Fatherson – Barrowland Ballroom – 23/12/16

fatherson-barrowland-ballroom-ticketFatherson have had a very busy year. With the release of their second album Open Book and what seems to be a continuous tour they have been hard at it all year.

It seems that with every passing week Fatherson have played another show – picking up more and more friends along the way. As we near the end of the year that pace is unrelenting and it was with great excitement that I made my way to Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom the night before Christmas Eve.

Earlier in the year Fatherson had supported their good friends Prides at the O2 ABC so this time it seemed almost inevitable that the roles would be reversed at what Fatherson describe as their biggest headline show to date. It’s also worth mentioning that this sold out show was also their first time headlining in this legendary venue.

Having arrived just too late to see Pronto Mama it was down to Prides to whet my appetite. For their set it was pleasing to see the addition of some extra guitar to their live lineup resulting in a much heavier, proper rock band sound. Appetite whetted.

And so Fatherson took to the Barrowland stage to the tumultuous cheering of a crowd who were obviously well up for a party. Song after song was greeted by the same thunderous appreciation with every word being sung along to at the top of exuberant voices. It was a genuine pleasure to see songs like ‘Just Past the Point of Breaking’, ‘Mine For Me’, ‘Stop the Car’ and ‘Wondrous Heart’ get the kind of reaction they deserve. For such a relatively new band to have so many songs that mean so much to people is testament to just how good Fatherson are at what they do.

With every song being welcomed like an old pal and the ongoing singalong party atmosphere there were moments when those lost little boys on stage simply couldn’t believe what was happening. One moment they were standing with ineffable grins on their faces, the next they were setting off another epic singalong; one highlight after another.

The set ended and the band left the stage claiming “Goodnight”. They really weren’t kidding anyone as there wasn’t a soul in the room prepared to leave without the singalong of all singalongs that is (the not-yet-played) ‘James’. Sure enough, back out they came and sent the venue mental playing ‘Always’ first. Though it had to end somewhere and it was always going to be with ‘James’ and the unforgettable sound of a sold out Barrowlands roaring out the lyric “So go home, sober up, take the weight off your feet and just chill.”

Fatherson have very quickly become one of my favourite bands. This show just made me love them just a little bit more.

Alan Vaughan
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