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Glasgow Glad Cafe (Friday 15th February)

By • Feb 24th, 2019 • Category: Gig review

This was an other amazing night at the Glad, aided by the greatness of the venue, Joe on the bar and Ritchie on the sound – ok so it is just 5 minutes walk from BM’s gaff but it is the best “wee” venue in Glasgow. Chatting with Amanda “Manda Rin” as they set up the Bis merch stall, she said the most meaningful press they had done to promote the new album was with the Southside Extra freesheet, truly the Rolling Stone of the Newton Mearns area.

So this gig was sold oot… and the others this weekend at Old Hairdressers and Hug and Pint were as well…

Support band L-space were unknown to BM (as in not heard their music), and BM deliberately did not look anything up before this gig, but anything that LNFG do has the mark of something good, and this just proved it again…

BM has the setlist in her possession and it is mainly from their acclaimed album ‘Kipple Arcadia’ (what a title!) – the tracks are life-affirming, slightly fey (in a good way) and just bloody fantastic. It is a bit hard to pin their sound down, BM could reference a wee bit of Dubstar for yous older types but overall they are highly original and just themselves really. But let us not mention the TALKERS, so disrespectful and if you two are reading this, well shame on yous, you could have gone outside for your stupid chatter…

Comprised of Lily on wispy but very effective lead vocals, Dickson on effortless bass, Gordon on guitar/keyboards, and LNFG artist Stephen Solo on keyboards (and electronic percussion shared), they fairly float through this set, a wee bit Julee Cruise at times, until Gordon goes for a guitar solo breakdown, especially on last couple of tracks ‘Space Junk’ and ‘Aloe’ where he really lets rip. BM was completely enchanted and charmed by this lot tonight, and apologises for not entering their world sooner! Flipping wonderful.

So to Bis – still the classic lineup – Stephen on guitar, John on bass and Amanda on keyboards – this was a glorious return as they mixed new and old material and roused the audience (BM included) into a real lather… it was already hot and sweaty when they started with cuts from the new album.

‘Heartbreak’ has previously been reviewed by BM as a single and is just a fantastic return (so much respect to LNFG from persuading them to do this) – there is so much energy but also some world-worn lyrics in there, sophisticated boom boom, if you will – still with the singalong choruses though, just more knowing, still as vital…

And it goes on from here, a 15 song set plus a two song encore, just incredible… were there high and low points, no not really, everything was great. BM especially enjoyed ‘School Disco’ and ‘There Is No Point’ which reminded of other bands that are following very well in Bis’ wake… They still have a high influence… No names…

The encore of ‘Eurodisco’ was well appreciated by both the audience and BM, and last track BM thinks may be a tribute to Adam Yauch, it is certainly a memory of someone – and it is very lovely… And can BM just say in doing this review, have come across so much other great Bis material that BM did not know existed, so there may be a few unasked for album reviews… whether you want them or not…that cover of ‘Hurt’ for example, OMG…

BM is very happy indeed to have seen this gig and thanks LNFG and The Glad for making it so friendly – from what we have heard the other two gigs also went really well and even BM faves Boohoohoo were dragged back out of inactivity to support Bis on the Hug and Pint Sunday gig – excellent!

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