We Cut Corners at the Button Factory – Review & Photos

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Fresh from the release of their second album, ‘Think Nothing’, We Cut Corners played a storming set on Friday evening in the Button Factory.

Kicking things off on the night was Liza Flume. It was interesting to hear Flume perform live. Her modern twist on folk is built on a minimalist guitar style that is cleverly embellished with the use of loop pedals to craft a mighty sound. Her quirky lyrics and delicate voice grabbed the crowd’s attention and there was barely a whisper heard during her short but magnificent set.

That reverence was also afforded to We Cut Corners when they took to the stage, opening with the gently strummed melodies of ‘Wallflowers’, the opening track from ‘Think Nothing’. Immediately apparent is the strength of drummer Conall O’Breachain’s voice, which easily transfers from sweet, hushed tones to more rousing fare as the song progresses.

The vocal interplay between the duo is a notable feature of the evening. Guitarist John Duignan’s deadpan delivery combines beautifully with O’Breachain’s vocal gymnastics to deliver an incredibly well rounded sound and some amazing harmonies.

It’s a well paced gig too. The spiky chords and pounding toms of ‘Overtures’ gives way to the ferocious thud that introduces ‘Mammels’ and this in turn leads to the punky intro of ‘Toll Free’. Throughout the evening Conall effortlessly switches from an acoustic guitar out front to leaning against a drum stool that’s perched as high as it can go behind a massive bass drum and boy, can he play.

The LCD sounding ‘Best Friend’ sees John take more of the lead vocals while ‘Dumb Blonde’ gets an airing because, as the lads say, it’s “good to remember the old ones.”

Both the old and the new songs mix together well in the set and there’s even a brand new song thrown in that features some impressive synth swirls and urgent riffage from Duignan at the end. It was a gloriously frantic first half of the set and the crowd were given a chance to catch their breath as they fell silent for the jaunty opening of ‘A Pirates Life’ followed by ‘Yet’.

After affording the crowd a breather, things picked up again to close out the main body of the set. ‘This Is Then’ had the crowd bouncing while every word of ‘YKK’ was sung back at the band with gusto.

The suitably rocky ‘The Leopard’ finished the main set before the band emerged for a three song encore. ‘Maybe In Future’ was another song that demanded the silent attention of the audience. Featuring the fantastic line “do you get a bit self-conscious when they say you have an acquired face,” it’s one of the best songs in We Cut Corners’ already impressive canon.

 By the time ‘Go Easy On Us’ reached it’s blistering crescendo the crowd were ecstatic and the band left the stage to well deserved, thunderous applause.

A winning combination of fantastic tunes, clever lyrics and a stage manner that makes them come across as extremely nice guys, We Cut Corners are an excellent live act. They still have a few dates to play around the country over the next few weeks. Those lucky enough to have tickets are in for a treat.

Photos by Anamaria Meiu

 

 

Mark O'Brien

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