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Three Nights Of Sonic Bliss

October 28, 2009

One for the better late than never category…just a quick summary of groups over three nights a couple of weeks back.

First night: The Lower Deck
Slurps– A band right off the blocks and unfortunately it shows- the drummer tended to follow others timekeeping and lead vocals need some work.  They do have some good tunes but they really need a lot of practice playing together before they sound cohesive enough.

Bats– Bloody excellent again!  There really is such a great buzz from this group and so much better when you’re up close and can feel every note.  Even if all the band members not feeling great they worked through it and am sure these guys will be hitting bigger venues soon.

Upsilon Acrux– I would like to be able to comment on them but since The Lower Deck operates on a time zone outside of GMT they were only coming on after 11 and I had to leg it for the bus.  The 2 min soundcheck I heard sounded good and I heard good reports back!

Second night:  Twisted Pepper
Belljar– Some very good tunes with a shoegaze post-rock vibe and ones to catch if you can.

Butterfly Explosion– great tunes as always!  Some really strong post-rock numbers and an excellent vibe.  If I had to nitpick anything sometimes the lead vocals are a bit weak depending on the tune but on others damn fine.  Change of lineup over the last few years but they are all on form and I’m expecting some very good things indeed with their new album which will be coming out next year.

Third Night:  Whelans
C!ties– Wow! Very young guys but some damn fine post-rock tunes!  Everything hits the nail on the head- guitars and drums superb and a great performance.  Can’t wait to catch these guys again but to help with the wait, they have their ep as a free download on their MySpace site so make sure you snag it!

Enemies– First time catching yet another good group from Richter Collective.  Pretty damn fine post-rock tunes and great syncopation work drums and even guitars.  Another one to catch again!

ASIWYFA– Woo hoo- these guys do not know the meaning of subtle!  Slamming instrumentation for an in your face sound from the word go!  Post-rock at its finest and even though these guys tour like there is no tomorrow the energy they have on stage is astounding.  Especially love the tunes from their yet-to-be-released ep- S Is For Salamander and D Is For Django The Bastard are ones to listen out for!  Only downside of set, besides the fact it had to end, was a new tune Coming Through The Sun Without A Scratch which sounded a bit light for them.

Overall was a great three nights- of all the tunes that are currently available, I will stick up one of C!ties tunes for your listening pleasure!

C!ties- 15728

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HEALTH- The Village Oct 09

October 7, 2009

Night started with a bit of irony when I got a text from a friend to say that she wouldn’t make it to HEALTH since she was sick.  Turned out to be a great night though so irony aside it was a shame she missed them!

Arrived in time for some of the tunes from Irish lads Wounds and they had a some good ones with a hardcore edge.  Sometimes they were a bit theatrical with the two guitarists actually performing on the floor in front of the stage but it was good to see their youthful zeal by asking the crowd to hold one of them aloft for their last tune.  Good vibe though and I hope to see a full set from them at some stage.

Picture Plane was up next and what started fairly promising with a loop and some singing from him turned into a rather average performance of dance tunes.  It actually became unbearably boring at one stage so for the first time in a long time I actually went outside for a smoke…and I don’t smoke.  The upside being that I ran into a friend and friends of the sick friend so at least I have him to thank for that.

HEALTH were finally up and fuck me they might not be healthy for your hearing but damn did they get the heart racing!  Good to see that some of the gig goers had earplugs- while it’s too late for me I am certainly now a campaigner on protecting your hearing so for a group like HEALTH plugs are a must.

The stage setup was quite interesting with having a synth in front of each of the three guitarists on the floor so they could literally get down to business and hammer out some electro bliss and the lead also had quite a few pedals by him which he deftly used during the tunes.  What got my attention most of course was the extra drum in front so they could add some beats- really think it adds so much to the vibe of a live performance when any extra percussion is used.

They only played for about 45 mins but it was a blistering set with barely a break in between tunes- and I think they only had the break so that the drums heads could be tightened after the banging from the savage drummer!  The crowd were really into the vibe which was great to see and while I couldn’t differentiate between all of their tunes the easily recognisable Die Slow, Death +, Before Tigers and We Are Water were there along with most if not all of the new album Get Color.

Of them all I think We Are Water encapsulates their sound best…

We Are Water

Whether or not these are your type of tunes or not, these boys are talented and know how to put on a performance.  Definitely one to catch if you can!

