CONCERT REVIEW : The Reytons, The Lottery Winners and The Clause Glasgow Barrowland 24th November 2022

The Reytons, The Lottery Winners and the Clause Glasgow Barrowland

The tickets for this event were decently priced at £20. Not bad value for three bands at the Barrowland. I turned up nice and early for The Clause set, which began at 7.30. The four-piece band from Birmingham were founded by school friends Pearce Macca (vocals), Niall Fennell (drums) and Johnny Fyffe (bass) and were later joined by Liam Deakin (guitar). They played 7 songs, starting with Time of our Lives. There must have been around 1,000 fans there to see The Clause work through six more songs: Electric, Cruella, Don’t Hate The Player, Forever Young, Sixteen and finishing with their biggest song to date In My Element, which got the crowd warmed up for what was to come. The ballroom was filling up nicely for the next band.

The Lottery Winners are an indie pop band from Wigan formed in 2008 made up of Thom Rylance (vocals), Robert Lally (guitar/vocals), Katie Lloyd (bass/vocals) and Jose Singleton (drums). The music scene in Wigan is very lively at the moment with The Lathums, one of the best up and coming bands in the UK also from Wigan. Was chatting to a couple of fans from Wigan and they recommended giving The Facades a listen, which I will do. The lively set began with Favourite Flavour, from their 2021 album Something To Leave The House For, followed by Little Things (a song from their self titled first album) and Much Better. The Meaning of Life got the crowd worked up, and the next song Start Again, which featured Frank Turner on vocals on the latest album was another crowd pleaser. The set ended with the song 21 with an enthusiastic crowd appreciating what they saw.

The dj got the young crowd dancing and singing to The Snuts, Kasabian, Courteneers to get them warmed up for the main act, ‘The Kids Off The Estate’ The Reytons. The sold out tour had finally arrived in Glasgow. The Reytons formed in 2017 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and have worked their way up to being one of the best live bands around. Jonny Yerrell (vocals), Lee Holland (bass), Joe O’Brien (guitar) and Jamie Todd (drums) make up the four piece band. The name Reytons actually comes from Yorkshire slang for ‘A Right One’. All their music is released independently with no record deal, similar to what Gerry Cinnamon did a couple of years back. No Label. No Backing. All Reytons is their motto.

After the success of their first album Kids of the Estate, their second album is released on 27th January, and we got a taster of what’s ahead with a couple of newly released tracks from it. The ballroom was absolutely jam packed when they made their way on to the stage at 9pm. Low Life was first up followed by Red Smoke, and by this point there were mosh-pits all over the room. Two songs from the Kids off the Estate album followed – Antibiotics and Landslide – before the latest single from the soon to be released album Cash in Hand and Fake IDs sent the crowd into a frenzy. Jonny the singer then says how much he loves playing in Glasgow, this being the Reytons fourth time playing in the city, which the fans really appreciated. It was then back to the music with some songs from previously released EP’s, Harrison Lesser, Headache and Tallest Man in the Nightclub. Jonny and Joe gave the crowd an acoustic version of Could do Better which went down well. Billy Big Bollocks, a song about a so-called tough guy on a night out, and how it ends with him being knocked out, gets a rapturous applause. Broke Boys Cartel (from KOTE) sees the band end the main set but were soon back for another three songs in an encore. They saved the best for last! Slice of Lime gets everyone jumping again, followed by the title track of the album Kids off the Estate. Jonny comments that he wants to see the fans bouncing as much as they can, as he was told that the Barrowland Ballroom has a spring loaded dance floor, which of course it has. At this point I maybe got a bit carried away myself and joined in one of the mosh-pits. Once we all got our breath back there was time for one last song – Avalanche – the second single from the new album to end a perfect night and everyone going home with smiles on their faces after 16 songs and a good hour on stage.

Review by Alan Brown 

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