One about the nice things of the 21st century is that pop music isn’t a dirty word anymore. Pop is cool and when Oh Wonder played SWG3 in Glasgow recently we were there to see one of the coolest pop bands around in action.
Growing old gracefully is something few bands manage. Opeth have managed it better than most, this second prog focused stage of the band’s career has split fans. Some hate it, some love it, some...like bits of both. Having released their thirteenth studio album In Cauda Venenum back in September, we were expecting a trip down memory lane through their extensive back catalogue and their Glasgow show did not disappoint on this front.
Touring in support of their latest album 'I, The Mask', Swedish metallers In Flames graced UK soil for a run a headline shows, bringing Norma Jean and Light The Torch along for the ride. We ventured down to the Glasgow show for a night of riffs and mosh pits.
While She Sleeps seem as if they’ve undergone a transformation since taking control of their own destiny with their previous album 'You Are We'. It’s a preconception that does this band a disservice. Shows like this aren’t born out of being the hot thing right now. They come from lighting a burning fire in the heart of your fans. 'SO WHAT?' is just the latest piece of fuel used to fan the flame, and we celebrated with the band on the Glasgow leg of their tour.
Even during the gremlin-plagued first half of the set, The Black Queen are great live. “Not every gig is perfect, but fuck it.” Those words fall out of singer Greg Puciato’s mouth just before they close their set. He’s right. This wasn’t the perfect gig, but it was uniquely special because of its imperfections.