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Local Natives- Academy2 Sept 09

October 7, 2009

I had only come across Local Natives the weekend before the gig so thankfully had checked MySpace to see that they were going to be playing Dublin in the next few days!  Luckily there were still tickets left for their gig but unfortunately it was in Academy2 which doesn’t have the best sound for multifaceted bands like this seeing how its setup mostly for electronic artists.

Good crowd when I arrived and caught a couple of tunes from the first support The Shoos– not much really to be said except that they are radio friendly.

A surprise was in store when the Funeral Suits came on- pretty much the same set they had the last time I saw them but it was good to hear them again.  As with the first time- its the tunes with the keyboard that really standout and the ones without are good but not spectacular.  Still looking forward to some new tunes by them.

Was surprised as well to hear Wintersleep on during the intermissions- always a good sign I think when the soundguy chooses some good tunes.  Another group to catch if you can…although I won’t be shelling out the money to see them as support for Editors.

Local Natives were up and what I liked from the start was the two drummer setup- one guy fulltime at the back on a full kit and a drum with cymbal setup at the front next to the keyboardist-sweet!  I always think that extra percussion can really make a live performance so much better and it was definitely the case here- they played a relatively short set of ten tunes but what tunes they were!

Not every one hit the spot but there were enough in there to showcase their harmonies, excellent percussion and an overall great vibe.  Highlights for me were Cards & Quarters, Wide, Stranger, and the crowd pleaser Airplane.  Above all though, Sun Hands was the standout and a great tune to end the gig with!    No encore and unfortunately I was too slow to get an EP as they sold out rather quickly- had a chat with them instead and their album will be released in Europe at the end of the month.  They are really sound guys and are definitely  a group to catch if you can!  Somehow I think we will be hearing a lot more about them in the months to come and seeing them back in Dublin fairly soon.

Full set list:

World
Camera
Warning Sign
Cards & Quarters
Wide
Cubism
Stranger
Airplanes
Who Knows
Sun Hands

As I don’t have the EP, have a listen to Sun Hands from the excellent Aquarium Drunkard session.

Sun Hands

Knut,

Yeah I can contact them- will have a look at their various sites to see who is best to contact.  Loney Dear might recognize my pic on MySpace which could be a good/bad thing after all the mails I sent asking them about their tours!  Wasn’t into them until I saw them live & they definitely had my attention then!  Will have a look at the form letter but may have to stray a bit since we will be suggesting they do the work together and won’t necessarily be picking their own collaborators.  Know they are touring with Asobi Seksu but don’t think they have the right sound for this- saw them live in Feb and more shoegaze…very loud as well since it was one of the bands around the time my tinnitus started!

Will look at contacts anyway this eve.

Tim

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Bats- Greystones Theatre Sept 09

September 30, 2009

Finally, another all ages gig so I could bring the sons to one and thankfully it was Bats who I was really looking forward to seeing after listening to their album repeatedly over the last couple of weeks.

Trains were up first and have to say I was quite surprised- some very good tunes and a great vibe.  Some longish post-rock numbers with slight reverb and the keyboards added a good feel to them.  Not only were they good in the quiet moments but the jams really had some good timing which for post-rock is a must.  Definitely one to catch again.

Pushkin were up next and I would like to say they were good but there really wasn’t much of a vibe to them at all.  All instrumental and technically can’t fault them but I found the construct of the tunes to be rather repetitive which was lulling me off to sleep.

Bats were finally up and damn- they really have the same excellent edge live as they do on the cd.  Higgs Boson Particle, Gamma Ray Burst, and Credulous! Credulous! sounded fantastic and there was a great power behind them with all the guitars and the drums.  One surprise was the lead singer’s voice- not just catchy in his regular singing voice but he sang quite a bit of the higher registers work as well as all the screaming- impressive.  Even the oldest son who had gone off in a huff at one stage came back for the tunes which is saying something.  Wish the set could have been longer but it was pretty sweet for its length.

Unquestionably a group to catch and if you’re debating about it just have a listen to Higgs Boson Particle below to give you the final push!

While I am at it, you can also stream the entire album over at Sputnik and it’s definitely a cd for your collection so snag it at Road Records, Tower, or online here.  Even better, get it from them at one of their gigs- quite a few coming up so keep an eye out for them!

