Recent listening – Glasvegas


It’s hard to write about phenomena that are gestating in your back yard.

Glasvegas are Scotland’s latest phenomenon and with with some merit.

My mate Iain, who should have no real connection with this band (he said ageistly), has been quietly raving about them for a year or so.

He was right.

Much has been written about the Spectorish ‘wall of sound’ they create and the similarity to Jesus and Mary Chain. Well, for a start I can reveal that they are as far removed from Phil Spector as I am.

What is intriguing about the production of this record though is the sheer intensity of it – that’s the ‘wall of sound’ I think reviewers are referring to.

But it’s not the volume or the depth of the music that creates that, so-called, wall, it’s the relentlessness of it (for instance there are actually no start and stops between tracks – it’s just a fuzz.)

This is a big and important aspect of this record because it makes it epic.

The vernacular in the vocals are well catalogued but this is one of those rare records (I suppose like White Stripes and Foo Fighters) where actually the drumming is the essence. And the wall.

It is tribal, incessant, preternatural. It is what drives the record forward.

Plenty folk have had their say.

I approve. It is, for me, a much more interesting breakthrough than the flim flam of Franz Ferdinand which has most certainly not stood the test of time.

4 thoughts on “Recent listening – Glasvegas

  1. My music journo pal, Rick, has been raving all year about them (and I quote “The Glasvegas record is the most impactful and addictive since The Stone Roses for me, mate. There’s only a few records that can make that kind of dent …it’s up there. I thought it was a growing-up-time thing but Glasvegas have proved me wrong. Like all great records it goes beyond itself, the listener and the people who made it. It’s a proper “band”, going in the right direction.” )

    He gave them this stonking review in The Sun for their T performance…

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/music/article1415963.ece

    For me – their “sound” is breathtaking but the subject matter and vernacular, however rootsy and broad, is nothing the Proclaimers haven’t already done. – And they just don’t look as cool as The Proclaimers ;o)

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  3. I am a bit late on commentating here but have to say Glasvagas are one of the best discoveries I have made this year. There is real soul in that sound. Truly great.

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