State.ie’s Faces of April was another brief snapshot of the wealth of emerging talent this country has; namely punk, garage, hardcore and whatever genius binds Third Smoke.
The Dundalk band (pictured) are deservedly on the rise and their combination of Fleet Foxes-esque harmonies, Beatles-inspired melodies and deft playing is enough to ensure smooth ride. Watch this space…
In a bout of nominative determinism Cork’s Terriers literally battled through injury to ensure they could make their Faces debut and their intricately assembled heavy rock is every bit as fierce as their name suggests. Their deceptive mix of thundering bass, guitar and breakneck drumming somehow swerves between hardcore and classical music without ever being contrived. These lads are most definitely ones to watch.
… and in a bout of nominative indeterminsim Sissy, who you
can should catch at Yes Fest in Bello Bar on April 30th, are another band with plenty going on. Garage bands don’t come any more genuine or tightly packed as the Dublin three-piece and the tenacity of their songs speaks for itself. Don’t be fooled by the sweetness of the vocals or the name, they contain a gritty fortitude that just won’t let you ignore them.
Kicking the night off were Dublin’s brand new Beware of You. Having formed earlier this year amid the ruins of former bands, the proto-garage-punks are, lazy comparisons aside, like a harder edged No Doubt (they do a cover of ‘Just A Girl’ – what can we say?) but the quality and delivery of their own tracks give you a far more comprehensive overview of young band. Stylish chops and agile playing underpin arguably one of the finest young vocalists in the city at the moment. Again, this is a band with a bright future.
State’s Faces will be back in the Mercantile in May, details will be made available soon. Thanks to all the bands, Kieron and everybody who joined us this time around.
State.ie’s Faces of April were photographed for State by Leah Carroll.