Thrills The Charlotte, Leicester
always good to see a band on the crest of a wave (well, maybe not always
there is still plenty of crap out there somehow doing well).
Right now Irish band The Thrills are on the Radio a-plenty, performing
at all the right festivals and selling out venues across the country.
Armed with a batch of breezy, west coast influenced indie-pop tunes they
are the sound of summertime 2003. Maybe they only really appear
to have one trick the aforementioned breezy indie-pop. However
they perform it well. Their album So much for the city is
crammed full of such material and in Big Sur and Santa
Cruz (Youre not that far) has two modern classics, with breakthrough
single One Horse Town not far behind.
And so the tour arrived in Leicester in late June. The scene was pretty
much set a hot sunny summer night, venue crammed full (yes
full!) of expectant fans and other who paid the very reasonable £7
admission to see what the fuss was about. Worth a gamble at that price
Beforehand there was a slight doubt in my mind whether the band could
carry such light harmonies and clean instrumentation live. Not a problem.
Maybe the volume couldve been higher, but from the off the crowd
were bouncing and singing along. A sweaty mass of figures spread right
to the back wall of the venue.
The band reproduces their recorded material accurately and energetically.
Singer Conor Deasy has a slightly curious high-pitched husky tone but
it is perfect for The Thrills material. He also produces a mean harmonica
to add to the guitar, bass drum, and keyboards line up. Leg constantly
shaking with the music, he has a good stage presence.
It is always a good move to introduce a well known song early in the set
especially when your album has only just been released and the
chances are most in the audience are seeing you for the first time. This
is what the band does with Big Sur. It works well people
joining in with the words and the do-do vocals! Its
what summer nights are for.
The set is fairly short clocking in at just over 45 minutes. No
fat here the band just does what they are good at and dont
pad it out with meaningless covers for example. So maybe £7.00 was
about right after all.
Yep a band on the crest of a wave delighting all present with their
summer pop. Their lyrics have deeper, darker tones and for the band to
move onto the 2nd album territory maybe more emphasis on this
may ensure longevity. But in the meantime