by / March 13th, 2014 /

State’s Faces of March – The Mercantile, Dublin

It’s the time of year when we start describing 11 degrees as ‘balmy’ and with spring returning our Faces monthly gigs just keep surprising us with the quality of live music in the country. Rocstrong opened the evening with a set befitting a proper showman – it had an intro, and outro, a meet-the-band moment and in between, some spicy funk rock from their blended mix of Angolan, Congolese, Polish and Irish influences. The Clameens had journeyed from Derry for the evening – a youthful lot who have one member sitting his A-Levels this Summer, but their age belies the tight performance. Engaging sweaty guitar pop, but laced with a smart attitude, sharp jackets and a frontman who is both focussed and abandoned at the same time. Carriages completed our trio of Faces with a warm set of electronics with the aesthetic of a heartfelt, acoustic two-man show.

We were lucky enough to have Fan Footage at the gig – the crowd were asked to record one specific song in each set from all over the room with their phones, while Fan Footage recorded a high quality audio from the sound desk. Fans can upload their videos which will be patched in with the high quality audio and viewed by anyone from their website. Uploads are still going on and soon you’ll be able to see the live tunes from various angles in the audience. Check in here to upload if you were there, or to watch and listen soon.

Join us again in early April for more Faces live.

Photographs by Kieran Frost.