The Towers / Blind Pew
King Tut’s Glasgow
I know it was extremely difficult for us all on that fateful day when
Busted decided to call it a day. I for one locked myself in my bedroom
for weeks listening to 'What I Go To School For', whilst tearing my pictures
of Charlie Simpson off the wall. Bastard. But tonight, The Towers have
filled that empty, Busted-shaped hole we needed filling.
This 5-piece are ‘teeny-punk-rock’ in every sense of the
word – they have the cheesy grins, the spiky-gelled-beyond-nice-hairdos
and of course the screaming girls at the side of the stage, who act like
they are making mum and dad mad by liking boys in a band.
However, before we were treated to this pre-pubescent malarkey, we were
gifted to the aural delights of Blind Pew.
Blind Pew are ‘Geek Rock’. They incorporate every stereotypical
geek persona into their appearance and music. Lead singer Andy McGregor
is a cross between eccentric, geek music director Spike Jonze and your
drunken dad dancing, the rest of the band is made up of longhaired bully
targets and a fat bloke with glasses. The music, however, is garage rock
with hints of The White Stripes and Rolling Stones. On ‘Exhale
Me’, Blind Pew’s Stones influence’s are clearly evident – apart
from the fact singer Andy reaches notes higher than a midget kicked in
the balls. Stand out tracks of the night were the brilliantly named 'The
Day I Ran Over My Girlfriend' and 'Pig-faced Whore' – the latter
of the two being a song about one of Glasgow’s finest lady of the
'Blind Pew' incorporate their tongue-in-cheek humour into their dirty
garage rock music, which quite frankly works well for them.
The Towers', however, are a far cry from the garage-rock tones of their
fellow bands this evening. The Towers are leaning more towards the ‘pop
rock’ side of the Rockometer.
I would be the first to admit I wouldn’t even wipe my arse with
a McFly or Rooster record. But, I seemed to enjoy The Towers tonight – albeit
ever so slightly/verging on almost minuscule size of enjoyment.
The Towers do play some good pop tunes like 'Forget The Past' – which
is a great Green Day-esque bubblegum punk song. However, they also play
a lot of teeny pop songs that wouldn’t even prise a teenage girl
away from 'Smash Hits and The OC.
This is an emotional gig for me…this is the biggest crowd we have
played to” blushes lead singer Jamie (cue screaming girls!) before
launching into new single 'My New Fear'. The crowd – mainly friends
and family soak up every minute of this Busted-drenched song.
Although most of us would find it hard to comprehend listening to a band
like The Towers, just have a thought for the children who buy and love
this music – if it wasn’t for bands like them, then they
would all be doomed to a life of the Crazy Frog. Now no one would wish
that on our children, would we? (Jamie Crossan)