Gerard Love (Full Band Show) + National Park
Entry Requirements: over 18s only
Pop Mutations & Freakender present: Gerard Love (Full Band Show) + National Park Wednesday 3rd April Stereo 18+ Advance tickets available at https://www.citizenticket.com/events/pop-mutations/ Thrilled and honoured to be hosting the first Gerry Love headline show since 2012 and an incredibly rare outing by National Park to boot! Gerard Love - This is a full band show : Dave McGowan, Bob Kildea, Tom Crossley, Noel O’Donnell and me, Gerard Love. In the last couple of years, I’ve done solo shows, duo, trio, quartet, quintet shows, all playing stripped back, stretched out, soft-focus approximations of my songs but this show is a full band show : live drums and live amplifiers set at normal stage volume, playing more recognisable versions. There will be songs from the Teenage Fanclub era, songs from the Lightships album, some new songs, maybe even a cover version. I don’t get the chance to play with this formation too often, we have a couple of shows in London in late March, and as we will be rehearsed, I thought - why not book a show in Glasgow, at Stereo? And why not ask John Hogarty if National Park would consider playing too? Make it a double rare occasion. National Park - National Park’s music has been described as having some similarities to The Velvet Underground, Galaxie 500 and Yo La Tengo “without sounding like anything else” (Byron Coley, The Wire). On their last release, they describe themselves as occupying the space between the visceral and the whistleable. Formed in 1997, National Park gigs have been rare since the early 2000s, with just occasional releases and one-off gigs. With John playing in the Pastels through the 2010s, Simon with Trembling Bells, Youth of America and now, Dragged Up, and Eilidh with her band, Sacred Paws, there was always the delusion there’d be more shows at some point. It turns out the right moment to wait for was opening for Gerard Love at Stereo on April 3rd. Outside - National Park (2024) a compilation of releases and almost-releases is coming later this year.