They are about to release their de­but al­bum, but new­com­ers Glasve­gas are mak­ing fans and mu­sic like old pros, and their con­fi­dence and sin­gu­lar­ity of pur­pose is such that, next up, they’re off to Tran­syl­va­nia to make a Christ­mas record. They talk to Brian

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

ALL THOSE polls at the turn of the year which were pre­dict­ing the new big noises of 2008 seemed to fo­cus ex­clu­sively on Adele and Duffy – with the pair of them sweep­ing all the “new­comer” awards be­fore they even had their de­but al­bums out. The band who came in at num­ber three in most of th­ese polls were barely men­tioned: but more than one per­son will tell you that Glasve­gas are stronger mu­si­cally than Adele and Duffy put to­gether, and are not just the best new band in Bri­tain this year but quite pos­si­bly the world.

The leg­end be­gan when for­mer Cre­ation Records boss Alan McGee took a re­turn trip to Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Club. Years ear­lier, at the same club, he had seen a thir­don-the-bill Oa­sis and de­clared them “the new best band I’ve ever seen”.

But when McGee saw Glasve­gas play the same venue two years ago, he re­alised that they are a su­pe­rior band to Oa­sis. Un­able to “do an Oa­sis” with them be­cause a good friend of his was al­ready manag­ing them, he con­tented him­self with be­ing their chief ad­vo­cate.

It’s not of­ten that Elvis Pres­ley’s daugh­ter, Lisa-Marie, gets on the phone to a new band to tell them how much she loves them, how she wants to cover their songs and how she wants to work with them. Or that Mor­ris­sey vol­un­teers to be pres­i­dent of their fan club. But for Glasve­gas, it was just the beginning of a mu­sic world sit­ting up and pay­ing at­ten­tion to their glo­ri­ous pop-rock beat. It’s a sound that’s firmly rooted in ’50s rock’n’roll and doo-wop, but has been adorned with flashes of shoegaz­ing and skewed coun­try rock be­fore be­ing given a wall-of-sound pro­duc­tion treat­ment. As The Who might say: this is meaty, beaty, big and bouncy mu­sic.

From the Dal­marnock area of Glasgow, which is ba­si­cally a “nogo” area (it’s the sort of place that were they to have a tourist brochure, the front cover would fea­ture a pic­ture of derelict ten­e­ments). Lead singer and chief song­writer, James Al­lan, takes up the story: “It’s not the sort of place where you ever need to use the word “ex­otic” to de­scribe it. It’s grey and it rains – and that’s about it. But I can see the beauty in it”.

His up­bring­ing seeps un­con­trol­lably into most of his songs. Glasve­gas’s de­but al-

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