Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Review about the Button Factory gig....."Holy f*%!ing shit! So many words, unbelievable…just unbelievable!"

Das war Max' Kommentar zu diesem ausgezeichneten Artikel. Ja, wirklich sehr detailgetreu! Umso besser fuer die, die Hoarsebox noch nicht gesehen/gehoert koennt ihr euch wirklich ein Bild machen! Viel Spass!

Hoarsebox at The Button Factory, Dublin July 17 2008 - review from

This was a nice lush dessert of harmony-laden and up-beat songs, after the main course of punchy rhythmic melodies I'd just heard from the support band, Dali!

Their first number 'Seahorse' began with a cheeky riff intro on lead guitar followed by the verse sung by the lead guitarist Philip Broadberry. Bass and lead did close harmony as the lead vocalist, Johnny Holden sang the chorus. They do these amazing discords then go into sweet major chords and the beautiful contrast is just unbelievably sweet. The lead solo is nice and simple and the crowd by now began to build up and move towards the stage. A great big crescendo in the last chorus with harmony and cool little ooh going on, eventually bringing the whole thing to one big STOP!

The next song was 'Look the wrong way'. The chorus in this is so melodic and there are jazzy undertones coming through. I think of 'Jamiraquoi' for some reason as I listen to this. Lots of interesting weird stuff is being played ..boards and they have the now slightly bigger audience with them for certain!
Johnny introduced number three with a joke and with a name like 'No pants Island' this song was bound to command curiosity. Jazzy intro! The bass player plays his guitar with a slapping style with lively and wonderful harmonic oohs in the verse. The keyboards in it are outstanding and the chorus of 'Gotta give me some love' is superb! With sexy piano chords and a tropical style coming through this is a real dance number. A few people were doing their best moves out amid the now pretty sizable crowd around the stage and the mood was great.
'Rosey' is a really exciting song and is in the Irish charts on the new E.P 'Cuckoo Land' and can be sampled on My Space. Beginning with a splash style chorus, it is catchy with snazzy keyboard riffs throughout. The lead solo is much better live and the bassist Kieran Walkin is extremely talented. The drummer, Max Carpio does quite a lot of singing on this too and after the sharp finish, they got a huge response from the crowd. They went on to do 'Wine to water' with its bashing beat and lively mood. Lyrics are tongue in cheek and the bassist does a great solo. These guys spare no energy and ignite the place with charisma.
Johnny performed the next song but as in most numbers each member of the band sang and as in all of them, harmony was fabulous. Everything with 'Hoarsebox' is so tight and polished. In the last chorus of this song called 'Do it to the letter' there's a sweet refrain 'I'm going to do it'. It is a magical and memorable song.
This set was quite long with about twelve songs and two encores. My guests spent quite a lot of the time popping out for a smoke and coming back. They were enjoying the gig but found the length of it a bit like too much of a good thing. I stayed put, riveted to the spot by the magnetic music from start to finish.
'Love and hammer' the seventh song was slow, with gorgeous backing vocals and each instrument very involved. 'Heebee jeebees' has an unusual beat and a haunting but appealing melody. There's this bell effect used ..boards that gives it a heavenly feeling.
'This club' is a real dance number with an exceptionally nice intro and a simple yet exotic beat that gets your adrenaline pumping. With lovely harmonies coming in for the chorus which is a choppy refrain -'This club!' There's a weird alternating rhythm in the middle of this song but before it gets too complicated and fussy, thankfully they return to the more simple disco style beat in the final chorus and everyone present loves this. An echo effect sung behind the main vocals brings this fabulous number to a close.
Gorgeous little 'do do's take you into the sweet and delicious 'All I need'. There's a brilliant keyboard solo and although I did find it was long and a bit repetitive at times, I found it enjoyable. The lead singer really shows his voice off in this I must say and also the bass guitar shines, without question. Johnny announced that the band were playing at the Bray fest if anyone was interested in going along. 'Free Preview of the future world order' one I never heard before had this cha cha meets rock sound. I loved it. It was probably my favourite. The lads really let it all hang out here and so did the crowd. The place was hopping now and a real party atmosphere was going on. There were another three numbers, 'Tales of the workplace' which was a brilliant number, followed by what sounded like their own favourite, performed for the encore.
Beginning with a lovely piano riff, care of Johnny Holden, Tales sounded to me like a cross between Mikka and Jamiraquoi. With a funky beat and a cheeky but catchy style, this song is just so up-beat and fun. Like this band it exudes smart ass lyrics sung with Johnny going up to falsetto smoothly and the chorus packed with four part harmony that is candy coated it's so sweet.
They seemed to just go on and on. But the best song of the night was 'The pain got too much'. Now this was a much more rocking and vibrant number and a perfect finish to an action packed evening. A distortion packed riff with a fast moving beat, a chorus with the lads singing in harmony behind Johnny and the whole ensemble pumping energy. 'Best intentions' was the final song of this exuberant set!
This night at the button factory turned out to be a fantastic one. Each act kept me glued to the spot apart from one visit to the bar. But who needs alcohol?! I was intoxicated enough walking away with the exotic music of Hoarsebox, the memorable and magnetism of Dali and Thomas Kitt who held the attention of the earlier arrivals so well.
Thanks to each for a lovely evening!

Angela Macari - O'Looney

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