Considering their various accolades and well-earned reputation for being a fantastic live band, it’s surprising to find Windings making the short trip from Limerick to be faced by a relatively small crowd. Hitting their stride with I Am Not A Crow and getting a Choice Music Prize boost in the process, you might have expected a bigger buzz around their Indiependence warm up at The Bowery – a lovely little intimate venue located on a covered rooftop.
With New York band Relatives – a saccharine sweet duo, showcasing soft dissonant harmonies flecked with distinctly folk-based undertones – on support duties, the night gets off to a low key start, a mood mirrored when the headliners arrive to the sombre tones of ‘The Sun in my Bones’. A slow burner, the song isn’t far from the softer side of Giveamanakick, and eases us into what promises to be a resonating and confident set.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of the night’s playlist has roots in I Am Not The Crow, with a few throwbacks to previous releases thrown in for good measure. As a result, a wide variety of instruments are put into play; highlights including the Slipknot-esque use of a megaphone for ‘This is a Conversation’ and the tinny clinks of a well-worn cowbell. ‘I Am Not The Crow’ itself brings proceedings to a close with some frantic, post-hardcore thrashing, rounding off the gig with an intensity rarely seen in such a small room. Effortlessly playing the hard off the soft, it’s another stellar performance from one of Ireland’s finest live acts. Miss them at your peril.
Photo: Bríd O’Donovan