Glasvegas ‘The World Is Yours’ – Brighton gig report

Posted On 10 Feb 2022 at 2:23 pm

Glasvegas live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

GLASVEGAS + CRUEL HEARTS CLUB – CHALK, BRIGHTON 8.2.22

My memories of Glasvegas are from Glastonbury in front of 50 + thousand people. Tonight is a very different intimate show of around 200 people on the 5th night of their rescheduled 13 night ‘Prize Machine’ tour to promote their 4th Studio Album ‘Godspeed’ which was released last year.

Cruel Hearts Club live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Support for the tour comes from Cruel Hearts Club who have whipped more than a bit of a storm since they unleashed in 2019 and already have some weighty supports under their belts including The Libertines, Sting and even Iggy Pop.

Cruel Hearts Club live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Sisters Edie and Gita Langley provide a very healthy dose of sassy 90s grunge rock nostalgia – think Elastica, Hole, Bikini Kill. But it’s fresh energetic, swamped with dirty heavy guitar riffs, catchy chorus, smoky harmonies and just the right smattering of pop and glam rock thrown in for good measure.

Cruel Hearts Club live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Mums by day and punk pop divas by night. They sound great, look the part and deliver their set like true professionals. It’s all about attitude and they have it in abundance. I am sure we will see far more of Cruel Hearts Club over the next few years.

Cruel Hearts Club live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pics Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pics to enlarge)

Highlights:
‘Dirty Rotten Scum’ – laden with distorted guitar riffs and deeply personal lyrics, this song can’t be ignored with just a little bit of skater girl punk in the mix.
‘Where Has The Summer Gone’ – stripped back bittersweet, shiver inducing harmonies.

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Glasvegas live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Glasvegas:

Open with the second song ‘Dive’ of their latest album ‘Godspeed’ – a complete barricade of sound bombards the audience. They have the audience in the palm of their hands from start to finish.

We may have seen a slight hiatus and an album which has been 7 years in the making, but being able to take full control of production and release without the constraints of a label has paid off.

Glasvegas live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Tonight reminds me just how good Glasvegas are. No longer leather clad, simple black t-shirts and jeans and the focus is purely on the songs.

The time away has allowed for a fresh intense offering of classics like ‘Geraldine’ which hears the audience singing along.

Glasvegas live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Huge, beautiful, emotionally charged sound waves, soaring, melodic, ghostly and striking Glaswegian vocals, reinforce that Glasvegas are a force to be reckoned with and still a great Scottish export.
Dirty Jesus And Mary Chain, The Cure. They sing of heartache and the gritty realities of life.

A carefully curated set intertwining new tracks from the latest album with crowd pleasure of years gone by. The latest album portray a fragmented portrait of a single evenings events – film noir – nothing major but all on same night and fits seamlessly with older songs

Glasvegas live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Highlights:
‘Dive’ – opening and one of the best, a wall of sound.
‘Daddy’s Gone’ – tells of Glasgow tragedies and sounds more intense than ever.
‘Shake The Cage (Für Theo)’ – James explains that when his nephew was born, he thought what would he say to him if he could understand me and what ensued was a powerful spoken word litany. It’s eclectic but all fits seamlessly and uniquely together.

Glasvegas live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

This is a devoted audience they sing along, mesmerised in the performance – band and audience immersed in the music as one. James remarks on the silence between songs and lack of chit chat – a sign of just how immersed in the performance the audience are.

Frontman James seemed genuinely humbled and emotional by the reaction “thank you, thank you, thank you” and they posted on their Facebook page “Thank you Brighton, what a night! Always a pleasure”.

Welcome back Glasvegas!

Glasvegas live at Chalk, Brighton 8.2.22 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey) (click pic to enlarge)

Glasvegas are:
James Allan – vocals, rhythm guitar
Rab Allan – backing vocals, guitar
Paul Donoghue – bass
Chris Dickie – touring drummer

Glasvegas setlist:
‘Dive’
‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’
‘The World Is Yours’
‘Keep Me A Space’
‘Geraldine’
‘Whatever Hurts You Through The Night’
‘Shake The Cage (Für Theo)’
‘Secret Truth’
‘Finished Sympathy’
‘Ice Cream Van’
‘If’
‘In My Mirror’
‘Go Square Go’
‘Daddy’s Gone
(encore)
‘Cupid’s Dark Disco’ (acoustic)
‘Lots Sometimes’
‘It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry’

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