Some months ago some good friends suggested getting tickets to the Snow Patrol. It seemed like a good idea at the time, I had heard of Snow Patrol but couldn’t actually have told you any of their songs. Since agreeing to go I had spent some time on Spotify trying to get to know some Snow Patrol songs only to discover that I really can’t get into any of their stuff. Honestly, I did try but I just seemed to zone out or even leave the room and find myself trying to figure out what I had been listening to and why.
I’m also not a big fan of outdoor or ‘stadium’ gigs because you rarely get a good view and people tend to be even drunker, more out of control and obnoxious. So, off to Bellahouston Park on a sunny evening, we found a nice little spot near front-of-house and settled down to wait… the first band after we arrived was Band of Horses, who were interesting enough at first but then all their songs started to meld into a very similar sound, they struck me as sort of 70s hippies out of time. After some time, the Editors (or perhaps it is just Editors with no ‘the’) came on, and they were really fairly boring, I have nothing else to say about them – they came, they sang, they went…
Eventually Slow Patrol came on. Many more lights were now used, more big screens with very good camera work(!) on a few songs I could also say that there were some extremely well thought out visuals to complement the music. However (In my opinion) this might have been be because the tech’s get so bored with the long slow tedious songs they have to find something to do during a gig.
Basically Slow Patrol aren’t for me. Their songs are repetitive, melodic, but with few real hooks. Performance wise they seemed to have a good time with what I think they said was their largest crowd of around 25000 people, but even still there wasn’t much of a vibe coming from the stage (again – in my opinion). Still had a good time, circling the crowd, watching from different angles, etc. an OK night – but I really did notice how much better and stronger the first song I heard in the car was.