- 01 Sep 19
We've never seen the Dublin grunge-rock band so confident on the stage.
Fangclub's second album, Vulture Culture, was a masterful affair, distilling the most intense two years of the band's lives into an 11-song magnum opus.
They absolutely ooze confidence as they take to the stage for their 2pm performance at the Electric Arena. Their visuals are a blur of vintage TV screens piled up behind them and fangs hanging off chains. As far as artistic aesthetics go, theirs feels very much fully realised.
They kick off the set with 2018 single 'All Fall Down', before frontman Steven King dedicates 'Knife' to Noel Gallagher. "Fuck you" - he suggests, pithily.
It's a slow enough time of the hour to be performing, but as soon as the band launch into 'Hesitations' -easily the best song from their new album - a crowd begins to trickle into the tent. It's first of several songs which showcase just how blisteringly confident their new songs are. This one, as well as the last album's titular track, 'Vulture Culture', have the kind of ready-made, stadium-sized hook than rock bands dream of being execute. What's even more rousing is the fact that Steven's voice is a match for the size of their songs. He on fighting form and sounds seriously passionate.
They round off their set with a trio of songs from their first album, 'Better To Forget', 'Bad Words' and 'Bullet Head'. By this stage, the crowd has near doubled in size since they started. Put them on at any time of the day and they'll blow away the cobwebs. Fangclub are the real deal.