Dylan Tighe at The Grand Social – Review
Dylan Tighe – The Grand Social – 13th Feb 2014
Thursday night Dublin’s The Grand Social venue played host to the launch night of Dylan Tighe’s debut album ‘Record’. Starting off proceeding was the wonderful Hilary Woods whos bass heavy guitar playing and intricate drumming brilliantly complimented Dylan Tighe’s sound, and warmed the crowd up nicely.
Recorded over the last 2 years the Tighe, an actor, theatre maker and singer songwriter turned to Fund:it to help raise much needed revenue in order to record and promote the album. ‘Record’ contains 10 tracks, all of them displaying his bleak, no holds barred views on mental health. It’s an absolute blinder of an album, I seriously cannot get enough of it and seeing him perform the songs live is a joy.
He’s accompanied on stage by the uber talented Sean Mac Erlaine on clarinet and saxophone and the beautiful, haunting effects of Donal Mac Erlaine’s saw playing on tracks like ‘The Ghost’. All things are kept in tow by Conor Murray’s simple yet incredible drumming.
The music throughout the night is all very calm and collected. The warm vibes in the music throughout left me completely chilled out and relaxed. Dylan Tighe’s music is very much his own but tracks like ‘Hades’ has traces Massive Attack and even tracks like ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘For Artaud’ are Portishead-esque. Beth Gibbons would be proud as punch. I couldn’t recommend the album enough and any music fan should get along to see him live. You’ll not be disappointed.
You can listen to the whole of ‘Record’ on Dylan’s Bandcamp webpage.
Review by Leon Byrne