Sunday, February 10, 2008
So Hot (Wash Away All Of My Tears)
It's been a curious couple of weeks. January/February should be a quiet time of year, but with myriad leaving dos, birthdays, corporate shindigs and gigs, I feel like I haven't stopped.
Friday night was a night in Camden, 24 hours before it burned down. Me and DJ partner Tom planned to see Glasvegas, who are ... (hang on, let me find the cliche button, ok here goes...) "the current darlings of the indie press". But first, I had some time to kill, and Music and Video Exchange was calling. I couldn't resist a bundle of yummy 7's and the sublime third album from Spacemen 3. More on that later...
So to the Barfly. Two support bands barely register on the crowd squeezed upstairs. It's not til past midnight that we actually get to see the band everyone's waiting for. The lights go down, their mysterious spaghetti western intro tape kicks in, as dry ice fills the room. Dry ice? Hmmm. But once they finally do make it to the stage, Glasvegas look great. Like a rockabilly Clash. They sound like the Jesus and Mary Chain doing The Ronettes produced by Phil Spector. In Glaswegian. For the first couple of numbers I'm still bloody mindedly skeptical, but once debut single 'Daddy's Gone', upcoming single 'It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry' and their stunning cover of 'Be My Baby' roll around, there's no pretending. These guys have clearly got something. They're a class act with a handful of great songs. They could really turn into something very special, and here's hoping they do.
Then Saturday began with ringing ears and a rather aching head, signs of a good night in Camden. All soothed by the ever wonderful Spacemen 3. And the name of the album?
Playing With Fire
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