There is a band from Scotland called Glasvegas, and they released their second album EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ earlier this year. There are five of them and they are from the place called Glasgow. We spoke to the lead singer of Glasvegas, a man who goes by the name of James Allan, about the time he spends away from his hometown, doing stuff like playing his hits to his fans.
How has your live show evolved over time?
Well in the beginning our songs were like skinny kids, and then you feed them a bit more and they grow into some kind of monster. But we’re not there yet. In some ways it’s a monster, but it’s not as good as we want it to be.
What would you like to be different?
It’s not a case of being different, more like getting to grips with some of the newer songs and finding out what our best dynamic is so we can hit people as hard as we want to hit them.
Do you get tired on tour?
No it’s great. Depending on your mental or physical health it’s nice to meet new people or speak to new people and get around and see different things and you can do that on tour. There’s not a lot of jobs where you can do that. I think the difficult part is getting yourself up for it at 10pm. To get the adrenalin up for 10pm every night is quite a strange thing and when you stop touring that’s the thing that can mess with your head a little bit. It’s a peculiar existence and quite a peculiar job in that way, but when you’re in the midst of a gig it feels like a very natural existence.
Do you find that the rush of playing live and touring a lot makes your day to day existence really boring, like the bit in the film
when Jeremy Renner comes home and goes to the supermarket?
Well you get home, and because you’ve been getting interviewed all tour, when you see your mum and your family all you do is talk about yourself the whole time because that’s what you’ve been used to. Then you realise you should shut up and listen to other people’s stories.
Are you good at dealing with playing gigs at 2am at European festivals?
Well the cocktails are always great. I love a pina colada.
Did you have teach yourself new things to be able to tour your new album?
We’re still getting to grips with it. It’s hard work working out the way we find it best to play the songs live. There’s no secrets though. It’s just practicing and spending time on it.
You recently did an eight-show tour of obscure Scottish towns. Did you get a sense that the people you were playing to were a bit more grateful than fans in London, or wherever, because they don’t get to see much live music?
It was totally like that. Sometimes I was like, “Whose fucking idea was this – it’s fucking freezing!” But come the night time it seemed important. They were different and it was more intimate and it was tiny venues and you could tell that the people were really quite appreciative.
There’s a good chance Glasvegas will be playing at a festival near you this summer, for example: Latitude, or V Festival.