In the past two years, Yashin have gone from barely filling 250 capacity venues, to support slots with the likes of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to selling out tonight’s show at the Underworld, not a bad transition for 6 guys from Scotland.
The night's first support is Tantrum To Blind, a Swedish band formed of youths doing Busted jumps - in 2012. We can forgive that, however, since, their front woman has one hell of a set of lungs on her. Don't worry, this is one band with a chick in you won’t be comparing to Paramore.
Second support comes from One Last Breath, who bring a raid of catchy melodies and a touch of cliché breakdowns making it difficult to distinguish them to any other band in their genre but nonetheless they successfully pack the room and deliver a rampage of screams during their short set.
If you have been looking for the sound of summer 2012, then Jody Has A Hitlist might be the band you've been waiting for. Not quite pop not quite punk, they are a ball of energy and their enthusiasm leaves us wanting more. They’re the epitome of fun and each song is as contagious as the next. This band are flying the flag for Irish rock.
Following three strong support bands, Glasgow’s finest, Yashin take to the stage one by one. This show might have sold out but it should have been a venue twice the size. There isn’t a band more deserving of being in the BBC rock chart. Crowd pleaser and debut single 'New Year Or New York' is living proof how talented, catchy and fresh this band actually are. 'Remember Me', 'Friends In High Places' and 'Get Loose' still sound fresh, and are reminders that their songs will never get old. From the beautiful 'Stand Up' where screamer/vocalist Kevin Miles plays the introduction on a keyboard shows how genuine this band is when others would have taken the easy route and played to a backing track.
Yashin give us a taste of their yet-to-be released second album. 'Run Away Train' and 'Last One Standing' is the band telling everyone they’re capable and most certainly ready to take over the world and show that rock is far from dead as long as their guitar solos are given pride of place in performances like this and they never sacrifice their astounding performances. If there is one band you see live this year, make it Yashin.