the loss of frontman, Stuart Adamson, the band, which now includes Mike Peters performing vocals, were warmly welcomed onstage and the night kicked off with opening songs such as “Angle Park ” and “East of Eden”.
Celebrating 30 years since their debut record, ” The Crossing” was released, the band continued on to perform clearly popular hits including “Another Country” and their newest song,  “Balcony”.

With cheers of “Here We Go”, from many of the crowd, it was evident that there was a sense of old friends being reunited. Everything seemed so familiar to them, and with almost all of the crowd simultaneously singing along to every word thorough out their set, a great buzzing atmosphere was successfully created and it seemed that I could well have been the only person experiencing Big Country live for the first time that night.

Many more, clearly popular hits, were performed including “The Crossing”  ,”Restless Natives” and “Inwards”, before Mike Peters stepped into the middle of the crowd to perform “Chance”, encouraging everyone within the room to singalong. Thus created a clear sense of nostalgia as the band, along with their army of middle-aged  fans ,were once again reconnected within the Barrowland ballroom. And it was nothing less than magical.

The crowd once again went wild as “1000 stars”, “Harvest Home” and “Fields of Fire” were performed before the band thanked the crowd and ended their 95 minute set.
However, It didn’t take long before they returned once again to dedicate a cover of Smokey Robinson’s hit,  “Tracks Of My Tears” to the crowd before continuing on to perform “Look Away” &  finally, “Wonderland ” before they left the stage to the cheers and upmost respect from the crowd.

It was an overall really great gig and it was fantastic to see an older band perform with so much enthusiasm and passion.
And, I must mention that Mark Brzezicki was at his outstanding best on the night.

Big Country Ticket Big Country


Kina Grannis + Imaginary Friend ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow 
02/02/12

Supporting Act:
Imaginary Friend
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King Tuts has always been my one of my favourite venues due to the amazing sound quality, and last nights gig was no exception.
The only supporting act of the night was a young, acoustic singer/songwriter by the name of “Imaginary Friend”. The 30 minute set consisted of songs from his most recent EP, including Chasing Ghosts and his newest song, Fire Escape. The clearly talented songwriter had the audience in awe throughout most of his performance, with his effortless vocals and relateable song lyrics that created a very calming atmosphere throughout most of the room. After explaining it was only his first time in Scotland, Imaginary friend performed a really great acoustic cover of the Frank Sinatra hit, “Fly Me To The Moon” which allowed many of the crowd to quietly sing along. The final song performed was “I Knew This Would Be Love” before he then thanked the crowd and left the stage. This guy has a real raw talent and his laid back performance was really refreshing. He also had a great stage presence, making many of the crowd laugh several times throughout his set.

Next up was Kina Grannis to perform the second date in her latest tour for the release of her newest album, “Stairwells”. Opening songs, “The One You Say Goodnight To” and “Cambridge”  were a great choice, with so many of the crowd singing and clapping along, helping to create an overall cheerful, relaxing atmosphere.  An amazing acoustic cover of  “Oops I did It Again” by Britney Spears was a clear hit with the crowd, and by providing personal anecdotes about many of her songs, she had the majority of the audience hanging off her every word.  Following on in the 60 minute set, a few more original songs were performed, including “In Your Arms”, “This Far” and “Heart In Mind”. And despite forgetting the words at one point, the audience simply laughed and cheered as Grannis continued onto the chorus. Finally “Valentine” and “The Goldfish Song” were also performed towards the end of the set before the final song  “Message From Your Heart” was sung, which Grannis explained, was written in 2007, at the beginning of her career. And by unplugging the guitar and stepping, barefoot, away from the mic, she successfully had the entire room in complete awe throughout the song. It was  really electrifying and very refreshing to hear the japanese/american guitarist step out of her shyness ,that was seen during the beginning of her performance, to finally perform in her element and really enjoy herself.

After leaving the stage with cheers from the audience, Grannis returned once again to perform an encore consisting of a clearly popular song, “It’s Love” before bringing Imaginary friend back on stage to perform a cover of “Fix You” by Coldplay, along with Keith Tutt II, the backing vocalist on the night. The three musicians are clearly very talented and have an evident passion for both their music and performing. It was a really great night and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves throughout the entire gig.

