hmv.com reviews... Blues Pills @ Glasgow Cathouse
We got freewheeling rockers Blues Pills last night (April 28th) in Glasgow and were just blown away...
Much touted multi national Rock outfit Blues Pills, who you might have caught them supporting Rival Sons late last year. Featuring the incredible Elin Larsson on vocals and one of the finest young guitarists around today, Dorian Sorriaux.
The legendary Cathouse Rock Club in Glasgow city centre, a perennial home from home for any self-respecting rock fan in Scotland.
Any good supports?
Indeed, two very different but equally impressive bands. First on were The Pearl Harts, a duo making quite a stir. There might only be two of them onstage but they sure as hell know how to fill a room with crushing riffs and massive tunes. Make sure you check out 'Skeleton Made of Diamonds' and 'Wolf Eyes'.
Next up were RavenEye who feature the highly respected young blues artist Oli Brown on guitar. A great power trio and definitely a band to look out for, they've got an arsenal full of cracking songs that on occasions brought to mind a harder version of The Black Keys. They're worth watching just for Oli Brown, he's a phenomenal player and his thumb pick style of playing is incredible to watch.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Packed and sold out, Blues Pills' reputation as a live band has steadily grown over the last year and word of mouth played a major part in this. Great mix of young and old in the crowd, from the old boys in front trying to out do each other with how many times they seen Zeppelin to the Mum, Dad and two teenage kids behind them.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The vast majority of the 70 minute set was culled from last years stunning self titled debut album (you can preview it on the right-hand side of the page). 'High Class Woman' kicks off the album and likewise opened the set, with drummer Andre Kvarnstrom pounding out a throbbing beat before the rest of the band (completed by bassist Zack Anderson) joined in. Larsson ambles onstage barefoot and necking a pint, picks up her tambourine and unleashes THAT voice, comparisons are fruitless but if they have to be made then perhaps Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick is a better comparison than Janis Joplin.
Unleashed from the confines of the recording studio, Blues Pills very much come into their own on the live stage. Tracks from the album open out and get extended, but you never get the impression that the band are rambling on aimlessly, a fate that can so easily befall a band that likes to spread out.
Larsson is a joy to watch, a pocket rocket, twirling anddancing, losing herself in the music before delivering one incredible note after another without oversinging. 'Aint No Change', 'No Hope Left For Me' and the crowd pleasing 'Devil Man' are all welcomed with open arms, as well as a groove laden cover of 'Elements & Things' from Tony Joe White.
This was a great set from an excellent young band on the rise.
Any good between song banter?
Swede Elin Larsson has a great command of the English language but banter was kept to a minimum, but it was bizarre watching Dorian Sorriaux conversing in French with two fans on the barrier.
Did they put on much of a show?
Music was the main ingredient tonight, no effects required.
What was the highlight of the set?
Highlights were numerous, opener 'High Class Woman' was incredible as was 'No Hope Left For Me', but perhaps the main highlight was the vocal talent on display from Larsson, stunning but yet seemingly effortless.
Where can I catch them next?
The band have dates in Nottingham and Bristol before hitting mainland Europe, they will also be playing both Download Festival and Rambling Man Festival in the summer.