The GUWBC are Back!

The GUWBC are back, with their second team having played their first BUCS game of the season last Wednesday. It was an incredibly close game but Glasgow powered through and won the away game against Edinburgh Napier University’s first team 36 points to 31 points.

The second team was only formed last year and had a shaky start losing most of their games as they were just developing into a team. However, this year they have come back stronger despite having only a few of the original players left on the squad.

So as this, relatively new, team rocked up to the Napier courts the atmosphere was tense; nerves were getting the better of most. Glasgow, therefore, began weakly. They were unable to maintain a strong defence and could not get anything past Napier in offence. The problem was lack of confidence and lack of communication. This resulted in Napier blasting past the Glasgow girls in the first quarter and finishing after ten minutes ten points up. Glasgow failed to get a single basket.

However, the next quarter saw the turnaround. Glasgow came back fighting and by using a mixture of fast breaks and effective offensive plays managed to score eight points in the first three minutes of the second quarter. After that they kept the defence strong the Napier players were still able to break through a couple of times. Glasgow University won this quarter eight points to four. The game was far closer now.

After half time the third quarter commenced. Both teams came out fighting and it was practically neck and neck. Although Glasgow again made sure the defensive play was in place Napier still broke through at several points to gain baskets. At the same time however, Glasgow pushed back and broke through the Napier defence many times to score points. Although this quarter was insanely close Glasgow still came out on top, winning it thirteen points to twelve.

This meant that Glasgow went into the last quarter behind by only five points- so victory was possible but not assured. The Glasgow girls, despite being exhausted, absolutely smashed this quarter. They did not let a single Napier player get past the defence and get a basket. They also pushed the offence harder than before managing to get five baskets in the first half of the quarter.  Glasgow University went from losing the first quarter ten points to zero to winning the last quarter ten points to zero. They entered the last quarter losing by five points and left it winning by five points.

This may not be Dodgeball but it was ‘a true underdog story’. Despite losing the whole way through Glasgow came back to win the game in the last ten minutes. All the girls worked incredibly hard and played very well, for the entire game, to ensure victory. A special mention has to be made for Yana Staneva, the top point scorer, who had an amazing game.

It was a great start to the season for the GUWBC second team. Hopefully they will continue to play well in the coming matches and rally up the victories.

-Claire Flynn

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A Musical Map of Glasgow

You have now arrived at Glasgow University. You and your peers will vary in the reasons for your decision to come here. Some of you will have made the sensible option of selecting university on the basis of what is best for your degree; others may have selected this wonderful city for the drinking opportunities, what with the array of cheap bars and nightclubs. Having previously spent countless train fares coming through to Glasgow every other weekend to watch my favourite bands play, I like to think that I selected the city for the music (although the cheap booze factor did play its part).

For with its plentiful gig venues, big and small, Glasgow is the musical hub of Scotland. Paulo Nuttini, The Fratellis and Twin Atlantic are just a few of the big names to have emerged from this city in the past decade.

So where do you begin to discover music in Glasgow; a city with venues and new bands round every other corner? I’ve tried to fashion somewhat of a guide for those of you new to the city to start your induction into the Glasgow music scene…

For those with a taste simply for chart music or big name acts, it would be best to first turn to the SECC, a venue which has seen the likes of Rihanna take to the stage. However, you’re likely to pay around £25 to £40 for a ticket here, which, if you don’t know already, isn’t always a feasible option for a student.

So those of you that are a little more limited in the cash area and have a bit of a taste for the indie side of life you should try the ABC or the O2 Academy. These venues have featured rock bands such as Frightened Rabbit and We Are Scientists as well as numerous artists of different genres . You’re likely to pay £15 to £25 a ticket for a gig at one of these venues

However, the guys who are seriously struggling to stretch the student loan out past food and rent and who fancy something a little more unknown should stick to the small venues dotted about the city. A good one to start with is Nice N Sleazys, which has been host to a range of different acts, including Linlithgow-raised band Penguins Kill Polar Bears. You’re likely to pay less than £10 for the majority of the shows here and with the best White Russians in town at only £3 there’s not much to complain about.

