I am practically giddy that Primal Scream play Mr. Smalls Thursday. Primal Scream was founded in 1982 in Glasgow, Scotland by lead singer Bobby Gillespie, who was drumming for the Jesus and Mary Chain at the time, and Jim Beattie. Their first album came 5 years later. Sonic Flower Groove is easy-breezy britpop that holds up surprisingly well after all these years.
Critical acclaim arrived two albums later, in 1991 with Screamadelica. The album combined pop hooks with the prevailing acid house sound to create a crossover sensation. Daft Punk are on record as calling Screamadelica a transformative album for them. The album went on to win the inaugural Mercury Prize.
So what does a band do after creating a compelling new sound? Go back to blues-rock? That was the notion behind 1994 misstep Give Out But Don't Give Up, which did however produce some of the band's more iconic hits, such as Jailbird and Rocks. The next two albums are both classics in my mind: 1997's Vanishing Point and 2000's XTRMNTR. The former is a tripped-out electronica, while the latter is all adrenaline and speed.
According to my own amateur sleuthing Primal Scream has been to Pittsburgh just once before, in 1994 when they opened for Depeche Mode at Star Lake. These Scots hardly ever tour North America, so it’s nothing short of incredible that Pittsburgh made it on this ever-so-brief nine-date swing of theirs.
We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the show. To enter, VISIT our Facebook page, LIKE us (we like you, too!), and COMMENT on the post that links to this preview. We'll announce a winner on Wednesday. Tickets to the show cost $29.50 and are available via Ticketweb.
-- Brian Conway