Glasvegas are a Scottish Indie rock band from Glasgow. The band consists of James Allan (vocals), Rab Allan (lead guitar, backing vocals), Paul Donoghue (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Jonna Löfgren (drums). The band received critical acclaim for their debut album Glasvegas which was released in September 2008, reaching No. 2 in the UK Album Charts and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in September 2009.
The band was formed by cousins James Allan and Rab Allan in the summer of 2003 with Paul Donoghue and Ryan Ross on drums completing the line-up soon after. Local gigs in and around Glasgow were frequent and in May 2004 the band released a self financed limited edition double A-side single, "I'm Gonna Get Stabbed"/"Ina Lvs Rab" on CD. The single gained an early and positive review for Glasvegas from Rick Fulton of the Daily Record on December 24, 2004. The single (along with some early demos) gained (their first) radio airplay and favourable feedback from Jim Gellatly on his radio show 'Beatbreakers' in January 2005, which was broadcast on the now defunct Beat106FM.
In January 2010, Glasvegas decamped to California and set up a studio in a multi-million dollar beach house in Santa Monica where for over five months they demoed, tracked and recorded the album Euphoric Heartbreak. Santa Monica and its location on Southern California's West Coast had a massive influence on the sound and feel of the new songs.
During this period in Santa Monica, Caroline McKay chose to leave the band before recording began, officially leaving on 25 March 2010 citing personal reasons.
The remaining band members stayed in Santa Monica until early May 2010 before returning to the UK with an album's worth of new material. After a break over the summer, the band were at the Assault & Battery 2, a tracking and mix studio in London, with producer Flood for September, October and November 2010. Further post-production took place at the Castle of Doom studios in Glasgow through December 2010 and January 2011. The album was finished a year to the day that the band arrived at the Santa Monica Beach House.
Glasvegas opened 2011 with an 8 date tour of Scotland which took the band to places in Scotland that are normally missed out by touring bands. The tour took in Kirkwall, Wick, Forres, Oban, Dunoon, Troon, Hawick and Dunfermline. The band announced the tour to ensure that Scotland would be the first to hear the new music. The tour received positive critical reviews with Simon Price of The Independent on Sunday quoting that "Glasvegas are still – and we desperately need this right now – a band to believe in". The band also announced a tour in March 2011 with several dates selling out within hours of going on sale.
Glasvegas's second album, titled Euphoric Heartbreak, was released on 4 April 2011. The first commercial single from the album was "Euphoria, Take My Hand" which was released as a download on 7 February 2011 and released physically on 28 March 2011.