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Adored by the music press as they trailblazed their way through last summer's festival circuit this Glasgow quartet fulfilled early promise with an equally impressive debut. Since then the unstoppable Scots have headlined NME tours, released a Christmas themed album and covered Elvis.

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    • 1. At 6:29pm on 07 Sep 2009, Nickp wrote:

      I saw Glasvegas on the NME tour back in January. It was in Glasgow, so they had a good crowd and got a great reception. I love Glasgow, the people, the banter, the humour and Glasvegas seem like a good bunch, but compared to the other bands that were on that night - Florence & the machine, Friendly Fires and White Lies, I thought Glasvegas were a bit boring and unoriginal. Maybe I found the hype a bit much given it was a hometown gig, and I know a lot of people would disagree with me, but I really didn't think they were anything special. Florence was possibly my favourite of the evening!

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    • 2. At 07:51am on 08 Sep 2009, patrickaddison wrote:

      Glasvegas supported U2 at wembley on August 15th, which is the first time I'd heard or seen them. The crowd seemed well hyped to see them, which i can understand if you're a fan, but i found them dull. Boring, unengaging and even the 'all about the lyrics' ideal doesn't make up for the drumming - which despite being simple, went out of time on several occasions.
      I simply cannot understand why they are such a big deal to so many people. Perhaps I'm just not connecting to their songs and that I'm not supposed to like them, but in any case I hope I don't have to sit through another set of theirs while waiting for a much better band.

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    • 3. At 09:00am on 08 Sep 2009, Peebo wrote:

      I also saw Glasvegas for the first time when they supported U2 at Wembley and I thought they were terrible - one of the worst support bands I have seen in a long time. The songs were dreary and had very little variation. And the drummer is just plain embarrassing...
      They seemed to be more interested in making some sort of obscure style statement (which I didn't get) than playing interesting songs. Very disappointing!

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    • 4. At 09:14am on 08 Sep 2009, Pat-Rice wrote:

      patrickaddison & cpkahl, you went to see U2 so frankly that negates your coments about current, relevant music. All three comments (so far) talk about seeing Glasvegas play live - how does this answer the question, "Do you think this ablum deserves to win the Mercury prize 2009?" There have been plenty of bands that were absolutely awful live but could put a damn good ablum together in the studio - Stone Roses anyone???

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    • 5. At 8:52pm on 08 Sep 2009, Nickp wrote:

      Pat-Rice, fair enough I haven't listened to their album, but I heard the music played live. If a guitar band cannot play their music live then they have no credibility as far as I am concerned... but I don't think that about Glasvegas. They didn't play badly - the music was just boring. I play in a band and I've seen loads of bands, from struggling pub bands to the likes of Radiohead and Motorhead. Glasvegas, to me, were one of the most boring headliners I have seen. I don't get the hype. The guys who mentioned the drumming were right - it seemed like they were trying to mimic Maureen Tucker from the Velvet Underground - it just restricted the music even more. Each to their own, but theU2 fans reflect my thoughts. I've never seen U2 by the way! As for the music being relevant today...? Come down will you. I didn't pick up anything new, striking or relevant. Good luck to them anyway - if they make people feel good with their music then that can only be good - just keep the hype down.

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    • 6. At 8:55pm on 08 Sep 2009, hausen10 wrote:

      Glasvegas are overhyped pish. One good song - Geraldine - otherwise it's music for folk who don't know anything about music. The lyrics are A level poetry at best and James Allan needs to get over his Joe Strummer fixation pronto. Utter pish.

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    • 7. At 9:49pm on 08 Sep 2009, ncfisher wrote:

      I really like their CD album so on that basis they might deserve due awards, but having gone to a gig of theirs at Wolverhampton I was disappointed. There was no crowd rapport and rather ridiculously they ended their show without having played their 'signature' tune, Daddy's Gone, only to come back and play it as an encore. This struck me as a rather arrogant and cynical attitude.
      Elbow, last year's winners, by contrast, played a great show at the same venue and Guy Garvie (or whatever his name is) really endeared himself to the crowd.

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    • 8. At 10:08pm on 08 Sep 2009, Changomonk wrote:

      Unbelievable! Are U2 fans' opinions considered valid when discussing award-winning albums? Glasvegas, although not multi-million selling or their live appearances being as polished as Bongo & the Hedge, is the best debut album I've heard since Definitely Maybe. "It's My Own Cheating Heart" makes my hair stand on end with it's honesty & lack of pretention - something U2 could learn from surely?

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