Oran Mor, Glasgow
23rd April 2015
Review and photography by Ritchie Birnie
I am standing outside the stunning venue that is Oran Mor, a renovated church in the West end of Glasgow. A great little venue with brilliant acoustics, bars and views. As I take in the architecture I look at the gathered rabble outside in the sunshine and see what an eclectic bunch we have, Rockers, punks, indies and some better dressed people who must be hanging onto the past, scared to let that little slice of anarchy go just yet.
Therapy? Definitely cross genres and appeal to a lot of people as they have travelled along their long, illustrious career but how did they do tonight?
Support tonight was from Ashes of Iron, a young five piece band from Sunderland. They have a bit of history with Therapy? As they have requested them as support before. They have been on the go since 2007 and play a melody driven, blues rock.
They take to the stage and wait a minute, Alan Greener the singer, I have seen that face before. The hair, the physique, the goatee, how old is this guy and were Aerosmith in the country nine months before he was born? The resemblance to Mr Tyler is uncanny and I reckon I would be doing a DNA test pretty soon if it was me.
Alan’s vocals are on fire tonight, he has a brilliant tone, with a seriously deep vibe. The band played a blinder and won the Glasgow crowd over very quickly. They have some killer riffs and remind me a lot of The Answer with a sledgehammer. They have some big Sabbath influences, mixed with some serious stoner edges, check out Pharmacopoeia to see what I mean.
An interesting band with a solid sound and a definite future ahead of them.
Therapy? Are not messing around, they hit the stage with “Still Hurts” and the crowd lose it very early. There has been a bit of an edge waiting for them to come on stage, a lot of pent up aggression which may be from those better dressed members of the audience who are tapping into their inner punk and days gone by when there was no job, no cares and no responsibilities.
As we burst into “Isolation” I take in the smiles on the band’s faces, you can tell they have a massive love of this town and they are going to make sure we have a good time. Andy won’t accept any half arsed attempts from this crowd at singing as he screams” this is Glasgow, you can do better than that” and we do. The man is a master at building the tension and fun and his 20+ years on a stage are used well, the band also are in fine form, these guys are not tight, they are super glued together.
As each song comes and goes you realise how many hits these guys have had, how many people of all musical tastes would recognise the songs on show tonight. The set list is a reflection of a long career, filled with fun, games and some dark times. None more so as Andy introduces ” Tides” saying ” in the 90s, single and making a bit of money I didn’t spend it on golf clubs”. He lets us know the song was written about a 24 hour establishment that procured drugs and hookers.
This band is a fantastic site to behold live, with their mix of songs and huge punk influence you can do nothing but enjoy yourself. The crowd are now in an Irish induced stupor and get louder and louder with each song, the roof gets raised that little bit higher as Andy mentions the venues origins and his waiting to be struck down from above. He pays homage to Glasgow again as he reflects on being in this city the night they were signed all those years ago.
The four song encore begins with “knives” and sees Andy singing about four lyrics, the crowd done the rest and it finished on what else other than “Nowhere”. I reckon a few tiles came off the roof during that song and I did not see one unhappy face as we all filed out the door. This was a brilliant show by a band who have seen highs, lows and can still burst your eardrums, sear your face and kick your ass.