A sold out Art School for Admiral Fallow’s return to Glasgow is filling up quickly, and I overhear a conversation on my way in that there are a few big local music industry names in to take a closer look at tonight’s opener, Man Of Moon.
The atmospheric two-piece appear to be one to watch; their spacey, reverberated psychedelic tunes are well written and well practiced, whilst the booming drums help add to the huge sound that this band (already with a lot of summer festival slots lined up) have.
Next up is C Duncan, who begins with the uplifting ‘Architect’, reminiscent of the uncharacteristic summer’s day we’ve had in Glasgow.
Duncan is accompanied by two other musicians, whose instrumentation and harmonies really fill out the sound.
The band play through their set with confidence and really take it up a notch with ‘Silence & Air’, the highlight of their half hour set.
Duncan’s nylon-strung classical has a mesmerising tone to it, none more so than in ‘Say’, which was released earlier this year and completes this assured set.
Admiral Fallow come on at 9pm and open with ‘Liquor and Milk’, from new album Tiny Rewards, which has seen the band travel in a slightly different direction, with a more spacey and less acoustic-orientated sound.
It takes only nine-minutes for clean shaven frontman Louis Abbott to deal with his first heckler about a lack of a beard, which he jokes about before they play ‘Evangeline’, the first song released prior to the album coming out.
The first dabble into the band’s back catalogue is ‘Squealing Pigs’ from the five piece’s debut Boots Met My Face, with Abbott playing electric guitar instead of the acoustic it was recorded on, before ‘The Paper Trench’ keeps the crowd going and both are welcomed by the audience with huge cheers.
This is the band’s biggest show since they played the Barrowlands in 2012, and their first headline gig in the city since they took a long break between second album Boots Met My Face and their recently released third, from which they then play ‘Building As Foreign’, in which multi-instrumentalist and singer Sarah Hayes’ voice combines perfectly with Abbott’s, which is typical of many of these well-crafted songs.
Even with a different vibe on the newer tracks, the band still keep woodwind instruments and their clever lyrics as central parts of the set; they seem to enjoy themselves throughout, while the crowd really enjoy singing ‘Subbuteo’ back to them.
An acapella version of ‘Four Bulbs’, ‘Brother’ and ‘Old Balloons’ all feature towards the end of this set, which marks Admiral Fallow’s long awaited return; Abbott says that there are cogs in motion for another Glasgow show towards the end of the year, so hopefully its not three years between this show and the next one.
Words: Neil Hayton
Photos: Elina Lin