Ugly Kid Joe + Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons + Yellowcake @ The Garage, Glasgow

Date: 18th April 2018
Venue: The Garage, Glasgow
Review & Photography by Gavin Lowrey

September 1992 was a pretty shitty month as far as the UK was concerned, unemployment hit a 5 year high of £2.8 million and the now infamous “Black Wednesday” sent the pound into a tailspin but thank the lord that the month was lit up by the release of Ugly Kid Joe’s debut album “America’s Least Wanted”, a landmark event they are celebrating in their ongoing 25th Anniversary tour

Whitfield Crane is a busy man, following his Richards/Crane project opening up their last tour, he is at it again, this time in the form of his latest side project, Yellow Cake

It’s a good sound, the band have a sort of Doomy/Sabbath/Corrosion of Conformity vibe about them that the crowd really seemed to get.

Guitar player Jeff Curan was the stand out performer, not only for his fantastic fret work, but also for the fact that he was playing a left handed guitar that was strung right handed, quite a feat.

The main support of the evening are the Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons.

The Mötorhead legend’s genius idea of using his own family to form his band not only ensures loyalty (and probably saves money) but ensures music of the highest quality, something we are treated to in their 45 minute set, most of which is taken from their debut long player “The Age of Absurdity”.

Phil and the boys are in great form, with everyone genuinely enjoying themselves, my only gripe was that vocalist Neil Starr’s vocals were not always audible, I’m putting this down to the sound man having a bad day, rather than the only non family member letting the team down.

A few cheeky Mötorhead covers in the form of “Born to Raise Hell” and the obligatory “Ace of Spades” make for a good cherry on top a very metal cake.

Setlist:
Big Mouth
Freakshow
Take Aim
Born to Raise Hell
Get On Your Knees
Ringleader
Dark Days
Ace of Spades
High Rule

Its a reasonably low key stage entry for the Ugly Kid Joe crew, playing their own intro before Whitfield Crane saunters onto the stage holding a plastic cup and looking like he doesn’t have a care in the world.

The crowd know that they’re in for a good evening as the opening chords of set opener “Neighbor” are belted out, and we’re off on the Ugly Kid Joe train. Whitfield Crane is a perfect example of how a front man should control an audience.

He basically has the crowd eating out of his hand from chord one, be it funny stories or getting the whole crowd acting his every whim, he’s at it.

Playing virtually all of “America’s Least Wanted” is a fitting tribute to the album and it’s pretty hard for me to actually get my head round the fact that it’s a quarter of a century old. All the other albums get a look in but its all about “America’s Least Wanted”.

The sound is top notch and this gives you the chance to easily compare and contrast the two different playing styles of guitarists Klaus Eichstadt & Dave Fortman both of which are excellent.

If there were a best naked drummer award, then Zac Morris would win it, he’s on top form, like Ginger Baker on acid, and all of this done whilst only wearing his pants.

This is a feel good gig, there’s not one person who hasn’t got a smile on his face throughout the show and for this photographer & reviewer, its a great trip down memory lane.

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