Gig Of The Week: FM
WHERE: Glasgow Cathouse
WHEN: Thursday, March 6
The veteran British melodic rockers are doing something special for this show and the two others on this brief tour: they’re playing the whole of debut album Indiscreet. This is celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary (well, strictly speaking it’s the 26th anniversary, as it came out in 1986).
“We’re doing the American album sequence,” says drummer Pete Jupp. “Frozen Heart is a bit later in the sequence than it would have been had we followed the UK album, but it worked better that way in a live situation.”
The band – also featuring vocalist/guitarist Steve Overland, lead guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick, keyboard player Jem Davis and bassist Merv Goldsworthy – are rising enthusiastically to the challenge of playing the album from start to finish.
“Luckily since our reunion (in 2007) we’ve played quite a few songs off indiscreet, so we only had to learn three from scratch. We’ve never played Love Lies Dying live, so we thought that might be difficult but it came together really quickly.
“There are a lot of uptempo numbers on Indiscreet, so the hardest part is playing the songs without keeling over from exhaustion! We’re coping, though. We’re really enjoying playing the set.
As for what else fans can expect to hear, Jupp explains that the band are giving the fans what they want.
“After much debating, we’ve decided to start with Indiscreet and we’ve taken a lot of notice of an online song poll we did to find our most popular songs to make up the rest of the evening. Tough It Out was voted top. But it’s going to be an 80s style evening all round. Even the interval music between bands all predates the release of Indiscreet.”
The other two shows on this tour, dubbed Indiscreet 25live, are:
Fri. 9: Manchester Academy 2
Sat. 10: London Shepherds Bush Empire
Romeo’s Daughter will be on the bill for al the dates, with the Deborah Bonham Band also playing in Manchester and London.
FM will also have copies of the Live In Europe DVD available for purchase at the merchandise stand at all the dates. This features the band live in 2011 at various festivals such as Download and also opening for Journey and Foreigner and playing with D-A-D. There are also signed copies available at the online FM shop from March 12. This goes on general sale through Riff Films on March 26.
Find out more at www.fmofficial.com