Our first band of the year was Young Earth and they are a Dublin band who draws on a number of musical influences from...


Our first band of the year was Young Earth and they are a Dublin band who draws on a number of musical influences from the past 50 years or so. They were also playing this evening as the first of two gigs they had tonight with the other being part of Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch’. As such this gives their sound diversity in places but substance as well. Things got underway with ‘Wake In The Morning’. By the stern way the definition on the intro drops they created a stirring sense of presence. This gives it an attractive laissez faire apparel which underlines the necessary calling. The layered structured are carefully defined and tidy skip as the lead guitar strum away on it. Calling upon a slight undertone of ‘Mr. Brightside’ by The Killers is ‘No Good’. This stirs everything handsomely but moves away in its own right but still contains a similar level of fluidity. Altogether the dynamics are incredibly robust and there is a tightness which prevails as the vocals and pitch seamlessly merge together.

Another number which cleanly grabs you is ‘Maggie’. It shuffles along with a darling sensibility to it that is called out rather well. The catchy side here shows a clever knack. The makings of an honest tune are there to be found and admired but there is also something incredibly vibrant to how the overall dynamic comes off.  Yet it leans to the same school of contemporaries such as ELO meets The Beach Boys. Akin to Arctic Monkeys at times this same impression is felt with ‘High Roller’. Again the lofty heft affords it heart and this squarely configured in the neat control. While the same darling qualities are again present it also sees them turn out two very good tunes in a row. While there are similarities that come to the fore the overall way it sounds shows it not to be a case of them repeating themselves here though. With ‘Neal Cassidy’ they produce a lingering effort that is set out right. The bridge in turns slows it all down and this steadier overture steadily calls the shots as they lay off a latent calypso style in places.

The band is planning a trinity of single releases this year and one of these will be ‘Got A Secret’. This one has a distinctly British feel in the controlled intro. Then it leans into a more full-on affair and the arrangement capably copes with this. A steady resolve also filters through with nothing out of place either, while the sharpness in the interchanges is also executed rather well. ‘Let It Go’ moves it up a gear. There is a brilliant degree of focus in the sound which is focused to give it a 60’s revisionist vibe. This adds flavour to the modern indie calling they have and the abstracts both combine to full effect here. What ‘Worth It’ has going for it warrants credit. An even level sits to the front of the delivery which rewards the band for their endeavour. It is catchy and spry. This locks down the momentum and, with the distribution of the pace on show, manages to give it a mainstream appeal.

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