The Lower Deck is a quality boozer. A world where aul’ regulars, students, couriers, GAA buffs and indie geeks collide. The place has a fair share of characters. Some of those characters spill down stairs to the basement, which admittedly, is not the best laid out venue in the Dublin. The stage is at the corner of the L-shaped room, so the bottleneck crowd at the bar get a muffled din while the side of the stage gets blasted out of it.
Three Irish bands supported Uzi & Ari at this gig organised by Ballroom of Romance. Opening the night were The Yeh Deadlies who had a nice sound and look the part, with mirrored guitarists (the guitars are all that matched) either side of the bass player clad in red pleather trousers. The have some eclectic tunes but one of them needs to take control of the stage. Then there were Land Lovers and Fiasco, Fiesta who had their moments but weren’t all that engaging. The between act DJ is on an -80’s gothic vibe, quality stuff indeed. When one punter enquires after a tune he offers to put the album on his USB key, because we’re carrying those to gigs these days? Brilliant.
Just before midnight, Uzi & Ari, who are actually five people, poured onto the stage. Worth the wait? Not really. Part Postal Service, part Thom Yorke (vocally) the band play some glitchy, twinkly indie pop from their current album, Headworms. Grand if you like that sort of thing. Maybe it was the poor sound but there wasn’t really anything of any real substance to be heard.