Autumn has arrived and festival season is a distant memory... Or is it? First Fifty is here to save us from the doom and gloom.
Political, poetic & totally punk. Meet the Glasgow 4-piece fronted by Declan Welsh. Snappy dressers too.
Punk-poetry in the finest tradition. The band state “Post-Marxist literature and Jimmy Nail” as their biggest influences but if that leaves you confused imagine if Alex Turner was writing songs for Idles. Or maybe that should be the other way round. Still confused? Check out the brand new track “So It Goes” that appeared just a few days ago.
Originally from East Kilbride, Declan started as a poet (in fact he’s has just published a volume of poems) before putting some of those words to music as a solo act. But one man and guitar was never going to be enough for the sort of message Welsh wanted to deliver. Recruiting Ben and Jamie from his hometown and Duncan from nearby Clarkston the Decadent West was formed. In a short space of time the band have released a number of barn-storming singles played The Great Escape and are already confirmed for Reeperbahn in Germany. The politics isn’t just for show either. Declan is a board member of charity Children in Scotland ,has performed Labour For Socialism and played in Palestine with an orchestra of child refugees. Respect to that man.
Declan Welsh and The Decadent West – Lull
Declan Welsh and The Decadent West – No Pasaran
Where can I see Declan Welsh & The Decadent West play live?
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West are on tour this September! Check out all the dates below & get tickets on TicketWeb.
Thursday 13 September – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
Tuesday 25 September – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Saturday 29 September – The Wardrobe, Leeds
Tuesday 02 October – The Horn, St. Albans
Wednesday 03 October – The Flapper, Birmingham
Friday 05 October – Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green
Tuesday 09 October – Sound Food & Drink, Liverpool
Wednesday 10 October – Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin
The band will also play the Scottish Album of The Year 2018 award ceremony on Thursday 6th September. Stream the whole ceremony at www.sayaward.com