Live Review – September Girls/The Urges – Bourkes, Limerick
Retro bands rarely do well, commercially or otherwise, unless there is an appetite out there for a revival. The 60s beat sound is an almost continual state of vogue though, as the look endures and the sounds continue to influence. Indeed, in Dublin there is a whole scene that looks to that period for musical and style inspiration. Unless you are wholeheartedly into that kind of thing, it can become tiring.
Unfortunately, there are just so many bands out there aping the mod/sixties vibe, look and music that very few actually stand out, The Coral being a notable exception who have garnered commercial success and critical acclaim.
Limerick welcomed two defiantly retro bands last night, in September Girls and The Urges.
September Girls, a five piece all-girl beat group, and their beehive haircuts were up first on stage. While they were musically cohesive, the song tempos were a little one-paced and derivative.
That’s not to say they didn’t put on a good set, they were thoroughly enjoyable to watch and they certainly left an impression musically.
Hells Bells was a delight with its intoxicating beat and key changes but Secret Lovers featured an overdose of reverb which drowned out the chiming guitars and the excellent work of the keyboard player who, if utilised more, could have augmented and improved the overall sound of the band. Kevin was the best of the lot with its slightly off key vocals and and battling guitars.
There is huge potential in this band and it will be interesting to see how they develop, they definetely add something a little different to their 60′s inspired sound.
The Urges headlined and when they hit the first note of their set, my colleague noted that this was going to be like listening to the Nuggets box-set in a live setting. He couldn’t have put it better. The Dublin lads are a garage band personified and in the flesh, resplendent in shaggy haircuts, button down shirts and pointy shoes.
They draw their inspiration from The Action, Captain Beefheart, Arthur Lee and the more psychedelic era of the late 60s. The Urges Theme was the best of their set which was a nod, a wink and a cheeky smile to the past, as was Jenny Jenny.
They played great, with their bass player in particular coming up with some really funky lines, the screaming vocals of the lead singer and the excellent lead guitar work, but while it was an enjoyable gig, it’s hard to see where this band will go with there sound. The 70s maybe? It’s all very well being retro if you have genuinely great songs. If you don’t, your just another retro band. The Urges are certainly in danger of that unless they progress. Thankfully, they have the potential to do so.
Two good bands and another good night in Bourkes, who are single handedly reviving the live music scene in Limerick.
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