Famous Musicians from Glasgow

Famous Musicians from Glasgow

Glasgow has a fantastic undergrown music scene, producing some of the UK's finest bands over the last few years. Biffy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand and Glasvegas are just a few of the internationally famous bands that Glasgow has produced, going on to sell millions of albums worldwide and packing out global tours. Here at Piano Lessons Glasgow we love to inspire our piano students with stories of musicians that have gone on to international fame having started out in Glasgow! We hope to inspire you too, enjoy!

Biffy Clyro formed in 1995 by two brothers, James and Ben Johnson, and a certain Simon Neil who would rise to become arguably one of the best song writers of the last 10 years. Starting in Kilmarnock the trio moved to Glasgow in 1997 developing from a band that Neil described as 'sounding like everyother band who'd heard Nirvana' to an accomplished outfit with their own unquie sound. Drawing large audiences across Scotland Biffy Clyro released their first independant EP dubbed thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow which soon developed into the release of their first full album in 2002 named Blackend Sky. Reaching number 78 in the UK album chart the album announced Biffy Clyro to the music world, with their unusal guitar riffs, time signiture and lyrical topics.

The next release The Vertigo of Bliss showed how the band had developed their fanbase reaching number number 48 in the UK album charts, yet it was the bands forth album, Puzzels, that really marked the bands entrance into the mainstream. Reaching number 2 in the UK album charts after its release in 2007 and going platinum the album recieved perfect scores from Kerrang! and Rocklouder critics. This commerical success promped extensive tours supporting bands like Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as appearing at almost every summer music festival!Only Revolutions consquently also charted extrememly well with Mountains reaching 5th in the UK singles charts as well as Many of Horror reaching 8th following Matt Cardle winner of X Factor 2010 coving it! Now one of the biggest rock bands in the world they remain one of Glasgow's finest exports! Mon the Biffy!

Franz Ferdinand was formed in the late 1990s when Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson met at a party and decided to start writing songs. In the early 2000s the band release their first EP helping to grow their national fanbase outside of Glasgow. It paid off big time, with their debut album reaching number 3 in the UK album charts, selling over 1 million records in America alone. Take Me Out the second single from the album reached number 3 in the UK single charts and catipulted the band to international fame. Their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better, released in 2005 went straight to number one in the UK album charts - reaching number 8 in America - confirming Franz Ferdinand as one of the biggest rock acts in the naughties. Tonight: Franz Ferdinand headed straight to number 3 in the UK album charts after its release in 2009, with the band supporting Green Day on their 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. Although having taking a break for the last few years Franz Ferdinand will no doubt back bigger than every soon - watch this space!

The Fratellis played their first gig in O'Henry's bar in Glasgow on the 4 March 2005. Quickly gaining an audience they released their first EP in 2006 with their first single Henrietta reaching number 19 in the UK album charts after the NME ran a two page article on the band stating they were the best new band in Britain! Their first album released in 2006 went straight to number 2 in the UK album charts supporting bands like Kasabian and The Police on their UK and international tours. Here We Stand the bands follow up album reached number 5 in the UK charts, with the first night being played at the Queen Margaret Union for a select group of fans, confirming the band as an up and coming international group. Yet the band went on indefinate hiatus in 2009, splitting to pursue other projects - we wait to hear more from The Fratellis!

Travis rose to international fame during the late 90s with the success of their second album's single Why Does It Always Rain On Me? which recieved significant play helping the push up to number one in the UK album charts. This was drawn from a rather famous performance at the Glastonbury festival, when after raining for two days the band finally came on stage to perform after things had dried off for the heavens to open again during the first line of the song! This impressive commerical success was repeated with their third and most successful album, The Invisable Band, with songs likes Sing, Flowers in the Window, Safe and Side dramatically impacting the sound of modern UK rock - with bands like Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol rising to become bigger stars than the for runners in this field Travis. While their commerical success has continued with two more top 10 UK albums the popularity of the band has wayned seeing bands like Coldplay really taking the spotlight away from Glasgow's most famous acoustic band!

Glasvegas, hyped by the NME as "if The Libertines defined the start of the decade and Arctic Monkeys its middle, then Glasvegas are almost certainly going to define its end and beyond" have certainly made their mark on the UK music scene. With their debut album going straight to number 2 in the UK album charts, denyed only by the might of Metallica, despite selling the highest number of albums for a number two of all time Glasvegas really confirmed themselves as one of the biggest new bands in the UK. Supporting U2 on their 360 Degree World Tour Glasvegas grew a massive international following seeing them become one of the biggest bands in Sweden of the last 10 years. While their follow up album, EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK , only reached 10 in the UK album charts it recieved extremely favourable critical comments so we have high hopes for the bands next album to be released early 2013.

Photography: Christian Bertrand

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