Have to give a shout out to the Richter Collective guys there as well- sound as a pound and definitely looking forward to catching more groups from their stable again.

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Nodzzz- Upstairs @ Whelans Sept 09

September 30, 2009

Another night at Upstairs @ Whelans for some new-ish groups and as seems to be case these days some surprises…not all good though.

The Mighty Atomics were up first with their 50’s style tunes which kind of veered into rockabilly which just isn’t for me.  One gig goer was certainly enjoying himself with his jerky twitchy dancing- I didn’t know you could turn an epileptic fit on and off like that though.

So Cow were then up and what whisperings I had heard about them being good were very quickly dissipated.  Even with missing the first couple of tunes the set just seemed to go from bad to worse.  A ‘drummer’ who was air drumming and a recording of the drum track playing, cheesy jokes that went down like lead and then at the end having a Big ‘Somebody’ (sorry can’t remember name) come up on stage for the last tune was a mis-step.  Was like watching a parody to be honest and maybe in the realms of Spinal Tap you could consider this set good- real world though it was not.

Nodzzz were finally up and have to say that they were the only redeeming part of the night.  Their tunes were certainly brief and sometimes I think they spent more time with banter in-between the tunes themselves.  Some of the banter was quite funny though- cold suffering, Primark shoe bedecked band with a dislike of Oakland, CA but at least they were engaging with the crowd.   Have to say that their tunes are very catchy even given their brevity- some like little nuggets which exist on their own but it would have been nice to hear them expanded just a tad.  They were kind of teasing with you since just as you were getting into them they ended and some longer tunes would really have had a great vibe.

And breaking down anonymity again with other bloggers- I said a quick hello to Ruan, Ian and Last.fm’er Fiona.  See a couple of them at so many gigs it kind of felt rude not to say hello!

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Joe Gideon & The Shark- Crawdaddy Sept 2009

September 29, 2009

A free night and no determined plan as to which gig to catch…being on a guest list did help so thanks State.ie!

Actually arrived late in the hopes of missing The Mighty Steph– no offence to him since he does have a good voice but I have seen him far too many times for comfort at this stage.  Alas, things were running late so caught most of his set again.  Couple of new tunes, mostly old tunes…no new words to describe him so enough said.

Had a listen to a couple of Gemma Ray tunes the previous night and when she came out on stage I thought she was at odds to her sound- dressed in an immaculate white dress with a little flower pattern in the middle does not bring to mind somebody with a moody dark reverb sound!  Twas a nice dress though and with her hair up she had a stage presence which was certainly augmented by her voice- maybe not as catchy as I had hoped but she still belted out some good tunes.  She had a two microphone setup and I think it worked best when she was using the one with the reverb sound- really lended an ethereal quality to her voice and enhanced the distorted sound of her guitar.  In the last tune she had some looping which I thought was particularly effective so a shame it wasn’t used more often during the set.

Joe Gideon & The Shark (aka Gideon Joel Seifert and younger sister Viva Seifert) were up and again I had only heard a couple of their tunes the night before so not much expectation and plenty of surprises.  The main vocals came from Joe and were along the lines of spoken word which to be honest isn’t really my cup of tea…and it didn’t help that his regular speaking voice reminds me of Steve Coogan which once in your head is a difficult thought to dispel.

What kept my attention on stage though was the flair from The Shark- completely arresting and I simply could not keep my eyes off of her!  She is unquestionably attractive but that wasn’t what kept my eyes there- her ability to play every instrument around her:  the drums in front, the keyboard at the side, the xylophone on the other side…and whatever else was in reach of her sticks was astounding.  At one stage she had her foot on the bass drum, one hand on the keyboard and the other on the xylophone while singing and looping at the same time!  Her looping in particular made for one hell of a sound which not only augmented Joe but sometimes stole his thunder- delicious layers of her backing vocals, drums and synth all rolled into one great vibe.   I was not surprised when looking at their history then that she competed at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 92 as a rhythmic gymnast.

It didn’t end there though- when she played she was quite dramatic with the hair flics, the poses with her arms held aloft and and most of all…her SMILES!  Simply infectious and it looked like she was having such a blast up there making the music for the tunes that she was lost in herself.

