Though the poor attendance prevented the night from truly igniting, for those who WERE there, Hubbert delivered a fine performance.
A nicely packed Button Factory welcomed Gruff Rhys and his Neon Neon project to Dublin for what transpired as a gig of two halves.
From the point of view of space, Whelans was clearly inadequate for a band with 10+ albums. However the no-frills nature of the venue matched Low’s music perfectly.
Whelans recently conducted its own Sunday service, welcoming the return of not one but two giants of 1980s US hardcore:
As for the main event? Neil Young and Crazy Horse played for a good two hours, consisting of thirteen songs.
We grabbed a quick word with Kevin Murphy afterwards, he mentioned that their next album would be released “at the end of the summer”. By the sounds of the new material aired, it should be worth looking out for.
According to Twilight Sad singer James Graham the Scottish band hadn’t played in Dublin for 5 years. Eager to redress
Although Johnny Marr took lead vocal duties his singing was buried by guitar. But the night was not about vocals. Here was a man truly in command of his instrument. No need to cling to the old dreams anymore.
Overall, as a barometer for the general health and well-being of the Irish music scene, the night was enjoyable and the bands played with energy and enthusiasm. With a little dose of self-indulgence, Irish rock: definitely on the mend.
The material here may lack the explosive catharsis of previous albums, but in every other way it’s equally as strong.