Mest / Fall Out Boy / The God Awfuls - live in Glasgow (Cover Artwork)

Mest / Fall Out Boy / The God Awfuls

live in Glasgow (2004)

live show

It's a cold Sunday night in Glasgow and there is a massive queue outside the Cathouse, which is Glasgow's premier "alternative" nightclub, and it's almost all girls. This is somewhat of a rarity in these parts and the only other time I've seen this many girls at a gig was the last time Something Corporate were here. This was not a good omen. However, it did mean that my friend and I got to jump the line cos guys and girls go in seperate and we got in out the cold relatively quickly.

We arrived up the stairs to see that The Godawfuls were already in full swing. I'd love to tell you all about this band, but I was so bored I headed straight to the bar. They were playing totally pedestrian, straight up political punk rock, which is fine if you like that sort of thing but I only like it when it's really well done. The guitarist said the show was really special for him because all of his family were from Scotland. Just a shame the kids in attendance couldn't offer anything more than polite applause for him and his crew.

Now, the main reason a lot of people were here for this show, and not at the Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Matches & Zebrahead show that was happening 5 minutes up the road at the Barrowland was Fall Out Boy. Their album had only been available in this country for a few days before the show but a good portion of the audience knew every word and when they came onstage and burst into "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today" the kids went mental. The song itself is fantastic and they played it really well and with a lot of energy - but the vocals were a little messed up. I don't know if Patrick was too close to the mic or what, but they just didn't sound that hot. It was also later revealed that he'd slowly been losing his voice and asked people to sing along...which was a mistake as the girls in the audience (especially near where I was) couldn't sing worth a damn. Mest later commented on this and could barely keep a straight face during their encore, but I digress.

F.O.B. ran through almost all of their Take This To Your Grave cd and were so full of energy, especially their guitarist, who kept making stupid faces the whole time and looked like he should be in Hot Hot Heat with his crazy haircut. Best songs of their set were Grand Theft Autumn, which they played really early on and was the song everyone knew, and my personal favourite 'Chicago Was So Two Years Ago. Another nice touch was all the screaming the Bass player did - he was really good and while screaming is kinda cliched now it worked really well and added another dimension to their poppy sound.

Headliners Mest, who I really am not a huge fan of (I was there for Fall Out Boy) were a reasonalby pleasant surprise. It wasn't until they played 'rooftops' three songs in that they actually got going and Tony looked like he wasn't having a great time. Neither was I really until 'Drawing Board' which was preceded by Tony saying how he'd rather be at the Goldfinger/ Reel Big Fish show and, if it wasn't for John Feldmann of Goldfinger his band'd be fucked. Halfway through the song Feldmann himself leapt onto the stage, having made the trip down the street from the Barrowland and sang the last verse of the song. It was an awesome moment and really made the show come to life. After that the crowd was hugely into it, going crazy for Jaded and any Good Charlotte reference - and they say Glasgow has the best audience in the world...they must have been at the other show cos these kids were fucking Good Charlotte fans...eww. The encore of 'Cadillac' was a blast, with Peter from Fall Out Boy coming on to sing some stuff and Tony's little brother playing guitar. It was just a great bit of fun - the crowd were going mad and everyone was smiling and laughing, especially Mest cos they were having a real laugh at the scots accents trying to sing. It's nice to see the band having as good a time as the crowd sometimes.

All in all, I was quite glad I went to the show. Mest were never going to be amazing, but they came good after a slow start. My only real problem would be their stupid peurile stage banter about 'cuming on girls and their mums' and stuff. That shit is neve funny and makes you look like an ass. Or maybe I'm a snob, who knows. Fall Out Boy were pretty damn good too, getting through the sound problems and still putting on an awesome show.