Friday 4th April 2014
Ireland’s hottest rock and roll act since Thin Lizzy or Rory Gallagher…The Riptide Movement blasted onto stage amidst billowing smoke, pulsating lights and screaming fans at Vicar Street. Mal Tuohy (lead vocals/guitar) and the lads – J.P.R. Dalton (lead guitar), Ger McGarry (bass/harmonica) and Gar Byrne (drums) were launching their latest album ‘Getting Through’ hot from signing to label Universal Music.
With three albums under their belts, experiences supporting great artists like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, and many gigs around the world – this was going to be one hell of a concert.
Kicking off with the almighty ‘Hot Tramp’ from ‘Keep on keepin’ on’ album the crowd roared in delight. Moving between old and new work, the new material sounded good and quite similar to ‘Kings of Leon’ and ‘Thin Lizzy’. During ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ J.P.R. on lead guitar, with his twiddling riffs, was joined by a slick brass band. Mal Tuohy with his, soon to be copied, rasping vocals tore through the night to wolf whistles and cheers of delight.
Five beautiful ladies called ’The Rascals’ joined in to croon and set pulses racing. McGarry girated while on bass and harmonica, Tuohy looked everyone directly in the eye, Dalton pointed his guitar at the crowd and Byrne on drums was lost in the music shaking and wagging his tongue. The band played mainly new material towards the end – ’Animal’, ‘Getting Through’, ‘Glor’ and new single ‘You and I’ these eased the pace for the older rock and roll anthems. McGarry announced that they had just reached number 1 on iTunes and the crowd erupted.
The new material went down well – the atmosphere buzzed, people danced in the aisles as the harmonica played on loop and the brass band subtly soothed our ears. Through haze and smoke they ended on an acoustic song to wild cheers and explosions of glitter.
Hard work, talent and incredible showmanship has earned The Riptide Movement the reputation that they deserve. They had the crowd in the palm of their hands and that is what live music is all about – a phenomenal concert.
Review by Áine Byrne
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