BUCKCHERRY / AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS - The Garage, Glasgow - 14.06.18

GAVIN ROSS

(PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

The Garage in Glasgow has became a regular haunt for me of fantastic live music from quality bands of late and, as I walked to the venue from my car, I hoped that tonight would not be the first disappointment.

 

Having been held up in traffic due to the high winds from a storm earlier in the day which brought down some loose stonework from a nearby building, I am met with one of the smallest crowds waiting to get in to the Garage that I have seen in a long time. The feeling of impending disappointment is beginning to grow as I wait to enter.

 

Fortunately, once I pass under the very large yellow truck engine that hangs above the entrance, and make my way into the main hall, of what was formerly a very well known local ballroom known as the Mayfair, all thoughts of disappointment vanish as the hall begins to quickly fill with a crowd clearly anticipating a night of excellent entertainment.

 

The opening act are London based band Aaron Buchanan and The Cult Classics which is clearly displayed in grand style with the huge banner hanging behind the stage.

 

Founded in May 2016, this 5 piece band take to the stage to a great Glasgow welcome and, dressed to impress, they launch into their opening number ‘Left Me For Dead’ from their album ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’. This immediately gets the whole crowd rocking with its fast paced lyrics, driving guitars and absolutely thundering drums from the exceptionally animated Paul White behind the kit. Singer Aaron Buchanan makes sure he owns every inch of the small stage in the Garage as he moves around and interacts with the crowd.

 

The fast paced start to this gig continues with a nod to Buchanans previous band, Heavens Basement, with the rockingly hard track ‘Fire, Fire’ from the album ‘Filthy Empire’. Giving us no time to catch our breath ‘The Devil that Needs You’ follows and my fellow crowd members keep pace with energy and excitement not often seen for a band that is clearly new to most of us present.

 

Guitarists Laurie Buchanan, yes it is Aarons sister, and Tom McCarthy trade riffs off each other as bass player Mart Trail keeps our attention with solid bass work during the track ‘Dancin’ With The Devil’.

The opening chords of the Heavens Basement track ‘Heartbreaking Son of a Bitch’ is the penultimate song in this set as singer Buchanan announces the last song 'Morals', much to the disappointment of many of us present, but what a finisher to end this all too short a set from a band who clearly have the ability to write good songs, play well live and to entertain.

 

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Set List:
Left Me For Dead
Fire, Fire
The Devil That Needs You
Dancin’ With The Devil
Heartbreaking Son of a Bitch
Morals

 

Band Members:
Vocals - Aaron Buchanan
Guitar - Laurie Buchanan
Guitar - Tom McCarthy
Bass - Mart Trail
Drums - Paul White

 

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The 30 minute break between support act and main act allowed many of us to pop out for some much needed fresh air. I ended up chatting to a chap outside just as he was handed a card for a nearby lap-dancing club. A few of us stood and laughed as there had been a deliberate targeting of him with the avoidance of the rest of us outside.

 

Heading back in with the others I made my way to the photo pit to witness Buckcherry play to a full house at the Garage. Having first formed in California in 1995, and now with Josh Todd being the only remaining original member, the band had a 3 year hiatus from 2002 to 2005 before reforming.

 

The crowd are clearly up for tonight's show as the fans react in spectacular fashion as the band enter the stage and begin their set with ‘Ridin’’ from the ‘Time Bomb’ album. This is actually a very apt way to describe the band, and in particular lead singer Todd who is swaggering all over the stage, hands in the air, legs flying in all directions as he leads this band on a musical adventure for the crowd.

 

Songs are interspersed with chat from Todd who tells some weird stories, which at times don’t seem relevant to the gig, but this is more than made up for by the energy from the rest of the band and, of course, the crowd who are lapping it up as the band only slow slightly for ‘Carousel’. Any danger that the slowing of the intensity would continue is rapidly dispelled with ‘Lit Up’ and ‘Say Fuck It’, the latter probably having less use of the word than singer Todd has used to this point.

 

With guitarist Stevie D, resplendent in headscarf, having removed his shirt to reveal a somewhat tattooed torso, lead singer Todd loosens his jacket to reveal his similarly tattooed torso in what could be a competition of ‘who has the most tattoos’.  It’s not long before Todd removes his jacket completely and the atmosphere moves up a gear with the songs ‘Tired Of You’ and ‘Rescue Me’.

 

Not to be outshone by the shirtless Todd and Stevie D, bass guitarist Kelly Lemieux has his own style which thunders through the setlist and is very much augmented by the bands other guitarist Kevin Roentgen who, although less animated than his counterpart, is none the less as talented a player and has his moments in the spotlight.

It would be remiss of me to miss out drummer Sean Winchester as here is a man who keeps the bands timing perfectly, having to work hard with the onstage cavorting of his colleagues and the rapid pace changes in the songs in tonight's setlist.

 

The crowd are certainly not tired of anything and don’t need rescued though some of them may be too drunk which, coincidentally, is the name of the next song. This is perhaps the first song in the set that not everyone is familiar with but this may be due to it being removed from the album's re-release and thereby denying newer fans of its pleasures. The obligatory sing-a-long ballad ‘Sorry’ follows which gives all of us a chance to catch our breaths for ‘The Vacuum’ and ’Gluttony’, the latter of which raises the crowd intensity back to previous levels ready for the inevitability and intensity of ‘Crazy Bitch’ which ended the set proper but not before the band introductions, some more of Todds bizarre banter with the crowd, and a short version of the Creedence song ‘Proud Mary’ thrown in the mix.

 

There is of course, always the encore and this was not a disappointment as the band returned with ‘Out Of Line’, before finally leaving the stage after a rousing version of The Doors ‘Roadhouse Blues’.

We were certainly entertained by a band that knows how to put on a show and feed their energy to the crowd who, in turn, feed it back to the band at a higher level. Let's hope they return soon.

 

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www.buckcherry.com

 

Setlist:
Ridin
Fallin
Slammin
Carousel
Lit up
Say fuck it
Tired of you
Rescue me
Too drunk
Sorry
The vacuum
Gluttony
Crazy Bitch
Out Of Line
Roadhouse Blues

 

Band Members:
Josh Todd – Lead vocals
Stevie D. – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Kelly LeMieux – Bass
Kevin Roentgen – Lead guitar, backing vocals
Sean Winchester – Drums


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