Taking in place in our brand new home Upstairs At Whelan’s, State’s annual Midnight Mass begins as the clock struck 12, with the night and the festive season at fever pitch. Confidence is rightly high in the September Girls camp after a fantastic year and they well and truly slam it. This incarnation of the collected musical talents works perfectly, as suitably aloof in person as they are ferocious as rock stars. An extremely interesting 2016 awaits.
In contrast, Bad Sea are still a new proposition but are already a most intriguing one. Providing a succession of deliciously dark, alt-country moments (beautifully balanced with a cheerful demeanour) they genuinely don’t sound like anyone else doing the rounds in this country at the moment. With the trio having taken it down, it’s left to another three piece to turn it up again. My Tribe Your Tribe are full of vim and vigour, mixing electronics with a joyous indie sound – including a cover of ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’ that even tempts the State crew onto the dance floor.
All the bands donated their fee to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the crowd too gave generously, with the final figure to follow in the New Year. We pass on heartfelt thanks from ourselves and the RCC.
Midnight Mass photographed for State by Leah Carroll.