Attended the Annual conference of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists up in Glasgow (with a great talk from Brian Cox…..at a Podiatry conference…..I know!) and managed to sneak in a trip to the wonderful King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut with my old pal Ian Mathieson. King Tut’s used to be his old haunt “I once met Micheal Hutchens in there”.
If you’re a ‘Skinny Indie Kid‘ in Leeds, you goes to the Brudenell Social Club, Stoke – The Sugarmill, Sheffield – The Leadmill……..we were in Glasgow so went to King Tut’s on Spec and saw 4 great bands……After a quick ‘Glasgow salad’ (Chicken Pakora and Chips) we trotted upstairs at King Tuts as ‘7 of 7‘ took to the stage. As it’s such a well known venue with a great reputation, I was suprised at how small the room was. ‘7 of 7’ play a mix of high octane metal guitar riffs with a mix of danceable synthesizer. The lead singer (Sean) was a great front man who was happy to jump off stage and start a bit of dancing. They were raw, full of energy and worth the entrance fee alone.
Next up were ‘Bear Arms’ were also ‘raw’ and intense and cranked up the aggression, again with guitar sound Metallica would be happy with and some wonderful lead guitar work from their long haired player (who’s girlfriends mum was bopping along next to us at the back). You can download some of their stuff here.
‘Young Aviators‘ are a 3-piece from Ireland who have relocated to Glasgow. They felt like a much more professional outfit with with great songs and vocals from all 3 – they also had the best banter between songs and anyone wearing a Ramones T-shirt is a winner in my book.
The headliners were ‘More Than Conquerors‘ who again were quite polished and got the crowd going. There’s some You tube footage here. Loved it when the lead singer got into the crowd whist playing his guitar. Any of these bands could make it with a wee bit of luck. Peter Hook last week said “It breaks my heart when I see kids on X-Factor perform and then wait to be judged, to have someone else thell them if they’re good or not. Fuck that we just did what we wanted to do”. You got that impression with all tonights bands.
On our way downstairs I got this pick of Ian sat on the years he frequented the joint most. Outside we bumped into the boys from ‘7 of 7′ and had a chat with lead singer Sean – what a lovely bloke and as if that wasn’t enough – he’s a Man City fan too! Keep on rockin’ kids!
Bob the Chiropodist