THE LAZYS / THE STANDSTILLS / SALT RIVER SHAKEDOWN / LAST ALIBI - The Attic, Glasgow 11.03.19
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Glasgow on a Monday night for the only Scottish date on a brief UK tour for Aussie rockers THE LAZYS at one of the smallest venues in the city, the Attic. It wasn’t quite sold out, which was a surprise, so the promoters must have tried to fill the extra space by putting on three support bands!
Drafted in quite late, were local band LAST ALIBI, who already have a loyal band of followers in the crowd judging by the band t-shirts and the welcome they received on stage. Playing a short set consisting of their self-titled debut EP, they showed a lot of maturity for their youthful appearance, and seemed genuinely grateful for the chance to appear in their home town. ‘Angel Instincts’ and ‘Vice City’ were good, solid rocking tunes, and even the cover of The Animals ‘House of the Rising Sun’, has become a mainstay of their set by popular demand.
Any other Scottish readers wishing to see them, can catch them at Beat Generator in Dundee on 16th March, I’m sure they’ll appreciate your support, and join you at the bar afterwards.
Last Alibi are:
Jamie Ramage - Vocals
Calum Flint - Drums
Alan Bell - Bass
Andy Christie - Guitar
Second of the local bands, SALT RIVER SHAKEDOWN have a retro seventies sound, based on the likes of Hendrix and Led Zep. There’s a lot of heavy bass, fuzzy feedback guitar, and high pitched vocals. Highlights of the set, ‘Wings to Fly’, and final song ‘Feast for the Wolves’ saw the band produce an energetic performance, but I feel they are still finding their way following a change of name (from Magic Trik) and need to refine their sound for live performances.
Salt River Shakedown are:
David McFarlane - Vocals
Alek McMillan - Guitar
Shaun Kilna - Bass
Jake Mackie Duncan - Drums
Main support for THE LAZYS took the form of Canadian duo THE STANDSTILLS. Looking and sounding like a cross between Royal Blood and The White Stripes, they bring a heavy rock sound to the stage, where guitarist Jonny Fox has to work hard, not only to provide the music, but to run around and fill the empty stage. No standing still allowed!
Promoting their next album, ’Badlands’ they played a few new tracks including ‘Wild’, ‘Shaker Down’ and ‘Black Hill Creek’, as well as mixing in some of their earlier EP, ‘From the Devils Porch’. They have a decent following back home, and are working hard to win over hard rock fans in Europe.
The Standstills are:
Jonny Fox - Vocals / Guitar
Renee Couture - Drums
Arriving on stage with more hair and teeth than a pride of lions, THE LAZYS burst to life and launched straight into ‘Howling Woman’. Bringing their sleazy brand of Aussie rock to Glasgow for the first time to promote their latest album ‘Tropical Hazards’, the boys may not have been here before, but were obviously here to have a good time, and make sure the crowd did too.
Mixing in the old with the new, there was plenty to get the crowd interacting, and singer Leon Harrison wasn’t taking any prisoners tonight.
The whole band rattled out the hits with more energy than the Duracell bunny. Guitarist Matty Morris throwing himself around the stage, and pulling faces and licks all through the set. Meanwhile bass player Glenn Williams pounding his chest like a silver back, and almost gave himself a concussion bouncing too high under the Attics low roof.
Dedicating ‘Half Mast Blues’ to all the men in the room was well received, and pulled in some of the loudest interaction of the set, this isn’t a song to be sung along to, it has to be shouted!
Pausing in the middle of ‘Wild Heart’ to properly introduce lead guitar Matty Morris as the best guitar player in the world, may have been a slight exaggeration, until his walk-about during ‘Can’t Kill the Truth’, where he held court at the bar, and rocked the roof off with his extended guitar solo, and bar fly impressions.
Finishing the main set off with their tribute to Bonn Scott, ‘Nothing but Trouble’ was always going to be the highlight of the night, but left us wondering what’s left for an encore. Unfortunately due to an early curfew, they only had time for a fast and furious version of ‘Anxiety’, which left the crowd on a high, knowing they’d seen something special from a band in the process of building a big reputation in Europe. They promised they’d be back, and I can’t wait!
The end of the night was spoiled for the band and the crowd by the venue staff herding everyone out to make way for a DJ set. The band tried to speak to as many of us as possible, but this is a crucial time for selling their merchandise that unfortunately was cut short, and can only harm their takings for the gig.
Leon Harrison - Vocals
Liam Shearer - Guitar
Glenn Williams - Bass
Matt Morris - Lead Guitar
Andy Nielson - Drums
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