Friday night saw the fourth State VS. event take place in The Mercantile on Dame Street and it was another fine gig we’re delighted to say.
Skweeezy electronic funk act Meljoann played one of her first ever gigs with the help of Ed Devane, Kachansi and Red (Digger) on various instruments and computers. With the stage already crammed, the band performed in front of the stage speakers leading, unfortunately to low sound problems. What we could here sounded promising – a mix of electronic arrangements, synth wooshes and click-clack beats brought together by Mel’s soft R&B-esque croon. We’re certainly looking forward to hearing more. An album is due in September.
Windings represented the Out On A Limb corner and the Limerick band are just getting bigger and better. Now a four-piece after former Giveamanakick man Steve Ryan kicked it all off a few years back, the band are decidedly less loud and more melodic than that band. In tracks like ‘Older Like J’, they’ve got some genuinely lovely songs. Look out for an album in October.
Headliners Funeral Suits also have a Limerick connection what with one of them being from there. After two solid EP releases, the band have been working with venerable UK producer Stephen Street and it would seem a decent fit. The band are clearly inspired by late ’80s/early ’90s British music yet they have an extended palette thanks to their penchant for swapping guitar tracks for synths on occasion. ‘Black Lemonade’ is their biggest tune so far and it kicked off the gig with intent. Looks like we’ll have an album from them soon too.
Thanks to everyone for coming along. State Vs takes place on the third Friday of every month and the next one takes place on August 20th vs. Popical Island. Here are some photos by Kieran Frost.