A Glaswegian nightclub has come under fire from both local people and international media following the introduction of voyeuristic mirrors within the venue’s toilet facilities. The Shimmy Club, situated in the city centre’s Royal Exchange Square, has been heavily criticised for the inclusion of interrogation room-esque two-way mirrors within the women’s toilets, offering paying customers the opportunity to rent out the bar’s premium booths and spy on unsuspecting women from behind the glass.
Tegan and Sara – O2 ABC – 09/06
Tegan and Sara have always enjoyed cult status; after a decade of creating bittersweet pop songs fused with everything from folk to rock, however Heartthrob, the latest album from everyone’s favourite Canadian twin pop duo, peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, signalling a significant mainstream breakthrough after years of cultivating a fiercely loyal fan base. Previously celebrated predominantly by the LGBT community (both twins are lesbians), their emotional but infectious music has begun to be embraced more widely, and their recent gig at O2 ABC will have undoubtedly won over a legion of new fans.
Status Quo, The Treatment – O2 Academy 10/03
Which band do you think have had more hits on the UK chart than any other? The Beatles knocked ‘em out at the rate of a classic record per year. U2 have been battering out blustery anthemics for almost three decades. Queen delivered everything from stone-cold killers to camp cod-opera. But if you’ve taken the time to read this review you might well know that the group with more charting tracks (61!) than any other is actually a bunch of three chord blues-rockers better known nowadays for cameoing in Coronation Street than tearing up the Official Top 40. Before the main event however, Cambridge rockers The Treatment are intent on causing a stir. Channelling Def Leppard, Poison and Motley Crue, they treat Glasgow Academy as if they’re headlining Wembley Stadium with stadium rock poses, cocky attitudes and low-slung riffs aplenty. They’re all good musicians but, perhaps deliberately, their songwriting is pretty generic hard-rock stuff. You could run a sweepstake on how long it takes until vocalist Matt Jones tells the audience to ‘let the good times roll’.
Olly Murs, Loveable Rogues – SECC, 16/03
Concerts based on acts who have made their name through reality TV programmes are not very cool. I, however, am also not very cool, so it was with much excitement that I made my way to the SECC. The first support act, a wee girl call Tich, has a great voice and performs a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, but the downside to a concert in which most of the audience a) are under 16, and b) have forked out a fair bit, is that support acts rarely get a rousing reception; everyone’s waiting for the main act.
Mudhoney, Meat Puppets, Metz – O2 ABC – 05/06
Tonight’s openers, Metz, could well be the hardest working band in showbiz; though they hail from Toronto this is their fourth Glasgow show in under a year, coming hot on the heels of two solo performances and a support slot for fellow Canadians, Fucked Up. On the strength of this evening they might also be the best punk band in the world, delivering their two minute bursts of fury with an intensity you wouldn’t expect from singer Alex Edkins’ gawky glasses. Merging post-hardcore sludge with thundering hard-rock drums, they’re a visceral live project; stretching out the fuzz bass throwdown of ‘Wet Blanket’ into a twisted thrash that sounds like Fugazi duelling with My Bloody Valentine for who can go one louder.