The Sauchiehall Crawl
- Stuart McHugh
- 19 June 2008
Various venues, Glasgow, Sun 1 Jun
One night, 11 bands, three venues in one street. Two options. One: settle down with a pint at the venue of your choice and given that the ABC has How to Swim (pictured), Broken Records and The Twilight Sad this would be excusable – on any other night. However, with so much music on offer, it seems rude not to at least attempt option two, which is to take in a little of every act.
From the ABC to Nice’n’Sleazy is four minutes brisk walk. That’s a whole song, so trainers (and an umbrella) are essentials for the dedicated Crawler. Staggered timings allow us to take in three or four songs from most of the artists, while a wristband system allows (almost) immediate entry.
Among the many highlights are the ‘discovery’ of El Padre’s beat-driven guitar rock and We Were Promised Jetpacks’ temporary (but highly successful) reinvention as a drummerless outfit. We reluctantly depart De Rosa’s mighty Beat Club set to catch Jo Mango, whose sweet vocals accompanied by a variety of exotic instruments certainly bears future investigation. Which is really the point of the Sauchiehall Crawl, which allows for a tapas-style musical experience.