Written by: Dave Cantrell
We admit it outright. Mention the Scottish label Last Night From Glasgow and we sit up straight, move our chairs in closer and fix our attention with a laser-like intensity on whatever’s being brought to our attention. Mt Doubt, Hadda Be, Gracious Losers, Close Lobsters, the Bluebells’ most recent work, which to be honest barely scratches the surface as we glance at Discogs and make note of the host of other bands and artists we need to catch up on, LNFG is among the very few modern labels that reminds us of that hazy golden era when a label approached the building of a stable as an act of careful, almost devotional curation, deliberately molding a loose but identifiable aesthetic that was unmistakably Postcard, 4AD, Creation, Les Disques de Crépuscule. In LNFG’s case, the focus is on songwriting, the type that rings with a deceptively easy, intrinsically human depth as if the songs arrived straight from the songwriter’s heart fully formed. Following effortlessly in the footsteps of Scotland-born forebears the Pastels, Teenage Fanclub, Aztec Camera, Friends Again and others, wojtek the bear, here on their sophomore album Heaven By The Backdoor, take 2018 debut album A Talent For Being Unreasonable‘s sunnier laid back (if no less arresting) style and inject it with a somewhat more vigorous dose of groove, their trademark hooks now hooking just a little sharper, the emphasis of the arrangements just a tad more emphatic. Subtle but noticeable, it’s the sound of a band (we dare say) maturing, filling out, spreading their proverbial wings as they grow stronger and more confident. That process is always an exciting thing to be witness to but when it’s a band blessed with the songwriting caliber such as wojtek the bear exhibits ? It’s bloody sublime. So settle in, hit that orange play button below, and follow along as lead singer Tam Killean takes us through the inspired gist behind each track.