Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Glasgow Gig Review

 

King Tut's Wa Wah Hut

King Tut’s Wa Wah Hut

 

King Tut’s Wa Wah Hut served as the setting for Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ latest Glasgow event. Celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, Red Jumpsuit chose to bring relatively unknown support acts Rat Attack and Tantrum for Blind to open the show, but it was clear that the crowd were there for the Florida rockers.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Rat Attack attempted to blind the crowd with front man Mike Hodges donning a Bowie reminiscent sparkly gold shirt. In an effort to stir a bit of life into the uninterested crowd said shirt was then removed – a treat for ladies, gay men and tattoo lovers, I can assure you. Hodges attempts to get the crowd moving and “doing craziest dance moves (they) could think of” were said with more than a hint of desperation and in the end his own chaotic bouncing around the stage almost rewarded him a concussion, thanks to the extremely low ceiling.

Rat Attack

Rat Attack

Swedish, female fronted Tantrum to Blind were shown a bit more affection and Melanie Mohlkert’s impressive vocals were certainly a pleasant surprise. Songs such as Get Get Get, with it’s catchy, repetitive hook got their audience shouting along to the chorus, though they may have earned themselves a few more fans had they left the synchronised headbanging in Scandinavia. Though he may be about 25 feet tall bass player Daniel Lundell was gracious and surprisingly softly spoken, hanging back at the bar after his set to sign autographs and talk to the Glasgow fans. Top marks for fan appreciation.

Tantrum To Blind

Tantrum To Blind

But, at 9:20, the real stars arrived – and blew the thatched roof of the legendary Hut!

For the first time all night, King Tut’s made some noise and Glasgow gave the Yankee quartet a true Glasgow welcome. Performing in a venue hardly bigger than someone’s living room, in what is effectively the back room of a pub, RJA treated their audience to an hour of musical delights. Always pitch perfect and forever chilled, the small venue was the perfect location for only surviving original and member Ronnie Winters to deliver a stunning, powerful vocal.

New song Am I The Enemy really got the fans jumping and was a welcome treat for some who may not have heard their new material.

However it was the old favourites Face Down, You Better Pray and Your Guardian Angel that rated highest in the scream stakes. In true reflection of the latters’ lyrics, tears rolled down more than  one face. Achieving what Rat Attack failed to, the crowd were not only jumping but dancing. The sporadic dispensing of their new CD into the grappling hands of the crowd was an added bonus, due to the close proximity of the stage to their fans.

Always worth a listen and definitely worth seeing twice, RJA were worth more than their £10 ticket.

9/10

SSDD

Aside

Is 20 Years Old, Old?

Is 20 years old, old?

I am approaching my 20th year on this here planet and I have got to thinking – is 20 old, or young?

Reaching your second decade means you are no longer a teenager. But what does that actually mean? Does it mean you must leave the land of youth and frivolity, depart with silly decisions and “it seemed like a good idea at the time” moments? Are these things which should be left behind, remnants of a carefree past and a life lead with empty-headed trust in the sureness of your own future, to be replaced with the trudging tread of maturity?

In today’s society there is the argument that “children” stop being children much earlier than before. When once someone might be considered a child right up to their late teens, we are seeing 13 and 14 year olds parading about like their elder peers, in a way I certainly wouldn’t have had to the nerve to at that age. Even now, as I prepare to leave my adolescence behind, I still often feel like half my actual age!

So is it a generation thing or a personal state of mind? Scottish Parliament passed a bill just a couple of days ago to give 16 year olds the vote. Now, at just 16, we can vote, get married, smoke, enlist in the armed forces. By 18 we can drive and drink too (preferably not at the same time), so where, then, do we draw the line under childhood?

My friend today turns 20, but I doubt he woke up this morning thinking, right, time to dig out the tie and get in the sensible car to join the production line heading to the 9-5 office job. He will have woken up thinking yas, party time! Just because we are older does not necessarily mean we are any wiser, nor that we have to give up our childhood hopes and dreams. But it does make me wonder if, or when, we should.

When I finally abdicate me teenage throne, I hope I ascend to a similarly intriguing adult one. And I hope too that I feel mature enough to hold it’s mantle. This past year has aged me past my 19 years in many ways, and made me appreciate my youth. It always irked me when people older than me said “savour your youth, your only young once!” Now I realise, they are right. But you are only old once too. Immaturity is the blissful ignorance of adulthood, and adulthood the learned weariness of experience. To alleviate some of that languor, perhaps we should remember what it is to be young again?

Take a leaf out of that lazily filled in diary from your youth and add it to your senior memoir.

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SSDD

Getting the Caffeine Jitters!

Where have my powers gone!?

6 months ago I took the mammoth decision to make a major change in my lifestyle – I changed from regular to de-caf!

For a true caffeine addict this was a massive deal for me. I couldn’t cut it out of my life altogether – oh no, that would be like severing the power chord in my brain, or dehydrating one of my kids… if I had any… – but I made the change for good reason. I went through a rather unhealthy phase of drinking around 10 cups a day, sometimes as many as 15. Now, at the time I thought there was nothing wrong with this but as any medically trained professional will tell you, or anyone with half a brain, really, this ain’t exactly good for your health. Caffeine acts as a stimulant and causes your heart rate to increase. Glug 15 of those bad boys and you are looking at a rapid increase. I was giving my heart a work-out it didn’t need every day, just for the sake of that bittersweet deliciousness.

Not only did I cut the caffeine, I cut the coffee too; three cups a day, tops, with milk a lot of the time. And you know what – my heart is healthier. I kid you not, it has returned to a fairly regular pace! I say fairly regular, as I was chugging near incomprehensible volumes of the stuff, so just the smell of it is enough to send my ticker racing!

I hadn’t noticed at the time but I also became immune to the effects. My sleeping pattern had always been sporadic at best so I didn’t even factor that in, but for the first time in along while, today, I had a strong black coffee from one of my favourite local cafe’s, Flava. And oh dear god did I feel the effects. Imagine, I’m sitting across from my pal, when all of a sudden, BAM the rush hits me like a tonne of bricks and I’m light-headed, jabbering wildly about how, did you know, the amount of energy drink in a bomber drink is the equivalent of 3-4 cups of coffee, and how, did you know, the amount of energy drink one can of energy drink canbeupto15cupsofcoffee’sworthofcaffeine!!!!! Absolute madness.

So my advice to you is this – take it easy on the caffeine, and the caffeine will take it easy on you.

SSDD

Guess Who’s Back…

Hello Readers!

I know what you’r thinking – where the hell have you been!? Well, that is a tale and I may share it with you some day… But for now, I am just happy to be back up and running. 🙂

In truth, I’ve been in a place with little to no internet access for the past 6 months (since last October), which has meant – that’s right – NO BLOG!! I’ve been writing pieces with no way to get them to you and for that, I appologise. Not that a lot of my ramblings are worth the keys they are typed with, but I’ve certainly missed sharing them with you.

So, this is just a little heads up to tell you that I am back on-line and for the next 2 weeks I will hopefully be posting a couple of pieces per week, towards the end of the week, then a lot more regularly after that.

Gemgem is once again Global! Won’t you join me on my Mad adventure? I’m more crazy than you might think 😉

me... sorry face :/

me… sorry face :/

SSDD