As State.ie’s monthly free gigs build a head of steam the performances just keep on impressing. July’s outing brought together the golden trio of harmony-fueled folk, breakneck indie pop and ever infectious electro-pop. Handsome Handsome, surely Dublin’s burgeoning answer to Fleet Foxes, were first to the mic and as ever, Niall Murray’s songwriting ability shone like a flare. Combining effortless musicianship with some heartbreakingly sincere vocals, Handsome Handsome are provided the emotional base for what was to come.
And adding body to that base was The Statics… what can we say about these guys. If you took the classic pop songwriting of the 1960’s (think The Coral and Jake Bugg) but drove enough menacing verve to buckle floorboards into it’s core, you’d be close. This band have energy, ability and likeability in spades. Add that to the band’s songcraft and you have a sure fire winner.
Finally we had Derry City’s Wonder Villains. If you haven’t seen them, or as unlikely as it may be – heard of them, you might want to remedy that. As far as joyous, special occasions go, Faces has probably peaked several times over. Included in that was Wonder Villain’s performance for us. Words cannot express just how tight, powerful and outright brilliant this band is. Their performance for us, surely one of the best Faces has brought you thus far, was a party in a bag.
State’s Faces of July and Simi Crowns afterparty gig in Whelans was photographed by Kieran Frost.