Gigs Of The Week
Glasgow musician Declan Welsh heads out on tour this autumn with his band The Decadent West.
The run of dates will cap off an excellent year for the band, who released their debut album Cheaper Bought, Expensively Sold earlier this month through Modern Sky.
The record, which has been released to critical acclaim contains the fan favourite singles Absurd, Different Strokes, No Fun and latest release How Does Your Love.
Ahead of their upcoming shows, we asked Declan to make us a playlist of tracks that they’ll be blasting through their tour bus speakers.
Lizzo – Juice
I mean, where do you start with Lizzo? The first time I heard her, she was played right before us on Steve Lamacq’s show. It was her tune Boys, and I was just like, “what is this? This is unreal”. Then she hit out with Juice, and it’s just this absolute banger. Makes ye wanna dance, the guitar line in it is so class. She’s a superstar, man. We seen her at Glasto. She walked on stage and all of us were just immediately captivated. This gets blared in the van all the time. To the point where we actually covered this for our Maida Vale session on Radio 1!
Jimmy Nail – Ain’t No Doubt
See, no one else remembers this tune. My mum must have been into it or something, ’cause it came out when I was about three. I think it’s both hilarious and a screamer. It’s so wild, a mad geordie sitcom actor deciding out of nowhere to pivot into becoming a soul singer. The video is unreal. Him at the phonebox, going “She’s lying”. And yer like, ‘aye Jimmy, I bet she was’. The note he hits on the “Why does she preteeeeeeeeeend” bit is iconic. A forgotten classic.
Fontaines D.C. – Boys In A Better Land
This album just in general was blaring 24/7 when we were touring. I think their lyrics are just unreal. I love the poetry, the realism and the hope. It’s all there. This tune is also just energy incarnate. It makes you wanna get right up for it. We’ve kept signing it in a bad Dublin accent an all. Then we started doing it in Belfast and replacing the words better land with “bitter lemon”. Shouting it like Ian Paisley or something. Van patter man, it gets to some really esoteric places.
Parquet Courts – These Boots Are Made For Walking
We all love this cover. The original tune as well, obviously, Nancy Sinatra man. What a hero, But I just love them doing this. We also listen to Parquet Courts all the time. Total Football would be my personal favourite now. This cover though, is just so much fun. Ye can tell they’re loving it an all. Probs one of our favourite bands.
IDLES – NEVER FIGHT A MAN WITH A PERM
“A HEATEN! FROM ETON! AND A BAG OF MICHAEL KEATON!”
I love that line so much. I love this tune so much. I love this band so much. I love this album so much. It’s just proper funny, confrontational, self-assured and class. His lyrics are the kind that turns masculinity on its head – using that confrontational angry language on the toxic ideas that make men confrontational and angry. Another band we seen this year who blew us all away. I’ve never seen so much energy from a band. It’s unreal. An example to follow both in message and in performance.
Le Tigre – Deceptacon
This is just plain and simple one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard. Lyrically, again, it’s funny, it’s direct, it’s amazing. “Let me hear you depoliticize my rhyme” is such a class line. That guitar riff an all. The backwards effect, the drum machine. All of this just works and it gets blared on every long journey, often several times. An absolute ripper!
The Smiths – Half A Person
Alright, I know what you’re thinking. And aye, Morrissey is a nightmare. He’s a mad far-right courting goon and it makes me very sad because see him in THIS tune: he’s a genius. The Smiths are still amazing. I don’t think you have to separate the art from the artists because it’s very clear that Morrissey during the Smiths was a different guy, at least politically, than he is now. And my favourite ever Smiths line is in this: “In the days where you were hopelessly poor, I just liked you more.” COME ON! And also come on Morrissey, stop getting into the fash. Least we still have Johnny Marr. God bless JM.
Tyler, The Creator – SEE YOU AGAIN featuring Kali Uchis
I think this album is stunning. This tune has been played on such rotation that it’s become patter in itself just to say “okokokokokokokok” instead of ok for us now. I love weird jazz chords. I love the sort of out of tune-ness of some of the instrumentation, the vocal hook. It’s all so great. I wasn’t hugely into odd future stuff, but the more melodic side that Tyler’s hitting out with now is so up my street. A generational talent.
Hot Chocolate – It Started With A Kiss
I legitimately like this song, but it is also objectively hilarious. There are so many weird lines where this grown-ass man is singing about being fucking 7 years old and wanting to marry his childhood girlfriend. Then out of nowhere in the middle the absolute heartbroken bitter shout of “YOU DON’T REMEMBER ME DO YOU” hits you and you are like, goddammit mate let it go. For a song that just sort of plods along with a pleasant melody to have this weird break where the guy shouts at a woman he dated when he was in primary school for not remembering him is such a strange choice, and I am absolutely here for those kind of strange choices in music.
Abba – Dame! Dame! Dame!
Our pal Ryan, who plays in Catholic Action, came on tour with us once to fill in on drums, and he showed us the Spanish version of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! by Abba. It’s so great. I don’t know why, but “Dame Dame Dame amor esta noche” is just better than the English version. This is the best Abba tune, apart from maybe The Winner Takes It All. Everyone likes Abba. That’s just a universally accepted thing now, right? If you don’t I genuinely think you’re probably quite a boring person. They’re so infectiously fun. Its masterful pop writing.
LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
It could be a whole number of LCD tunes, but this one is probs my personal favourite. Again, I think a pattern emerges with funny lyrics, but what a line “I heard you and your band…” is. It’s about hipster music culture and getting older in music. I love that James Murphy wrote this as a kind of surrender. A white flag. It was him giving up and its what made him. He’s a genius. They’re one of the greatest live bands I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to see ’em again. If I could pick one person to make our next album it’d be him. James, if you’re listening, I’ll paddle to New York in a canoe to make that record.
Catch Declan Welsh on tour at the following shows:
3 November 2019 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
4 November 2019 – The Louisana, Bristol
6 November 2019 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
11 November 2019 – Jimmy’s NQ, Manchester Tickets
13 November 2019 – The Cookie, Leicester
15 November 2019 – St Luke’s, Glasgow
17 November 2019 – Hootananny’s, Inverness Tickets
18 November 2019 – The Tunnels, Aberdeen Tickets
19 November 2019 – Beat Generator Live!, Dundee Tickets
Tickets are available now through Ticketweb.co.uk