This gig at the Glad was indeed a game of two halves!
American-born but Glasgow-based Jill Lorean gave us mainly new songs tonight (with the exception of ‘Eyes on the Bird’). She has been working with Andy Monaghan and Peter Kelly on a new record but appears solo tonight, double-tracking fiddle and guitar to deft effect, along with her once-heard, never forgotten vocals.
Admitting being nervous – this being her first live gig for ages – the songs were interspersed with some very funny self-deprecating wit. The new material sounds very good, sometimes verging more on blues rather than the folkier stuff she is known for, and wider lyrical subjects which may veer more into third person narratives rather than personal musings.
Clearly appreciating the positive reactions from this not very busy but appreciative Sunday night crowd, hopefully we’ll hear more from Lorean soon, particularly when the pesky worldwide vinyl and pressing plant problems mean she can launch the new record…
sumshapes have been playing music together in various forms for several decades (they were all members of Dawson back in the 90s) and they clearly enjoy it. The Glasgow three piece comprise Jer (guitar/vocals), Ali (bass/vocals) and Richie (drums) and together they are tighter than the proverbial badger’s arse. Just their second gig after lockdown, and in front of a home crowd they also confess to being a tad nervous, but it really doesn’t show.
The interplay between Jer’s clanging riffs, Ali’s funked up and throbby bass, combined with the attack of the drums is truly mesmerising. The music is at times more like jazz, with repeated changes of pace and timing.
The tracks, starting with ‘Itchy Eye’, are mainly from their ‘Cabin Biscuits’ album, released back in 2017. Vocals are fairly few and far between, and there are no big chorus buildups or singalong anthems – this is technically and sonically challenging music but a sheer joy to witness it being performed live… As with Jill, they clearly relish the positive vibes and reaction from the audience. Hopefully there will more from them soon as well…