Music Like A Vitamin: Vitamin A


1 ABC1, Glasgow, Thu 9 Oct

Praise should be heaped on Idlewild’s Rod Jones, the man behind Music Like a Vitamin, for organising the double-header of concerts on behalf of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Thursday’s show, Vitamin A, compered by the effervescent Duglas T Stewart of indie veterans BMX Bandits, drew together a crowd-charming selection of local talent and caring, creative souls. The Twilight Sad, architects of one of last year’s finest albums, Thirteen Autumns and Fourteen Winters, got the ball rolling. The pounding intensity of ‘Walking for Two Hours’ followed by the majestic ‘That Summer at Home… ’ made for hairs-standing-on-back-of-the-neck stuff.

Talented young writer (and Falkirk’s Personality of the Year no less), Alan Bissett, entertained with the fictional tale of a neighbourly dispute, delivered in his archetypal Scottish vernacular. He is captivating and funny, a great talent.

Norman Blake, accompanied by his pal Dave McGowan, was up next. He and his band, Teenage Fanclub, have been writing irrepressibly charming tunes for nearly two decades, and there was a lot of smiling and head nodding as he delivered classic Fanclub numbers plus some of his own newer solo stuff.

Next up, Sons and Daughters, who were on top form, with sultry chanteuse Adele sparkling in a silver robot dress, before the evening was rounded off by a Rod Jones-led ensemble of the night’s various bands. They rattled through a load of covers from Joy Division, Brian Wilson, Daniel Johnston and Blondie, finishing with a couple of Johnny Cash numbers, ‘The Man Comes Around’ and ‘Ring of Fire’, both brilliant.


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