Who: We Were Giants, w/ Holy Ghost | Holy Grail
Where: Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
When: November 29th, the Midnight Hour
The underground music scene has again become a huge love affair, for the first time since the 90’s. Most of the bands who originate on the indie scene (to use its literal meaning of independent) prefer to do things their own way in the end, even if they are offered a record deal. Many acts have been high profile for independent artists, but nothing has added excitement to the underground rock music scene of Ireland like We Were Giants.
Originated from Offaly, Ireland, the quartet hit Dublin’s well-known and well-loved venue Whelan’s to play the Midnight Hour accompanied by support act Holy Ghost | Holy Grail. The band set up as a three piece in October 2011, and became the four-piece they are today in the Summer of 2012. The band, who’s members are Colm O’Loughlin (vocals/lead guitar), Ste O’Loughlin (rhythm guitar/vocals), Danny Farrelly (bass guitar/vocals) and Jay Maleney (drums/vocals), have released 3 EP’s over the course of the year, including a Christmas EP, an Acoustic Promo, and their most popular EP, part one. With only three EP’s up their sleeves, you wonder how could a band be as stellar as they are.
On the night, each member of We Were Giants had, quite obviously, their own role on the night, but not one person was out of the spotlight. Stand-out member was vocalist and lead guitarist, Colm O’Loughlin, who blew away the crowd with his vocal abilities. Inside that talented voice-box of Colm’s was Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, and at times, Kelly Jones.
The energy on stage between the four band members was nothing short of heart-warming. Every so often, glances and smiles would be exchanged between each member, almost as if they were feeding off one each other’s energy and passion. It’s amazing to see a band be so connected with one another, and to see that they want to do this for the rest of their waking days.
We Were Giant’s “She Said”
Highlights of the set-list include the definite radio hit single “She Said,” a stupidly catchy-in-a-good-way song with similarities to General Fiasco; “Satellites,” a dreamy song that Chris Martin could’ve written, if either Thom Yorke or Damien Rice were to sing it; and of course, “WarWren” that has those passionately-blasting vocals delivered by Colm. It was difficult to tell that these boys have only been working together as their official four-piece for only a handful of months, as they showed no stage fright, talked to the crowd throughout the night, and threw off this ‘we know what were doing’ attitude.
Drummer, Jay Maleney, stood out of the back of the stage, although the drummers are known to be behind the spotlight, he killed that stereotype. At one stage during the night, if you looked at Maleney, you would see Dave Grohl in the Queens of the Stone Age music video for “No One Knows”. Passion was not running dry that night, to say the least.
There’s a rule of thumb that if you are reviewing an unsigned, unknown band, you compare their sound, techniques and skills to musicians or bands of a higher recognition to inform the reader. Having reviewed a handful of unsigned bands and musicians to date, never in my year of writing has this author had so much difficulty in pinning down on who these guys sound like. In each song, one can hear elements of many different musicians, bands and genres meshed together to create their own unique sound. On this night you could hear Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Canterbury, Sonic Youth, Blink-182, Twin Atlantic, Stereophonics, The Verve, Bloc Party, Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World. This unique ability to not only absorb the sound and the energy from their favorite musicians, but they reproduce it to make it their own is a gem to find in the music industry, and even more in the unsigned music scene. These boys don’t realize how talented they are, as their humbleness stays true when off stage, in comparison to their explosion on-stage.
Will you hear these guys on your side of the world away from their native Irish lands? There’s only one answer: You will.
Written by Sarah Keary
OurVinyl | Contributor
Setlist: We Were Giants
This Is Silence
All I Want
Life Without A Tear To Fall (Unplugged)
This Is It