The Beards article was written by Gavin Wells, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo by Britt Andrews Photography + @josefinsphotography
As the crowd began to filter into the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow, it seemed as though there were more people with beards in the venue than usual, women included. This of course was no coincedence, as Australian band, The Beards were playing that night. Glasgow was The Band’s third stop in the UK and also their only show in Scotland during their European tour. The “Ten Long Years, One Long Beard” tour was to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary, while also promoting the release of their ‘Best Of’ album of the same name.
Kicking off the show was local support from Glasgow Power Metal band, ‘Viking Galaxy’. The band hit things off well with their fast, energetic, Power Metal sound. Adding a little extra to their sound and making them stand out from other bands in the genre was Mat Brown on Keyboard & Keytar, making the band sound like they’d jumped straight out of an 80’s sci-fi movie.
Between songs, Frontman Liam Hill would entertain the audience with his hilarious Viking persona. Hill is a great frontman and is very funny, speaking in “Ye ‘old English” the whole time. Before kicking into their second song, Hill invited a volunteer up on stage to blow what he called “The Horn of Balgadour”, which turned out to be a great comedy set-piece. The band then kicked into the hilariously named “Shaft of Agony“. Before the band’s next song, some members of the audience began to point out Frontman Hill’s lack of a beard. The issue was quickly resolved though when a member of the audience handed him a strap-on beard.
Unfortunately, after their next song, “Sabretooth Dragon“, Viking Galaxy’s set was cut short as they were about to run over their slot time. The band were very entertaining and very funny, but they will need to work on time management in future.
During the interval, the crowd got really fired up for The Beards, chanting the word ‘Beards’ over and over, while also heckling any crew members that didn’t have beards that went on stage to sound check, chanting for them to “Grow a beard”.
The chanting only got louder as The Beards made their way onto the stage. Frontman Johann Beardraven addressed the crowd and then kicked into fan favourite, “Got Me a Beard“. As the song ended, the band stood still, pointing at their own beards as the crowd’s chanting picked up once again. After the short break, the band kicked into “This Beard Stays“.
Once the song ended, the band took a moment to speak with the crowd, thanking the audience for coming out. They then went on to brag about how they’d “Went all out” for this tour, by renting a smoke machine and “Pyrotechnics”, which hilariously turned out to be a packet of Party Poppers. They then had the crowd chant the word ‘Beards’ once again in order to start off the next song “I Like Beards“.
As the night went on, The Beards played a great selection fan-favourite songs, including “Stroking My Beard“, “My Baby Left Me For a Man Without a Beard” and their new single “Ten Long Years, One Long Beard“. Between songs, they would take breaks to speak with the crowd, thanking them for their support over the last 10 years, as well as having some fun. Before playing “All the Bearded Ladies”, the band picked out an audience member that would go home with the “Best Female Beard Award”. They also joked around by pretending that they didn’t know what a Tambourine was, referring to it as “The Jingle Ring” before playing “Beard Accessory Store“.
With two song left to go, Johann Beardraven got some crowd participation going as he split the audience into three groups in order to sing the harmonies for “There’s a Bearded Man Inside Me“. Closing the set, they thanked the audience once again for coming along and decided to leave them with an important message as they ended the set with “You Should Consider Having Sex With a Bearded Man“. After a short break and lots of chanting, The Beards took to the stage once more to play “There’s Just Nothing Better Than a Beard” as an Encore.
The Beards played a Beard’tastic show at King Tut’s, celebrating their 10th anniversary with style, while also proving that they could easily keep going for another 10 years. They are hilarious between and during songs and very entertaining overall.
Click here to read The Beards interview from before their show at King Tut’s
The Beards new album, “Ten Long Years, One Long Beard” is Out now!