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The Murder Clues – Things That By Myself I Just Can’t Find (Single Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, Single Review with tags , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by Tickets There

Tickets There is experiencing some nostalgia today.  It may only be two and a half years since we first got drunk, watched Eyebrowy and decided to set up for a goof, but it seems like a hell of a lot longer. One of our earliest memories of the MySpace was befriending a young talented band from North Dublin called Bravado. We’d see the lads compete in the Murphy’s Live 2008 competition against another local Dublin act, Superjimenez. Tickets There was only at the show to see the special guest headliners, The Future Kings of Spain but as soon as the barley legal youngsters took the stage, we were taken aback. They were incredibly young but they played Superjimenez of the stage. We couldn’t believe how good they were, especially since their competitors were a well seasoned band that were still pale in comparison to these school children.

In the end, Branado went on to win that round and the following round but got knocked out in the final by…well, who remembers? Two years on, we decided to revisit the lads and see how they’re getting on and it turns out, there’s been some changes. Firstly, they’ve changed their name to The Murder Clues and they sound a little older but that same upbeat sound is still there. They officially released their first single back in September and we’ve had it on repeat now for about thirty minutes and we’re liking it.

Things That By Myself I Can’t Find is filled with guitar leads, catchy choruses and excellent musicianship. It’s not the cleanest recording in the world but the dirtiness suits the style as the band blare out four minutes of guitar driven indie rock. The lead singer’s (Brian) voice gets stronger and more distinctive with every year that passes and if you’ve seen the man live, you’ll know he casts an imposing front man stance on stage. He controls the crowd well and delivers the songs with as much force as he can muster. The word shy has never been uttered near this guy. As for the band, these guys are tight. There’s no let up or staleness in the track despite its length and style and you could easily see this number topping the charts if it was released by a more established act.

Basically, these guys are on the right track to make a real name for themselves on the music scene. They’re younger than most of the bands out there but they’ve already notched up an impressive amount of experience and it won’t be long before they unleash their full potential.

Check back for a review of the bands new single, Ladies & Headbangers as soon as Tickets There picks up a copy and don’t forget to check out their MySpace to hear Things That By Myself I Can’t Find by Clicking Here!

Annnddd, the single will be launched this Thursday at Andrews Lane Theatre.


MURPHY’S LIVE 2008 – The Future Kings of Spain – Superjimenez – Bravado

Posted in Gig Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2008 by Tickets There

Whelan’s was the setting for the Murphy’s Live 2008, Dublin Quarter Finals. Two Dublin groups were there to battle it out for a chance of winning the grand prize, €10,000 towards studio time, an EP launch, a record deal, a six month management contract and record distribution.

Before saying anything about either group, I have to point out that I was really only there for the FKOS, who are, without a doubt, the greatest rock band to emerge out of Ireland in many a year. Their second album ‘Nervousystem’ is a testament to their song writing skills and their live show is always something to bask in. Therefore I thought of the first two acts of the show as a nuisance I had to sit through in order to see the kings.…how very wrong I was.

Bravado were first to try their luck with the crowd and judges. A very young group from North Dublin who, despite their inexperience and youth, put on one of the best shows I have seen from an unknown group in awhile. Describing their sound would be a challenge in itself. Each song was unique while still maintaining an overall formula. Although you could hear The Clash, Artic Monkeys, The Who and the Stone Roses all dying to break out.

Unfortunately, I don’t think Superjimenez managed to pull of the same show as Bravado. Although they looked the part, were all very experienced musicians and they were much tighter than Bravado, there was something missing. They commanded the stage well, especially for a newer group and managed to really get the crowd going. Their only downfall was their songs. Although the bass lines were something special and the guitars had some shredding moments, the overall package seemed ‘done before’. The U2 and Killers influence was much too obvious. The singer was no Bono, but the Edge was casting a shadow on this group.
The Future Kings of Spain closed the night with their usual energetic performance. Joey, Karl, Bryan and Anton breezed through a great set (taken mainly from ‘Nervousystem’) with such ease and performance it served as a great example to Bravado and Superjimenez how it’s all done. ‘Guess Again’, ‘One More Mistake’, Kick in the Teeth’ and ‘Syndicate’ are all delivered with such passion, they have managed to blend in perfectly with old favourites like ‘Venetian Blinds’, ‘Meanest Sound’ and ‘Hanging Around’. Although it isn’t their show, the Kings manage to steal the night and show a few new faces why they were chosen as head liners.

Set List:
Guess Again
One More Mistake
This is the End
Venetian Blinds
Upside Down
Kick in the Teeth
Face I Know
Meanest Sound
Hanging Around