Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Vaccines - Academy - 25th March 2011

Support tonight came from Dublin’s own Spellbound who, according to the lead singer, are “Ireland’s no 1 rockabilly band” but I’d say Imelda May & Co may have something to say about that. They played an energetic 30 minute set promoting their new album “Stir it up”.
If it’s short, snappy, no nonsense, indie rock & roll that you are after then look no further than London’s The Vaccines. The played every song tonight on their debut album “What do you expect from The Vaccines” which was released recently on 14th March. They quickly got into full stride with “Wolf Pack” & B-Side “We’re Happening” before slowing things down with “All in White” & “Wetsuit”. The crowd really start letting things go mid way when “Wrecking Bar”, “If You Wanna” & “Blow It Up” all followed in quick succession. This short set ended on a high with my personal favourite & album closer “Family Friend”. Encore consisted of another B-side & “Norgaard”.
According to guitarist Freddie Cowan on an earlier interview with Phantom FM’s Richie Ryan this is the first time they have played “Family Friend”  live on this tour. This provoved to be an absolutely rocking gig & brilliant to see them live at such an intimate venue because soon they’ll be moving up in the world. Just a pity they don’t have enough material for a longer set, but like their album title suggests “what do expect from The Vaccines”.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Whigs Acadamy 2 March 01st 2011

Kicking things off in the dimly lit gloomy surroundings of the Acadamy 2 are Dead Confederate who
have been on tour with The Whigs & with whom they share the same neighbourhood with in Athens
Georgia. They play a sharp short grungy 45 minute set showcasing 10 songs. The certainly save the
best ‘til last with Wrecking Ball & the crowd requested All The Angles.

Just off a whirlwind support to Kings of Leon on their recent tour including a night in Dublin’s O2 last
December The Whigs hit the stage at 9.30 with the venue more crowded. They don’t hang around
& burst straight into the recent single from their latest album “In the Dark” - “Hundred/Million”
followed swiftly with “So Lonely” which gets the front row bouncing a bit more. The Whigs seem
to have an unending supply of energy with front-man Parker Gispert spending most of the gig on 1
leg & a one stage even doing the splits. Definate highlight of the night came when Parker swapped
his guitar for a keyboard & a beer crate to sit on to play “Half the World Away”. Full of gentle
keyboards to start but eventually bursting into a distorsion frenzy with bassist Timothy Deaux also
changing from the norm & playing guitar. Finishing things off tonight is possibly “In the Dark’s” best
song “Someone’s Daughter”.