Let us deal with the night overall. Shite day at the office. Had heard Twilight Sad on Marc Riley doing a session and quite liked them. Thought we would take a punt on seeing them live. Got tickets on the door.
First support: man with guitar (that's not his act's name). Pleasant enough but.... yawn, there are a ton of these guys about and there wasn't much to identify him as standing out. Apologies.
Second support: Broken Records from Edinburgh... oh my GOD. I'm coming back to these guys in a moment.
Main act - The Twilight Sad: they're a FatCat band with a wall of sound and noise. Not at all bad.
Dude - Mr Lead Singer: take a recommendation.
Stop watching 'Control' on repeat.
You are NOT Ian Curtis.
You were born AFTER Ian Curtis died for heaven's sake.
Rolling your eyes and feeling/conveying a sense of fear and loathing of being on stage may well be 'true' for you but it comes across as a performance and it sure detracts from the music.
And that's a real shame because you may say you are "just a little band from Glasgow" but you have energy in bundles in the music.
Sort the 'tude, and you could go much further!
ANYWAY: to Broken Records.
Hellfire: these guys were the highlight! I knew we were onto a winner when they came on stage - cello, electric violin, trumpet, accordian, ukelele, and SEVEN of them on the tiny stage. Brilliant.
And they totally lived up to it. Arcade Fire come back to Scotland (from whence many Canadians originated!), Broken Records had truly mastered the art of the crescendo. Pounding, melancholic, churning music. Just glorious!
This gives a flavour, but seeing them on a cramped small stage was just incredible!
Update: And a good dose of Waterboys influence as well - hey, so far it's all good by my accounts!