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Jägermeister Freezer Sessions, Dublin
With The Mighty Stef, Maud in Cahoots, Ham Sandwich and Kid Karate
Celina Murphy, 03 Dec 2010
The scene on Wellington Quay closely resembles rural Siberia tonight, as red-nosed punters brave the sub-zero temperatures for the Dublin leg of the rather aptly-titled Jägermeister Freezer Sessions. Dublin duo Kid Karate kick things off with an almighty thud, spazzing through tunes from their phenomenal debut EP Heart with seemingly unstoppable energy. Consummate screamer Kevin Breen and thrashmeister extraordinaire Steven Gannon seem to be pulling sounds out of thin air, with vicious post-punk anthems like ‘Black + Beige’ and ‘Feel For You’ bearing more dancefloor swagger than should be humanely possible for two young bucks of their size. Expect great (and very loud) things from these guys in 2011.
Next, the classically-inspired, somersaulting sounds of Maud In Cahoots make for a distinct change of pace. The sister act are in exceptional form tonight, backed by three stellar musicians on keys, drums and tuba. Haunting tracks like ‘Breakdown’ and ‘Make Me Right’ set the mood perfectly, while debut single ‘Push Me Under’ is a clear standout – a timeless piece of folk-pop with real rock ‘n roll stomp. Maud Reardon proves herself to be an adorable front woman, serving up flawless vocals, stunning violin and even some quirky megaphone for good measure.
Ham Sandwich take to the stage next with a tried-and-tested selection of feverish pop rock. Tunes from sophomore album White Fox sound best tonight, with catchy closer ‘The Naturist’ and the irresistably sweet ‘Oh Oh’ both cutting a ruthless new shape in the live setting.
It’s up to the fur-clad Mighty Stef and band to ensure that our cockles are warm enough to last us the bitter trip home. Stef instantly proves his might with furious opening number ‘Sail The Boats’, showcasing the very best in Stateside blues. From here on follows fiercesome rock shanty after fiercesome rock shanty, including ‘Georgia Girl’ and rollicking newbie ‘Social Science’. Stef wraps things up with oldie but goodie ‘Magazine’, which he dedicated to your humble publication.