Òran Mór – 6/10
The first time I caught a glimpse of Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit was at the Gentlemen of The Road Festival earlier this summer. Albeit a very pleasant experience, I can’t but admit that the memory of that endeavour is slightly blurry, due to … reasons. It is thus with eager anticipation that I once again watch Mr Flynn take to the stage, this time at Glasgow’s Òran Mór.
Oran Mor – 13/10
It’s a little disconcerting when your first thought upon walking into a gig is whether this is the right place or not. With seats laid out and a clientele of mostly polite-looking, bejumpered couples, Oran Mor looks more in A Play, a Pie and a Pint mode than a live music set up, but the merch desk and gathering crowd serve to put such concerns to rest and a quiet buzz begins to build.
Tribes – Oran Mor, 21st May 2013
If Dave Grohl really is the nicest man in rock, then Johnny Lloyd of Tribes must be a close second. The frontman smiles in the face of a 4/10 album review, to which he replies, “Fuck you NME! We don’t need that shit anyway.” Tonight the hipsters and the schoolboys swarm to the basement of the Oran Mor to see his band, the day after the release of their second album Wish to Scream.
Oran Mor – 18/5/13
Ex-Sugar and Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould has enjoyed a resurgence in recent times, touring heavily on the back of his excellent 2011 album Silver Age and the re-issue of Sugar’s alt-rock classic Copper Blue. Tonight he’s supported by North Atlantic Oscillation, a three-piece who make squalling shoegaze-y noise over programmed keyboard sounds. Though they’re devoid of stage presence, the closer ‘Hollywood is Ended’ lurches into life with the lysergic verve of Hawkwind. Nonetheless they’re easily forgotten in comparison to the fiery fretwork of tonight’s headliner.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Wed 17 Oct, 7.00pm [£14.50]
Leeds-based vast indie-rock band The Chevin have had an incredible year thus far. Having rounded off 2011 supporting White Lies at Wembley arena, they went on to tour with The Pigeon Detectives in early 2012, finished recording debut album Borderland, performed to critical acclaim at SXSW in Texas, made their debut US television appearance on Letterman in August (appearing alongside Michelle Obama), and got their single ‘Champion’ onto the soundtrack for that there FIFA 13 game that’s apparently quite good. This impressive run of media pervasion is continued with a UK tour this week with Johannesburg rock group The Parlotones, culminating in a show at Oran Mor in Glasgow next Wednesday (Oct 17th).
The Chevin’s new album Borderland is set for release on Monday 15th October. Recorded on a ranch that was once used for drugs and arms running in the middle of the desert in El Paso, Texas, the album certainly coveys an impression of vast, open spaces. Powerfully anthemic and deeply emotional, their music is reminiscent of early U2, Editors and The Killers in its vast scope and rich sonic textures. Theirs is a sound ideally suited to a live setting: a soaring blend of guitars, drums, echoing vocals, organs, synths and strings that is at times uplifting and at others delicately poignant. Be sure to head over to Oran Mor on Wednesday evening to bear witness to them alongside the eclectic and similarly epic The Parlotones. The Chevin are on an upward trajectory, and you may very well regret not catching this chance to see them.
Charlene Soraia at Oran Mor, Friday 13th April
(Support from Claire Latimer, Dan Shears)
Review by Joseph Nelson
Charlene’s first support act Claire Latimer begins with (at least I think she began with, I was a tad late), a slow chillout version of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, instantly setting up for that song I’ll mention in a bit which you will all have heard. After this, A medley of Ed Sheeran songs is sung, and I actually quite enjoyed it. I hate Ed Sheeran’s music, so this is an acheivement, and it could have just been Claire’s voice that made me enjoy it rather than the lyrics.
The QMU Publications Committee, in their infinite wisdom, have granted me several hundred words to write on all things musical, that is all the things I can think of. I’ll try to write about recent gigs, upcoming gigs you simply cannot miss, new music from both well-known bands and relatively unknown ones and whatever else comes in between all of that.
I’ll get the ball rolling with a gig I went to not so long ago. The headlining band was Wild Flag, an all-female four piece from the US west coast. Their eponymous debut album was released way back in September and they’ve recently been touring some small venues across the UK. Most importantly they came to Glasgow to play the Oran Mor, which I’d never been to for a gig before. As a venue it’s somewhere above King Tut’s and (for space at least) way above Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, which means the tickets are a bit more expensive. The gig was definitely worth the price (and the fact I didn’t need to get into the city centre to see it). From the moment the band came on, they gave everything they had into the show. For a 41 year old, vocalist/guitarist Mary Timony gave one hell of an athletic performance. At one point she was on her back, moving around the stage, whilst killing it on guitar. The entire band had some serious skill when it came to playing their instruments and they were enjoying it more than the audience, they even took pictures of us at the end to remember the gig, which isn’t something bands usually do. Seeing as this is online I can chuck some links in for you to check out the bands I’m chatting about, so there you go.
For my next trick, I’ll tell you about Plumb, not the fruit because that would be boring and frankly quite irrelevant to everything else I’m writing, but the new album from Field Music. I’ll try and make this my only plant-related pun, but Plumb really has its roots in good old prog rock. If you like Yes then you will love this album. It doesn’t sound directly like Yes otherwise I might just tell you to listen to Fragile or another of their albums; it’s like 70s prog with a 2012 twist, like coke with lemon. Good like the original, but better. If you don’t believe me, those nice folks over at NPR have made the entire album free to stream here.