This week Glasgow’s The Vaselines will be heading up the West Coast of North America with a Friday night show in Seattle likely to be one of the highlights. Also on tour this week in the US are Belle and Sebastian, Isobel Campbell, and Frightened Rabbit who hit Austin on Wednesday. Full listings below:

The Vaselines in Seattle
by Vic Galloway

With only one album and short string of live shows under their belt when originally active in the 1980’s, The Vaselines were strictly a cult concern for many years, burning bright for a short period before splitting up and morphing into other bands such as Captain America and Eugenius.

As is well documented, Seattle’s Kurt Cobain began to shed some light on them with Nirvana in the early 1990’s. By covering 3 of their songs, their unique brand of fuzzy, scuzzy, jangly, indie rock’n’roll was suddenly world-renowned with a following that lasts to this day.

Concise, witty, humourous songs are their stock-in trade, and it was to my and many other’s pleasure to hear them announce they were reforming a while back. I saw them play at Glasgow’s ABC and was delighted. The old songs sounded superb and there were new tracks too.

Would they develop into something? A whole LP perhaps? Yes indeed. An album, ‘Sex with an X’ and global touring have ensued and the reaction has been great, especially in the USA where their Sub Pop label has released their back catalogue and this new material to acclaim. Catch them in Seattle and marvel at the cheeky chat, saucy lyrics and singalong choruses. What a welcome return from an influential and significant group… who like talking dirty!

Also on tour this week: Average White Band, The Cinematics, Belle and Sebastian, Hostage, Lloyd Cole, Frightened Rabbit, Isobel Campbell, Biffy Clyro, and Sparrow and the Workshop.

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Monday Night 8.05pm-10pm, BBC Radio Scotland
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Wednesday Night Midnight-2am, BBC Radio 1 in Scotland
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Buy The Vaselines in the Dear Scotland Shop:

The Vaselines — Sex with an X

The Vaselines – Sex With An X from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.

Nirvana – Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam


Scotland on Tour this week

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Photo Credit: Ely Collini