When Scottish indie-rockers Glasvegas were last in Perth two years ago, they could hardly have anticipated the month ahead of them. Mere days after the July gig, the band were dropped by their label, Columbia, due to only moderate sales of second album Euphoric Heartbreak.
Then, on August 18, Glasvegas performed at Belgium's ill-fated Pukkelpop festival, only an hour before a horrific storm hit causing stages to collapse and kill five people. Two days after that catastrophe, the band walked off the stage at V Festival just four songs in after being bottled by a crowd of drum'n'bass fans waiting for Chase & Status.
"I've been at gigs and seen it happen a million times," lead singer James Allan relays down the line from Glasgow, going on to suggest Glasvegas left the stage for reasons of crowd safety.
"I think three bottles were thrown, one went sideways and I got a bit annoyed and decided to walk off. It's one of those things that can be blown out of proportion - right at that time, we went to play (Pukkelpop) and five people died because there was basically a tornado.
"It's strange because when we have interviews people ask about (V Festival) and at that same time that happened but nobody really knows."
Having re-emerged on a worldwide deal with BMG, Allan doesn't have much to complain about and is diplomatic about Columbia.
"It was really just quite a good deal and the last of its kind to be seen," he says.
"I think it was because of the hype (surrounding self-titled 2008 debut album). In any partnership, when the terms are so much in one person's favour it can annoy the other person and, looking back, the terms were too much in Glasvegas' favour.
"There were other things; you could say Glasvegas were not the most obedient child in the family. There were things that maybe one day I will b…. about but I shouldn't talk about now."
Recently released third album, Later …When the TV Turns to Static, is a record bound to polarise but sounds infinitely less forced than 2011's disappointing Euphoric Heartbreak.
"To me, this is the most human sounding," Allan says. "I think it's got a lot of raw atmosphere. These songs, for whatever reason, demanded having human frailty accentuated as much as possible."The atmosphere, the energy, the nature that's on this album, I wanted the energy to be something quite unsymmetrical, quite unparalleled. A broken nature, a life out of balance. They're themes that run through this whole album."