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Bright lights beckon for Rod; music BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT JULY 25 THE HUG AND PINT, GLASGOW.

He might only have been playing one of the smallest, if best, venues in Scotland, but Rod Thomas is clearly destined for bigger stages.

The Welsh singer's blend of disco, house and pop has already earned him the support of superfans such as Elton John and Scissor Sisters, who both appear on his new album Choreography. And as long as he keeps giving performances like this, his star is only going to rise.

There was a real 80s-inspired feel to his music, not just with how it sounded but in its origins, with each of the new tracks inspired by scenes from movies of the time.

Tracks such as Symmetry Of Two Hearts and Running Back To You were glorious blasts of retro-fuelled pop, with big shiny choruses and sharp synths, and Rod howling away in his saxophone like Rob Lowe in St Elmo's Fire.

I Only Want To Please You was a highlight, even without the presence of guest vocalist Ana Matronic. Its old-school piano and pounding beats turned the basement into a mini rave.

The sold-out crowd loved every minute of it and Rod said: "This is the most incredible welcome we've had. You're all probably just really p***ed though. I've been to Glasgow before, you can't fool me."

There Are No Miracles brought 90s French house into the mix, while Disco Moment's electropop was another great in a strong set.

He closed with a killer encore of Careful Whisper and I Believe, a glacial ballad followed by another huge anthem. Both illustrated Rob's talents in very different ways.

He announced his album had just gone Top 40 in America during the show. Bright Light Bright Light is going to be a superstar - it's only a matter of time.

BEN TRAMER

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Date:Jul 31, 2016
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