But if you are truly at the end of your overdraft get yourself to Bar Bloc, which hosts a variety of alternative music acts, and it’s free entry to all concerts before 12am. In the past Bloc has been party to Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison and slow-paced, melodic rock band Jeniferever.

Lastly, no one can discuss music in Glasgow without mentioning “Britain’s best small venue” as NME described it in 2011. It is, of course, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. It has been at the forefront of the Scottish live music scene since its creation in 1990 and is a showcase for new bands. Tickets for gigs tend to cost between five and fifteen pounds and recently, it has featured the happy, jangly sounds of Tango in the Attic and the rather lovely acoustic singer/songwriter Michael Cassidy.

So whether you’re a mad punk rocker or someone who likes to chill out with some acoustic guitar melodies you’ll be able to find something in Glasgow’s deep dark streets to satisfy your musical thirst. But, just to get you started, here are a few gigs to look out for:

King Tuts: 21st September- Three Blind Wolves and Carnivores- £7

Nice and Sleazys: 27th September- Raymond Meade (Fables and Follies album launch) – £5

O2 ABC:  29th September- Azealia Banks- £15.50

SECC: 10th November- Bon Iver, £25

-Claire Flynn

-Image courtesy of Katy Stoddard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/katy_bird/)

Meeting Louis Abbott

I met with Louis Abbott, front man of Admiral Fallow (formerly known as the Brother Louis Collective), to discuss the band, the records and their gig at the GUU on the 10th of September.

On first meeting Louis he seemed a little subdued but that was simply because he was still recovering from a gig he had played in London a few nights earlier. However, the minute we began to talk about Admiral Fallow and the progress they have made in the last couple of years he became incredibly animated. Although they formed six years ago it has been since the release of their first album in 2010 that they have gone from strength to strength, playing festivals, such as Glastonbury and Rock Ness, and other gigs up and down the country. He told me his highlights from the last few years were “any headline shows in Glasgow from a show at the Arches last year through to an ABC show in January, which we managed to sell out, which was totally surprising.” That modest tone was one maintained by Louis throughout the interview. Despite the success the band has enjoyed recently Louis seems very aware that “many people in this country still don’t know who we are.”

Admiral Fallow is one of the many indie groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade or two. Louis acknowledged this pointing to the “strong insurgence in Scotland, particularly in the central belt of bands not afraid to use their own voice and who are not trying to sound like any band out with Scotland.” When I referred to Glasgow specifically producing many successful music acts he laughed and told me “yeah… there must be something in the water.”

We moved on to discuss the two albums that Admiral Fallow have released. The first one, Boots Met My Face was named Best Album of 2010 by Scottish music website The Pop Cop. It is a very personal record, which was inspired by Louis’s upbringing in Edinburgh. The second album, Tree Bursts in Snow, was released earlier this year and it is, according to the singer, “not drastically different in terms of instrumentation, although it is a lot more direct, poppier and groove-based.” However, there is definite evidence of maturity in the second album compared to the first and that seems to lie largely in what inspired the songs. Louis said “I tried to look past my own experiences and write from the perspectives of other people. There should always be a progression. There’s nothing more boring than a band that makes the same record five times over because they know it will be successful.”

So what have Admiral Fallow got lying in the future? Louis seemed particularly excited for their show in Glasgow at the Barrowlands in December. They have also planned a tour of North America, Europe and the rest of the UK in the next couple of months. “And, eh, I haven’t got quite as far to thinking about next year yet” he laughed. “There are fragments of songs coming together all the time”, which hopefully means that a third album is not too far on the horizon.

Louis added just before he left: “I am really excited to play the GUU in Freshers’ Week. It should be a fun gig. It’s always nice playing Glasgow shows, which bodes well for this.”

-Claire Flynn

-Image courtesy of Michael Gallagher (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mgallacher/)