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The Thrills : Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre
The Thrills are a scruffy group with a big future...
The Thrills might be from Dublin, but it's Neil Young that is their most obvious inspiration, along with the sound of West Coast America in the '60s - particularly The Beach Boys and The Byrds. Their set tonight is plagued by poor sound and equipment malfunction, but despite all the problems there's still a spirit and abandon that shines through. Whether it's the banjo-powered sweep of 'Big Sur' or the introspective intimacy of 'Old Friends And New Lovers', there's a real freshness and melodicism to what they do. Even when they're forced to do one of their best songs - 'Santa Cruz' - without any guitar, they still make it sound incredibly affecting.
They finish with 'One Horse Town' - another one of their songs inspired by
the romance and open spaces of America - and as soon as they finish they practically run off the side of the stage. There's nothing for them to be ashamed of, though. The Thrills are a scruffy group with a big future. Pretty soon, you'll be able to hear that for yourself.
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