Gangs at The Twisted Pepper – Review

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gangs-twisted-pepperGangs at The Twisted Pepper – April 24th

Anyone watching the gig listings and festival menus for the forthcoming season will know how much new music is floating about making waves in Ireland. Superb organic well established Irish bands like The Hot Sprockets, PORTS, Delorentos, Walking On Cars, The Stoney Brokes, Hermitage Green, Daithi, Corner Boy are holding their own amongst international headliners. They’re getting the party started at practically every venue, tent and field this Summer. One look at the line ups for Indiependence, Sea Sessions and Electric Picnic tells you all.

Hidden in amongst the bands evolving towards the bigger stages are four lads from Tallaght. Formed from friendship approx eighteen months ago, Gangs are blatantly staking their claim to be the next big thing from this island. Comfortably filling The Twisted Pepper last night, their front man Jordan had no qualms engaging with the crowd. Urging punters to come closer, instructing dancing and requesting fans to film them it’s clear who’s the daddy here.

Shrouded in white smoke, they launch into their set guitars on fire. A decent quota of material appears polished and well practised. From a set of about fourteen tracks, the stand out stunners are the modish, “Daisy”, with endearing hooks, Weller riffs and meandering melody. Some Yellow Submarine stompy harmonica medley appears as their seventh track. Unable to catch the name, all I can say is you’ll know it when you hear it. “Crumbs In The Bed”, guitar riffs in short sharp shots to lift your feet. “Young Employment” lashes out with angsty lyrics and killer bass lines and a whiff of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”. Structure, story and meldoy are well layered between flavours of Oasis, The Jam and The Beatles. Guitar delivery is possibly unprecedented in the current circuit. Dan and James make quite a pair.

Their next single of their forthcoming EP is “Back to School”. They’re on the bill for Friday night at Vantastival, which looks like a pure fun time festival from May 2-4, Bellurgan Park, Co.Louth.

By Ciara Sheahan


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