Just the ticket as Espionage win over Glaswegians


Espionage Of The Loc King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

ESPIONAGE were supposed to be on first, but when Farewell Singapore turned up and had barely sold a single ticket it simply wouldn’t be fair on the Berwickers for that still to be the case. So Farewell Singapore come on, look and sound like Paramore for a bit and then go off.

Enter Espionage Of The Loc. Their friendly banter seems to be so much more appreciated up there. Maybe the Glaswegians aren’t used to it? The place definitely lifted as soon as EOTL took to the stage anyway. Title track from the new EP ‘It’s All To Come’ is first. Straight away you can see they’re on form and have obviously stuck to their two (at a time) pint rule.

The brilliant ‘As The Sun Rises’ and ‘The Chase’ follow. Those in the crowd who are hearing the songs for the first time seem to be dancing and enjoying it as much as the troop of support that arrived from Berwick.

It’s interesting to see the reaction from people who have never seen the band before. It all seems to be positive, and Brendan and Co are really feeding off that and getting more and more into it as the set goes on.

Even the security stage side is tapping his feet and bobbing his head. In my many, many years of going to gigs (no more than five) I’d always say that’s a good sign.

At this point, the new and fifth member of the band, Ali Carruthers, jumps on stage. It’s only her and the rest of the band’s second gig as a five-piece, but you’d never notice. So with the addition of sax and keys, there’s a whole new layer of sound for the last four songs.

‘Cool Dance Man’ speeds up the pace and then ‘Something Else’ brings it back down but really shows the level of musicianship this lot are capable of. It’s not all just fun and games you know . . .

We’re even treated to some top notch shape-throwing from Brendan, Xennon and Liam during penultimate track ‘Carrys Her’. There are comedic style boos and sighs as Brendan announces they’ve only got one song left.

As comedic as they sound, it’s pretty obvious the crowd don’t actually want them to leave. ‘A Place I Don’t Want To Be’ wraps up the set perfectly, and the five vacate the stage, allowing Sonic Boom Six to finish the night’s entertainment – it turned out Espionage only sold five fewer tickets than the headliners before the night.

A successful trip then, let’s hope something similar happens in the not too distant future.