Transatlantic flights, guzzling and gulping in London and now a headline show in Whelans, all in a matter of days. They may be hyped, handsome and so hot right now, but you none-the-less feel for All Tvvins and the momentum their juggernaut is starting to accumulate with only a sole single release to their name. Warners’ latest star signings have been part of hard-gigging outfits in the past (Cast of Cheers, Adebisi Shank, No Spill Blood) but perhaps not with quite the same level of expectation hanging around their indie-rock necks, necks that look a little bit knackered at times tonight.
But when your tunes are this good (slick single ‘Thank You’ gets a particularly warm welcome tonight, as does ‘Two World’’s tribal punk-funk) and you have landed on earth with that ready-formed gloss, you can get away with being a little out of puff. Conor Adams and Lar Kaye (joined by Elk and Easy Optics drummer Lewis Hedigan) have enough muscle memory at this stage to know when to light a firework or two and when to stay workmanlike, and that’s what saves this first date on an Irish mini-tour from mediocrity.
Like their previous incarnations, All Tvvins streamlined pop sits on a fizzling bed of loops, electronica and FX, a place where the laptop and loop pedal are as fundamental as the drumstick and finger callus. Adams’ voice declines some vein-busting registers tonight but that Reznor-ish rasp will always be a big card in the group’s hand. Kaye, meanwhile, is a little more fleet-footed, taking out his jetlag on the neck of his strangled Fender and leaking knowing smiles out at the chatty midweek audience. It’s as if he’s far too lost in his own tidy racket to care.
All Tvvins photographed for State by Kieran Frost.