HELL IS FOR HE­ROES PLUS: ‘A’, VEX RED O2 ABC GLAS­GOW. 20.02.18

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BRIT-ROCK ’00S BOYS ROLL BACK THE YEARS AT STONKING SCOT­TISH RE­TURN

■ “LET ME give it to you straight,” winks Hell Is For He­roes’ sharp-suited front­man Justin Schlos­berg early on.“i’m un­able to swear as there are young ’uns in the au­di­ence tonight. But this is freakin’ awe­some!” It’s one of one of many amus­ing di­ver­sions into ‘Dad­li­ness’ from this evening’s awk­wardly age­ing line-up. Re­gard­less – par­tic­u­larly with the head­lin­ers’ 15th an­niver­sary gal­lop through de­but LP The Neon Hand­shake – it’s clear these mil­len­nial vet­er­ans haven’t lost a step. Open­ing the night with a spine-tin­gling re­minder of their class, Hamp­shire’s Vex Red chan­nel the tex­tu­ral dark­ness of Placebo, Deftones’ mus­cu­lar sweep and shards of jar­ring fragility that’d do Anath­ema proud.things take an ab­surd turn when ‘A’ front­man Ja­son Perry emerges in a red wind­breaker (armpit-zip­pers open, natch) for some pre-set car­dio. Pack­ing half­for­got­ten an­thems Star­bucks and Noth­ing (not to men­tion Mcfly/mc­busted’s Dougie Poyn­ter on bass), though, their full-throt­tle show­ing is killer.then HIFH swash­buckle on.“it’s great to be north of the bor­der again!” grins Justin.with bod­ies and beer fly­ing, it’s easy to un­der­stand why. Launch­ing him­self into the au­di­ence on a su­per­charged Three Of Clubs, the singer plays beat­ing-heart to a pul­sat­ing per­for­mance. From Nightvi­sion’s grungy rem­i­nis­cence via spring-loaded bangeryou Drove Meto It to the shat­ter­ing post-hard­core of Folded Pa­per Fig­ures, mind, his band more than match up. So lads, any chance of a full-time re­turn?

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