||GLASGOW LOVES THE TREATMENT AND THE TREATMENT LOVE GLASGOW
The Treatment: King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Thursday 15th December 2016
Words: Johnny Main, Pictures: Carlan Braid
Glasgow clearly loves The Treatment and The Treatment love Glasgow, as we witnessed back in May when they played show with local band The Amorettes and it was only a matter of time before the band would once again pitch up in the city.
The Treatment are a rare breed who play special Christmas shows and this year, Glasgow was one of the four lucky cities to be picked out for this festive gig. Now let's be clear here, there was no tinsel and not silly Christmas hats on show - just the band firing on all cylinders for a ninety minute blast through their burgeoning back catalogue.
I caught up with the band last month where they played a blinding set at Hard Rock Hell in North Wales and the band were absolutely on fire that night, having been on tour for the last couple of months, so I was expecting more of the same here and I wasn't disappointed by their set.
Before The Treatment even set foot on the famous King Tut's stage there were two frankly awful support bands to get through - Reality TV were up first who had no life in them at all with the frontman not even acknowledging the audience, whilst the second band, Ethereal, had so many sound issues that it became a bit of a joke after a while. Thank God for some decent rock'n'roll courtesy of The Treatment to save the night from absolute disaster.
As the band finally made their way on stage, they were treated to a heroes welcome but they wasted no time basking in the glory as they dived head first into 'Let It Begin' - always a high energy track live, which had bass player Rick Newman and guitarist Tao Grey juggling for position on the small stage as frontman Mitchel Emms got the crowd involved from the getgo.
Next up was 'The Doctor', which kept the pace going with guitarist Tagore Grey taking up residence in centre stage with a manic performance, and you couldn't wipe the smile of his face, showing that he was having as much fun as the audience crammed against the front of the stage.
With the audience suitably warmed up and ready to party, the band took a trip through their trio of studio albums delivering hit after hit with incredible precision and incredible passion. Drummer Dhani Mansworth set up a powerful beat for 'The Devil' which had the audience clapping along before Emms had some good natured banter with the audience on the way they pronounce "dogs" prior to the title track from album number two, 'Running With The Dogs'. Here, Emms really stretched his voice showing what an excellent vocalist he really is whilst Newman was a ball of energy running around the small stage.
Never one to take himself seriously, Emms introduces a staple in their live set, 'I Bleed Rock + Roll', by asking if the audience does, to which the answer is a resounding "Yes!". By the mid-point of the song, it's difficult to say whose rocking the hardest - the band or the audience.
A favourite track from the band's current 'Generation Me' album, 'Bloodsucker', has the crowd punching the air before that killer guitar riff pops out and the band explodes into life once again. You really have to feel sorry for Mansworth at times because he's stuck at the back while the other members of the band are able to make eye contact with the front couple of rows of the audience, still he puts in a great performance again on drums (and he seems happy enough smiling away) before Tagore Grey steps up to centre stage with his show stopping guitar solo.
"This is a fucking rock'n'roll show," says Emms at one point during their set, and he ain't wrong, but what he doesn't mention was that is a high octane ninety minute rock'n'roll ride with every band member giving one hundred percent to every song, as can be witnessed during the old favourite, 'Drink, F**k, Fight' which has the band and audience going full force as the relentless pace continues. There isn't any time for soppy acoustic ballads here, just pulsating electric rock!
'Shake The Mountain' and 'Get The Party On' bring the band's triumphant set to a close with Emms taking an impromptu wander into the audience to greet his fans up close before the latter sees Tagore Grey don his horned helmet as has the crowd in the palm of his hand during his extended solo - he's an exceptional talent but then so is the whole band - so if you haven't yet got a handle on The Treatment, this is a band who will be touring the UK again next year so make sure you make an appointment to see them.
This has been one of my favourite gigs of 2016 and can't wait to see what the band have in store next year.
The Treatment setlist:
Let It Begin
Running With The Dogs
I Bleed Rock + Roll
We Are Beautiful
Drink, F**K, Fight
Shake The Mountain
Get The Party On
The Treatment are:
Mitchel Emms – Vocals
Tagore Grey – Guitar
Tao Grey – Guitar
Rick Newman – Bass Guitar
Dhani Mansworth – Drums