So the December Riptide Movement show was my first time formally reviewing them, which proved much more tricky than I expected. While this show was great, and the crowd loved it, it’s hard not to remember their more raw, less slick shows of old with nostalgia. I think this inevitably happens with an act you’ve seen a lot and doesn’t detract from the show that TRM put on. It’s hard to review people that you know without letting that impact, but I think I did the show justice.
This gig was originally reviewed for Ceol Collective which has now ceased operations. The review that was published is preserved for posterity here!
Making a triumphant return for their third show in Vicar Street, The Riptide Movement were determined to show how far they’d come since their days of busking on Grafton Street.
If 2013 was a big year for the Lucan quartet, with the signing of their Universal deal, then 2014 has been even bigger. Announcing at the Vicar Street show that their most recent album, “Getting Through” had just gone gold, the entire show seemed to be a celebration of all they’d achieved.
Slamming through a set-list with old favourites like “Shake Shake” and “Tip Jars” along with new classics like “All Works Out”, TRM never fail to entertain, and to make the most of additional musical punch provided by the brass section and backing singers, who are now an almost permanent fixture.
Having been to the other Vicar Street shows this year, it was a risk that it would all just start to sound the same, but in fairness to the lads, their encore set proved they are not resting on their laurels. From the encore opener played acoustically at the back of a packed Vicar Street, to the brass section interspersed through the crowd, and even lead singer Mal Tuohy’s impromptu appearance on the balcony (which appeared to be to the surprise even of the other bandmates!), it was clear that they were having a ball, and sounding as good as they ever have.
With shows as enjoyable as this and the fact that 2014 brought great things for them at home and further afield, I think 2015 is going to be a big year for The Riptide Movement.
An explosive Happy Christmas from The Riptide Movement!
Support act Willie Nile – didn’t think much of him to be honest, not remotely to my taste.