With Support from “The Shiverin Sheiks”.
The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton
4th October 2013.
Straight out of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, The Shiverin’ Sheiks started off the night playing authentic Rock ‘n’ Roll for modern ears. Mixing up pop, country gospel and rhythm & blues and with echoes of Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Little Richard and Frankie Vali, this Glasgow four piece showed off the vibrant spirit of their playing by ‘Doo Woping’ the crowd who joined in the fun on the dance floor.
The fire alarm sounding just before Glasvegas emerged on stage didn’t hold things up. In true British tradition everyone just stood around and waited for the first song. The guitar gremlins struck at the start of the set just into ‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’ and everything stopped. As the techs scurried around lead singer James Allen burst into an impromptu version of ‘The Only Way Is Up’ to entertain us. It wasn’t long before normal service was resumed and Allen was again leading the Glasgow quartet through a bruised, emotional indie-rock rock set. As they rolled through each song you were struck by how intense each piece came across with gradual build-up’s in intensity before exploding with musical passion. At times the frantic stand-up drumming by Jonna Löfgren was an epic spectacle in itself.
The low lit, smoke filled stage set added to the atmosphere that had built up. The light gremlins were also going to have a go tonight with a complete fail at one point. The band carried on in the darkness before the techs found a single emergency floodlight just in time for the crowd pleaser ‘Geraldine’ which seemed to compliment the ambience of the night. A near capacity crowd were there for a good time tonight and got one, with every word being euphorically sung from the top of their lungs. This tour showcases the recently released ‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’ which is Glasvegas’s third album offering, once again bringing reverb-drenched guitars and emotionally charged lyrics to the masses.
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Words and pictures by Stephen Turner