The 1975: Glasgow Barrowlands

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Emulating the mysterious and alternative styles of the 80’s Manchester alt-pop band, The 1975 walked onto the Glasgow Barrowlands stage after several minutes of taunting with dry-ice and synth music to a crowd of eager fans; most of them barely pushing 18.

Singer Matt Healy cemented the idea that The 1975 are trying a bit too hard to be unique wearing a fur jacket cradling a bottle of red wine, he ended up just looking a little pretentious. Opening the night with crowd pleaser The City, deafening cheers and chants gave hope that a memorable show was about to be put on.

However apart from releasing catchy songs, the edgy haircuts and all black wardrobes alongside their ‘cool-guy’ personas The 1975 are really no different to most acts that have come and gone in the past 20-years; their mix of singles focusing on sex, angst and drugs are good live performance tracks but for an hour long set The 1975 still have a lot to learn.

Since rocketing into the charts with their self-titled debut album last year, The 1975 have not yet put out new material and they have yet to change up their live shows. Taking a break from slower album tracks, allowing a break from Healy smoking and drinking on stage to Me acting like a rejected romantic character, a saxophone player emerged from the smoke to play a killer solo during Heart Out, that allowed a moment of appreciation for something interesting to watch and listen to.

The night truly came to life with the encore featuring the favourites Chocolate and rockier sounding Sex. It’s a great tactic to place your two liveliest songs at the end of the setlist because it fools people into thinking the entire show was lively and interactive; the younger generation seemed to love it anyway.

In all honesty watching a re-run of Loose Women would have been more entertaining.

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Drink for the Galway Girl

As I sit in my room with a cup of tea nursing my chipped knee (that’s a different story for a different blog) and my flatmates get ready to enjoy St Patrick’s day I decided to share my favorite Irish songs.

Get the Guinness down yi!

Steve Earle – Galway Girl

Galway Girl by Steve Earle is a catchy little number. No matter if you know the words or not, guaranteed  after experiencing all the Irish pubs your town has on offer, at the end of the night you and your friends will be merrily singing aaaee aiiii aeeee aaii aeeee all the way home. The drunken version is still going to be better than Gerard Butler’s attempt.

Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster

I have loved Stiff Little Fingers, the Irish punks, since I was around 15. I’ve been lucky enough to see them play at the iconic Glasgow Barrowlands one St Paddy’s Day way back when and this classic is my favorite SLF song by far.

The Cranberries – Linger

The Cranberries are up there with the greatest bands Ireland has to offer. ‘Linger’, released in 1993, is still as hauntingly beautiful as every other Cranberries song out there. And it makes a change from listening to ‘Zombie’ all the time.

The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl – Fairytail of New York

It may not be Christmas but it is one of the best Irish songs out there. The classic ‘Fairytail of New York’ by Irish rockers The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl is a great tune at any time of the year with the Irish fiddle in the background it makes you feel as if your dancing away in a crowded pub in the middle of Dublin.

Westlife – Seasons in the Sun

It’s still socially acceptable to like Westlife? Right? No? I’ll just leave this here anyway.