Live Review: Rocking out with The Wildhearts

The Wildhearts headlined a packed show at SWG3 in Glasgow to perform their debut album in its entirety.

The band were on a whistle stop tour, performing their first album Earth vs The Wildhearts in full, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release.

Voted the number one album of 1993 by Kerrang! magazine, we knew we were in for a treat.

For those who are unfamiliar with the band’s sound, think Foo Fighters, mixed with The Jam, and throw in a bit of Blink 182, and you have The Wildhearts. Not a bad mix, we say.

Having grown up in an era of S Club 7 and McFly, we were keen to see how the band – who are so different to what we usually listen to – would perform: admittedly, The Wildhearts’ sound was not one we were particularly familiar with.

Nevertheless, we decided to dip our toe into the world of punk rock, and boy were we pleasantly surprised.

Walking into SWG3, you are presented with a sea of leather jackets, spiked hair, kilts and t-shirts emblazoned with the famous evil-looking orange, teeth bared and impaled by bones.

It was at this point that we realised, this would be a gig like none we’d ever been to before.

The band launched into opening song Greeting from Shitsville, much to the delight of the crowd, before playing the exceedingly popular TV Tan.

The venue couldn’t have been better suited if it tried: the grunge-y, edgy feel to the SWG3 warehouse complimented the band’s sound nicely.

Having had 25 years practice playing the album, the sleek and effortless performance was evident: they know how to please the fans. The atmosphere was electric, and it was clear that fans have been eagerly waiting to hear the album played again, since the 20th anniversary in 2013.

We can only hope it won’t be long until they announce their next tour.

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