Bleachers / Kaeto

Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

Bleachers have played Glasgow once before. It was July 2015 at the Garage. At that point in his career, Jack Antonoff was “the guy from Fun. that isn’t the singer” more… “Bleachers / Kaeto”

Walter Schreifels

Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

Walter Schreifels

When his post-hardcore band made their long anticipated comeback in 2008, King Tut’s was sold out and sweaty. Returning on his own to promote a solo side project, Walter plays to a much thinner and more reserved crowd – but captivates just as hard with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a voice.

His charming, laid back and polite demeanour seems at odds with his rock background, as do covers of Smiths songs, and stories about girl friends who can’t get boyfriends. In fact, the surprising thing quickly becomes his ability to flip back to post-hardcore dude for the handful of Rival Schools songs he performs.

Although obviously sounding completely different played on an acoustic guitar, on ‘Good Things’, ‘Used For Glue’ and ‘Travel By Telephone’, Schreifels gets a gravel in his voice and performs with such vigour that you can tell he’s playing along with the full band versions in his head.

His quaint and cosy singer songwriter material that makes up his ‘An Open Letter To The Scene’ album is lovely, but it’s the character and personality that he puts in to the performance that stands out more than the tunes themselves.

Walter charms an impressive chunk of the crowd into buying the CD and queuing for autographs and photos afterwards; and promises a new Rival Schools record later in the year.