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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Glasvegas - Nottingham Trent University

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Poly for a gig, the Fall (I think) nearly twenty years ago, certainly before the scruffy f***er who eventually served us at the bar had been born, although it did feel like we’d been there his whole life.

And don't let anyone fool you into believing it's a university, it was always Trent Poly and it always will be. Anywhere where they let you in for having an 'E' grade in General Studies and a 25m swimming badge does not qualify as a university in my book, especially when we've already got one of the best universities in the country just down the road as it is.

Glasvegas, for me, have already peaked. They’ve got their small group of fans following them round from gig to gig, their show is well produced and the wall of noise is certainly awesome, but my worry for them is this; where do they go from here ? They’ll pitch up at the bigger Rock City in February, where they’ll need to produce more than this meagre 40 minute set, as part of the NME tour and there’s no reason to say they’ll not blow them away that night, but there’s only so far you can go with their unfathomable lyrics especially when their new songs sounds remarkably similar to their “old” stuff.

I predict they’ll disappear shortly after releasing a disappointingly received second album.

However ……

Supporting them last night (after a more than decent Thomas Tantrum) were White Lies.

They couldn’t have been more Interpol, even if they’d come on stage and said “Good evening Nottingham, we’re Interpol”. The flattened hair, the standard uniform of black shirts, sleeves rolled up to the elbows. The bass players Hooky moustache completing the derivative look.

But, if you’re going to be derivative and you can pull it off with your own original material, then Joy Division / New Order, Cure, (heavier) Ulrtravox is as good a place to start as any.

White Lies will be back in February as well as part of the NME tour, after the release of their debut album. If there’s any justice it’ll be them headlining, not their soon to be fading tour mates.


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