This year has been an exceptionally good one for State – winning awards, our best ever figures, State Interventions, live gigs, the continuing fine run of Irish and international music to write about – and we rounded it off in style last night with our third Midnight Mass. Taking place in the Mercantile, we presented six live acts in aid of Focus Ireland. As ever, we endeavored to bring you a mixture of the established and new. On the latter front, We Are Losers were stunning – a thrilling mix of noise and melody and surely one of the key bands to watch in 2011. We Cut Corners may number only two but still make an impressive impact, particularly winning us over with their cover of Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop The Calvary’. Finally on the new front, Sleep Thieves proved that guitars don’t have it all their own way.
As for our special guests, James Vincent McMorrow struggled manfully through illness and weather related to mishaps to entrance the room with a sweet solo set, backed only by his travelling choir of cohorts. Fair to play to him. Ham Sandwich are a band that we have done much with over the past twelve months and as so it was fitting that they played their last show of 2010 in our company, proving that this year has seen them develop into one of our finest bands. Finally, it was time for a little history lesson as Power Of Dreams delivered a greatest hits set that saw several members of the State team leaping about like young ‘uns.
Thanks to all the bands for donating their time, to Dave and all at the Mercantile, Adrien, Music Maker and Noise Control for the gear and to everyone who made it along and dug deep for Focus Ireland. Same time next year everyone?
Photo: Kieran Frost.