ROCK Lou Barlow
Glasgow: Nice ’n' Sleazy, Thu 7—Sat 9 Sep z:
. . .. List; 5" he" Barlow, endlessly painted as a gloom- merchant, has a great sense of humour
The ‘Lou-fest' opens with a different guest eath evening We get Astrid's perfett pop and some stellar moodiness of the highest order from Mogwai’s Stuart Brait'mvaite We also sample Speeder's (heerful Pavement- ness and Eugene Kelly's folky greatness ove.r the (ourse of the three nights, as well as inspired genius from The James Orr Complex and ldlewild isans insane (itiitai' noise)
Barlow admits he's nervous about (Olliiliq all the way from Amerma for these shows, so he IKKkS off the three- gig stint ‘.‘.’lIIl SOCIdI MediCine an ode to al(ohol - to steady his nerves, and it's not long before his warm U'OOH is
Single Point Of Light/ Terra Diablo/
Lapsus Linguae Glasgow: King Tut’s, Thu 17 Aug.
Purple and blue lighting sets a dark downbeat atmosphere as Lapsus Linguae take to the stage, making them appear more goth-like than even they would intend The tone soon (‘hanges as the fo< us heroines the dramat:< four-piete's haunting piano- led melodies, supported by pounding bass iines and fei'o( ious votals. The Cure spring to mind, but not so mu<h an infltieme as kindred spirits A broken bass drum pedal slows them down out doesn't dampen their theatrks and their enthusiasm to play up to the aud;enre, and although you (oald never attuse Lapsus Linguae of Deng boring live, the (omplitated
Lapsus Linguae jump through hoops to entertain
working melancholic magic. Selections from the Sebadoh archive, stripped of fuzz, and the Folk Implosion reserve, stripped of technology, are revealed to be simply great songs. Given the acoustic treatment, fi27y pop songs like Rebound be(ome profound reflections On love and relationships With inCredibly premse insight.
It is a little known fatt that L0u Barlow, endlessly painted as a grumpy glooin-iiier(liant, has a great sense of humour An irreverent new song attempts to bring to light ’the true natural father of Jesus Christ’, ending With the line, ’They’ll never know the baby's mine' As is the wont of the solo 8(.OUSII( performer, LOU takes pleasure in being a raconteur. He explains that the inspiration for Skull, With its refrain of 'Gently take my skull for a ride’, was a wild night out With Evan Dando from The Lemonheads, where he Consumed ‘more drugs in one night than in my whole life'_
The song that (haratterises these shows, and arguably LOu's entire career, is 'Soul And Fire' It is one of the few songs that he plays on all three nights, and is easily the most spellbinding With its sad Wisdom, mourning the end of a friendship at the hands of infatuation. Lou is at his very best on the seCond night, opening with a breath-taking rendition of Will Oldham’s Gothi( ballad ’Riding’, whi(h Challenges the original Later, a beautiful 'Not A Friend' and a hilarious ’Gimme Indie Ro(k' demonstrate that he appreCiates, better than any other livmg rork musirian, the beauty and ridi(ulousness of the form i‘Peter Kelly)
song-writing requires a far tighter band than the shambolirs portrayed tonight
This gives Terra Diablo the Opportunity to show how it's done They are impressively tight, they sound huge, the soft votals (arry a( ross the audience, gaining power \NIIII every song. The influentes of Slint shines through, With even a tou(h of the PiXies and the o((asional Pink Floyd referente too Almost every song is an epit rush and the louder it gets the more intense the room filling sounds get Terra Diablo are on a mission to infiltrate yOur being and they are inarthing in.
After that, Single Point Of Light have a tough att to follow and they make a brave attempt but don't quite make it They have a lt(}\.‘.’ name, a new sound, a new direCtion lt's more (ommert ial and worth wat<liing out for, Just for the determination to put on a good show if nothing else (Keren M( Kean)
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Tuesday 26th September
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"AN AUDIENCE WITH THE COPE - 20 YEARS OF ROCK ‘N' ROLL STORIES & SONGS"
Thursday 5th October - King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Friday 6th Octo Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Saturday 7th Octo er - Edinburgh Liquid Room
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