by / January 22nd, 2011 /

Solar Bears – Rough Trade East, London

As first shows go, Solar Bears had a good one. The deserved hype surrounding these ambient noisemakers from Wicklow translates live into beautiful soundscapes and shifting beats. In just over thirty minutes they run through a selection of tracks from their debut record She Was Coloured In to an appreciative but mostly motionless crowd. There’s a shyness in the retro synth-admiring duo when they thank the crowd that is charming especially after seeing the confidence and strength with which they perform.

Out of the record shop and into the right setting, these guys will shine and certainly the self-conscious dancers at the front are waiting for that moment.

Solar Bears support Twin Shadow in Dublin’s Crawdaddy on February 19th.
Photo by Claire Weir.