Hunter and the Bear @ The Garage, Glasgow Oct28


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Hunter and the Bear @ The Garage, Glasgow


Hunter and the Bear @ The Garage, Glasgow

The boys finish up the tour in sheer style to a sold out Glasgow audience(again).

I am relatively new to Hunter and the Bear, I went to their King Tuts show earlier this year on a recommendation and having checked out very little of their work but before I left that night I had a vinyl copy of Paper Heart, a huge smile and a memory of a band that rocked my ass off.

That was followed quickly with their set at TRNSMT and so tonight takes me to three gigs in less than six months. It is safe to say that I was impressed. They have a huge appeal and to be honest they are a bit far from my usual Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal gigs but one gig is all it takes to let you know that H&B are something special.

If you do not believe me I would like to have stuck you here tonight for the opener “Hologram” What a way to start a show. The crowd were bouncing in seconds. This is an incredible song and when it finished the first thing I did was look behind me. I was in the photo pit at this time and I could not believe the reaction from the crowd…was I at a Bay City Rollers show?

Things come down a bit with “Charlotte Street” but not for long, another song that screams anthem. This band will always get a good following here as there is a definite Scottish feel throughout their songs, those little hints of Runrig and Big Country seem to draw on our blood, that and sheer talent and class.

As if it was not chaotic enough in the crowd they go and throw in “Paper Heart” nice and early and the place just went insane. It was like I was in Murrayfield and Scotland had just scored in the dying minutes to win…it was that crazy. I have been going to gigs for 38 years and I have seen a lot of home grown talent play in this city but I have never seen anything like that reaction. I had moved upstairs at this point and I watched in awe at this crowd and if ever a band need to record a DVD in this city it is this band as the atmosphere was electric.

After this I just gave up being amazed and I done all I could, I went to the bar and then got taken along on the journey. One song after another was amazing, the band is as tight as hell and they very well could be Scotland’s best kept secret but not for long. If any band deserve to be on the big stages across the world it is H&B.

Everyone is hanging on Will Irvine’s words and when he stopped to thank everyone here you can hear the sincerity in his voice. Every one of the band have huge smiles, they are glad to be home but they cannot believe they sold out The Garage(some time ago) and they are truly taking it all in and storing it in the memory banks.

He also lets us know they are going to be quiet for a while as they go and do a follow up to Paper Heart and they promise to top it which is going to be one hell of an ask but with new tracks like “Electric” and “Chemical” I believe them. The next hint was one that got a huge cheer, the fact that the next show in Glasgow is likely to be the legendary Barrowland and I will place a bet now…it will sell out.

With the show already we have already witnessed you would think there would be no topping it but how wrong you would be. If there is any moment in this set that showed me this band are head and shoulders above other out there it was “Nickajack”. The lights were low, the strobes were on, then the penlight spotlights. The focus was on the band and this song as the crowd actually came to a hush and I saw four band members at the top of their game creating a piece of magic.

This was stunning and all I could do was stand in awe, I witnessed something magical tonight and a memory that will stay with me forever. Hunter and the Bear owned Glasgow tonight and they will for a long time to come, now get that album written and get the Barras booked boys.

Images and words Ritchie Birnie

Hunter And The Bear @ The Garage, Glasgow

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