Alas I had to run before the set finished as the last bus home was beckoning- it was probably just as well that the track they were playing at that moment was a little less intense for The Shark so it made it that bit easier on me.

So overall, if you have a chance to catch Gemma Ray- Do.  If you have a chance to catch Joe Gideon & The Shark- then that is a definite must!

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William E. Whitmore- Whelans Sept 09

September 29, 2009

The one thing I love about listening to music and going to gigs is my ability to still be surprised.  William E. Whitmore would not be the first artist that I would think of to throw on the hi-fi but his live performance has left me utterly floored and this night in Whelans turned out to be the best gigs I have been to in a while!

Before going on too much about William,  SquAreHeAd was up first in an acoustic set.  Arrived after he had kicked in but caught most of his tunes and they were quite good- he was a bit nervous though and he seemed to be racing through them.  Still a little rough around the edges for his solo work but one to watch I think.  Just as an aside it might be an idea if he has a different name for his solo work so you will know if it’s just him or the band!

William E. Whitmore was up a short time after, whiskey in hand.  I should state now before any Pioneers in the audience faint that there was a lot of drink flowing at this gig- not just on and off the stage but between the stage as well!  It wasn’t just the drink that was flowing either- William’s personality was over-flowing and his exuberance was infectious- my god did he connect with the crowd and after the gig you nearly felt like you had found a new friend.

His first three tunes were between the guitar and banjo and with a strong gravelly voice that you could literal down an oak tree with- between the beats on the side of the guitar and his foot stomping he was his own percussion section as well.  He did have a drummer with him though and Whiskey Texas came on for some great subtle beats on quite a few tunes before disappearing and reappearing at intervals.  In regards to the actual tunes themselves,  I wouldn’t usually be a lyrics man as it’s the tonality of his voice that drew me in but lyrically he can tell a great story with the music tying everything together.

When it comes to stories though it’s not just the one in the tune, as I said before he was engaging with the crowd and there is no way to remember all the stories he told in-between the tunes.  Some were extremely funny though and one before the Johnny Law tune about touring with the Pogues and coming across a drunk guy passed out in his dressing room (not Shane McGowan as he pointed out!) who turned out to be a cop was a memorable one!  He was also very good about shaking hands with the crowd during the breaks as well as taking the jibes from them…at one stage a woman asked him to strip but all she got in return was one shoe taken off.

As I mentioned, alcohol was flowing and with these stories quite often came some more pints of Guinness from the crowd for him and his drummer…during one break one intrepid (read drunk) fellow brought up his girlfriend for some  Baby Guinness shots with William and I lost track how many shots of whiskey were brought up for him.  It wasn’t one way though and at one stage Whiskey Texas brought out a bottle of Jameson, William took a swig and then handed it out to the crowd for them to finish!  Shame that I was driving that night.

He finished the main part of his set with not just a rousing tune but with one hell of a story before it about digging holes, black powder and bowling balls…the fun you can have when you live out in the middle of nowhere!  The tune itself was Dirt and sung in an Arlo Guthrie style it was an excellent closer.  Of course the crowd were not going to be pleased with just that and he came back on for a quite a few more tunes before heading off for good.  All in all I think he played for about 2 1/2 hours and you could see his exhaustion at that stage so you couldn’t ask for much more than that!

I am sure he will be back to Dublin sometime soon and if you get a chance to see him- DO and you will definitely not regret it!

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Dirty Projectors And tUnE yArDs- Whelans Sept 09

September 23, 2009

I hadn’t initially intended on going to this gig since I wasn’t convinced of Dirty Projectors last album Bitte Orce and thought it was a bit too subtle for my liking.  Once I heard that tUnE yArDs was going to support I quickly changed my mind since I really wanted to catch her after hearing a couple of her tunes.

Before I get to the music, the important question of course is about the spelling of the name- tUnE-yArDs is on the cd, tUnE yArDs is the way that you will sometimes see it, and if you look at the majority of the web it’s tUnE YaRdS!  All that for just a name but even Last.fm is confused since her cd won’t scrobble the tracks.   Name aside, it looks like it could be the moniker for Merrill Garbus or a band name since there is another member now on the guitar.

