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Monday, 25 May 2015

Hello Creepy Spider, San Fran (Minus the Sisco’s) & Damien Johansson The Vale bar, Glasgow 15th May 2015

Another night, another review to add to my list.
This time I had the privilege to meet and review four lovely gentlemen with a passion for music and a love for friendly banter on and off the stage.

The setting: The Vale Bar.
An intimate venue situated in Glasgow that can accommodate up to 60 people.

In all honesty even with the limited capacity the turn out for the gig was on the poor side, but this was no reflection on those performing and everything to do with Glasgow being over loaded with venues and acts playing every single night of the week.

I can say that while I was disappointed in the turn out for the bands I have to add that along with the rest of the small audience we were were not disappointed by the performances.

To open the show we had the musical talents of San Fran, who normally has his Siscos with him doing a solo outing.

What a set he played. He has mastered the art of bringing personal experiences to his writing style that will evoke feelings we are all familiar with (some more than others). He brings the grittiness of his hometown to the fore front of his music and his style is complimented by a smooth, soulful voice which makes his music an easy listening experience that still carries and artistic punch.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch either San Fran solo or with his band backing him at a gig I suggest you do so as you will not be disappointed.

Next on the bill was the equally good musical styling of Damien Johansson with the lovely Chrissy on Bass.
Playing some new tracks entice the crowd. The response was lacking enthusiasm, which was disappointing.

Although Damien’s music is not to my liking, he is still a talented musician and his songs are written with passion ads emotion making for some entertaining music.

As for the finale, Hello Creepy Spider. I was really looking forward to seeing the band after listening to their album.
They have a fast paced, rough and ready punk style with a simple song structure which is refreshing to watch and will have you rocking out all night.
Playing a mix of their own songs and some classics like ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘Paranoid’ you can see the passion and energy they breathe into every note/chord they play.

I definitely recommend seeing the guys in action, they will blow you away. Find out more about the bands on facebook @: 

You can also purchase the San Fran & the Siscos AND Hello Creepy Spider @: and click on shop now or visit the New Hellfire Club at 1103 Hidden Lane, Argyle street, Glasgow.

By Lisa Naylor

Photos by Alan Fergusson

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