FM - LIVE: The Garage, Glasgow 2018

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Atomic Generation Tour
May 25 (10:30 - 22:00)
Capacity 700

FM came to Glasgow as part of their Atomic Generation tour but in truth it was more a tribute to their second album Tough It Out from 1989, as seven songs on the current setlist come from it, as opposed to just two from the latest CD.

Supporting on the whole run was Toby Jepson of Wayward Sons and ex-Little Angels, who had to slightly rush his set due to a late opening of the doors and the fact there was an early curfew on the night. With a set focused on his time with the Angels there were plenty of songs that the crowd were familiar with, and could help with the backing vocals for him. The stripped-down arrangements stood up well with, Don't Pray For Me and I Ain't Gonna Cry sounding particularly strong. The real crowd-pleaser though was the medley of Kickin' Up Dust and Too Much Too Young, which had the crowd singing and having fun, and like the headliners, his voice seemed to be as strong as ever.

FM still contain three of the original members in front-man Steve Overland, Merv Goldsworthy on bass, and Pete Jupp on drums, along with the two other members who have been in the band for at least eight years each in Jem Davis (keys) and Jim Kirkpatrick (lead guitar). The long-term line-up means they are very tight and on form, with Steve's voice showing no signs of wear and tear.

It also hardly matters what they play anymore, as they are wonderfully consistent and each song is performed with great aplomb. There are plenty of chances to sing "woahs" and "yeahs", as all melodic rock has, while the ballads always see couples holding hands and putting their arms round each other, swaying away. The thing is that none of it seems cheesy or over sentimental. The band smile all the time and exude a genuine warmth that is certainly reciprocated from the audience.

Right from the off the crowd were singing along, immediately jumping on the "woahs" at the start of Black Magic; although a new song, it was greeted like an old classic. There was a nice funky feeling to it, compared to the other new song chosen, Killed By Love, which has a pop sound to it, with its “yeah yeah yeahs” opening. In other hands it would be horribly cheesy, but with FM there is a real charm to it.

The songs from the aforementioned Tough It Out sound so much better live than in the recorded form as the album sounds of its time production wise, but the songs are incredibly strong so, live really hit home nicely. The ones that stood out strongest were Someday (You'll Come Running), Does It Feel Like Love, Burning My Heart Down, and the title track itself. The latter two are simply majestic.

The double header from Metropolis in the middle of the set was beautifully executed too. The album-title guitar piece featuring Jim Kirkpatrick led into Over You, with its opening lines "I've been a fool to myself for too long, something so right shouldn't turn out so wrong, I came to my senses I started anew, I'm back on my own now I'm over you" having some of the best vocal harmonies of the night from the band. The crowd did their best to keep up.

Once again FM delivered live. They have the songs and the personalities to make any evening a very enjoyable one. They looked to have as much fun onstage as the fans did on the floor, amd everyone left the venue with a smile on their face.

Toby Jepson setlist: Ghost / Radical Your Lover / Small Talk / Don't Pray For Me / I Ain't Gonna Cry / Deliver Me / Young Gods / Kickin' Up Dust/Too Much Too Young / Until The End

FM setlist: Black Magic / I Belong To The Night / Life Is A Highway / Let Love Be The Leader/5. Someday (You'll Come Running)/6. Killed By Love / Metropolis / Over You / The Dream That Died / Does It Feel Like Love / Closer To Heaven / Bad Luck / Tough It Out / That Girl / Other Side of Midnight // Burning My Heart Down / The Boys Are Back In Town

Written by Tom Cornell
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