Swords at Whelan’s – Photos and Review
Swords released “Lions & Gold”, their debut studio album, with a gig in Whelan’s last Friday, July 5th.
The album, available on iTunes for €8.99, is a solid piece of music with 11 great tracks that sum up all that’s good in this talented trio.
Whelan’s was hot and packed last Friday, long before Swords took to the stage, and got even hotter as soon as Diane, Jan and Jarlath splayed the first note. “Crossbeat”, the opening track, is one of the songs included on “Lions & Gold”. Even though it’s a softer-than-usual Swords tune, their well defined style and Diane’s voice made the song a great choice for the first track.
“Crossbeat” was followed by “Myopic”, track 1 of the album and “The Menace”, another tune from “Lions & Gold”. All three songs were very well received by the crowd, but the enthusiasm really kicked in when “Black Baloon”, one of the band’s older and more popular songs, began. From the new songs, “All the Boys” seemed to stand out, judging by the reaction of the fans.
The band left the stage after “8 Life Eat”, another new song, but had to return for the much awaited encore. The first song of the encore was “Wicklow”, yet another song from the album. For the final track, Swords decided to save “Chasm”, the band’s most popular song, received by the fans with jumps, cheers and screams. Some lucky fans left Whelan’s with some cool souvenirs: drum sticks thrown at the end of the set and some masks the band prepared for the gig.
Our first Swords gig was in the same venue, back in January when Swords played Ones To Watch festival. Since then, the trio added Camden Crawl and Vantastival to their festival list, as well as loads of new fans.