Glasvegas

Wednesday

SXSW Records

Glasvegas

(Columbia)

Swamped in distorted Eurotrash feedback, Glasvegas frontman James Allen comes on like Glasgow's Eddie Vedder. Although his quartet's first LP has boozy punch, even with two bonus tracks, the Scots' eponymous debut still feels padded. (Just ignore the spoken-word and piano exercise "Stabbed.") Nevertheless, Allen's lyrics and delivery, loaded with Proclaimers' burr and Morrissey's sense of the grievance, make for infectious Britpop. Signs of Oasis flow from "Flowers & Football Tops," while the upbeat "Go Square Go" is an almost Quadrophenia-worthy track about facing a schoolyard bully. Allen has enough sense of humor and history to sing out, "What's the story morning glory?" on the jukebox-friendly "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry." Whether Glasvegas' material can sustain itself is a valid question, but the lads are certainly on a roll. (Wed., Vice, 11:45pm; Fri., La Zona Rosa, 11:30pm.)

**.5

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
My Jerusalem
A Little Death (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, July 15, 2016

Texas Platters
The Echocentrics
Echo Hotel (Record Review)

Thomas Fawcett, June 24, 2016

More by Dan Oko
SXSW 2013 Records
Strangers
Persona Non Grata (Record Review)

March 15, 2013

SXSW 2013 Records
Local Natives
Hummingbird (Record Review)

March 15, 2013

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Glasvegas

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)