Scottish rock band Glasvegas played a full Mod Club on Saturday night, which meant it was an early gig. As I get older, I realize what a gem it is to not be stuck at a concert venue for all hours of the evening, it also allows one to hop to another show… Say, Malkmus and the Jicks up the road. I didn’t do as such, but I know folks that did.
I have always written Glasvegas off for their ridiculous name – a hybrid of Glasgow and Los Vegas. However when asked last minute by a very hot date to go to the gig, I found myself compelled to go to the free gig, and for the very hot date as well. He threw on the tune “Daddy’s Gone” from the band’s self-titled album. He described the band as a sixties sounding rock band… I disagree as a whole, but for that one very good song, he’s pretty bang on.
Glasvegas seems to have a very male-dominated, dedicated following. It was really fun to see people really into a gig – lots of hooting and hollering. Lead singer and guitarist, James Allan, commented that they must be Scottish, and with some more banter told him in a very heavy accent to “folk off” and then said he was kidding and said he loved him. Very minimal banter beyond this from the gang, perhaps due Allan being sick, but maybe not. It was probably for the better because deciphering the Scottish accent in a sweaty, loud concert venue ain’t easy.
Dressed all in black, the band is comprised of four members, all men with the exception of drummer, Jonna Löfgren, who for the entire wore black wayfarer sunglasses. Löfgren also stood up playing for the entire set, which I suspect is something characteristic of the band. It seems that from older videos, their past drummer did this too.
As a green listener, I found their music a bit repetitive – lots of chanting bridge parts meant for sing-a-longs, lots of stern, forced vocals, and marching drum patterns. All of what I’d probably image to be popular in the Scottish music scene. Revisiting their studio stuff now has made me appreciate their gig significantly more. This band’s certainly worth checking out, both recorded and live.