UMPG publish Glasvegas for the albums ‘Glasvegas’ & 'Euphoric Heartbreak’ and the Christmas EP ‘A Snowflake Fell And It Felt Like A Kiss’.
For the uninitiated Glasvegas are James Allan (vocals), Rab Allan (lead guitar), Paul Donoghue (bass guitar) and Jonna Löfgren (drums).
However one could argue they should need no introduction. One of the most successful Scottish musical exports in recent times, known globally for their unique sound and powerful lyrical content, they are a band that have never compromised; never conformed; commanding respect from their peers and critics alike and enjoy a fiercely loyal worldwide fan base. Glasvegas are a band who on their own terms are forging an undeniable legacy in terms of how many up-and-coming Scottish bands and even some established ones (who shall remain nameless) have been influenced by Glasvegas…especially Allan's emotive Glaswegian vocal delivery.
September 2008 saw the release of their self-titled platinum selling debut album ‘Glasvegas’ which reached No.2 in the album charts and eventually selling almost 500,000 copies worldwide. Less than three months later the band released a six track Christmas themed EP entitled ‘A Snowflake Fell And It Felt Like A Kiss’. This Christmas EP was produced and recorded in a remote castle in the Transylvanian mountains of Romania. Both of the aforementioned releases received widespread critical acclaim with their stunning debut receiving a nomination for the coveted Mercury Music Prize in September 2009; a year after it’s release.
Their sophomore long player follow up stylised as ‘EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\’ was released on the 4th April 2011. The NME made it their album of the week and awarded the album 9/10. Reaching the Top 10 in the UK and No.1 in Sweden it was heavily influenced by the bands six month stay in Santa Monica, California. Two years and several world tours later, including festival performances at T in the Park (Scotland), Glastonbury (England), Splendour in the Grass (Australia), Lollapalooza & SXSW (USA) the band left one major label for another and in September 2013 ‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’ saw the light of day becoming the bands third official studio album release. Written and produced by James Allan and recorded in his native Glasgow the album is once again a departure from the previous release and arguably more introspective.
Looking forward to 2018; it is the 10th anniversary of the release of the bands debut album and Christmas EP. Furthermore 2018 should also see the expected unveiling of their (as yet untitled) fourth studio album. Recording has already taken place in their native Glasgow, the Swedish capital Stockholm, New York and Los Angeles and it’s release will ensure that the Glasvegas legacy continues.