R&R | The Next Generation of Dublin Rock Comes To Telluride

05/22/14 | By | More
FOX STREET ALL STARS (Courtesy photo)

FOX STREET ALL STARS (Courtesy photo)

LITTLE GREEN CARS (Courtesy photo)

LITTLE GREEN CARS (Courtesy photo)

Little Green Cars Headline the Moon

While in Dublin this past July I made two very important cultural discoveries. The first was that the food does not suck, and other is that there is a thriving music scene in the Irish capital city. This might seem obvious, but there is a ton more to the Irish sonic identity than a shadow of U2 and Sinead O’Connor’s 80s legacy, or remnants of 90s alternative stars the Cranberries and My Bloody Valentine.

In the wake of success of bands Snow Patrol and Two Door Cinema Club, the 2010s gives way to a new breed of Irish indie rock led by rising talent like Little Green Cars.

Formed after the Revolts disbanded in 2008, original members Adam O’Regan and Donagh Seaver O’Leary quickly inked a deal, released three singles and began touring the U.K., including a support spot for Jake Bugg. When their momentum brought them to the U.S., they landed a gig performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Since then every major festival (Coachella, Lollapalooza, SXSW and the Hangout) in the States has enlisted Little Green Cars to show what they can do.

With their latest release Absolute Zero the band is rolling with the success of hit single “My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me.” The melancholy, notched-up lo-fi rock tune matches haunting instrumentation with beautifully delivered vocals. Other cuts like “The John Wayne” rely heavily on vocal harmonies and bass drum usage like what once made Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers appealing. Yet it is when Little Green Cars carves out their own lane on energy charged tracks like “Big Red Dragon” and “Harper Lee” that the potential for a great live presence is realized. Not sure why you would, but this is one of the shows you do not miss this year in Telluride.

Little Green Cars, Thu., May 22, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 10 p.m., $12/$15

Fox Street All Stars at the Moon 

Although it seems hard to believe given its current state as a thriving cultural hub, we must never forget that Denver has roots in a roughneck miner population that personified a rowdy saloon culture. Although evolved to a degree, the roadhouse blues and Texas-inspired honky-tonk music that was the eventual fallout in gambling hall and whiskey bar soundtracks still manages to find its way into the fabric of the Front Range local music scene. The comingling of this historic style with the rising wave of progressive funk and staple rock gave birth to what is the Fox Street All Stars.

Led by frontman Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard, a singer akin to J.J. Grey in both soul and subject, the band has taken their tones to test in the South and beyond, with enough success to keep them at it. Including organist Joe Tatton of the New Mastersounds on their album Tough Talk lead to shared national tours with the hot UK funk band, and solidified Fox Street as a name to pay attention to in Colorado. They recently traded notes on stage with supergroup The M&Ms, specifically drummer Stanton Moore of Galactic, and now the six-piece have set their sights on a first-ever Telluride appearance, this Saturday night.

Fox Street All Stars, Sat., May 24, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 10 p.m., $5

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