Despite the gloom & darkness in the basement of Dublin’s Academy 2 venue there is very much a party atmosphere in the air. Nightbox, who are originally from Wicklow, now living in Toronto are here for the Dublin date of their Homecoming Tour 2011 in support of their self titled debut EP. This is their first gig in Ireland since moving to Canda in 2010.
Support tonight comes from the bluesy solo artist Hozier & rock of Dublin’s own Spies. Hozier in particular worms the crowd quite well with plenty of banter with the crowd. This is definitely for fans of Ray Lamantagne - just 1 man, his Epiphone & a quality voice. The 5 members of Spies seem a little cramped on the small stage but play a blinding set of tunes in particular “Liars Call Me King” & “Barricade”. These are definitely a band to catch for any Intepol, The Drums & Hurts fans out there.
When Nightbox hit the stage the place in fairly packed & the crowd are buzzing with anticapation. “Sister” & a brilliant cover of Paul Simons “You Can Call Me Al” get the ball rolling & the crowd dancing early on before new song “Waves” gets an airing, mixing well into the start of lead single “Pyramid”. Their energetic indie pop goes down a treat here with members of family & friends enjoying every note. Highlight of the night for me is “Relocate You” before ending with one of the bands first ever songs “Addicted”.
Their EP, released in February 2011, is quite a catchy collection of 4 indie pop gems & produced by MSTRKRFT’s Al-P & Death From Above 1979’s Sebastien Grainger. For more information please visit www.nightbox.ca.