Live review Cats In Space / Space Elevator G2 Glasgow
Cats In Space / Space Elevator G2 Glasgow
When the “Out Of This World” tour landed in Glasgow the happiest man in the venue was Space Elevator Scottish guitarist David Young who was playing his hometown. Sporting a rather fetching vintage Scotland football jersey he joked that it was easier for him to wear it up here rather than down south and his smile was beaming throughout the set.Fronted by The Duchess Space Elevator play an infectious brand of 80’s inspired rock that would not sound out of place on a west end stage. The Duchess manages to make the show very theatrical without any actual production and she’s obviously born to be onstage, very comfortable in what she does. So comfortable in fact that as she takes to the stage in a tartan leotard, tight leather jacket, fishnets and knee high boots, the guy next to me chokes on his beer. In fact I’ve never seen guys at a gig whip out their phones as quick as they did when the jacket was removed. Thankfully she has a voice to match the outfit and her vocals are crystal clear and carry to the back of the hall.
Musically, Space Elevator are a strange mix of “Glee does Classic Rock” and Rock Of Ages but not the shit Tom Cruise version. The guitar work from Young is spot on and at times it looks like he is playing with an extra limb, nothing flash or fancy, just solid riffs and clean breaks. The set is a decent length as the band run through a dozen or so tracks that hit the right spot, “Far Away Boy” “Loneliness Of Love” and “I Will Find You” are all fine slices of AOR that sound massive but the cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Don’t Believe A Word” was sublime.Beginning slow and sultry before the drums come smashing in and the Rock is turned way up, a great tribute from David Young as he mentions that the song was released as a download with all profits going to the action on addiction charity.A nice touch indeed.
Six piece Cats In Space fill the stage with a mass of equipment that includes a space age keyboard stand and an amazing looking drumkit, they look the part and they also sound the part. Too many bands today have got the gear but not the chops to go with it, decades of being on the road in various bands have gave Cats in Space invaluable experience and it shows onstage. Polished would be an understatement, it’s easy to see that these guys have been busy in the rehearsal rooms as the playing is faultless. Unashamedly inspired by classic seventies acts such as ELO and 10cc they also share the same clean vocal harmonies as greats like Kansas, The Byrds and even Journey on occasions.
They are also very hairy, very hairy indeed, especially vocalist Paul Manzi and “eye candy” drummer Steevi Bacon who looks and plays a tad like John Fred Young from Black Stone Cherry. The songs are executed with military style precision and it’s hard to imagine these guys playing a bum note.With two guitarists onstage the band are afforded the luxury of keeping everyone happy, like poppier melodies? check, massive harmonies? check, big chunky riffs? check and checkmate. “Too Many Gods”,”Only In Vegas”,”Last Man Standing” and “Mr Heartache” all sound incredible live and it’s noticeable that many in attendance are singing along with the band. Also, how can you not love a band that throws in a top notch Sweet cover ? and “Burn On The Flame” is perfect for the band, a fantastic rendition of a classic slice of British glam.
Two bands with differing styles both influenced by the golden age of RAWK, a perfect recipe for a Saturday night in Glasgow.