TWISTER / PHOSPHENES / ORDINARY HERO / CENTURY THIRTEEN-  G2, Glasgow - 14.09.18

CHRIS STONES

PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Glasgow’s Garage has stepped up as a venue in recent months following the loss of its near neighbour, the O2 ABC following a devastating fire. The Garage has ensured the west end of Glasgow’s city centre thrives musically and the option of using G2, its smaller hall, is perfect for tonight’s show featuring the much-admired TWISTER.

 

TWISTER have recently been in the city promoting tonight’s gig and the addition of three local supports provides an attractive prospect for those seeking a power chord of a Friday night. The first of those supports are CENTURY THIRTEEN, a pop-punk rock band from Glasgow who play an upbeat blend of material that promotes unplanned pogoing amongst the early arrivals at the venue.

 

Scott Macleod (Vocals/Guitar), Kevin Mcguire (Vocals/Guitar), Dale Gardner (Bass) and Lewis Harwood (Drums) enjoy what they do. They are rough around the edges but their energy is raw and downright fun to watch on stage. The tracks have slices of Bowling For Soup with melodic guitar parts and a punchy rhythm that makes for a strong opening act to kick the night off on the right foot.

 

At one point, guitarist McGuire breaks a string and plays on admirably before a guitar is offered by one of the other bands. This down to earth feel to a band who don’t gig with racks of spare guitars is really what live music is all about at this level and the smiles, as the incident unfolds, evidences a band who are relaxed in the spotlight.

 

CENTURY THIRTEEN have already released an album and with a strong ethic to live performance, they have the ability to step up the bill of these multi-band nights. They offer a slice of positivity - what’s not to like?

 

Check them out here -

https://www.facebook.com/centurythirteen/

https://www.instagram.com/centurythirteen/

 https://twitter.com/C13band

 

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ORDINARY HERO takes to the stage and face a growing crowd for their set with the other bands on the bill either celebrating their set or waiting patiently for their slot. The crowd give a warm welcome and Calum Sinclair (vocals), Stephen Muir (guitar), Alix Brown (bass) and John McLaughlin (drums) attack their set with determined looks in their eyes.

 

There are obviously fans in the crowd as each track is warmly welcomed and a few sing along with the choruses. The band’s straightforward rock music features confident guitar melodies and intricate licks that sit on top of the rhythm section’s solid foundation. There are moments when the performance is chasing the song but the structure of the tracks is sound and the delivery - from the heart.

 

The standout moment of the night comes with final track ‘Columbus’ where Sinclair draws the crowd into a mass singalong - something that is good to hear and makes for a memorable end to their set. The band clearly have a dedicated local fanbase and it will be interesting to see how they progress given their self-confidence on stage.

 

You can check them out here -

https://www.facebook.com/ordinaryheroband/

 

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With their debut single released earlier this year, PHOSPHENES have the swagger, look and quality of a main support act. Their music is powerful, well delivered and polished with a dark edge that has the room step forward and paying attention.

 

Tom May (Vocals/Guitar), Jip Campbell (Guitar), Elliot Mark (Bass/Backing Vocals) and Ryan McEwan (Drums) are another local band and have a confidence in their delivery that is almost as obvious as guitarist Campbell’s smile throughout the show. Their set is flawless with well-written material and solid musicianship. The interaction with the crowd is warm and engaging and with the respect duly given to their fellow musicians on the bill, they have nailed their performance.

 

PHOSPHENES have hooks and know the value of mixing up the pace and power in a song - opting to create space where it’s needed and lift the intensity at just the right moments. This was the first time I’d seen the band and on one listen I recommend you see them and see them soon.

 

Go check out their socials here -

https://www.facebook.com/phosphenesglasgow/

https://www.instagram.com/phosphenesuk/   https://twitter.com/Phosphenesuk

 

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TWISTER has built a solid reputation for their songwriting and live performance in their 14-year existence patrolling the North East of England and further afield. They have enjoyed significant performances alongside such greats as Status Quo and one of this reviewer’s favourites - Electric Six. They are widely acknowledged as being a fantastic live act and their mix of pop rock has something for everyone such is its accessibility.

 

Stevie Stoker (guitar/vocals), Jake Grimes (guitar/backing vocals), Joe Major (drums) and Ryan Lee (bass) return to Glasgow having been on a reconnaissance mission the week before to spread the word and build their prospective fan base north of the border. This has clearly worked as they have secured three solid support acts and built a healthy room of punters eager to make their own mind up.

 

The opening bars off the back of the intro tape hit the crowd between the eyes and the show doesn’t let up from that point. Stoker’s shock of blonde hair reminds of those heady 80’s days and his use of the stage shows his experience under the lights of many a hot and sweaty venue. The quality of Grimes’ backing harmonies is breathtaking and adds a quality that lifts songs across the set. Stoker and Grimes command the stage through the show with the engine room of Lee and Major providing a bionic foundation that is consistent and tasteful in equal measure.

 

From ‘Crossfire’ to ‘What A Time’, there is a pop thread that the band are rightly proud to highlight. There is a confidence in the delivery that is driven by Stoker’s fierce ambition and that commitment to putting on a great show is achieved with apparent ease. The use of timpani drums and smoke cannons on stage are theatrical embellishments but not to the point of being over the top. The band often use cinematic backdrops in their shows and aim to provide a visual as well as sonic experience live. The lack of a backdrop tonight is of no consequence, however, and even the venue’s infamous pillar in the centre of the stage does not detract from the show.

 

‘Fist Fight By The Waterside’ is a more gritty track and features melodic guitar parts that sing alongside the understated drum and bass that poke and prod at the heart of the track. As the show reaches a crescendo, the mighty ‘64 White Lies’ ensures a lift towards the final track ‘Trees’ - both from the bands recent ‘Combined State of Mind’ album. These are both tracks that can easily transfer to radio play and it is clear why the band have such a solid fanbase on their home turf and still have much to achieve.

 

Sweaty and happy, the band step off stage to be met by a host of new fans. Those who travelled from the North East deserve a mention too - such is their devotion to the cause. Family, friends and fans will always provide the emotional support to a group of humble individuals who have formed something as special as TWISTER. That support network grew tonight. Those new fans that the band came to Scotland to find have now joined what is affectionately known as ‘Team Twister’.

 

The band have announced shows towards the end of the year so if you need to be persuaded more, buy a ticket and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

You’ll find everything you need here -

   

https://www.facebook.com/TwisterUK/

http://www.officialtwister.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/wearetwister 

https://www.instagram.com/officialtwister/

 

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Before the gig, Down The Front Media sat down for a video interview with Stevie & Jake which you can watch here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwA_-O_WZ3Q

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