There are plenty of arena-rock bands out there. But there aren’t many stadium-rock bands. U2? The Rolling Stones? Yes and yes. This year, it might be time to add Glasvegas to that short list.
Not to say these rugged Scots are on par with U2 or The Rolling Stones, because they’re not even close. But on Glasvegas’ self-titled debut, officially released Jan. 6, Glasvegas creates a humongous sound that would rather reach for the stars than the rafters.
Glasvegas (the name is a combination of Glasgow and Las Vegas) accomplishes this by glazing its music with reverb and distortion, sounding like its echoing out of a stadium with 75,000 fans howling along to frontman James Allan’s heartfelt songs about social workers and deadbeat dads.
Plus, doesn’t Allan (second from left in the photo) look just like the late Joe Strummer of The Clash?
How do you like Glasvegas?