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.