Glasvegas: Footie, Crap Dads, and Social Workers
Have you checked out Glasvegas yet? It's not for everybody but if you're down with olde, dreary British bands like Jesus & Mary Chain and Echo & The Bunnymen and pre-Joshua Tree U2 you might feel these guys (and girl). It's sort of like Editors but with all of their indie-disco ambitions thrown in the bin.
As the name might portend, they are out of Glasgow and are purported to be massive Celtic fans so I like them. Loads. It also helps their cause that singer-guitarist and chief maudlin MF James Allan has played for Queens Park Rangers and Falkirk & Gretna of the SPL; perhaps his time on the pitch is what led him to write the darkly soaring 'Flowers & Football Tops', a song about the Hillsborough Stadium disaster written from a parents perspective.
Check them out on Myspace if you get a chance as there's loads of tracks that you can check out without dropping a dime. Also check out the live performance of new single 'Geraldine' above and the video for the I-grew-up-with-an-absentee-father singalong anthem 'Daddy's Gone' below; this is pretty much what passes for 'Dear Mama' if you come from the Clyde.