Posts Tagged ‘Heathers’

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Phantom First Friday- ALT Feb 09

February 9, 2009

Haven’t been able to make a Phantom night in a long time- with the First Fridays being on the first Friday of every month it always seemed to fall on a gig night or night with the boys.  Their home for these events is ALT (whereas the Phantasms were spread out over town) and actually the first time in there as well- good sound and setup but one of the stickiest floors going.

Arrived a bit late and Heathers were already on so headed straight to the stage since this was who I came to see in particular!  Simply superb and every bit as good live as they are on the cd.  The way their voices are the counterpoint of each other and yet being harmonious as well is something that is an audible heaven.  The lights around them helped create an intimate atmosphere which one of the sisters pointed out as well since she said she loved the feeling of performing with a bubble around them.  Ahh if only I had heard their whole set but the songs I did catch were great and had a quick word with Nadine on their excellence!

Alphastates were up next and from the quick listen to their tunes on MySpace I thought they would be fairly decent.  However the majority of the performance was lacklustre and as a group they didn’t really gel- I don’t know if they have been performing live recently but it looked like some practice was needed.  The last two tunes just about saved them though- think it was Kiss Me and a new one called Champagne Glass which had a good vibe and were catchy.

Superjimenez came on and they still have the same energy they had since the last time I saw them.  I would class them as fun-rock since there is really nothing new but what they do is well done.  They played quite a few of the catchy numbers I remember from last year but some of them I didn’t know…my Phantom listening has dwindled so they probably have been on the radio.  Great set anyway and good reaction from the crowd.

Stayed then afterwards even if it felt like I was the only adult in the room- Sinister Pete was on the decks and he really has his finger on the pulse of tunes-that-gets-crowds-going.  He had his usual great mix of genres and finally left when there was one that I didn’t recognize…which means that it was a mainstream tune as the crowd were still going!

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Heathers- Here, Not There

July 28, 2008

Have been meaning to post this for a while…

Here, Not There is a nice little album by Heathers who are Louise and Ellie- sisters and twins at that.  So of course there are going to be comparisons with Tegan and Sara…not just because of the twin thing but with the type of tunes they have and with the harmonics between Louise and Ellie being so close together.

They have great voices though and along with the songwriting and guitar work it is quite an enjoyable listen.  Remember When is probably the catchiest and Reading In The Dark and Moose are very good as well.  Honey Please is probably the standout for me though- starts off a bit quieter and more syncopated where some of the others can be a tad overwhelmed by the guitar work.  There is also a hidden track at the end of the album- their tune Margerie but sung in Irish so worth a listen as well.

Overall a very good album and the funky artwork deserves a mention as well.  They have been touring in the States over the summer since they had to wait until they did their Leaving Cert- very well placed for singers so young and think they will be around for a good while.  Their Irish tour will be kicking off in Dublin on the 14th of August in the Project Arts Centre with an all ages night show at 8pm.