Halestorm live in Glasgow

I take a trip to the O2 ABC in Glasgow to see Halestorm live.

Halestorm
02 ABC, Glasgow
April 5th 2014

Halestorm return to Glasgow, this time in the larger O2 ABC venue, a step up from their previous headline show at The Garage just along the road. The Garage was sold out, and so was The ABC – a damn good sign of their growing popularity.

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The Greatest Albums You Never Heard: Supersuckers – The Evil Powers Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Seriously, there is no weak link on the album, no track that’s just been thrown in to fill time – arguably every track on this record is a mini masterpiece, and each one has a riff that Green Day would kill to steal from The Clash.

Think Rock. Mix it with some roll. Add a drop of sleaze, and a whole heap of tongue in cheek humour. Shove in a pot, and leave to simmer on a medium heat for about, oh, 35 minutes and what you’ll get, dear reader – is this. Continue reading “The Greatest Albums You Never Heard: Supersuckers – The Evil Powers Of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Del Amitri; live @ The Hydro

This was a party. People were hugging, crying, dancing, jiving and in one hipster fuckwit examples, sitting down writing notes about the setlist on a reporter’s notepad while looking bemused as the world danced round him in a furious haze.

A dark and wet night at the tail end of January in 2014. I never expected to be going to see a Del Amitri gig in 2014… Continue reading “Del Amitri; live @ The Hydro”

Review: Collibus – The False Awakening

If you like the good old fashioned world of METAL (all in caps, obviously) then this, my probably tinnitus suffering friend, is for you.

It’s 2014! New year, new music! Here’s the first new record I bought this year, and if you like the good old fashioned world of METAL (all in caps, obviously) then this, my probably tinnitus suffering friend, is for you. Continue reading “Review: Collibus – The False Awakening”

The Top Seven Albums of 2013

Regular (HA!) readers will know that December means only one thing… no, not mince pies and Die Hard on the TV… I’m referring to my annual Top 7 Albums Of The Year!

Well, hello.

Once again, we have all survived another year, and here we are in December. Regular (HA!) readers will know that can mean only one thing… no, not mince pies and Die Hard on the TV… I’m referring to my annual Top 7 Albums Of The Year! Continue reading “The Top Seven Albums of 2013”

Bowling For Soup, Glasgow O2 Academy 15th October 2013

So. This is being billed as the farewell to the UK tour, the last time that us UK folk will have to see the full Bowling For Soup experience. On that basis, I had to get a ticket and take it in.

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Thunder: A Retrospective – part six

Following on from what many thought was a disappointing fifth record in “Giving The Game Away” Thunder shocked the fans by announcing their intention to split up. And they did. Luke recorded a solo record (El Gringo Retro) and eventually teamed up with Danny for the “Moving Swiftly Along” Bowes & Morley record in 2002. By late 2002, the rumours were swirling that something might be happening in Thunder Towers. Continue reading “Thunder: A Retrospective – part six”

The Greatest Albums You Never Heard: Mark Germino & The Sluggers – Radartown

Radartown
Mark Germino & The Sluggers – Radartown (1991)

This is one of my favourite ever records, written and recorded by a man who was a truck driver in Nashville by day, and a singer/songwriter at night. It’s a record that should have been huge, but you know, the 90s. Continue reading “The Greatest Albums You Never Heard: Mark Germino & The Sluggers – Radartown”

The Top Seven Albums of 2012

Well, hello. It’s that time again, where I pontificate – good word, huh? – on my favourite records of the year. Hardly anyone reads it, but it makes me feel better. And if one person listens to something and likes it? All good.

I don’t think it’s been a stellar year for music this year, I found myself listening to more and more podcasts and classic, older records than anything else. I wouldn’t say the music scene is stagnant, though. The album does seem to have less importance than it did. Maybe I’m just getting old…

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