MINISTRY / 3TEETH - SWG3, Glasgow 03.07.19
PHOTO CREDITS: STEVEN SCOULLER
Nestled near the River Clyde, in Glasgow’s West End, sits a building with a red brick façade, embracing traditional and contemporary architecture. This is SWG3, one of Glasgow’s most versatile live music venue. Inside this large venue there’s plenty of workshop, television studio and live music space. Tonight, SWG3 will place to host to MINISTRY, the undisputed titans of Industrial Metal. Al Jorgenson and his band will perform live, supported by 3TEETH who are accompanying MINISTRY on this tour.
There is much anticipation in the air as fans start to arrive well in advance of the door opening time. Whilst chatting to some gig-goers in the assembling queue, there is also a buzz for touring support 3TEETH who last played Glasgow around 4 years ago. MINISTRY played here, about the same time last year, it’s hard to believe that another year has rolled around so quickly. 3TEETH have just launched their third album ‘Metawar’ released on Century Media Records and fans are hoping to hear some new tracks from the album including their cover version of ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People.
As I await the countdown to the 5 minutes before show time, when I can access the pit to take up my sniper position to shoot the gig, I notice the crowd growing hungry for music as they press themselves up against the barrier, squashing themselves in anticipation of the acts to unfold before them. The lights go down and I can hear the subtle hum of electricity snaking through the wires and cables that connect the backline, like arteries to the heart. They seem to come alive, growling with anticipation for the first chord to be struck. The lights, albeit very low, come on as the band take to the stage to cheers from the crowd. The band’s first song is ‘Divine Weapon’. Alexis bounds onto the stage, microphone in hand looking purposeful as he delivers his lines with conviction, surveying the crowd gathered before him. I shot the next two songs, ‘EXXXIT’ and ‘American Landfill’ before retiring to the wings to enjoy the rest of the performance. The low lighting with blasé colour washes that changed infrequently might have added to the industrial setting and music but were hellish to shoot music photography under. The set consisted of ten great songs, accumulating with ‘Master of Decay’.
The crowd reacted well to 3TEETH and the band gave an exceptional performance. The only negative comment that I can muster to mention was the occasional feedback from Alexis’s vocal microphone which was infrequent, but noticeable. This was no fault of the band, but probably just a technical glitch stemming from the mixing desk end of things. Nonetheless, 3TEETH hit the ball out the park with their performance and hit a home run.
Check out our interview with Alexis Mincolla HERE
The moment we had all being waiting for was here. I climbed back into my position in front of Al Jorgensen’s epic microphone stand that consists of a base of human skulls, topped with a bird-like skull and skeletal wings. When you are greeted with a mic stand like that, you know the night’s going to be special one!
So, the moment had arrived, and MINISTRY appeared on the stage with their first song ‘Twilight Zone’. Their distinctive and instantly recognisable sound filled the venue as Al walked on stage, holding a pint aloft, in a toast to the welcoming crowd. The next 10 minutes or so were a blur as I struggled to find suitable light to photograph the band. It would appear that the lighting at SWG3 has taken a downward turn and an opportunity to have sufficient lighting, that would create more of an atmosphere which would be better for all, has been missed.
A highlight of MINISTRY’s performance was ‘Thieves’ which is just amazing live. The band played so tightly you could be forgiven for thinking they were miming to a backing track. The band really gelled together and they were incredibly tight. It’s hard to improve on perfection, but MINISTRY just keep getting better and better with age.
This show was epic and it was great to see Ministry performing at the top of their game playing to fans, who were hungry for their music. It was a treat indeed to see 3TEETH perform too. If you get the chance go and see both bands on tour now, you’ll thank me later!
Al Jourgensen - Guitars / Vocals
John Bechdel - Keyboards
Sin Quirin - Guitars
Paul D’Amour - Bass
Cesar Soto - Guitars
Derek Abrams - Drums
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