Auf der Maur

The Garage, Glasgow

Jane and I travelled through to Glasgow for this gig, on Easter Sunday evening. I bought Melissa Auf der Maur’s debut album a couple of weeks ago, and I love it. Can’t stop listening to it. It is intelligent, twisted, beautiful and engaging. So when I heard from friend Mhairi that they were coming to Glasgow I had to go — Easter Sunday evening or not. Jane agreed to come with me, although she doesn’t remember doing so, and was nervous about coming to a rock gig.

We arrived just as first support act Amplifier were closing their set. They sounded amazing, quite Tool-like in places, and we were sorry to have missed them. Not least because the second support, an American Ramones-wannabe band, sucked! To be fair within their chosen genre of rock’n’roll (blues riffs, noise and shouting) they were very good, but within this audience context it didn’t work. The crowd were as polite as they could muster, and before too long (30-40 mins?) the aural attack was over.

The difference between that support (I didn’t catch their name) and Auf der Maur was like the difference between carpet bombing and a sniper attack. The former was brash, dirty and indiscriminate; the latter intelligent, refined and skillfully executed.

Auf der Maur only played for an hour, as Melissa explained, they were on a tight schedule to clear the Garage for an 80s revival night (?!) – the crowd boo-ed. I could have listened to their rock acrobatics for another few hours at least. Melissa’s stage presence, not to mention her physical beauty, was enormous; with or without her bass guitar wrapped around her.

It was over all too soon, and Jane was surprised at how much she had enjoyed it.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.