She Drew The Gun: The Hug And Pint, Glasgow – Live Review

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Louisa Roach performing in GlasgowThe old adage that good things happen in threes definitely resonates with Liverpool band She Drew The Gun. Off the back of the release of their debut album, Memories of the Future, they’ve been announced as winner of Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition, named BBC 6 Music album of the day and embarked on their first UK headline tour.

Fronted by charismatic and poetic front woman Louisa Roach the band started life as her solo project. TheSoundbot were lucky enough to be in attendance when they supported fellow Skeleton Key Records label mates, The Sundowners in February 2015 but since then the band has evolved and the work culminating with their album release began in earnest. The acoustic and stripped back nature to Roach’s work has been supplemented and enhanced by a full band, which was crammed onto the tiny stage at the venue. They are now a four-piece and have clearly been rehearsing and gigging solidly since their last visit to Glasgow, if this show is anything to go by. From the opening chords of “Since You Were Not Mine” it is obvious that there is a real chemistry on the stage and it seems hard to comprehend that this is only their second ever headline show, which Louisa points out as the set is in progress.

There is a real buzz in the audience from the outset and many in the crowd, tightly squeezed into the venue, already know the words to the songs despite the album only being released a few days previous. The set, as you would expect, consists mainly of tracks from Memories of the Future and the band are evidently enjoying performing in Glasgow tonight. They enjoyed a day off prior to this and had time to sample some of what this great city has to offer, ending up in Nice N Sleazy at a gig. Roach confessed to the throng that she had overindulged somewhat the night before but had a “boss” night. There was an unexpected moment in the set where you hear a song, know it, but take a second to process what it is. This ensued when the band covered the Sugababes track “Overload”, which was completely transformed into a guitar driven and much more alternative number. One slightly intoxicated male member of the crowd asked what version it was and Lousia answered wittily, “The Jefferson Airplane version,” which was quite an apt description for it.

The band decided to finish the set with some of their more well known and heavy hitting tunes. “Poem” and “If You Could See” are both snapshots of what Roach’s ability as a musician and wordsmith. Autobiographical lyrics of what is wrong with society growing up in the UK today coupled with haunting riffs and melodies are what she does best. Both these tracks have clearly been taken to the hearts of many and have been name dropped and championed by the likes of Billy Bragg and Steve Lamacq, to name but a few. This almost brought the show to a fitting climax but there is time for one last song to give the audience something final to cherish. “Pit Pony” is the band’s parting gift and as the final cord is struck Roach is hugged by a middle aged man who ambled on stage to embrace her. Possibly not quite how she anticipated the night would end but she seemed grateful none the less.

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