Shed Seven have always had a strong relationship with the Glasgow crowd. While many of their nineties music contemporaries surpassed them in terms of mainstream success, they have never had much trouble selling out a show here. The gig at the 02 Academy seems like a reunion of sorts. There are plenty of representatives here from Shed Seven’s original fans, the ones who helped the band score six top 40 singles on the UK chart in 1996, more than any other artist during that year. There are also new arrivals, fans here for the next stage of the musical journey.
It’s a celebratory atmosphere. Cast are the support band and play to a full house, mixing their better known tunes with some new numbers. By the time Rick Witter and band launch into the first song of the set, the crowd setting is raucous. And loud. That distinctive Britpop voice propelling over the top of a Glasgow choir.
Shed Seven released four albums in part one of their career. A Maximum High in 1996 and the follow up Let It Ride were responsible for most of their signature anthems. Fast-paced, chorus-led, foot-stomping tunes. Angsty, soaring ballads. Uplifting, delicate guitars. Thumping, kinetic teen anthems. They change pace easily.
In December 2002, Shed Seven played a show in up here and the DVD, See Youse at The Barras, captures the range of emotion in the bands set and that palpable connection they have to a Glasgow audience. There’s an energy there that’s hed Seven have released new single Nothing to Live Down which premiered on Chris Moyles’s Radio X Breakfast Show. The single is taken from their new album Instant Pleasures which charted last week on the Official UK Album Chart at number 8. It’s the band’s first album for 16 years.
They took a break in 2003 after continuing record label issues. There was a Greatest Hits tour in 2007 that was supposed to be a one-off. Ten years later and demand is still there. This wasn’t a greatest hits show, though, by any means.
Earlier this year, Shed Seven released a new single, Nothing to Live Down, taken from their new album Instant Pleasures which charted last week on the Official UK Album Chart at number 8. It’s the band’s first album for 16 years.
The set suggests a band, comfortable in its own skin and ready to move forward. The fact that so many in the crowd gleefully sing along with the new material suggests that fans are also willing to progress. The new tracks are familiar but there is little retreading of old ground. Shed Seven still bring a lot to the table.
The band are currently undertaking the biggest tour of their career, having sold over 60,000 tickets across the country with more shows being added. We’re sure they will be back in Glasgow again soon.
Shed Seven Set List
Room in My House
Where Have You Been Tonight?
People Will Talk
Devil in Your Shoes
She Left Me on Friday
Going for Gold
It’s Not Easy