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She Drew the Gun / Man and the Echo

Glasgow Mono (Friday February 20th 2018)

By • Mar 2nd, 2019 • Category: Gig review

This top night at Mono started with Merseyside band Man and the Echo. They took a couple of songs to get into their groove but over the seven songs they played tonight they showed a lot of promise. BM’s fave song was definitely ‘A Capable Man’, full of sarcasm and a distant relative of ‘Mr Clean’ by the Jam or ‘Car Trouble’ by the Ants… There were other good songs as well from this traditionally configured four piece, including ‘I Don’t Give a F*** What You Reckon’, a melange of Arctic Monkeys and Half Man Half Biscuit. A memorable support act and they made a glorious racket…

So She Drew the Gun took the stage, and BM realised the guy she’d been talking to outside Mono was in fact the drummer (often happens!) – and they have so many good tunes in the pack. They opened with “Resister”, all processed beats but with a message to all of us – ‘Resist’ the shit that is happening in 2019…

‘Something For The Pain’ is a mid tempo number, almost a waltz, and again anthemic with Louisa’s vocals spreading the message… The delivery of the message is righteous and knowing, very confident tonight, with the other band members kicking in when required – truly transcendental!

‘Arm Yourself’ was also great, and respect due to other band members, who BM cannae quite find to credit at the moment, but they were all great…

‘Pit Pony’ was another highlight, a combination of dance beats and righteous soul, BM cannae really nail it down, which means they have something other, of their own, which BM originally felt when West of Scotland agitator David Blair originally sent BM the band name “as a tip” , and the rest is history, and thanks as usual David…!

Blair’s link was of course to ‘Poem’, which still moves (“am I the only one that’s grieving?”) – this as a portrait of the UK in the late 2000-teens it stills sends the shivers, and provokes strong feelings…and rage!

Before this though we get “Resister – Reprise’ – Foodbanks vs Rave…

The 15 song set ended with an encore of a couple of rave throwbacks – The Beloved cover ‘Sweet Harmony’, which was wonderful and provoked even more dancing (there had been some already…). And last song ‘No Hole in my Head’ was of course a cover of the Malvina Reynolds hit from way back when…

This band are vital in 2019, period!

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