Rock trio play comeback show

It’s been a while, but The Subways are back on the scene. And what better way to kick off their UK tour than with a free gig for their Glaswegian fans – courtesy of Gio-Goi. Taking place at Stereo in the heart of Glasgow city, the celebrations were twofold as Glasgow’s first Gio-Goi store now graces Buchanan Street.

The evening, that took place in association with Clash, started off with audible excitement as eager fans donned their wristbands, clutched their complimentary Kopparbergs and waited patiently for the bands to begin.

Kicking off proceedings were Glasgow-based Irish boys, Young Aviators. Drawing in a host of local fans, the band tore through their half hour set with an enthusiasm that mirrored the crowd’s. Drummer, Markey, got so carried away that his bass pedal fell apart in the middle of their set, but he redeemed himself without too much interruption, and did so with a smile on his face.

Next up were the headline act: The Subways. After recently completing their new album, ‘Money & Celebrity’, the band were clearly excited to get back out on stage. They had new material to unleash on the audience and the audience were more than ready to hear it. Reactions from the crowd barely faltered between new and old material, with obvious exceptions.

Early on in their set ‘Oh Yeah’ provoked a surge of energy, and with such a punchy chorus fans found it almost impossible to avoid singing along. The ferocity with which the band charged around the stage (although drummer, Josh, understandably stayed seated) was baffling. How they manage to keep the music on form, I just don’t know. It’s pretty safe to say that The Subways give all they’ve got in their performances, whether it’s to 300 people in Stereo, or a crowd of thousands at Reading Festival.

Billy cupped his ears screaming “Come on!” at the crowd. With a frenzied look on his face that almost bordered on maniacal, he seized his guitar, snarled at the audience and ripped into the next song.

By the time the band got on to ‘Rock and Roll Queen’ it was like a scaled-down festival. People were raised onto the shoulders of their mates while a continual stream of crowd surfers emerged, each surfer waiting patiently for the launch pad on the stage to clear and then throwing themselves back into the masses.

“Off! Off! Off!” came the chant from the crowd. Had they had enough? Of course not – they wanted Billy to strip down and expose his tattooed torso. He was happy to oblige, but when the chants moved on to Charlotte, she was less keen.

Then for the encore. But is it technically an encore of the band don’t actually leave the stage? Instructions came from Billy – they would just turn around and if everyone cheered loud enough, they’d turn back around a play a couple more songs. It would have been very awkward if people didn’t play along, but fortunately the arrangement panned out quite nicely.
As is the beauty of such intimate gigs, a handful of lucky fans clinched photos and autographs, but everybody left with a smile on their face and The Subways ringing in their ears.

Words by Emily Anderton

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