Glasvegas - Royal Concert Hall steps, Glasgow, Mon 4 Apr 2011 (4 stars)

Open air Buchanan Street gig showcases new album to crowd of 1000+

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Glasvegas - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Mon 4 Apr 2011

Glasvegas. Photo: Gordon Richardson

It’s a dreich, drizzly day in Glasgow, and it feels surprisingly apt for Glasvegas’ album launch show; a lunchtime freebie on the steps of the Royal Concert Hall - a thank you to their home city on the day of the release of their second album EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\.

James Allan bounds down the steps with insolent enthusiasm, decked out in sunglasses and all in white despite the heavy grey skies above. They power into ‘Euphoria, Take My Hand’ only for the power to fail on Allan’s mic, so after a stuttered start they abandon the track and instead launch into ‘Geraldine’, immediately grabbing the crowd, as at least 1000 punters, fans and curious shoppers look on. The old tracks instantly connect, especially a powerful ‘Go Square Go’ that has the audience chanting its built in anthem ‘Here we, here we, here we fucking go.’ They also slip in a cover of The Ronnettes ‘Be My Baby’ that they turn into a desperate heartfelt plea. The newer tracks have a funkier electro beat (supplied by new drummer Jonna Löfgren), as ‘The World is Yours’ and a retake on ‘Euphoria …’ shimmer into life, Allan delivering every lyric as a plaintive cry, investing his emotions in every word.

It’s a short seven-song set, ending with a rousing ‘Daddy’s Gone’, a song which by rights should be a depressing ode to absent parents, but Glasvegas transform it into a rallying call of acceptance and transfiguration. They wanted to say thank you to Glasgow, and while the weather played its part, Glasgow also stood up and cheered Glasvegas - the city’s latest favourite musical sons following on in the rich tradition of Mogwai, Primal Scream and Franz Ferdinand.

Setlist

‘Geraldine'
'It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry'
'The World Is Yours'
'Be My Baby'
'Euphoria, Take My Hand'
'Go Square Go'
'Daddy's Gone'

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