Music preview: I See Hawks in L.A. @ Woodend Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, Glasgow

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Thursday 20 June, 8pm, Woodend Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, Glasgow. Tel: 07944 354 459. www.woodendbltc.co.uk

VIDEO: I See Hawks in LA - Humboldt (live)

Believe it or not, it’s possible to enjoy first-rate live music while attempting to get yourself seeded for Wimbledon.

Woodend Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, in Glasgow’s Jordanhill, knows its tunes as well as its middle-class sports, having seen a wide range of home-grown and international talent take to the stage in its members’ bar over the years.

Rising to its impeccably high standards this evening are Americana outfit I See Hawks in L.A., who are in town for a one-off gig on the Scottish leg of their current UK tour.

Comprised of main members Rob Waller (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Anthony Lacques (percussion) and Paul Marshall (backing vocals, bass), this Californian group are living proof that decent country-rock exists outside of the Deep South.

And while the US may not be lacking guitar bands that play in a folky, rootsy manner, three things separate these guys from the rest. First, their transfixing lyrics, which are riddled with politics and humour. Second, their gorgeous, soaring harmonies – and third, the way they reflect the laid-back vibes of the Golden State with a twang of Byrds-esque psychedelia.

Critics are calling new album Mystery Drug – record number seven in a 14-year career – their best ever.

So even if you can't tell your bowls from your bobsledding, or your tennis from your Taekwondo, then you really don’t know a lot about sport – but you’ll still be very welcome and entertained here.


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