Glasvegas, Concert Hall, Troon
Friday 14 January 2011
They may have written their forthcoming album, EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ , at a beach house in California, but Glasvegas's new tracks will surely never sound more at home than on this debut mini-tour of remote Scottish locations in the dead of winter. This band make music to suit a wet Wednesday night on the Ayrshire coast, but it helps if you're surrounded by a few hundred Scots in full voice and off their faces.
Taking the stage to the excerpt of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata used in their song "Stabbed", the band's singer James Allan was looking positively summery in white jeans, vest and dark sunglasses, although the rest of the group retained their familiar black-on-black sartorial style. Alongside Allan's cousin Rab on guitar and bassist Paul Donoghue, their number now includes drummer Jonna Löfgren, who plays her kit with the same standing technique but appreciably more fluency than the previous incumbent Caroline McKay.
Of the dozen songs played in a little over an hour, four were new. The first of these, the set opener and the album's debut download, The World Is Yours, hinted at a more upbeat outlook than might previously have been expected from this lot, with its Bond theme title chorus merged with a fast, thudding bassline and jagged, reverb-sodden guitars. Such cheer didn't last. "A Little Thing Called Fear" wasn't quite Siouxsie and the Banshees, but there was a certain goth gloom in its sparse, repetitive rattle.
"Shine Like Stars" was introduced as "a dancing song", but it's music for a lone, angry jig at chucking-out time. None of this is a bad thing. Glasvegas are a rare band who capture that peculiarly Scottish trait of being all but unable to distinguish between melancholy and joy – hence the album title – and the final new track "Euphoria" snatched yet more epic communal beauty from the jaws of personal despair as effortlessly as established singalong classics "Go Square Go" and "Daddy's Gone".
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
Oscars 2015 Bringing you all the news from the 87th Academy Awards
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Film Hollywood's new leading lady talks about her Ramsay Street days
Oscar voter speaks outfilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Madonna claims jokes about her age tantamount to racism: 'No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black'
Seinfeld is laughing all the way to the bank: TV show generates $3.1bn in repeat fees since final episode
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl: First look at Oscar winner as transgender artist
Blade Runner sequel: Harrison Ford confirmed to return with Denis Villeneuve directing
All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research
House of Cards season 3 premiere, review: Has Frank Underwood gone soft?
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East