Crayonsmith played upstairs in Anseo last Sunday night to a full room; supported by the awesome I Heart the Monster Hero and Percolator. I wasn’t due to review this gig, however afterwards in hindsight we felt that a few words were in proper order. Apologies to kraut-rock act Percolator as we didn’t get to see them, so check them out here for yourself. Having liked what was heard on bandcamp by “I Heart the Monster Hero” an electrifying night was ahead.
On the top floor of Anseo what was experienced can be hearted. “I Heart the Monster Hero” filled the room; they’re a quality act, very alternative. They played a selection their magical alternative pop sounds to the crowd, the tiny venue meant we could only rock out within our boots. Offering their instruments into the crowd to play, synth dj Magicpockets was in the crowd to impress with his strumming abilities. We absolutely loved “Send Good Vibes Only”, it’s such an anthem. What’s wrong with upbeat beats? Nothing, that’s what. Go get your greasy paws all over I Heart the Monster Hero.
Crayonsmith, originally Ciaran Smith and friends, have two albums (Stay Loose, 2006 and White Wonder, 2008) released on “Out On A Limb” records and have played with “Yeasayer” and “Why?” plus a tour with “Clap your Hands Say Yeah”.Sunday nights show was a taste of new songs coming off their new album due to launch in October album – “Milk Teeth”.
Audio visuals projected onto the wall took a more sci-fi twist, as dreamy indie act Crayonsmith prepared to go live. Opening “Swells” the crowd swayed and rocked along to the ambient synth rock scrumptious sounds.
Pace was smooth, tempo perfect as we swayed and rocked along to “Swells” and “Sideways”. Elements of chill wave genre was scattered through the new material with Ciaran Smith vocal as lush as ever. New members Richard O’Reilly (Guilty Optics) multi-tasking on keys, synth and bass and vocals while Wayne Dunlea (ex. Waiting Room) on drums, add a rounded and distinguished authentic, slightly jazz element.
Lapping up the smoothness of the sound during “Pilates”, we in the crowd didn’t feel the time pass during a succession of stunning songs. So ambient was the sound most of us had our eyes closed, it was like mediation and rather therapeutic.
Art wise the background visuals were stunning for “Laugh it Off” and “White Dwarf”, which were stand alone songs of exquisiteness. Forgetting where we were the time the band closed on their new single “Chrysalis”, the entire band sang together in harmony while the cast of Star Trek floated along the walls amidst sub marines and under water coral reefs, we were in our element.
Brooding and ambient, the pop sound of Crayonsmith is otherworldly and uplifting – an experience not to missed. Crayonsmith are “Ones to Watch” and so are I Heart the Monster Hero!
Review by Áine Byrne
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