Glasvegas frontman James Allan has hit out at the music industry and major labels, saying the band getting dropped was merely a “small drop in the ocean.”
Allan speaks to NME in an interview published in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Allan discusses everything from the band’s new album ‘Later… When The TV Turns To Static’ to the time he refused to attend the Mercury Music prize, claiming the other nominees weren’t worthy of sharing the same room as him. Allan also tackles the fact Glasvegas were dropped by their label following the release of their second album.
Asked how he felt about the decision, Allan says: “It’s quite a small drop in the ocean of all this difficulty or confusion or heartbreak or hurt. It was a long time before ‘Euphoric’ was written, or recorded, or came out, that the wheels were set in motion. It goes back to things like the Mercurys, and them seeing it as disobedience.”
Moving on to the subject of major labels, Allan lets rip. “It’s so little to do with music. It’s all to do with deals. Glasvegas got a deal and there was never one like it again. Bands that get signed post-Glasvegas are getting shafted in every orifice they’ve got, man. They never get kept, or signed, because the guy (at the label) actually enjoys a melody. For me to think that it was all because some guy who was probably in fucking M People or something liked the melody or not… that’s not really going to kill me.”
Earlier this month, Glasvegas, who have since signed to BMG, announced details of a nine-date UK and Ireland tour. The tour will kick off at Leeds Cockpit on September 29, before shows in Bristol, London, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, Dublin and Belfast. They will also play a standalone Christmas gig at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on December 22.
Leeds Cockpit (September 29)
Bristol Fleece & Firkin (30)
London Scala (October 2)
Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (4)
Sheffield Plug (5)
Nottingham Rock City (6)
Manchester Academy 3 (7)
Dublin Whelans (9)
Belfast Limelight (10)
Glasgow The Old Fruitmarket (December 22)