The venue for tonight’s gig is a marquee in the beer garden of a tiny pub in The Glassguns’ home town of Coventry. As you might expect for an outdoor show in January, it’s absolutely freezing. What the tent lacks in heat however, it makes up for in atmosphere. Whitefriars has always been good to the boys and tonight, packed out with friends, family and fans it seems like the perfect place to end the Glassguns journey.
First up are Coventry band The 3rd Degree, warming the growing crowd up with a blend of their own material and some decent covers, The Foo’s ‘Everlong’ gets an airing as does ‘Proud Mary’ and a great version of Slash and Lemmy’s ‘Doctor Alibi’.
Birmingham based Aramantus call themselves “post hardcore groove metal” whatever that means, it sounds good. Bass player Cici Powell is just 15 and drummer Alice Bates 17 and both play incredibly well. Even though technical difficulties briefly stop the set they keep it together and keep the crowd on side while things are fixed. Highlight of the set is the funk metal ‘Phase’ which earns them well deserved cheers.
Typically a little later than advertised The Glassguns take the stage for their final show. Everyone is keen to give this band the send-off it deserves and right from opener ‘Flare for the Fireworks’ it’s clear that this is going to be a gig everyone will remember. There are lots of thank you’s tonight for everyone who has been involved with the band. Ex singer Gary and bassist Fletch make guest appearances on older material to chants and cheers. Singer Adam Burrows is up on the drumkit and swinging off the marquee – both he and guitarist Sam Farrelly are in and out of the crowd, Sam at one point hanging by his legs Eddie Vedder-like from the spindly beams of the tent.
Despite his insistence that they are going to play all night, it doesn’t seem long before Sam is announcing the final songs to the packed in crowd. “It’s just hit me” he says “that these are the last two songs we will play together as The Glassguns”. The emotion is clear to see, but jokes are made and the rock and roll attitude quickly kicks back in. Their cover of ‘Even Flow’ sounds amazing as always and more thank yous are handed out. The stage invasion for final song ‘Bittersweet Seduction’ is really the only way to end. It’s always sad to see a great band call it a day, but The Glassguns can be confident that they gave it the wake it deserved.
RIP The Glassguns.
Review & Photos: Fiona