King Tut’s, Glasgow
3rd October 2012
It’s been a great year for Tonight Alive – they’ve toured across Europe three times, played the infamous Soundwave festival in their home country of Australia, and they’ve graced the Kevin Says Stage for the whole summer on Vans Warped Tour. After this jaunt to the UK, they’ll be back to the US-of-A for a 6 week stint opening for Pierce The Veil.
But this evening it’s the people of Glasgow they’re here to impress. Last time they graced the stage at King Tut’s was to support Young Guns on their Bare Bones club tour back in February. Now they’ve returned as headliners in support of their own debut album What Are You So Scared Of, the followup to their successful 2011 EP Let It Land.
King Tut’s is packed to the rafters, and as always it’s all about the atmosphere and quality of crowd in Glasgow. As the lights go down in this 300 capacity venue, you’d think it was an arena show as the cheers and chants echo off the walls.
Kitted out in a tee courtesy of openers Blitz Kids, front-woman Jenna McDougall bursts onto the stage to tumultuous applause as the band open with Breaking and Entering. The crowd become ecstatic as Jenna makes her way over to the barricade during Starlight and hands are shooting up from several rows back just hoping for a high-five as the petite vocalist makes her way along the barrier.
While Tonight Alive have a fairly respectable back catalogue for a band with only one album to their names, the set finds itself muddled with cover songs. Early on, it’s In My Eyes by Rufio and towards the end they also break out their Punk Goes Pop cover of Little Lion Man. While they aren’t bad covers by any means – if anything the crowd go mad for the Mumford and Sons cover – you can’t help but wonder if the band should focus more on their own tracks. That’s what we’re here for, after all.
The set draws to a close all too quickly with their album’s title track What Are You So Scared Of? followed by fan favourite Listening that sees Jenna practically clamber over the barrier to soak up the crowds complete adoration. As the band leave the stage, cries of “we want more!” are already developing. These cries quickly turn into chants of Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi, which successfully pulls the Sydney quintet back to the stage to play Wasting Away as their encore.