I was tempted to go with Leaving Glasvegas or Loving Glasvegas… But this is what stuck.
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
I think my fine friend Alan gets credit for introducing me to this band.
So they are Scottish (from Glasgow), and they are Alternative. Man, do I miss Scotland… my totally non-Ancestral homeland. Keep reading this blog and you will know about my love for all things Scottish… Well, except haggis.
Their new album, Euphoric Heartbreak was written and demoed in Santa Monica, CA and is due out on April 4th. From what I hear, it’s great!
This one was recorded in Brooklyn, of course… the new capital of Rock n’ Roll, and is on Columbia Records. They’ve played on American late night TV, SXSW (I so want to go one of these years) and even opened some dates for U2. I think I have only heard one or two songs on the radio, though… Supposedly the new album will change that.
According to my beloved Wikipedia, Bono said “that song: “It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry” is “one of the best songs I’ve ever heard.” I’d take that praise. He is right… it is a fantastic track.
This album might take a few listens to get into, but I think your patience will be rewarded. I hear another great Scottish band, The Twilight Sad and early U2. There is a debatable Jesus and Mary Chain connection I want to explore… but most seem to agree on the fuzzy guitar and Phil Spector Wall of Sound... influences from the 50s and 60s and Doo Wop… and All Music Guide even says they are a “rocking male version of the Ronettes.” Heck, their drummer (both the brand new one and old one) are women, but I need to explore that one more, too.
I do agree that the first half of the album is better and offers more variety… but considering this is their debut album, I am excited at the prospects.
My standout tracks, aside from the one mentioned:
“Flowers & Football Tops”
So check ’em out… and as always, let me know what you think!