REVIEW | Press To Meco – Audio (05.03.17)


In 2015, London rock trio Press To Meco launched their debut album Good Intent to rave reviews, and overall it proved to be a success for them.

As they look towards the release of their second record, the guys decide to compile a mini UK tour to celebrate their first full-length release by playing it in its entirety, and lucky for us, there was a Glasgow date at Audio courtesy of HD Music.

Real Ghosts kicked off the proceedings very well, with plenty of focal points right through. Their single Nowhere Is Everywhere sounded great live, Paint Houses packed a punch, and Beast Magnet – the title track of their upcoming EP – was tremendous.

The samples failed early on, but that little to deter the tight unit. There was a flurry of snappy riffs, as well as adept bass work and forcefully dynamic drumming.

It would all come to a head with the manic Disappear, which ended gloriously with Kenny dismounting the stage and shredding his guitar with an empty beer can.

One of the best opening sets we have witnessed of the year thus far, and all in all, a very promising start to the show.

Vasa wasted little time making their presence felt from the offset with the explosive Ergonomic Keyboard.

Burst invigorated with a bouncy melody, followed by the lively Not A Cop which was topped off by militant snare fills. They transitioned into the thumping Cynthia with crunchy bass chords galore, before finishing with the hefty, in your face Open.

With consistently outstanding guitar work and heart-stopping rhythms, it was incredible stuff as always from one of the country’s finest post-rock outfits.

There was an undeniable air of anticipation lingering in the jammed venue as Press To Meco were all set to go.

In an instant, everybody was singing along to Family Ties, and the energy only elevated with Diffusion Of Responsiblity which donned a huge, rip-roaring chorus. The insanely catchy Honestly had people passionately shouting back the words like before and nailing the clap on cue.

A heartfelt shout out to John Niblock preceded Means To An End, notable for immense hooks. They toned down for Autopsy, featuring some emotional harmonies during the gentle verses, especially from Luke, before they kicked it back up to a higher gear.

The sweetest of riff intros led into Manipulate, a serious headbanger. Then things got mental with their signature number Affinity, where Harris Douglas would not let old habits die hard as he flung himself off the stage, in which after we found ourselves going for a casual surf.

Apprehension had a stupendous rhythm, and there was some massive drumming in the classic Tired Bones, where the crowd were clapping along once more. They then dished out the utterly brisk Ghost, afterwards moving onto Sacred Ground, highlighted by quality writing, which began at a mellow pace before building to a palatial finish.

They concluded tidily with the lead single from their upcoming record, Familiar Ground, to bring what was a rousing, immaculate performance to a close. The boys had went out and made an impressionable mark on Glasgow once again with flying colours.


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