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THE ANSWER/THE UNION, The Garage, Glasgow
Value for money, something that is becoming harder to find in this day
and age, so when a bill featuring two top class bands comes along for
the princely sum of £15, well it would be rude not to. On paper this
looked like a great night out with The Answer and The Union
co-headlining with equal stage time with The Answer given the task of
closing the show.
To entertain the early birds we had Leicester trio Skam who play
a good line in fine melodic heavy rock. The band played a short, 5 song
set with new single 'No Lies' and set closer 'Massacre' being the
highlights. The band got a good reception from the growing crowd and
left them suitably warmed through for the arrival of The Union.
I have followed Luke Morley's career for many years with Thunder and
before that Terraplane, but until now I had heard little of his output
with The Union.
With a now
full hall, the band entered the stage to the intro track of 'Part Of The
Union' and judging by the reaction they received, there were a
number of paid up members in the house.
'Watch The River Flow' the band were in fine form with Luke and Pete
Shoulder trading guitar licks with aplomb. The set was culled from both
the band's debut album and their latest release 'Siren's Song' and all
songs both old and new went down a storm.
The pick of
the set list were 'Blame It On Tupelo', 'Step Up To The Plate' and
'Remedy' although there were a few technical problems throughout with
Pete's guitar and the odd bit of feedback here and there.
By the time
we reached the final number 'Siren's Song' though, the band had put any
issues behind them and with the crowd chanting along to the chorus, the
guys finished to resounding cheers. Job done.
After a quick stage change County Down's finest, The Answer, hit
the stage and launched into a rocking version of 'New Day Rising' with
some excellent guitar work, courtesy of Paul Mahon, from the off.
delivery of Cormac Neeson though is what gives the band its edge, the
guy has a great range and uses it to great effect, he also never stands
still for a minute, dancing and shaking his way through the set, his
enthusiasm is infectious.
As with The
Union, The Answer played a good mix of old and new over the course of
the 11 song set. Their current single 'Nowhere Freeway' was one of the
highlights and was given a complete reworking for the live show,
starting gently with just guitar and vocals and building to a rousing
climax. Preachin' was another number of note which found Cormac
venturing into the crowd to spread the word, so to speak, and getting a
good part of the assembled throng on their knees.
The main set
ended with an extended version of 'One More Revival' with crowd
participation in abundance. After a quick chorus of 'Happy Birthday To
You' for birthday boy Cormac, the band returned to round off a
triumphant set with 'Waste Your Tears', the perfect end to a great show.
This pairing proved to be every bit as good live as I expected and
having them on the same bill is an inspired move. Value for money then,
closer to buy on, get one free I would say, bargain !
photos by David Wilson
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