Little Green Cars debuted earlier this year with the very successful Absolute Zero earning them canvas radio play, slots at SXSW, Coachella, Lollapalooza and a live appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Mammoth achievements for any band, let alone the baby steps of an act with more to give. Experiencing them live the minimalism that the music takes when contrasted with their vocal performance live is astounding. The articulation of the band’s harmonies is overpowering; without detracting from their instruments, Little Green Cars true value comes in the form of writing and vocal ensemble.
Opening with what many hailed as a dud, ‘Red and Blue’ proves a nice song to walk on stage to and introduce each vocal line; offering a sense of the dynamic between Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke before they launch into the crowd favourites. Playing the album in its entirety (plus a couple of B-sides and rarities) allows for the more wistful songs such as ‘The Kitchen Floor’ and ‘Them’ to soar with the aid of the powerful female lead. The singles were always going to provoke the biggest reaction, and while ‘Harper Lee’ appears quite early on in the running, there’s a finale of the four big tracks: the verbose but equally rousing ‘My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me’, ‘The John Wayne’, a song never before played in Cork called ‘The Factory’ and a grand finale of the anecdotal ‘Consequences Of Not Sleeping’ – played unplugged and surrounded by their adoring fans in the middle of the pit.
As far as the quintet’s stagecraft goes, there is very much a strength in Stevie, Faye and drummer, Dylan; while both bass and lead hold the act, they seem to wander the periphery of the stage. Yet they’re still a young band with plenty of time to hone their craft; they benefit from a fantastic choice of songs on Absolute Zero and the confidence from the back of their success to go out and hopefully write another great release for 2014. The musical renaissance that Irish music has undergone is astounding and those artists that broke this time last year or earlier are finding their footing among those they once looked up to; Little Green Cars acceded sooner than most and deservedly so.