WE’RE going to Barrowlands to see The Delgados tonight so I head into Glasgow with Margaret, drop her off then go and find a McDonalds for breakfast, a three-hour coffee and wifi.
I get quite a lot of work done, including knocking up some artwork and making the new version of Loch Lomond (Home) available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. It’s available immediately to folks on my mailing list, in my Wildcats’ group…and also reader of this blog. Download/stream/listen here.
I also set it up for ‘official’ release – ie: Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon etc etc – on 3 March.
Intrigued to see if this kinda ‘soft’ release works.
After a quick wander round at The Fort I go back to the car and have my sandwich, do a little more online work then it’s time to pick up Margaret.
We head to The Winged Ox at Saint Lukes for some grub – excellent food and great value – then toddle round the corner to Barrowlands.
I’m slightly disappointed in support act Andrew Wasylyk. As former frontman of the Hazy Janes and a good singer/songwriter (as well as one of my old New Deal for Musicians clients!) he has an eight piece band and plays 45 minutes of what I’d describe a chilled out instrumental film music. Musically it’s all excellent…but as a live performance (especially in a place the size of Barrowlands) it leaves both Margaret and I a little cold. And confused.
The Delgados are, on the whole, excellent…I’m not convinced they needed the additional strings and woodwind, particularly as these instruments seemed to overpower the guitars and vocals. Only other complain was a very inanimate and lacklustre audience. A sell-out crowd at Barrowlands usually increases the atmosphere exponentially, but this lot gauche the impression they weren’t really that fussed about the music.
We discuss it on the way home and come to the conclusion that the majority of audience members were all ‘too cool for school’…or maybe at the show because it was either ‘the place to be’, or ‘John Peel liked them (a lot)’ rather than because they actually like the band and the music. Regardless, we like the band, the music and had a great night.