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PUDDLE OF MUDD/SOIL, The Garage, Glasgow
up at The Garage tonight is post grunge heaven. This is the resurgence
of two of the genre's main players, Soil and Puddle Of Mudd and to have
them on the same bill is an inspired idea and, judging by the size of
the crowd, a good draw.
early noughties both these bands were major players with Puddle of Mudd
bothering the charts on many occasions and selling a shed load of albums
in the process, but the intervening years have not yielded the same
levels of success.
have good reason to tour though with Puddle Of Mudd releasing a new
album of cover versions and Soil reuniting with original singer Ryan
we have Soil with the aforementioned McCombs back in the fold.
Going by my tried and trusted T-shirt count method of popularity, Soil
were ahead 2 to 1 before they even played a note.
'Breaking Me Down' it was clear that both band and crowd meant business
with McCombs commanding the stage even if by his own admission on
several occasions, he was having difficulty remembering the songs far
less the lyrics!
didn't really matter as a lot of the audience were word perfect and sang
along with gusto. Soil's harder edged delivery went down a storm and
with most of the set being culled from their first two albums the fans
got exactly what they came for.
the calibre of 'Redefine', 'Wide Open' and 'Halo' in the set the band
couldn't fail to impress and all too soon their allotted slot came to an
end. A triumphant return of McCombs and one which may last given this
There was a
discernable thinning of the crowd before Puddle Of Mudd took to
the stage which was a bit of a shame as they also put in a strong set.
Their sound is definitely more commercial than Soil's which was
reflected in their chart successes back in the day, you can't argue with
7 million album sales.
After a low
key stage entrance, the band headed into 'Out Of My Head' and 'Control'
both of which went down well with the crowd.
Wes Scantlin, adopted a 'foot on the monitor' pose throughout most of
the show whilst the two guitarists, Paul Philips and Dizzi Devereux,
provided the visuals either side of the stage throwing all the text book
guitar hero shapes.
were all there in the shape of 'Blurry', 'Famous' and encore 'She Hates
Me'. We were also treated to two numbers of the bands forthcoming covers
album Re:(disc)overed in the shape of The Stones 'Gimme Shelter' and a
belting run through of AC/DC's 'TNT'.
It may be around 10 years since these two bands were at their peak, but
both proved tonight that they still have a lot to offer and packaged
together like this they offer unbeatable value for money.
photos by David Wilson
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