THE FAIM / CHAPEL / HALFLIVES - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow 05.02.19

CRAIG COOPER

PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY

King Tut’s as it is commonly known in Glasgow is one of the city’s most iconic venues. It is famously renown as the place where Alan McGee first saw and signed Mancunian superstars OASIS.
Tonight it is headlined by Australian rockers THE FAIM.

Opening tonight’s proceedings are Italian Alternative Pop/Rockers HALFLIVES. The lights dim and the quartet bounce on stage led by vocalist Linda Battilani . Their infectious brand of pop/rock quickly has the audience on side and it is a credit to them that the room quickly fills as King Tut’s can be notoriously slow to fill up for support acts. The young female audience fawn over bassist Oscar Scantamburlo as he pulls shape after shape and bounces in time to the beat he is creating. Guitarist Tony Carre and drummer Fede Bernardi make up the band. The all too short set ends and they leave the stage to what only can be described as rapturous applause . Having never seen or heard this band before I was extremely impressed by them and the energy that they perform with, so much so I downloaded their 2017 album ‘Empty Rooms ‘ in the break between bands and have listened to it several times since, they are currently writing new music and I look forward to hearing it . Check them out the next time they are in your town.

Halflives are:

Linda Battilani – Vocals
Tony Carre – Guitars
Oscar Scantamburlo – Bass
Fede Bernardi – Drums

For more info : https://www.facebook.com/wehavehalflives/

The main support tonight are American duo, CHAPEL. Comprising of vocalist/ guitarist Carter Hardin & drummer Kortney Grinwis. They arrive on stage to the opening bars of ‘Caught Up‘ and immediately have the fairly young audience, who know every words, attention.
They follow this with ‘Miss Monogamy‘ and ‘Cindy White‘ and the full hall jump about and sing obviously having a ball. ‘ Young Dumb & Broke‘, ‘Don’t You Love Me‘ and ‘Mushy‘ come and go in a flash . Hardin is an accomplished guitarist as well as vocalist and along with the use of backing tracks, which I’m not usually a fan of but which work in the concept of this band, provides a massive sound. Penultimate song is ‘Friends’ and tonight’s closer ‘We’ve Got Soul‘ has the crowd almost ecstatic awaiting tonight’s headliners.

Chapel are:-
Carter Hardin – Vocals/ Guitar
Kortney Grinwis – Drums


For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ChapelUSA/

THE FAIM met whilst all the members were at High School in Perth, Australia and describe their music as Pop/Alternative . Tonight they take to the stage to a packed out King Tut’s made up of primarily under 20’s males and females and as vocalist Josh Raven starts to sing you know this is going to be a high energy gig from both band and audience. Having little previous knowledge of the band I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of songs they showcase tonight, songs such as ‘Summer Is A Curse’ and ‘My Heart Needs To Breathe‘ and ‘Where The River Runs‘ are all extremely well written songs and known word perfect by almost every member of the audience except from perhaps Methuselah (the DTFM photographer) and myself . Raven is an excellent vocalist and has Sam Tye on guitar , Stephen Beerkens on bass & keyboards and Linden Marissen on drums all making this band tick over nicely. The high energy continues right to the very last note played of the night . They leave the stage to an audience desperate for more but who will be heading into the night happy to be able to say they were there when this band hits the big time . An extremely enjoyable night .

The Faim are:-

Josh Raven – Vocals
Sam Tye – Guitars
Stephen Beerkens – Bass/ Keyboards
Linden Marissen – Drums


For more info: https://www.facebook.com/TheFaim/

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