Category: Bands – Tvvins

Indiependence 2014




A day trip from Dublin to Cork to see one act might seem a bit excessive to people slightly less gig-aholic than me. But when the act in question is Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and it’s their last Irish show as a two-some after three amazing albums, then it seemed a logical step to me. The bonus that there were some other decent bands on that day made the trip all the more worth it.


Tvvins (now called All Tvvins) – comprising of part Adebisi Shank and part Cast of Cheers – are pretty bloody awesome.


Benny Smiles (a quarter of Vann Music) being awesome – and quite possibly the smiliest person I have ever seen.


Vann Music were on flying form


A chance to hear Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip chatting in the Hot Press tent


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Dan le Sac (at the last Irish Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip gig) – a brilliant gig, but a sad thought that I wouldn’t get to see them as a twosome again. 

The ever brilliant Scroobius Pip (at the last Irish Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip gig)

20140802_003722One last view of one of my favourite acts…



Before I start talking about Heathers, I really need to mention one of their support acts – Tvvins. This was my second time seeing them within a couple of weeks (mentioned here as being among my ones to watch in 2014 and I find them a really exciting live act. I’m disappointed that their upcoming gig (upstairs in Whelans, 27th February 2014) clashes with the Choice Music Prize in Vicar St, so I’m hoping they announce another gig soon so that I can see them play a longer set. If any of you are at a loose end that night, you should definitely head along.


But I suppose it’s a little weird to post about a band, and then talk more about the support act than the headliners. Heathers show was really good – and in case you haven’t noticed, female acts are pretty under-represented in my gig-going habits generally – and as an act, they are consistent. But, with no new material released since the last time I’d seen them, I have to admit, it felt a little stale to me. While I still really like their music, I think I might need to give their live shows a break until there’s some new songs to hear. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the gig, and the vast majority of the crowd seemed to love it, but for me personally, it just didn’t grab me in the way some of their previous shows have.







On a complete side note – I discovered that I can get very distracted in the presence of a barefoot drummer. Who knew?!




I was lucky enough to see Editors playing Indiependence – if I’m honest, I hadn’t really rated them until I saw them, and it was just one of those amazing moments of live music that come just once in a while and take you so much by surprise that there’s always a risk that seeing them again just won’t live up. And in the case of Editors, unfortunately, it was true. Their show was brilliant and they ploughed through a fast paced set with barely time to draw breath. But for all its brilliance, it just didn’t quite live up to that first time seeing them under the stars in a field in Mitchelstown.



But the support act made up for the mild disappointment (wrong word – the gig was great, just not as great as I’d hoped) – Tvvins are insanely good. Made up of part Adebisi Shank, part Cast of Cheers, their set was a revelation. Ones to watch in 2014 I reckon.