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. 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 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 Euphoric Heartbreak 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 recording
stint in Santa Monica, California the year before. Two years and several world tours later,
including festival performances across every corner of the globe the band released their
third studio album in September 2013 "Later…When The TV Turns To Static”. Written
and produced by James Allan and recorded in his native Glasgow the album was arguably
more introspective but again critically well received.
In 2018 the band celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of debut album
"Glasvegas" by releasing a special edition artwork heavyweight vinyl on Sony.
Looking ahead in 2019, the band expect to complete their (as yet untitled) fourth studio
album interspersed with some one off tour dates with a view to planning a full tour and
festival dates in 2020. Recording has already taken place in their native Glasgow, the
Swedish capital Stockholm and Los Angeles and the new album release will ensure that
the Glasvegas legacy continues…