Start Static – Broadcast, Glasgow – 24/04/15

start-static-broadcast-glasgow-april-2015-6Start Static have fast become one of my favourite bands so far this year. Not only a cracking, raw live band up onstage but down-to-earth, funny and very approachable offstage. We found this out when we witnessed them help open King Tuts’ New Years Revolution shows and shortly after that in our interview with them in LoFi Studio.

On Friday evening they were supporting another local band, One Last Secret on their album launch night at Broadcast, a proper old-school, underground – literally and metaphorically – venue at the gig-busy portion of Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street.

The evening got off to a great start with the happy and upbeat ‘Never Let You Down’ – quite apt given that they always seem put on a fast-paced and boppy show whilst having as much fun as they can from the minute they hit the stage. That said, the night wasn’t without some drama and that peaked when Stephen’s setup decided to fail – to his annoyance. The sound guy struggled to find a fix for the mic that was feeding the venues PA system with the sound from Stephen’s amp – but that didn’t stop Stephen from putting on an awesome display of “air guitar” for the bouncy crowd in front of him – as they say, the show must go on, and Stephen made sure it did.

With Michael’s drums sitting at the very, very, very back of the stage – almost in a different postcode from Chris on bass who was also around a corner from the other half of the rhythm section – you would think this may be a bit of a hindrance, but it didn’t show. In fact, the sound produced in the little cavern was immense. Maybe it was an expert move to create this little nuance. Who knows?

Start Static flitted between a four-piece and a five-piece for a few songs when a visiting photographer decided it was cool to join the guys onstage between tracks to move his flash-guns around the band. John, at one point decided he’d had enough and called out the rude invader, after which the guy had received the message to pretty much “do a bolt” to the cheer and acclaim of the growing crowd.

We were treated to a few of the hits from the recent album release Arguments, like album opener and personal favourite ‘Reckless’ along with the punchy, rhythmic ‘Count To Ten’. It was during the Former that John hit a note a little higher than he’d anticipated. Noticing this, he quickly mentioned that he may have been experiencing a second bout of puberty. luckily for you I’m not going to go into the same graphic detail of what may happen to a guy who goes through that. However, I will say that John should avoid wearing shorts if it ever is to happen.

Unfortunately with the stage mishaps and a late start to their set that meant Start Static had to cut their their evening short and were forced into selecting a different closing track than they’d expected. That role was filled by none other than ‘In The Loop’. Earlier that day, Start Static released the video single for ‘In The Loop’ so it was quite fitting they should close the day out with that same song. One which I won’t tire of hearing. A mixed bag for the local lads but overall, a very enjoyable night in a very strange venue. Here’s to the next one.

Alan Gray

Senior Writer and Editor at Musicscramble. Listens to a wide range of music. A sucker for a heavy bass line and a thundering guitar hook.

Loves getting his gig on but also loves to get behind a camera and capture music in the making. Check out akgphotos.com for more.

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