HamsandwicH at Marlay Park – Review
HamsandwicH (supporting Arcade Fire and Pixies)
Marlay Park, Sunday 29th July 2014
Colorful indie rockers with pixie-sized front lady Niamh Farrell, flecked in gold and turquoise, were the chosen ones to support Arcade Fire and Pixies at Marley Park this year. Since their formation, they have been tipped for greatness – winning many ones to watch and music awards in Ireland.
Podge McNamee (vocals and guitar), Darcy (guitar and piano), David McEnroe (bass guitar) and Ollie Murphy (drums) and the dudes on brass instruments were excellent musically, but there was evidence of nerves during the first couple of songs. It didn’t really matter, as the sun was shining and the crowd really seemed to be into their quirky, upbeat songs.
A few songs in, however, the nerves disappeared and a louder more confident sound over took the venue. Podge McNamee sounds like The National’s Matt Berniger, alongside Niamh Farrell, they create a quirky duet. During Marilyn Monroe, they told us they had realised a dream by being at this concert and a ten year project to support or play with the Pixies and Arcade Fire had been reached – so this was a double dream for them.
Playing ‘Into The Light’ from their upcoming album, they excitingly told us that their 3rd album would be out end of the year and then Farrell pulled a ukulele out for ‘Long Distance’. During ‘Illuminate’ the guitar was bouncy and cute with an ethnic funky vibe on keyboard, the crowd was dancing and grooving too. Ending on ‘Ants’, they rocked the hell out of the stage and kicked it. They thanked us and were very grateful to have been asked to support Arcade Fire and Pixies.
They had a very positive response from the crowd, so with the new album and large festival arena experience, this should elevate HamsandwicH up to that ultimate level. A nice concert, by a nice and colourful Irish act that’s going places listen to their albums ‘Carry the Meek’ (2008), and ‘White Fox’ (2010), while ‘keeping an ear to the ground` for the album coming out at the end of 2014.
A quirky, little (big) band.
Review by Aine Byrne