Hailing from Dublin, Little Green Cars make their way across the Irish Sea for their first UK headline tour. Accompanied by fellow Dubliners Gypsies On The Autobahn, everything was set for a enthralling experience.

The show was sold out, yet the room was slightly empty initially. As the minutes passed by more people would trickle in, just in time for the first act Gypsies On The Autobahn. Interesting, complex melodies and beautiful arrangement were a welcome surprise. Each member of the band had their own presence and all were vital components in the overall sound, bouncing off each other effortlessly. Delicate guitars would introduce the song before the rest of the band would join in. This in itself is not uncommon; however, it was done in a way that would catch the audience out showing off the musicianship and tenacity when song-writing. Singer, James Smith had everyone seduced with his incredible voice, Irish accent coming through strong. It’s not often that I’m stunned by a performance but the calibre of this band, particularly the vocals had my jaw on the floor. This only got me even more excited for the headline act.

Now packed out, with very little space to move Little Green Cars made their way to the stage. The diversity when it comes to this band is incredible. Simple dialogues between acoustic guitar and haunting vocals send shivers up the spine before glorious full band apogees totally fill the room and encompass you. The vocal arrangements are quite stunning, the whole band often in unison providing a choral, choir-like feel. The intimacy between the band and the audience achieved by the band is often so hard to capture, but they seemed to do it effortlessly. The quieter moments would draw the audience in while the crescendos would fulfil the appetite for a more grandiose atmosphere. The whole show was simply exquisite and an experience that I’m sure cannot be easily replicated or imitated. I really strongly recommend you indulge in seeing these two great talents.

Words by Jack Birch


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