Surely the rock n’ roll gods were smiling on me tonight… On a cold wet night in Washington we were able to score tickets for one of the hottest sold out shows in town: a wee noisy band from Glasgow called Glasvegas. Imagine Big Country meets The Clash. Imagine Echo & The Bunnymen meet The Skids and then get together with The Jesus and Mary Chain. Imagine seeing Snow Patrol in a club as small as the Black Cat (7000 sq. feet). Imagine all that, and it’s no wonder U2 has picked them to support their upcoming tour. It’s no wonder Creation Records founder Alan McGee has been championing their music for two years. Phew! What a wall of sound. What a thunderous beat. What gloriously soaring guitars. Top it all off with a band so absolutely grateful for the reception that lead singer James Allan told the crowd they had transported him from feeling “pretty shitty” before the show started, to “totally euphoric.” That euphoria billowed off the stage with the blue and purple smoke that enveloped the band for most of the night and caught the audience up in a wave of celebration complete with fists pumping, hands clapping, moshpit dancing, sing-a-long chanting and amidst it all; the Scottish national flag waving in the eerie glow of the stage light. It’s always fun watching a band put their hearts and souls into a show. It’s always fun watching a band having as much fun as you are watching them. It’s always fun to be in on the beginning of something big, and Glasvegas is definitely on their way. The Happy Medium Song of the Day is “Geraldine” from the band’s self-named debut. The song is about a friend of the band’s named Geraldine Lennon who worked a thankless job for the Glasgow city council social welfare department. Now she sells the band’s merchandise.