GIG REVIEW: Seasick Steve

On Wednesday the 9th of August I somehow felt like I was back in the good old times of music. I was at the Kelvingrove bandstand seeing the legendary Seasick Steve, and of course his drummer ‘Crazy Dan’, who were utterly brilliant.

There are a couple of reasons why I felt like I was living in a different era entirely. Firstly, it was an open air concert at the bandstand in Kelvingrove Park, which is nearly 100 years old, and was refurbished in recent years after the old foundations of it were lacking life. The £2.1 million restoration certainly was worth it, as it poses as a totally unique venue for Scotland. It gives the audience a true raw feeling of simply enjoying good music, just like the crowd was at a concert from decades ago, without all the cameras and smartphones up in the air during an entire concert. 

This is something that Seasick Steve pointed out himself during the evening. Even something I completely cringed at. During the first couple of songs, grown adults, yes grown adults, kept on getting up during songs and walking to the front to take a selfie of themself with Steve in the background. It was funny at first, then it just got ridiculous. Steve said he would slap the next person who got up and did it, and sure enough, there was a chancer. When this woman got up to take her picture, Steve completely stopped playing and stood still, and for a moment I thought he might’ve just walked off stage, as he looked so pissed off, and I don’t blame him. Later on, he apologised for saying what he said, but explained that it was better in the good old days when fans simply wanted to shake his hand rather than needing to get a photo. But the majority of the crowd were not cringeworthy idiots, they were cheerful, singing and dancing people just there to listen to good music, and that was enough for Steve to play the rest of the concert with his usual joy and upbeat spirit.

Another reason I felt as if I was back in a different time of music, and even society, was because the music just felt truly bare, but in a good way. There was no techno, fake beat, loud or clashy noise that is filling up the ‘chart music’ today. It was just Steve and Dan; drums and many guitars, if you could even call some of Steve guitars a ‘guitar’. One was made up of a washboard and a banjo neck, and sounded pretty impressive if you ask me, who personally has no clue about actual instruments themselves. A three string guitar was played also, which I’ve come to learn that Steve is very well known for playing, and how he can make up so many different riffs is beyond me. He seems like the type who can make something out of anything big or little, and make that something very mind blowing. In this case, his songs, that sound simple yet so complex at the same time.


My personal favourite song of Seasick Steve’s is Gypsy Blood, which was his opener, and got the crowd bustling from the first chord. My other favourites from the night were Summetime Boy and Get My Drift, both of which saw Steve really come and embrace the whole audience with this southern character. As a side note, I don’t believe Get My Drift is on any album, so Steve, if there’s the tiniest chance you’re reading this… get it on your next album, because it’s so edgy and I love it.

As a whole, despite the embarrassing nuisances, the concert was one which felt like it was one of a kind, I didn’t know all of the songs and admittedly I didn’t think I was that big of a fan of Steve’s, but as a drunk woman asked me in the bathroom after the gig, “Are you a follower or a convert?” Well, I definitely am a convert after that night. 

rest in peace chris cornell 

There are no words to describe my sadness over the death of Chris Cornell, who died too young at 52. I was shocked and just so, so heartbroken. He was one of my favourite singers in the world, a voice I could regularly turn to if I was feeling down. His songs would always lift me up. Never have I felt this sad over a musician passing away, he was just so special to me and always will be.

Continue reading rest in peace chris cornell 

Andrew Wood

27 years ago today the world lost the mighty Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, one of the pioneers of the Seattle scene in the 1990s. I’ve always said that without Andrew Wood, there would never be the success of my favourite bands today.

I can easily say that Mother Love Bone’s album, Apple, is my favourite album of all time. I don’t use that term lightly. Each song on the album is so unique and different to the rest. It’s simply a marvellous piece of music.

Andrew himself was so unique. So eccentric and raw. He unfortunately did not get to spend enough time on this planet, to make more music and fill the world with his grace and talent. But he will always be remembered as a true legend.

Continue reading Andrew Wood

Up and Coming Band: Rigid Soul

Disclaimer: I am in no way bias in this blog post just because I personally know Rigid Soul, this is my own opinion.

There are 2 types of ‘rock’ bands nowadays. Firstly, there’s the band that holds their guitars so high up their chest that it just looks ridiculous. They’re clad in patterned shirts or denim jackets, and you can’t forget the beanie. They try so hard to mimic indie bands such as Foals or Bastille. (Why would you want to be anything like Bastille? They’re terrible.)

Secondly, you have the ‘rock’ band that overall just tries too hard. Either it’s trying too hard to have a certain attitude like Kurt Cobain, where it just becomes cringey to watch, or they try too hard to produce their ‘original’ music, which ends up sounding just like any other commercial rock band today.

So there’s either stereotypical indie or harder rock bands. But which do Rigid Soul come under? Neither.

Continue reading Up and Coming Band: Rigid Soul

GIG REVIEW: Kings of Leon

February the 27th saw the return of KoL to the Hydro in Glasgow, their first date in Scotland since 2014. I happened to be at that gig 3 years ago, and I can honestly say they came back bigger and better. Their 7th album, WALLS, was a sensation, and the WALLS tour was totally the icing on the cake. You can see my review of the album here.

kol
Picture taken by Erin Lindsay.
Continue reading GIG REVIEW: Kings of Leon

Could TRNSMT be better than T in the Park?

TITP’s ‘little sister’ festival was announced in January, with many keen festival goers wondering which acts would take the Glasgow Green stage. On Tuesday this week, the 31st of January, the line up was released. I was completely shocked that such a contrasting and divergent line up of artists could come from the same makers of TITP.

Continue reading Could TRNSMT be better than T in the Park?

GIG REVIEW: Black Sabbath

On Tuesday the 24th of January 2017, the founders of heavy metal music Black Sabbath played their last ever show in Scotland.

Let me tell you, it was something I’ll never forget.

Continue reading GIG REVIEW: Black Sabbath