Speaking In Shadows, The Classic Grand, Glasgow

For tonight’s gig I headed over to The Classic Grand in Glasgow to see some of the best UK underground alt-rock bands.

For tonight’s gig I headed over to The Classic Grand in Glasgow to see some of the best UK underground alt-rock bands. Unfortunately Orchard Hill couldn’t make this gig as their van died on the way up but, you should go and check them out as I will hopefully be able to see them play live later this year.

Kicking off the night were Face The Ocean from Newcastle. They provided a good alt rock sound but they played a little stiff for my taste. This might be due to the fact that they haven’t played a gig in awhile. Their timing was a little off in places and due to the stiffness of their performance, a lot of their songs ended up sounding the same. Their was a good switch up mid set where they took the drums away and used a tambourine when playing their ballad.  Their were a few sparks near the end of the set as they seemed to get more into their performance, taking the last few songs in their stride.

Up next were hard rock outfit Syren City who took things up a few notches. I have been waiting to see these guys for awhile but, being that they are from Bristol… it a long distance between our fair two cities. The drumming in their set had my head nodding back and forth. The vocals of Simon just pull you in before the entire band assault you with a hardcore-like vibe. I am very impressed with this outfit and I look forward to seeing them again soon. If you are a fan of A Day To Remember You should go and see these guys live as you will have fun.

Headling the night was Speaking In Shadows. It has been a good six months since I had last seen these guys play and I had forgotten how good they are live. They bring a energy to their performance matched with a joyous charm. They  played a good mix of new and old songs which kept new and old fans happy. With the drumming in alt rock styling, the melody conveyed as pop-rock mixed with heavy guitar riffs there is something for everyone in their set. This was the bands last tour with Guitarist Ali, who you could see was already missing playing with the guys in Speaking In Shadows before the set even finished.

Gareth Rooke

April 20, 2016

Hi I'm Gareth, A foolish Welshman that has found himself living in Scotland. I adore live music and this all started back in University when a friend dragged me along to my first gig and I saw Travis. From then on I spent a lot of time going to see bands from rubbish uni bands that had formed one drunken night to the mighty Blur. When I finished uni there was a 10 year gap between gigs (long story). Now though, on any given day of the week I can be found in the venues of Glasgow. With regards to my music taste I love anything with great lyrics and heavy drums. When I was younger (and still am) I was obsessed with a band called Alisha's Attic.
When not at a gig I will be found at my computer playing games like Prison Architect, Hearthstone and Wolfenstein.

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