Windings at the Button Factory – Review
Windings at the Button Factory – 18th December 2013
Limerick five-piece Windings certainly had their work cut out at Dublin’s newly refurbished Button Factory venue in Temple Bar on Wednesday night. They had to headline the gig and come on after Altered Hours had finished their sublime set. The Cork based support act were a shoegaze/indie rock tour de force. Their half hour set was probably one of the finest support slots Dublin has heard this year. The band has just released a brand new EP of psychedelic rock n’roll entitled ‘Sweet Jelly Roll’ on A Records, the label owned by Anton Newcombe – the enigmatic lead singer of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Altered Hours are certainly the band to keep an eye on in 2014.
Windings to their credit took everything in their stride and simply blew the roof off the Button Factory. Their seriously heavy guitar riffs mixed with subtle keyboard certainly brought a smile to everyone in the relatively small crowd. It was certainly a gig for the earplugs. They were great, like an unusual blend of Biffy Clyro and Badly Drawn Boy. They were simply a joy to behold, a no nonsense rock n’roll band.
Windings’ 45 minute set mostly consisted of songs from their latest album ‘I Am Not the Crow’ which was released back in October 2012. Songs such as ‘Sun in my Bones’ and ‘This is a Conversation’ were excellent. So too was ‘Bang Bang Normal Man’, the one new song added to the set. The bands live sound really adds a punch to their recorded sound. Anyone who likes their albums should definitely try catch them live. Steve Ryan, their lead singer, later announced that Windings are due to release a split single with Dublin pop rockers Land Lovers in February. There’s one release to look forward to in 2014.
Review by Leon Byrne