When Merril first came out on stage, she looked very unassuming and almost like any office worker with the exception of two white lines painted on her cheeks.  Once she started singing those unassuming qualities were straight out the window and her eclectic performance came forward at full force.   She started off with setting up her loops on the drum and vocals but after a short while she really hit her stride with screaming vocals and outright yelling at points.  Some in the crowd did snigger a bit with her intensity but I had a feeling it was more of a nervous laugh to dispel the thought that she was going to leap out at them!  She had some excellent tracks though- full of tribal beats and vocals and the looping really does make them.  One thing I love about live performances with loopers is them setting everything up- one thing that is always missing on the cd tracks.  She didn’t play the track Sunlight as I had hoped she would but I am sure she/they will be around again soon enough.

Dirty Projectors were up next and with not knowing too many of their tunes or indeed how the band setup, I recognised the tune Two Doves by the rather lovely voiced Angel.  Just the two of them for the opener and then the rest of the band came out for the remainder of the set.

Quite a few good tunes followed but I have to say that the ones with the focal point on the  lead singer Dave Longstreth were the weaker of them and its only when the spotlight was on the girls or their harmonies that the tunes shone.    Not sure of the name of the track but the 3rd tune of the night had Amber and Haley doing some sort of syncopated singing that was just fantastic and definitely ear-grabbing. (From a comment over at OTRIan stated it was arpeggios that were being sung for this tune).

A couple of rather long tunes followed but I thought they did meander quite a bit with his vocals and the soft backing sounds from the girls.  I was quite surprised that in some of them there were jams which seemed pointless and rather than notching up the energy it only served as a reason to play simple chords louder.  After these tunes they played Stillness Is The Move and Temecula Sunrise which I did enjoy but at this stage disinterest had set in so it was difficult to keep the focus on them.   The crowd did seem to appreciate them though even it there weren’t that many people moving to the the tunes.

Another two long tunes before they finished and when they came back on for the two song encore, thankfully they played the catchy song Knotty Pine from the Dark Was The Knight compilation.  Amber really has an excellent voice so I would hope that in future albums we hear a bit more of it.

So an unbalanced night with a great set from tUnE yArDs and a so so set from the Dirty Projectors- unfortunately I have to stand by my original opinion of them and if they had been playing at Electric Picnic I certainly would have moved on.

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Competition- Nodzzz, Upstairs @ Whelan’s

September 20, 2009

Lo-fi maestros Nodzzz will be playing Upstairs @Whelans on the 25th of September and thanks to Foggy Notions I have a double pass up for grabs.  Support is from Irish favs So Cow and The Mighty Atomics so it should be a good night!

For your chance at the pass simply give me another band that has an iteration of at least 2 letters in their name.

Lots out there at the moment and if you’re stuck check some of my older posts.  Just in case it’s a bit too eclectic check here for what I mean!

Mails to tenacioustimothy[at]gmail.com with Nodzzz in the subject line by 8pm Wed 23rd and a winner will be picked at random.

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Electric Picnic 2009- The Aftermath

September 18, 2009

As always these days, I am running behind myself and only getting to this now…

That time of year again for a post-mortem of the Electric Picnic weekend with highlights and lowlights…quite a few highlights even if there weren’t as many new groups for me to catch this year.

Not much new in the setup of EP site either so it was fairly straightforward to run between the gigs…although the mud did mean that I got a little bit more exercise than I had intended!

Friday

Hit the massive tailback on the way down and with being in a campervan had to wait to be towed into the site…well I should say that the mates had to wait since we were close enough to the gate and I legged it in!  Had already missed Peter Broderick and I wasn’t going to miss any more….

The Temper Trap– Crawdaddy. Had liked some of their tunes beforehand but wasn’t convinced of the full album.  Saw most of the set and that was turned on its head- they have a great vibe and put energy into each and every track.  Of course Sweet Disposition was the one that everybody knew and it was excellent live.  Catch them if you can!

Villagers– Body & Soul. Heard the blog love for them but never caught them around town- feck me what a great voice the lead singer has and great instrumentation.  Have to catch them again!

Lykkey Li– Crawdaddy.  Can sum up in one word-disappointed.  Maybe it was just the tune she was playing when I came in but lacking energy and no vibe what-so-ever.  When she asked the crowd if that was too slow for them I think she could sense it but the next tune was just as lifeless.  Maybe too much touring but based on that I wouldn’t be catching her again.  Thankfully her Button Factory gig was excellent.

