Primal Scream


14 JUN 2013

Primal Scream

  Scottish alt-rock rabble-rousers Primal Scream have always had a revivalist air, swiping inspiration from 1960s and 1970s counter-culture as well as late-1980s acid-house energy. Their 1991 album 'Screamadelica' broke the band into the mainstream. Their latest album 'More Light' was released on 13 May 2013.

Excerpt from Review in The Herald by Neil Cooper:

'When the five-piece led by a check-shirted Bobby Gillespie troop on and launch into a 45-minute, nine-song set drawn largely from their just-released More Light album, any suspicions they are studio-bound alchemists only are instantly dispelled by one of the most glorious live performances of the year.

Under dim red lights, the band open with the slow-burning noir of 'Out Of The Void' from 1997's dark comedown album, 'Vanishing Point'. After that, things crank up for the insistent urgency of More Light's first single, '2013'. Heard in its raw state, it sounds like a manifesto, a soundtrack to an Occupy riot and a devotional hymn to rock'n'roll all at the same time.

Some wag in the crowd urges them to hurry up as they have to catch the last train. "Get a helicopter", Gillespie deadpans without missing a beat before introducing the equally downbeat 'River Of Pain' from 'More Light' with a nod to American Beat poet John Giorno's 'Just Say No To Family Values'.

Enabled by a crystal-clear sound mix that captures every texture, recent single 'It's Alright, It's OK' becomes anthemic. Gillespie holds his microphone out to the audience, who duly join in on the "ooh-la-la" chorus. As the poundingly basic 'Hit Void' gives way to the closing 'Rocks', Primal Scream become the ultimate rock'n'roll bar band.

This isn't a description of the band's opening slot for the Stone Roses in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 gathered at Glasgow Green on Saturday. Rather, the above took place the night before in front of fewer than 100 people gathered in a converted Glasgow railway arch run by Turner Prize-nominated artist Jim Lambie as 'The Poetry Club.'