- 23 Nov 21
Easy Life close out their 2021 tour in style in Dublin, featuring juggling balls, crowd surfing and a rendition of 'The Wild Rover'.
On the last stop of their tour promoting their debut record, Life's a Beach, Easy Life treated the 3Olympia Theatre to a fantastic night.
Kicking off the show was one of Kildare's finest up-and-coming acts, Tebi Rex. Despite a few technical difficulties, the strength of their music and stage presence alone indicated that their own headline date at the venue may come in the future.
Before long, Easy Life kicked off to a rapturous reception from their loyal Irish fans.
From the beginning of 'Pockets', it felt like a mosh pit could easily break out in the standing section – which is some feat, considering it's a slow pop-rock tune, albeit with a beautiful, soaring chorus.
Although it had the side effect of making this reviewer feel a bit old, the youthful nature of the crowd emphasised the relatability of their songs, and is a sign that they could have these fans for many years to come. The usual 'Olé Olé Olé' chants and outbursts of 'Fields of Athenry' took hold nearly every time there was a break between songs – always a good sign that you have the crowd onside.
Frontman Murray Matravers made a point of saying that the band regularly drink Guinness, something he touched on in his interview with Hot Press back in May, and also that they sing "Irish songs" every night. This is in part inspired by the fact that drummer Oliver Cassidy has Irish relatives. Proving that this wasn't mere flirtation to get the crowd going, Cassidy later ventured out from his drumkit with an acoustic guitar to perform his own rendition of 'The Wild Rover'.
The main highlights of the show were many of the songs from Life's A Beach, their best work to date. 'Skeletons' provided bucketloads of fun, while 'Daydreams', with its Oasis-esque lyrics of "day dreaming when I'm thinking of you, day drinking just for something to do", offered a chance to bring the intensity down, after some of the more uptempo affairs.
One of the last tunes from the set, their single 'Nightmares', was another high-energy banger. The heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics provided another unforgettable moment, as the crowd overpowered Murray with the volume of their voices.
Easy Life proved exactly why Murray previously told Hot Press that he feels that they've always been a live band before anything else. Members of the group frequently crowd-surfed, shared grins and laughs while drinking Buckfast, and impressively, Murray caught what appeared to be little balls thrown from the crowd, juggled them, and threw them back without missing a note or a beat. Overall, they gave the impression of being not just a band, but a close group of friends.
As always, unfortunately, the show has to end at some point. Easy Life chose to close out with an improvised version of 'Music to Walk Home To', the stream-of-consciousness final track on their debut LP. After making the point of getting the crowd to cheer for all of the band members, in a classy touch, most of the touring crew got a shoutout from Murray too.
Again, they seem like decent folk, with great tunes to boot. What more could you want!