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Gig Review :The Treatment @ Stereo, Glasgow

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The Treatment were back in one of their favourite cities of Glasgow and it was a Friday night so it is time to party!

Although both bands are very upbeat there is a tinge of sadness in the air tonight. A well loved band in Bigfoot are playing their last ever show here. Whatever the reason for the bands split they decided to go out in style. There were no tears, just a celebration of a brilliant live band. This was just a get together of friends one last time…just like a good old wake that the deceased decided to crash.

I have seen Bigfoot many times before but this was to be my first and last with singer Sean Seabrook. He has taken over the reigns well and is a fantastic front man who I am sure we will see again as I hope we do for each band member as they are all live wires.

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I am not going to focus on the depressing side as the band definitely did not, they were out of the blocks from the off and with a decent set length tonight you get to feel just how good the band and the songs are.

From opener “Tell Me a Lie” to the always fantastic “Blame it on the Dog” it was full tempo rock and roll. The latter song will always have a place in my heart as I loved it from the first time I saw it live. It is what entertainment is all about, a brilliant tune with hysterical lyrics and full on audience participation.

Bigfoot will be sadly missed, there are far too many bands breaking up at the moment and each one leaves a dark space but they came, they saw and they entertained…Bigfoot you were up there with the best of them so thank you for all the fun and the music and I wish you all the best for the future.

After the shock of all the new people in tonight not believing such a good band were calling it quits it is down to headliners The Treatment to pick up the slack, put some smiles on our faces again and rock our Scottish asses off.

They sure knew how to kick things off as they took to the stage with a Lion Rampant flag and received a huge cheer before they burst into “Hang Them High”, a new song from the blistering new album Power Crazy. Within seconds you can see what a Treatment show entails…a crazy amount of adrenalin, serious energy and some pumped up rock beasts.

Like the support band I have seen The Treatment many times but again this is the first time with new singer Tom Rampton and again we have a superb vocalist and showman. He is a perfect fit for this band with his Bon Scott swagger and raspy pipes.

The venue tonight is not the biggest, it is in a basement under some trendy vegetarian resteraunt with students who are huddled around their bean dishes and this is as far as you can get from that thought. For one as soon as you get a decent crowd in here it becomes a sweatshop so that is one box ticked and jackets are strewn around the venue as the show gets into its swing.

There may have been some changes over the years but it is obvious these boys have been on the go for over a decade. The show is polished(even though slightly unhinged), each band member is a brilliant musician but as a whole they become so much more. The vibe, the energy, the every bit of their souls being left on that stage.

This band have came a long way. I first saw them about five years ago and they impressed me that night but fast forward five more years and the difference is remarkable. The fact that they stepped onto that stage, grabbed everyone by the balls and played a huge chunk of the new album says it all.

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There are a few bands I would chose for my very own fantasy festival and The Treatment are one of the first on the list. They just know how to have a good time and they drag your sorry ass with them. In fact the band could well be what their name states, They should be on your local GP prescription list as I dare anyone whether suicidal, depressed or just low to walk out of their show without a smile on their face. If cowbell is a cure for your fever, The Treatment are the cure to your blues.

This was another stepping stone, this was another brilliant show from one of the best live bands in the country and if you have not seen them yet please sort your shit out and get along to a show.

Images and words Ritchie Birnie

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