Archive for February 13th, 2006

Shout Out Louds/Flying Matchstick Men – Glasgow School Of Art (11 February 2006)

Maybe it was the mood. Maybe it was the champale. More than likely it was The Chalets saying it was where they were off to after their gig. Either way, it was a quick leg-it up the hill to the Art School to catch Flying Matchstick Men (no ‘The’ apparently).

Having just returned from and extensive tour of the UK supporting abysmal label-mates El Presidente, you would expect them to be flagging, and not a little jaded. (OK, it wasn’t really that extensive a tour, more a handful of dates, but I need to say something other than just that they were fab again.) Not a bit of it.

ex·cite Pronunciation Key (k-st)
tr.v. ex·cit·ed, ex·cit·ing, ex·cites

1. To stir to activity.
2. To call forth (a reaction or emotion, for example); elicit: odd noises that excited our curiosity.
3. To arouse strong feeling in: speakers who know how to excite a crowd. See Synonyms at provoke.
4. Physiology. To produce increased activity or response in (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate.
5. Physics.
1. To increase the energy of.
2. To raise (an atom, for example) to a higher energy level.

Without wanting to look into number four on there too deeply, I’ve been saying for quite some time that FMM are the most exciting (in the truest sense of the word) band in Glasgow at the moment. (In fact probably in Scotland, maybe the UK! Although I will draw the line at offering them world domination quite yet.) They’re definitely one of the most unique bands in the country. Although, you could lazily come up with some comparisons (even ones that aren’t completely unfair or inaccurate) but the best is that they sound like FMM.

Go on. Do your self a favour.

The Shout Out Louds (not sure about the pronoun), were an unknown quantity to me. I was vaguely familiar with the name, and kinda recognised the album artwork featured on their shirts on the merchandising stall. However, for all I knew they could local or from the moon. Turns out they’re from Sweden. And, it shows. But, in the good way. Basically, they do kinda rocking indie stuff (it is blatantly obvious why they’ve been touring with The Strokes) with a slight country edge. And, there’s something in the cultural mix that the different cultural background adds. And, without getting completely rascist, it’s definitely a Swedish thing. they seem to have that quality that made it impossible to hate, no matter how irritating they got, The Wannadies – although they are a completely different kettle of herring.

They’ve got a chick that plays accordian! The cover The PoguesStreams Of Whiskey at breakneck speed! (And, yes it seemed like an incongruous choice.) They’ve got a banner that reads Shout Out Louds UK Tour and at the end of the set it unfurls to say Thank you and goodnight!

Oh, they were fun and quite groovy. I shall check out their album.

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Written by Tony Kiernan

13 February 2006 at 5:51 pm

Posted in Gigs

The Chalets – King Tuts (11 February 2006)

The day after the last gig I attended by The Chalets I was talking to an acquaintance whom I’d noticed there. He was bemoaning the fact that he felt the tweepop thing had been done to death and commented that he felt he was watching a different band from the rest of the audience. Too bloody right he was. There is nothing twee about the vignettes of everyday life (akin to the kind of thing The Streets, or more recently The A***** M*****s, get plaudits for) they deal in. True, the girls that front the band are cute, but since when have the two things been synonymous? Alright, they do go by the names Peepee and Pony, but that’s not my point.

So, what have they been up to in the two and a bit months that have elapsed since they played here last? One can only assume touring, touring, touring. (There is one new, or at least unfamiliar, song tonight though.) Because they seem to have a confidence that wasn’t there the last time. Near ballsy swagger to be exact. And, deservedly so.

Maybe it’s just the fact that Tut’s is a much better venue than the Barfly. Managing to be bigger (capacity wise) yet more intimate. Or just the far superior sound. Whatever, they were even better than the last time. And, they were great then.

Written by Tony Kiernan

13 February 2006 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Gigs