  


Little Eye + Supporting Acts ★★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
26/01/12

Supporting Acts:

The Alter-Natives
Waiting For Go 
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The first act on stage were a 4 piece indie/rock band named “The Alter-Natives”. Their 30 minute set consisted of many original songs including their newest single ” Mistakes Don’t Understate” which proved to be a great hit with the crowd, helped by the catchy, relatable lyrics. A good cover of “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters was also performed during the set which enabled many of the crowd to sing along, creating a good atmosphere within the room. With this being one of the bands first gigs, it was evident that they lacked confidence on the night however with a bit more experience, I’m certain they will improve greatly.

Next up was a 5 piece Indie/Rock Glaswegian band named “Waiting For Go”. Having previously seen them perform in December ( read the review here ) , I was eager to see if the band would maintain their great enthusiasm that was evident in their last performance. And I was nothing short of impressed. The band appeared on stage to open their 30 minute set with original songs such as “Conflicted Hearts” and “Stay”. These were clearly a huge crowd pleaser with so many people singing and dancing along to every song. A great atmosphere was present throughout the room, as the band performed further songs including ” What’s It Gonna Be”, “Believe Me” and the ever popular, “On The DanceFloor”. Chants of “Here we f*cking go” were screamed aloud by the crowd before the band introduced their newest single “Let Go” which will be released in March. Sadly there was no crowd surfing this time around, however lead singer, Jordan Butler did wow the crowds by performing the end of the set whilst standing on top on the barrier. The bands passion for music and clear love for performing was evident throughout the set last night, I would have liked to have heard a cover song performed however it was an overall great performance, and they successfully got the crowd hyped for the main act.

Finally, Little Eye were on stage to perform a 60 minute set at the sell out gig. Having previously been voted “Winners of the “Clyde 1 In Demand Band Of The Year” and “Young Scot Best Unsigned Band”, There has been a lot of hyped surrounding them recently and last nights gig made it evident as to why. The 4 piece scottish band performed a series of  original songs including “Can’t Relax” and “Remember Yesterday.” This band have a really great stage presence and created a great atmosphere throughout their performance. And with an album due out in the summer, we can only expect greater things to come from this band in the future.

An overall great gig and I’d really advise everyone to go check them all out !

  

 


Lawson + Supporting Acts ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
21/01/12

Supporting Acts:

Carrie Mac

Leon Jackson
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Carrie Mac kicked off the night was a 30 minute set consisting of mainly all original songs. Songs including ” Falling At My Feet”  and “Till I See You Again” were a clear hit with the crowd, and a flawless cover of “Rude Boy” by Rihanna was performed towards the end of the set. Her song writing ability is simply amazing and last nights performance proved that this singer-songwriter from Edinburgh really has what it takes to make it big. With a new album promised soon, we can only expect bigger and better things from her.
Next up was another Scottish singer, Leon Jackson, who first made it big  after winning the X-Factor in 2007. His 30 minute performance included  “Just the way you are” by Bruno Mars that allowed the crowd to singalong. His overall performance sounded very similar to Paulo Nutini, however he did seem much more nervous whilst on stage. This may have been due to the constant shouts from the crowd such as “We Love You Leon” which were often screamed aloud by the group of 50+ year old woman that were clearly having a good time. Overall, It was a good performance and he successfully managed to get the crowd hyped.
Finally, Lawson were on stage to perform the last date of the tour. The 4 piece London based boy band, performed a 60 minute set with songs such as “Everything was easy” and “Waterfall”. Having performed with acts such as Avril Lavigne, The Saturdays and The Wanted, this band have a strong fanbase which was evident on the night, with so many of the crowd singing along to every word throughout the performance, and with some dedicated fans even displaying hand made posters and customised t-shirts. Further on in the set, a cover of “Firework”by Katy Perry was performed along with “Anybody out there” and “Red Sky” ,before the band left the stage.
And with chants including “Take it off” and “One more song”, it wasn’t long before the band returned to perform another few songs including an amazing upbeat cover of “A-Team” by Ed Sheeran.
It was a really good gig overall and the atmosphere was great. The band were clearly very passionate about their music and their fans.



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!

 


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!