LOWLIVES / DEAD BY MONDAY / TENEMENTS - The Attic, Garage, Glasgow - 22.08.18

CRAIG COOPER
PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

The Attic is the smallest of the 3 rooms that form part of the iconic Glasgow Garage complex on Sauchiehall St, Glasgow. It is aptly named as the size of it is literally not much bigger than your average house attic and holds approximately 150-200 patrons.

 

Tonight’s bill is headlined by what could be termed as a supergroup in LOWLIVES whose members have all achieved success in previous bands but come together tonight.

 

Opening tonights show are TENEMENTS, a local Glasgow band whom, by their own admission, are all on a last ditch attempt at being successful. They categorise themselves as post hardcore or metalcore in the broadest sense.

 

Opening song tonight is ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ and vocalist Darren Coles is straight off the stage and into the crowd as he growls the lyrics out to the delight of the watching hoards. ‘Permanent’ and ‘Lucidity The Clarity of Expression’ follow and the twin guitars of Chris Bennett and Callum Nicolson are in perfect sync with each other. The crowd has swollen by this time and ‘Silhouettes’ and ‘You Could Have Fooled Me’ are next on the agenda.

 

A simply outstanding version of Linkin Park’s ‘Papercut’ has the audience singing along and the backline of James Whiteside on drums, and stand in for the night bassist Jamie McGregor, keep the beat thumping out into ‘Standing On The Backs of Angels’ closely followed by ‘The Fear’. Tonights set closer is ‘Civil Unrest: An Intonation’, with its almost death growl vocals, bring the proceedings to an end to tumultuous applause from the crowd, many of whom appear to have specifically come to see Tenements.

 

I hope this final shot at success works out for the band as they appear to be a group of musicians who fit together with an exceptional talent at song writing.

 

TENEMENTS are:

Darren Coles – Vocals

Chris Bennett- Guitar/Vocals

Callum Nicolson- Guitar

Jamie McGregor- Bass for 1 night

Liam Barrie – New Bassist

James Whiteside- Drums

 

For more info check out the following links:
https://www.facebook.com/TenementsGLA/
https://tenements.bandcamp.com/releases
 

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Next on stage are DEAD BY MONDAY another local band who comprise of Murray “Muzza” Taylor on vocals, Paddy Chapman on guitar, Declan Buist on bass and Ciaran Whyte on drums.
 

They open tonight with ‘Lost Generation’ and its lyrics are growled and spat out by vocalist Taylor to the obvious enjoyment of the crowd down the front. ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘KYLN ( Kill Your Local Nazi)’ follows with no let up to allow anyone to even think about drawing breath.

 

‘Bed of Nails’ has the crowd stamping to the beat and ‘Til Death’ sees bassist Buist head out into the crowd where he is immediately surrounded by fans, heads banging in time to every note that he plays. The all too short set is closed by extremely fast track ‘The Binding’ and a pit has formed at the front, heads swirling in perfect time to the music and at that the set finishes and the band leave the stage to great applause.

 

Dead by Monday are:

Murray Taylor- Vocals

Paddy Chapman-Guitar

Declan Buist-Bass

Ciaran Whyte-Drums

 

For more info is available at:
https://www.facebook.com/DeadbyMonday/
https://.deadbymonday.bandcamp.com 


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LOWLIVES are tonights headliners where all the members have achieved success in previous bands. Lee Villain, the former frontman of British industrial metal band The Defiled and formally known as Stitch D, has reinvented himself in this his new venture and moved to L.A. He is joined by Luke Johnson on guitar, Steve Lucarelli on bass and Jaxon Moore on drums, all seasoned campaigners and a force to be reckoned with.

They hit the stage and are straight into ‘Thieves’ which bursts with energy and has a really catchy chorus to it. The melodic ‘Hey You’ and ‘Bones’ both come and go in a flash and are noisily appreciated by the now hyped up crowd. The no nonsense quartet then give us ‘Black Hole’, a slightly more reserved track but still full of energy and what a belter it turns out to be.

‘Friends’ and ‘Gravity’ follow on with a zealous female fan shouting to Villain exactly what she would like to do with bassist Lucarelli but Villain retorts, “Doesn’t everyone?” to much laughter. ‘Violent Dreams’ and ‘Church’ continue in the same tried and trusted style that has been evident from the off. ‘Would’ is closely followed by ‘Burn Forever’ from the 2017 EP of the same name and is the standout track of the night with both Lucarelli & Moore providing a thumping back beat. I take a look around the venue during this track and see the female from earlier who made the remark doing ‘The Slosh dance’ and a thought of only in Glasgow springs to my mind. Luke Johnson’s clinical and exhilarating guitar playing has been evident all night and none more so than on this track.

 

The night draws to a close with ‘Hate’ and its booming bass intro is an excellent choice of song to end with. Unfortunately, there is no encore which is more than likely more to do with a venue curfew. A happy, and somewhat sweaty crowd, see the band off stage with enormous applause which is no more than is deserved for this cracking show. Bring on the next LOWLIVES tour please.

 

LOWLIVES are:

Lee Villain- Vocals/Guitar

Luke Johnson-Guitar

Steve Lucarelli- Bass

Jaxon Moore – Drums

 

For more info is available at:
https://www.facebook.com/wearelowlives/
http://www.twitter.com/wearelowlives
http://www.wearelowlives.com


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