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ATL | 13:44 UK time, Monday, 13 February 2012

Alarmists, EatenByBears, Parachutes Over Paris

The Speakeasy, Belfast

Thursday 9th February 2012


After the relative madness of lastweek's Radar gig at The Speakeasy, the audience at this week's gig seems to be a lot more subdued, albeit brimming with just as much enthusiasm for the three bands to come.


The first band to take to the stage is sextet ParachutesOver Paris, fresh from the launch of their E.P "The Guiltiness of Youth." Their spiky indie-rock permeates through songs such as their opener "Bats", a bouncy synth-led track which is currently called "Untitled", and a new track called "Filthy", which is a bass led Franz Ferdinand-esque dance stomper, which has the potential to become a live favourite. Not all their songs have this dance floor charm however. "Break Barriers Down", which the band introduce as "the closest we have to a slow song", sounds far too distractingly indebted to U2 in a live setting. The band manages to regain its energy for "Evolution of the Species." With its Two Door Cinema Club-esque rhythm and incredibly hook laden chorus, the song seems ready made for a live setting. It's just unfortunate that on this occasion, the crowd don't seem to be as enthusiastic. Nonetheless, it's a pretty solid set from the band, who has the potential to be real players on the local scene.

A great flood of people rush towards the front as EatenByBears take to the stage. 



The band have taken the math-rock template and added their own spin on it by augmenting the effects-laden violin playing of Aidan Kelly. The crowd are enthusiastic throughout the gig, with a group of fans insisting on dancing intensely to every single song, despite the fact that the complex rhythmic structures aren't the best suited to dance floor mania. There is a gentle sense of playfulness in their music, with the odd vocal effects of "Vanderhoof" and the playful delivery style of closing song "Spite Houses" adding a sense of humour to a genre that is better known for its stoic navel gazing. The band receive the best reception of the night for their set, exiting to a rapturous applause from the audience.

Much of the crowd who gathered for EatenByBears drift away as the final band of the night, Dublin band Alarmist, take to the stage. Accompanied by LeTissier and Slipdraft, who provide the stunning surrealist backdrops for the performance, the band perform their own brand of instrumental post-rock. Whilst the band is undoubtedly solid musically, and any band that utilizes two drummers without one of them seeming superfluous is commendable, the band just didn't seem to be that exciting. The crowd appear to be rather appreciative of their sound, although they don't seem to respond with the same raucousness as the band before them. As the band exit the stage, there is a sense that the band just didn't make the impact that they should have made. 

Christopher McBride



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