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Third Man Theme, Best Boy Grip, Our Krypton Son - Limelight 2

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ATL | 16:26 UK time, Tuesday, 16 October 2012



It’s with increasing perplexity that gig goers approach Thursday nights in Belfast. Spoilt for choice with the burgeoning amount of shows on offer, making your mind up over who to see is no mean feat. If you plumped for Third Man Theme headlining Transmit at the Limelight 2 you won’t have been disappointed – but you could have been in the minority. A thin crowd is in attendance tonight, perhaps stretched a little too far by conflicting shows.

First on stage are Our Krypton Son, the brain-child of singer and songwriter Chris Mc Conaghy. Backed by a band boasting the finest array of facial hair this side of town, the music is veined with pop and country influences. Chris has cut a well-defined sound, shifting focus throughout every instrument in his songs. Things are shaken up a bit with guitar solos and syncopated beats, but attempts at more epic sounds fall a little flat. This isn’t helped by the fact that the audience is thin on the ground.


Best Boy Grip, a fellow blow-in from Derry, follows on with his melodic rock piano stylings. Though marred by a slightly disruptive sound check, the music gets off to a good start. If Ben Folds wrote a musical, it would probably sound a lot like Best Boy Grip. The songs are melody-centric, verging on cheesy at times with Glee-esque “bah-da-da” backing vocals in “Barbara”. We’re treated to some great harmonies, but the male backing singer stands apart from the rest of the band in some songs – both musically and physically!

Headliners Third Man Theme take to the stage after yet another soundcheck. Thankfully a crowd has gathered up front in their wake – the first to abandon their seats tonight. Energetic as always, the trio get things moving with their fast paced dance music. Fierce new single “Round Pound” is one of the highlights of the gig, as is personal favourite “Tears on Tate”.

You never quite know what to expect with Third Man Theme – this is a band that aren’t afraid to keep you guessing, throwing in a new riff or beat when you’re looking the other way. Their songs hinge on little motifs and figures as opposed to the sweeping sounds of the preceding bands. It’s clamorous and fun, but the choice of support acts seems at odds with Third Man Theme’s set. The band wind things up with their quirky cover of ‘70s disco hit, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”. It’s a shame there wasn’t a bigger crowd in attendance, but a line up as strong as this on any other night would have surely attracted more bodies. Only time will tell who will win out on the coveted Thursday evening gig slot.

Grace Loughrey



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