Electric Picnic 09 - The Acorn
Cosby Stage, Sunday 6th September, 3:45pm
The Acorn are one of those bands that on record sound good but live sound amazing. Maybe it's the fact you can see exactly what they are doing. Their two percussionists create driving and subtle beats with a tinge of African and Latin rhythms throwing into the folk rock set. It's the rim shoots and drum thumps that really are the back bone to this band. But it's mixed with delicate layers on guitars, ukuleles and three part harmonies.
They play the likes of Dents, Hold Your Breath, and my personal favorite, Crooked Legs around a few new tunes that sound a wee bit less 'folk' and a little more 'rock'. But it's the subtle layers and attention to detail that makes this band stand out. Short and beautiful guitar licks envelop round the rest of the song - not demanding attention but adding to the song as a whole.
You can't help be endeared by them because of their beautiful music and their on stage banter. Referring to the festival weather that the Irish must be accustomed to, lead singer Rolf Klausener praised us for being 'robust people'. This some how lead to the guitarist wanting to dip us all in a fat fryer and eat us with cheese curds. Not sure where the connection was but I'll go along with that.
They finish off with Floods Part. 2 and it's just hit me how much this song borrows from African music - the beat and the beautiful guitar licks that intertwine the vocals. It's heavier and more shambolic than on record, but in a totally brilliant way. The Acorn are
Describe in a Tweet: Strange on-stage banter and amazing music.
Good Vibrations: My conclusion - there really should be two drummers as standard in all bands...
Life's a Beach: Maybe a few songs sound a little similar but that's just me trying to be awkward.
EP Rating: 8/10