Glasvegas: Glasvegas

Scotland's Glasvegas is the latest in retrofuturism. The band's self-titled debut combines its hometown heroes Jesus and Mary Chain with My Bloody Valentine's shimmering walls of feedback and the surf and fuzz of '60s girl groups. There's a hint of Scottish brogue in James Allan's vocals, and he intersperses verses from old numbers ("You are my sunshine, my only sunshine" at the end of "Flowers and Football Tops") with newer ones ("What's the story, morning glory?" in "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry"). But it is on "Daddy's Gone" where Glasvegas sounds most powerful, with Allan giving issues of abandonment a very upbeat lift.

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