What’s that? 3 of the UK’s top live rock acts on the same bill in Glasgow? This is a rare opportunity when it comes to gigs, so naturally I had to make my way down to Broadcast to catch this show.
Kicking off the proceedings were local progressive band Mountains Under Oceans. I credit these guys as one of the first to get me interested in instrumental music, and they quickly reminded me why that was the case. From We Built Our Castles On Moving Sand to Paths, they delivered a highly technical set that blended together dynamic riffs, bass lines and drum work that engrossed all in attendance.
And now for the first of the touring bands: Sworn To Oath. I’ve been a big fan of these guys for a few months, so when their Glasgow show last month was cancelled, I was really gutted. But thankfully, the long wait to catch them live paid off, as the trio dished out a performance of sick tunes from their incredible album Pillars, including Forever Hurting, Let The Rain Pour and Outcast. They got the crowd banging their heads and hooked them in with fierce vocals and addictive bass tones.
The Colour Line were up next. Last year I witnessed them destroy the 13th Note, and in the same vain they tore every square inch of Broadcast a new one with an insane set of psychotic proportions featuring immense vocal work, swift riffs, superhuman speed drumming and all the band members bouncing around the venue like little kids coked up on the highest of sugar rushes. A lost shoe, a circle pit around a pillar, broken glass, damaged chairs, people up in the air coming crashing down, guitars being played with mic stands, Thomas of Colours To Shame briefly joining the band…just another standard day on the job for this band.
After having a much need breather, Bad Sign capped off with an energetic, ferocious set of tunes that included some from their Destroy EP, such as Father and the ridiculously catchy Recidivist. The band clearly brought their A-game which made for a really entertaining live show. Unfortunately I had to leave late into the set, but regardless they had certainly made an impact and I will happily pay to see them again soon. A cracking end to one hell of a night.