Major Lazer– Little Big Tent. Maybe expectations too high but distinctly average tunes and only stayed for the 2.

Dark Room Notes– Thisispopbaby.  Still love their sound and even though the sound was a bit booming in the tent they still have the energy after the last couple of years.  Only stayed for the first three but great energy and beats as always.  Seeing how I am probably their number 3 fan/stalker at this stage  (my two sons being 1 and 2) I won’t go on anymore.

Efterklang– Cosby Stage.  There appeared to be some sound issues when I first came in so they hadn’t started playing yet.  Unfortunately because of that the set seemed rushed and none of the lingering on the instruments that is their trademark.  No sign of the old battered instruments either that they would use for a distinctive sound which for me was noticable.  Some new tunes although only one really seemed to work.  Still a good set but disappointed they didn’t come off better.  As with Ms Ly the Button Factory gig was a hundred times better.

MGMT– Main Stage.  Have always missed them in town with all the hype and thankfully so since they only have the two good songs.  Was walking past the main stage and when I heard them I kept on walking.

Duckworth Lewis Method– Crawdaddy.  Like Neil Hannons voice so popped in there- only stayed for the one tune in the end since it seemed mawkish and over done.

Dinosaur Jr– Cosby Stage.  Again only popped the head in and it was pretty much out just as quick- maybe it was the tune and they got better later but not pleasant on the ears.

Buraka Som Sistema– Little Big Tent.  Two drummers-hell yeah!  Great tunes, great beats and rocked my socks off!  One girl with hands that were a little too ‘friendly’ though and embarrassingly was asked by another guy to get ‘my girl’ under control since she was grabbing everybody.  That aside the best set of the night!

Diplo– Little Big Tent.  Was expecting to stay here for a while but to be honest fairly standard dance beats and certainly none of his remixes so only ended up staying for a few tunes.

Orbital– Main Stage.  Ho hum- I liked Orbital but maybe it was the sound at the main stage- it wasn’t long before I was walking again.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela– Electric Arena.  First time seeing them live and have to say they are captivating- great chords and beats and such energy!  The visuals of them playing from unusual angles on the screens behind them really added to their performance- might not be my cup of tea to listen to at home but live I would certainly catch them again.

Japanese Popstars DJ set- Little Big Tent.  Que to actually get in this one and again overly friendly girl-must be something in the water around this tent;-)  Wouldn’t know their tunes but mate said some of them were their own and have to say they have a great vibe and energy.

Arcadia & Pussy Parlour- ended up between the two of these with the mates and danced the night away…well until half 3 at least!  Just as well I ran into the mates since I didn’t know where the campervan was parked!

Saturday

Noon-ish tweetup with some twitter heads @FrankieP @NiallOK @bngr @ anthonthymcg @jasonroe @benkenealy @dinglesurf @debbiemet and others I will have to come back and add.  First time to meet some and a catchup with others- chatty bunch both online and off!

Cap Pas Cap– Electric Arena.  Excellent off kilter tunes as always and the first time I have heard them with the new female lead.  Kind of missed the old male lead but have to say that she has as much energy and her voice is just as catchy with the tune.  Great crowd there for them considering the size of the tent and time of day.

Tunng– Main Stage.  Have been trying to catch these guys for the last few years.   Surprised they were on the main stage just as much as they were.  Some great sounds from them and all my favourites but the synth was far too loud and drowning out the rest of the instruments.

Julie Feeney– Cosby Stage.  Only caught the last half but feck me that was good- such a sweet voice and with the strings playing she is just captivating.  A must for the Sugar Club gig in Oct!

The XX- Electric Arena. Having listened to the full album and really only liked the one tune Crystalized I wasn’t particularly looking forward to their set.  Unfortunately the tunes seemed just as lifeless live and I left after Crystalized which was thankfully very early in the set!  Ran into few more mates though so it wasn’t a total loss!

Low Anthem– Cosby Stage.   Another group I have been trying to catch over the last year and it was worth it.  Sound wasn’t the best in the tent and they didn’t play my favourites Charlie Darwin and Ticket Taker but still a great set.  Still not convinced of the rockier numbers but the slow ones really show the quality of the voices.  Hopefully back somewhere more intimate soon!

