TEGAN & SARA PLAY GLASGOW'S O2 ABC
The twin-sister duo has evolved far away from the confessional indie niche that defined their earlier work. Indeed, the runaway success of their 2013 album Heartthrob has led Tegan and Sara to double down on radio-ready dance-pop with their latest release, Love You to Death. That might be a disconcerting change for fans who took comfort in the old ballads of heartbroken oblivion, but you wouldn't have known it from the rapturous audience at O2 ABC Glasgow. The crowd's response was singular: a two-hour eruption of love.
The singers started off their set with a repurposed electropop version of the 2007 hit "Back In Your Head," but that was only the beginning. Steeped in synthesizers, the first half of the set ran through Heartthrob's greatest hits. Songs like "I Couldn't Be Your Friend," "Drove Me Wild" and "Goodbye, Goodbye" all indulged in an easily digestible '80s sonic palate, with each digital dance anthem humming seamlessly into the next. While these songs more or less hit the same note, it was a note that fans adored.
It was truly a large showcase of the electronic love genre of music playing in a intimate venue which engaged with fans well. It's safe to say that Glasgow will remember such a performance from one of most upcoming great electronic groups to come from Calgary in Canada.
PHOTOS + REVIEW BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY