Culann – Audio, Glasgow – 11/04/2014

culann_artWe’ve covered Culann a few times here at musicscramble.

They are a band that keep getting better and better and every time you catch them live there’s something you missed the last time or a flourish of something you don’t expect.

With a new single ‘All Reverie’ out now, the band chose to launch it at Audio in Glasgow along with Wrong Note, Sonic Templars and Keeping Dirt Clean.

I caught up with the boys before the gig and enjoyed talking through mutual bands we enjoy and their plans for a 5-date Scottish tour. In these surroundings PJ, Sean, Greg and Calum, (Ross hadn’t arrived at this point) are relaxed, quiet and calm. You’d be forgiven in thinking their stage show would be the same. You’d also be very, very wrong.

With yet another sell-out show to their name (both their previous Broadcast and King Tuts shows were sell-outs), Culann were ready to take their sound to their ever-growing and ever-loving fanbase.

Opening with new track ‘All Reverie’ it was an explosive start which, in typical fashion, never calmed down. With the crowd singing along it was clear the new track is a big hit and is the big cross-over Culann track. It’s been a hit with Jim Gellatly too who chose this track as his breakthrough choice on his XFM drive time show; playing it straight after Biffy Clyro no less.

After the live debut of the new single the band blasted in to more familiar waters with ‘Lowlanders Great Hatred’ which went down a storm with the sold out crowd singing along, still riding a wave of energy from the bright opening.

Powering on through ‘Beat Your Chest’ and ‘Sweet Release’, the band were clearly feeding off the crowd, exchanging glances and smiles at each other. It was clear to see this was a band totally comfortable and confident in their sound and a glance around the crowd showed that fans were enjoying it as much as the band. PJ even took to standing on top of the stage monitors for a quick moment, a sign of a frontman enjoying working the crowd into further frenzy.

‘Brain Canyon’ is a song that I can’t get enough of live. The album version is excellent but live it is a whole new monster. A complex eight-minute number, tonight was the best rendition I’ve heard of it with Ross’s piano work note perfect; it’s rare to hear a round of applause during a song but the crowd were certainly enjoying every moment.

The final two songs of the set were big crowd favourites ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Salvation’. Never a band to do anything the way you’d expect they threw in a 1/2 time outro to ‘Jerusalem’ which sounded magnificent and was totally unexpected. Closing on ‘Salvation’ the crowd savoured every second by singing along to every word and sending the band of to rapturous applause, cheers and whistles.

You. Need. To. Go. See. Culann. In. Concert. Do. It.

Photo: © Bill Gray

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