Broadcast will have seen many a good night in the past and there is a distinct air of excitement that this is going to be another occasion as the crowd gather for tonight’s album launch from Ayrshire four piece One Last Secret.
OLS have been together for about three-years now, speaking to lead guitarist Fraser McBride before the gig he agreed that this is a considerable milestone for the band to reach and one that they have put a huge amount of work into writing, recording and producing.
Along the way the band have built up a sizeable following; they have also done their bit for charity, being one of the headline acts at last year’s successful Oxjam Glasgow festival.
But back to this evening, as to be expected at an album launch there is a contingent of family and friends, but here there is also a large number of fans, who are well warmed up by support acts Between Mockingbirds and Start Static.
OLS take the stage and dive straight into new single ‘Sidelines’, frontman Wesley Scott starts off on a quiet note underpinned by a catchy guitar riff from Liam McNamara, until the song explodes into a wall of rock, built on a foundation of rhythm from Darren James’ kit and Scott’s bass.
At this point everyone is on board, there’s not one person standing still.
There is an unambiguous connection between the guys on the stage and audience, evident in the banter between songs that grows as the night goes on.
It is also distinctive understanding between that these guys, not only musically but the onstage humour does not get lost on the increasingly bouncy punters.
The set continues with a lot of tracks from the new album, along with older better-known songs, including favourite ‘Light it Up; they also slip in a couple of covers.
In between songs there’s even time for a crowd photo all posing the OLS Shh (see photos).
There is a variety in the band with McNamara singing solo on ‘Let Me Be (Do It My Way)” from the band’s first EP and towards the end of the set McBride ditches his guitar to take the mic for a version of The Killers’ ‘Somebody Told Me’, foot on the wedge he leans forward almost into the front row teasing them with “bring it back down tonight”.
The set draws to a close with ‘Coral’, one of their earlier singles and yet another example of a wonderful catchy song.
The band leave the stage to rapturous applause, the punters head to the door, they will be hard pushed to see a better set at Broadcast this year.
It is enigmatic that this band remain unsigned; they have all the attributes to make it very big; great work ethic, professional management, the ability to connect with their audience, but above all a truly huge sound and in Wesley Scott a very talented singer and songwriter.
Words/Photos: Tim J Gray