After a solo performance from Meursault, or Neil Pennycook, with help from performers Faith Eliot and Robyn Dawson, Owen Ashworth, AKA Advance Base, got up in Glasgow’s Glad Café to offer an intimate gig of personal reflection. Previously known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Owen received a packed-out crowd and warm reception in Glasgow’s renowned Southside gig venue.
Meursault performed a pacey, yet tight gig pre-Advance Base, incorporating a Viking Moses track into the performance, which made mention of trying to relive the past by performing together yet again, Owen and Neil. Owen retorted that it was damn right lovely to be in Glasgow performing alongside Neil yet again, although his time in the city was short. Admitting he has a fever, and is not feeling great at all for this gig, he ploughs on through with an altruistic intention to please the crowd.
Performing tracks such as the Magnetic Fields’ You & Me & the Moon as well as Christmas in Nightmare City, Owen moves his way through this set via anecdotes and biographical tales, luring this audience with his warmth and storytelling. Whilst also performing as new moniker Advance Base, Owen certainly does his best not to alienate the Casiotone fans, including Scattered Pearls and New Years Kiss into his set. Warmly considering the mundane aspects of life, there is clearly more experience injected into this new pseudo of Owen Ashworth’s, clearly not as despairing as we have heard from him in previous years. Refreshingly anecdotal yet reflective, his music adds cheer to the Glad Café this Thursday evening.
Not knowing much about this performer pre-gig, aside from his vocals that throw me back to Springsteen’s Secret Garden (yes, every time), it was a great to briefly skim this artist’s back catalogue, from the Casiotone to Advance. I now in a wonderful place where I’ve a back catalogue of work to investigate. I will start with this cover of Streets of Philadelphia.