CONCERT REVIEW : HUNDRED REASONS & HELL IS FOR HEROES – BARROWLAND GLASGOW 24TH FEBRUARY 2023

AN EVENING OF COMEBACKS AS THREE TOP ROCKERS RETURN TO THE TOURING CIRCUIT

It was a night for the rock music lovers at The Barrowlands as three top bands coveted the famous stage to give the attending throng a night to remember.

First up are My Vitriol.  The London based alternative rockers have an 11 track set to rip thru, with most tracks coming from their 2001 debut album ‘Finelines’.  Tracks such as Vapour Trails, Cemented Shoes, Infantile, Ode to the Red Queen and Always : Your Way had the crowd warmed up nicely for the evening ahead, with their music being well appreciated by the Glasgow audience.

Classed as post-hardcore, second band of the evening Hell Is for Heroes again hail from London.  Similarly, to openers My Vitriol, the band have recently taken to the road after a hiatus from touring in October 2008.  They reformed in 2012 for three shows with Hundred Reason and again in 2018 for a tour as part of their debut album The Neon Handshake’s 15th anniversary.  2021 saw them back on the road again, where they remain to this day.  Their hour long set of 11 tracks would include half a dozen songs from their 2003 debut, a couple from second album Transmit Disrupt and their most recently released singles ‘I Should Never Have Been Here In The First Place’ and Together in Pieces.

Lead man Justin Schlosberg looks the part leading the line in a dark blue suit and bright white sneakers, albeit maybe not the image the band’s music portrays, however he certainly doesn’t lack energy as he bounds around the stage from side to side, microphone in hand and sometimes airborne too, reminiscent of a certain Mr Daltrey perhaps? The crowd were definitely pleased to see them on stage again, as the quickly mustered mosh pit would confirm. Tracks such as Out of Sight, Night Vision and I Can Climb Mountains had the crowd in raptures, and after final track ‘Slow Song’ the band left the stage to a huge applause.

Now for the headliners.  Hundred Reasons are back with a bang, with a new record Glorious Sunset their first collection of new music in 15 years.  Backdrop to the stage layout is the circular sunshine design from the album cover, with strobe lighting to either side of the drum riser lighting up the darkness.  Taking to the stage with the title track Glorious Sunset, the crowd were up for the fight from the off, and with the previously assembled mosh pit still in place, plenty crowd surfers made their way across the heads of the audience, to be escorted over the barrier and thrown back into the encompassing body of fans.  Strange way to enjoy a night out these days but hey ho.

The band immediately delved into the depths of their back catalogue with tracks such as What You Get, Answers, Stories with Unhappy Endings and I’ll Find You.  With a handful of tracks from the new record, there was a fine mix of old and new music to keep most fans happy, and judging by the smiles on those doing the Barrowland hurdles, the band had achieved success.  The 19 track setlist finished with a 3-track encore.  New song Replicate, No Way Back from the band’s 2007 album Quick the Word and ending the evening with If I Could from 2002’s debut album Ideas Above Our Station, it seems the idea of new music and a promotional tour was a great idea, with the Glasgow crowd well spent, and leaving on a high.

Another great evening of loud music in Glasgow thanks to three top bands all making a comeback of sorts to tread the boards once again, and playing live to their army of fans.  My Vitriol were great openers and either Hell Is For Heroes or Hundred Reasons could easily have headlined the tour, such was the enthusiasm from their adoring fans.  All bands playing tight alternative rock, all sounding great and a welcome return to the live music scene.  For fans of the genre, it was definitely an ‘I was there’ night.  Top marks all round.

Review and Photographs by Stephen Wilson

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