Wonder Villains Single Launch
Wonder Villains, Pretty Child Backfire, Puerile Honey
The Speakeasy, Belfast
Thurs 23rd February 2012
Its hard to escape the Wonder Villains at the minute. As they launch their second single ‘Ferrari’ at the Speakeasy in Belfast, every ranking member of the local music scene has made their way here to see the newest members of a forever growing music scene. As the bar steadily fills to the brim, it’s clear that this is one band who have clearly made a name for themselves.
Amidst the mist and red lights from the stage, punters eagerly make their way towards the stage for the first act tonight, Puerile Honey. Wearing t-shirts sporting such icons as Beavis and Butthead and The Clash, they are reminiscent of an early 90s riot grrrl grunge band. This sound is backed up by songs such as 'Beachy Kean' and 'Sleep', as well as a cover of the Pixies “Monkeys Gone to Heaven” which goes down a treat with the crowd.
A thunderous drumbeat grabs the audience attention immediately for PrettyChildBackFire, along with the tribal calls of the singer Mark McAllister. A lift in the vocals wouldn’t have gone amiss, but the singalong qualities of the band has the audience latching on for the whole set. Treating the crowd to a few new tunes, the catchy chorus’ combine with a trademark math rock sound, making this band a pleasure to watch, even with their slower numbers. Indeed, even their hard working silhouettes have a strange stage presence, and every member of the crowd claps along for the entire show, making sure that this band is one to watch in the near future.
Kicking off with B-Side ‘33’, the Wonder Villains make their presence known from the get go. Nobody does 2 minute infectious songs quite like these guys and girls. Single number one ‘Zola’ goes down a storm, and is perhaps one of the best singalong anthems ever witnessed in Northern Ireland since ‘Teenage Kicks’. Pop culture references crop up throughout their set, with songs such as ‘Marhsall’ (referencing the famous 'How I Met Your Mother' character) or ‘Wimbledon’ (about the world famous Tennis championship) resonating with this rather young crowd, and they aren’t shy about it. Keyboardist Cheylene provides bouncy hooks for the crowd to bop along to, while singer Eimear provides lyrics that this crowd can relate to, considering it is made up largely of students.
It’s hard to imagine a band this young feeling so confident on stage, but the Wonder Villains have clearly toured long enough to know how this game works. Next was the song that brought us all out here in the first place, their latest single ‘Ferrari,’ and considering the reaction from the crowd, it is a shining example of the Northern Irish music scene in motion.