Sooo… eleven days ago I travelled up to Glasgow on the train to see The Hidden Cameras headline the Bubblegum Winter shindig. Sadly, even though Joel was there (as you can see in the pic above), he couldn’t play due to visa issues. 🙁
Well, dammit – I wasn’t going to let that ruin my trip! After six hours on a train, I’m going to get my money/time’s worth! Plus, the Bubblegum Records crew had put on such a treat (food, free CD, decorations!) that I couldn’t be grumpy. Amazing people.
So, instead of having a mard, I went and watched the other bands who were all lovely in different ways.
Lean Tales were quite jumpy and Smithsy but with female vocals. I felt they came the most alive when the violinist joined them on stage.
Leaving Mornington Crescent make music as charming and effervescent as they are in person (we had some food together in the bar bit of Stereo, where the gig was). Very fast and poppy and, one thing I always love: short songs. No prog!
The last band were my fave of the night. Pale Man Made came on and just blew me away. One of those gigs where, okay, I was a bit down at not getting to see The Hidden Cameras but they turned that frown upside down. Literally. I was grinning like a loony by about three songs into their set. Lovely!
Also lovely was the lady above, Alison Butcher Boy who very charitably put me up at hers. She made me tea and listened to me spouting all manner of shite till the small hours of the morning. Bless her!
What could have been a decidedly damp squib was the funnest night I’ve had in ages. Thank you Bubblegum Records and thank you Glasgow! 🙂
(Click any of the pics to see a little gallery!)