The Last Internationale at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

I’d fallen in love with the sound of TLI when their debut album came out in 2014 and was eager to see them live. As is the way of things, when they first visited Glasgow I was out of the country and missed the chance so it had been a long wait for them to return.

In the meantime, there came a chapter of turmoil for the band that further extended the gap between worldwide tours. With an embattled divorce from their record company that blocked them from releasing anything new, followed by their van being robbed just as they were getting some momentum back. I was concerned that they might fade away without fulfilling the great potential.

Among the items stolen were laptops that contained new studio material, which put even more distance between their first album and a follow-up. Aside from a couple of bootleg collections, an unplugged album, and some covers, it had been a long five years since We Will Reign was released until Soul On Fire dropped in early 2019.

Then came the announcement of a tour and when I saw they were playing King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, I snapped up tickets as soon as they went on sale.

The allure of the band, for me, is the tight riffs and epic songs loaded with social commentary delivered by the incredible voice of Delila Paz.

On the night the support was superb – especially local band, Black King Cobra’s brand of funk-rock. It’s always great when you go to see one of your favourite bands and end up with another one.

Then came TLI and they opened with a fast-paced number from the new album that met the full approval of the crowd in the intimate venue. I was just stoked at finally hearing them live and captivated by both Edgey Pires intricate fretwork on lead guitar and, of course, those incredible vocals from Delila Paz.

Given that We Will Reign is now five years old, I had wondered if the set list might be weighted toward songs from their new album to help promote it. Their new album is good but their debut is stronger, to my mind. As the numbers ticked by it became clear that they’d cherry-picked the strongest tracks from both albums and it was great to hear all my favourite tracks.

Late in the set, whilst the band took a break, Delila performed an acoustic cover of A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke. During this, she stepped away from the microphone to deliver a powerful verse to the hushed audience. Her pitch-perfect vocals filled the room even without the amp & speakers. Amazing!

The final number, the breathless 1968 from We Will Reign, is a total barn burner and it struck me that this night, this experience, probably wouldn’t be repeated because – if… no, when I see them live again it’s going to be a bigger venue for sure!

The Last Internationale are definitely back on track and I can’t wait to see what their next studio album brings. Hopefully without the same kind of wait!

Arkells at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

When I first heard Arkells’ song Leather Jacket back in 2014 I added it to my “Indie & Alternative” playlist due to the quirky nature of it. Fast forward a few years and that track had been joined by a couple of their others on my playlist but I hadn’t actually taken the time to listen to everything they’d done.

That changed when I was listening to their latest album one morning and, after working through their back catalogue after it, I was impressed enough that I thought I’d check if they were touring. It turned out that they were both on tour and playing at King Tut’s in Glasgow just a few weeks later. I was surprised that tickets were still available for just £10 and snapped up a pair. Even though it was on a Sunday night, I couldn’t believe my luck!

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Vlog four – The Barrowlands, Glasgow Green and Jars for Jason

This is from a couple of weeks back now, almost – I just forgot to share it here but for completeness I thought I should.

I really enjoyed putting this one together and I had a good idea of what I wanted to record, heading out at lunch time to do some “during the day” kind of stuff before the Jars for Jason event that evening. It ended up at around 10 minutes, which I thought was about right for a day in the life kind of vlog, but I’ve had feedback that it’s a bit too long so maybe I should reel them in a bit.

In the process I learned some quirks of the YouTube video editing experience the hard way, which meant having to upload it three separate times. The bottom line is that I should do all the editing offline and not bother with the YouTube editor!