VON HERTZEN BROTHERS - SWG3, Glasgow 13.12.18
PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY
SWG3 is one of Glasgow's newest music venues, situated to the West of the City, the former Customs & Excise building has several halls within the building all used for a variety of purposes. Tonight's gig is with one of the smaller halls known as the TV Studio.
VON HERTZEN BROTHERS' set tonight is in support of the mighty URIAH HEEP, this is the second night of the tour and an early start time, however by the time the band take to the stage the hall is packed from wall to wall with a healthy crowd all eager to see Finnish trio The Von Hertzen Brothers. The brothers amble on stage to raucous applause and go straight into opening song ‘ War is Over ‘ from their newest 2017 album of the same name. The Finnish trio of heavy prog rockers led by Mikko, on guitar and lead vocals, his older brother Kie on lead guitar and vocals, and sibling Jonne on bass and vocals.
Without a break, they lead straight into ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Coming Home’. My untrained ear is picking up strains of Yes & Marillion in their music all being thoroughly appreciated by the audience. ‘Somewhere In The Middle‘ and ‘Sunday Child’ come and go in a flash and the highlight of the night for me is from the 'War Is Over' album called ‘Long Lost Sailor’, a heavy stirring lyrical track with catchy hooks.
The short 45-minute set ends with ‘New Day Rising’ which has the connoisseurs in the crowd singing every word to it. This was my first time seeing VON HERTZEN BROTHERS live and I wasn’t disappointed. It is easy to see they have been playing together for 18 years in this band, the quality of songs and playing was second to none, what does amaze me is why are they not massive by now when you see and hear some bands of lesser talent who have risen from nowhere to great heights.
A great night and very enjoyable night and I look forward to the next headline tour in Scotland.
Von Hertzen Brothers are
Mikko Von Hertzen – Lead Vocals / Guitars
Kie Von Hertzen – Guitars/ Vocals
Jonne Von Hertzen – Bass/ Vocals
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