Something angry was stirring in Glasgow on Friday night, and for once it didn’t include Buckfast. Car Bomb are one pissed off proposition, and they’re not designed to make you feel at home. Their disjointed and angular metal is hard to listen to at times and yet as they roar through a half hour set you can’t help but love them. These guys have been around for a while and with three albums under their belt are a perfect proposition for anyone that likes their music to attempt grievous bodily harm.
There are nights when you walk into a room and instantly know that you are in for something special. There’s a feeling in the air, one that hints of everyone being on and ready for what is to come. It’s one that was crackling in the ABC on Sunday night as Architects arrive in Glasgow.
There’s a certain frustration to watching The Wildhearts. Not because of the band themselves, but because of what should have been. That blend of Metallica‘s riffs and Cheap Trick‘s hooks could have been the biggest thing to come out of the UK in the 90’s. Christ, I’ve lost count of the number of bands that have borrowed/stolen from them. And yet, record company uselessness and personal implosions meant that the best alternative rock band we have, never quite reached their potential.
The ABC is crowded with an unusual audience as While She Sleeps and Cancer Bats roll into town. There’s the heavy metal fans, the ones I recognise from countless gigs in Glasgow and will see at countless more. There’s the scene kids, who travels in packs and who I may well have seen before, but blend into one giant blob of baseball caps and shorts. Then there’s the new folk, the people who look slightly out-of-place and aren’t really into heavy metal. However, they have come out tonight because bands like While She Sleeps are getting big and it is awesome to see.
There aren’t going to be many bills that can compete with just how metal Behemoth’s current touring party is and therefore, it is nice to see them playing a venue the size of Glasgow’s O2 ABC. The beer might be overpriced and it’s not actually sold out, but it show’s that extreme metal doesn’t have to exist solely in the underground.
So I went to see The Wildhearts in Glasgow on Sunday night and wrote a review for WOW 24/7 which you can check out at the link below. Enjoy.