OLD FRUITMARKET, GLASGOW, TOMORROW, 7.30PM
When the Sunday Herald caught up with Glasvegas earlier this year, ahead of the release of their third album, Later... When The TV Turns To Static, singer James Allan was enjoying a rare extended stretch of time in his home town.
“In some ways, it’s a very unnatural existence, being in a band and touring,” he said at the time. “Your bed is moving down the motorway every night if you’re on a tour bus – that’s not natural. You’re always in motion, it seems; you’re never still.”
This unnatural experience has consumed the band since the album’s September release. The later part of this year saw them travel all round the UK and dot across Europe, and it’s due to begin all over again for the quartet come January. At the end of the month, they head out on a string of dates through Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Poland before spending the rest of February and the first week of March in North America.
Before that, however, there’s time for a final farewell to 2013 and the core Glasgow fan base as the band take to the stage at the Old Fruitmarket tomorrow night. At least this time the audience will be completely their own: when they last played Glasgow in midOctober, it was as support to The Proclaimers at the SSE Hydro.
Songs from the new album should, quite rightly, feature strongly in the set list, but given that it’s only a few days before Christmas, here’s hoping Allan and his bandmates will find time to revisit some of the material from A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss), their six-track seasonal EP from 2008. After all, what’s Christmas without a bit of emotional angst, a romantic bust-up and the sight of the homeless on our city streets?