The Herald - Arts - - FRONT PAGE - ALAN MOR­RI­SON

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?

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