Marina & The Diamonds– Cosby Stage.  Note to artists- do not mention possible wardrobe malfunctions involving a desert animal at the beginning of your set since you will have the crowd waiting for it to happen!  So trying NOT to concentrate on the possible camel toe and her singing instead- damn she has a great voice and can she belt it out on some of the tunes.  Had heard some of her tunes a while back and they still sound fresh and invigorating.

Bea Band– Body & Soul.  Well I wasn’t up in Body & Soul for them but for Tiny Vipers-  an intrepid gig goer asked the sound guy what the story was and thankfully I then asked her- Tiny Vipers was postponed till the next day.  Have to say this was the pivotal moment of the weekend and with one conversation leading to another I now have an excellent new friend who I spent the rest of the weekend with running from tent to tent.   As to the band I hardly noticed them- not really into traditional music but served as a good backdrop to the chat!

Lisa Hannigan– Main Stage.  Went to meetup with another group and poor Lisa seemed lost on stage- she was giving it her all but to be honest the sound was just not up to it and she would have been much better in a smaller tent.

Bat for Lashes cancelled and major disappointment.  David Kitt replaced her but not the same at all at all.  Have memories of her from two EP’s ago at least.

James Murphy– of LCD Soundsystem- Little Big Tent.  Went along given who he is but he was playing fairly average dance tunes.  Of course you want to hear his own stuff more so we just headed off.

Brian Wilson– Main Stage.  Of course went to hear some Beach Boys classics and the band he has with him were bloody good with the sound.  As for Mr. Wilson I have to say I felt sorry for him, being up close enough I could see that he was reading the lyrics from a monitor and not even particularly singing the lyrics but saying them.  He was propped up behind a keyboard but his hands were just hanging by his side and he was more a bystander with his own tunes.  Have to say the vibe was good though and the 5 tunes we stayed for were good thanks to the band.

Dark Room Notes– Thisispopbaby.  Yep- saw them again since I had said I would pop down on the Saturday to one of the band members.  Stayed for the first three again- same set and same great vibe!

Explosions In The Sky– Crawdaddy.  Post-rock when played badly is dreadful but no worries here since fucking hell  they nailed each and every moment!  Best set of EP and by god I hope that they are back in Dublin soon!  The first time of the weekend that I heard ‘one more tune’ which saying at a festival is always a waste of breath…but for once I wish they had!

Chic– Electric Arena.  Popped in there quickly for the last of their set and dancetastic it was- great vibe in the tent and dancing with randomers.

Four Tet– Crawdaddy.  Some really lovely dark dance tunes being put out and yet again more moving!

2 Many Dj’s– Main Stage.  As with most of the main stage acts this weekend I kept on walking- sound pumping out but just a bit too much of a rave feel for me.

Tunng– Body & Soul.  Re-hash of their earlier set in much better surroundings and sound.  Synth not as loud and you could hear the excellent playing by the rest of the group.  Freak folk it may be but damn good tunes and think it was the tune Soup that was played in a heavier style and extended.  Bullets to end and what a great punch it has!

Village Green- ended up there with friends of friend and boggied the night away with a great mix of tunes…closer to 4 that night methinks!

Sunday

Tiny Vipers– Body & Soul.  Wet start and friend and I the only two there for a couple of minutes with a freezing looking Tiny Vipers up on stage.  Thankfully a few more came and after some banter with her it turns out she was suppose to be on at 6 in the afternoon but it had been scheduled wrong.  Aside from her freezing and being slightly worried about electrocuting herself with all the rain she had a great set- simple playing on the guitar with some sublime vocals.  She will be around Europe for a bit so hopefully back here soon for an indoor set soon!

First Aid Kit– Body & Soul.  How sweet is sweet? Listen to these girls and you will know!  Great harmonies  and some good tunes.  They seemed slightly at odds with the sound crew behind them but otherwise a great set!

J. Tillman– Body & Soul.  Still in Body & Soul since some other friends to chat with came along- a guy was chipping in a few bits and pieces into the conversation as well and funnily enough I found out later that he is a friend of a friend- small country as always!  As to the tunes from Mr. Tillman- an excellent voice and some low key tunes only stayed for a few but if he is every touring solo without the Foxes then he would be one to catch.

