Review: Samantha Fish – Oran Mor, Glasgow

Curse Of Lono image gallery here. Samantha Fish and her three piece band take the stage with no fanfare or lavish introduction. In fact, they take to it in utter darkness. The band breaks into a new track, ‘Bulletproof’, as strobes flash, and fast, alternating spotlights pierce the darkness. It’s almost like the lighting engineer is playing Daley Thompson’s Decathlon! As the lights settle, Samantha Fish is front and centre, cigar box guitar in hand, red diamond painted over her eye, in a Bowie tribute maybe? The unreleased track begins with some fuzzy picking from Fish before the band crashes in and the lighting engineer goes into overdrive. A punchy track with some incredible guitar work from Samantha, it’s a bit of a barnstormer that gets the juices flowing for the new album released later this year. As mentioned before, tonight is sold-out, but many fans are making multiple stops on the tour. They get rewarded with a fresh set list each night, something that not only keeps them happy, but no doubt keeps the band on their toes. ‘Chills & Fever’ has Samantha strapping on her stunning white Gibson SG as she sets out to dazzle everyone with her playing skills. ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’ is a smouldering few minutes that bleeds into a show-stopping run through of ‘Cowtown’. You’ll pick up many flavours at a Samantha Fish show: Americana (‘Blood In The Water’ especially), Blues naturally, Rockabilly, and some rockier-moments. Another new track, ‘Watch It Die’, features Ms Fish letting fly on a track that is way heavier in a live setting than on Spotify. The studio version has her solo towards the end, somewhat buried in the mix under layers of backing vocals, on stage it’s pushed way up there as she wrings every emotion out of her SG. Her Rock credentials have never been in question, her version of ‘War Pigs’ is incredible. So who knows, maybe Samantha will buck the trend of rockers releasing a Blues album and go the opposite way?! On a night of many different styles, it was when Samantha Fish was at her most stripped back that perhaps produced the highlight of the evening. When she produced an acoustic guitar for ‘Go Home’, even the dreaded chatterers at the bar were stunned into silence. Well, almost, because let’s all agree on something: some people at gigs just do not know when to shut up. This was a night of great song craft and incendiary guitar playing. The new material sounds incredible and roll on August 30th when ‘Kill Or Be Kind’ is released. Samantha Fish ends her UK tour in Southampton on May 19th before heading over to mainland Europe. If you have yet to witness the tour-de-force that is Samantha Fish, then you really should rectify that as soon as possible. All remaining tour dates can be found here. Samantha Fish image gallery here Review – Dave S Images – Dave Jamieson  ]]>

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