First gig in Glasgow.
Walked from Guru’s apartment to the Barfly, on the banks of the Clyde. Bloody cold. Tee, sweatshirt, thick jacket and my hands are still frozen. Can’t feel the old nose and it’s real fun when you try and say ‘blubber’. The old city is charming. Soot-crusted ‘rebuilt in 1886′ etched in brown stone. The oldest public house in the British Isles 1516. Some locals walking around in just Tee-shirts. Passed St. Andrew’s Church, worn stone buttresses, polished wood..
Warm in the Barfly. Six bands playing tonight – three upstairs, three in the basement. We’re upstairs, sharing the bill with Futuro and The Fallout Trust (reasonably big London band). Hang around and wait while the other bands do their check. Have to borrow amps, and The Fallout guys, good fellas, let us use their Marshall JCM 900 and Fender Bassman. Don’t get much of a check, as it’s pretty late by the time we get a chance (8:25 – but it’s bright like mad outside – the sun sets at 10pm and it’s twilight till midnight. !!!) Five minutes of trying to get our sounds together and the doors are open and we’re off. Brigade st. goes down well, can’t really hear things very clearly on stage, drums real loud, guitars a bit muddy, vocals too soft, but what the heck. Bend the World, Paper Puli also good, Look at Me gets the usual grins. Nice. Before we know it 30 minutes are up and we’ve gotta go.
Futuro comes on, tight three piece straightaheadbritrock. Fallout much more interesting, but same sound hassles, good gig tho.
Met an oldish gent at the bar who said we were the best he’s seen in a good many years – and that I should take his word because he was sober when we were on! I smile and say thank ya.
So, it was no earth-shattering moment. Was no sellout fab groove on the floor mad screaming fans gig. Was TAAQ’s first gig here, so it was still special as hell. Love it. We’re here. And we’re gonnamake the most.
Today we play the 13th Note Cafe, supposedly a really cool venue. Tell ya all about it soon.