Micachu And The Shapes– Cosby Stage.  Damn-what an excellent voice!  Much stronger live than on the album with all the quirkiness there.  Great tunes but only stayed for the first half- wish there wasn’t a conflict but hopefully she will be back around soon.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble– Little Big Tent.  Oh deary me-friend told me she had 3 missed calls from me during this set…and she was standing in front of me.  Was I moving that much?  Damn straight I was!  Not the type of tunes I would listen to at home but man when they are played live they get you moving.  Think it was 7 brass players and the drummer and with an excellent mix of jazz and hip-hop you would have to be a stone in order not to move.  Great vibe in the tent and definitely one of the best of the weekend.

Okkervil River– Crawdaddy.  Caught them before in town at what turned out to be a dreadful venue for them.  Maybe it was timing but they didn’t sound that great in the tent and I honestly couldn’t stick it so stayed for the one tune and skidaddled.

The Acorn– Cosby Stage.  Hadn’t heard of them before but that is certainly rectified now!  Another two drummer setup and there were some great layered tunes there.  One that I will definitely have to check out!

Ebony Bones– Little Big Tent.  Wow- anybody looking for a show with some energy go no further!  Great powerful voice and bouncing around the stage along with her two shortly statured dancers.  Only stayed for a few but wish I had stayed for the full set.

Simian Mobile Disco– Electric Arena.   Packed tent and middling tunes so not feeling the vibe at all- said hello to the mate I met there and skiddadled.

Bell Orchestre– Cosby Stage.  Ohh just what I needed at this time of the day- some great instrumental modern classical tunes to clear the mind- didn’t see full set but they are quite good and tunes did the trick.

Florence And The Machine– Electric Arena.  Oh I hate hype but it was Flo who I saw last year and really enjoyed her set.  I think that her new album has been overproduced but I still enjoy her earlier tunes- thankfully Kiss With A Fist was the second one up so left the masses after that for some peace in Leviathan.

Fleet Foxes– Electric Arena.  Another popular band of the moment and I can understand why- some great tunes there!  Unfortunately the problem with being popular in a big tent is that you are going to have the audience singing along to all of the tunes and that they were- tis a bit of a problem when you have 5 part harmonies and a crowd that can’t hit any of them.  Stuck it out this time but really wished I didn’t- am sure they were a hundred times better at Vicar St the following night.

The Jimmy Cake– Cosby Stage.  Only there for the last half of a song but this being The Jimmy Cake it still lasted about 10 mins.  Good size crowd that were getting into though!

Passion Pit– Cosby Stage.  Waited for them but still a bit too early for them- went off to discover who the surprise act in Body & Soul was and by the time I came back the tent was bonkers.  Stayed for half a tune anyway but there was just something about the voice that was cloying and seemed to be at odds with my tinnitus which was not a good thing!

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble– Body & Soul.  The  surprise act which I came back to- good crowd and vibe but not as good as their earlier set.  Seemed like they gave the earlier one their all and were slightly tired for this one.  The only time I have heard the crowd say ‘one more tune’ at EP and one actually being played!

Ebony Bones– Thisispopbaby.  Since I had missed the rest of her earlier set I wanted to catch her again.  Unfortunately this was not the tent for her- something about the booming sound that was covering her voice so didn’t stay for too long.

Quite a bit of free time here actually so with friends of friend again chatting away- met some other new friends as well including a member of The Rumours who is a sound guy indeed.

Anonymous Androgynous– Body & Soul.  Just happened to be there when they were on and they have a great buzz about them- long time since I have seen a flute being played on stage!

The Rye– Salty Dog.  Wow- at a very late hour on the Sunday night trying to find the Salty Dog was a challenge!  Made it there and found the friends and even more friends there so this was the spot to be!  More of an Irish rock/trad band, The Rye were rockin away until the early hours and they were pretty damn good.  Not what I would usually go to listen to at a festival but the tunes just kept coming and everybody kept dancing!  Think they had about 6 last tunes since they kept on being given more time.

DJ Poppy was then on with some great 50 and 60s tunes to rock us into the wee hours of the morning- think it was about 5 when we finally left there to go crawling back to the campsites but man that was good!

So another year over and some new groups to catch up on!  Not so many this year which is probably just as well as I have been dying with a cold the day after I came back.  As much as I love EP the festivals in Spain are looking better by the minute for next year…warmer, drier and cheaper with the same great groups so it might be a runner!

Have to say though that no matter the weather, EP always has a great vibe and it was good to chat with friends old and new!