- 14 Mar 22
Indie-pop foursome delights at homecoming gig.
For the first show of their mini-tour around Ireland this month, Lost Boys played to a devoted hometown crowd in Limerick on March 4.
After a lovely opening act performance from King Fisher (their banjo player is a star!), the Cork and Limerick band kicked off their set with a great sing-song in the form of 'Hindsight' from their debut EP Honey Mustard, released last year.
For the uninitiated to their music, think early 2010's indie-pop from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, with a little bit of pop-punk thrown in for good measure.
As a relatively new band still to release a debut album, it was refreshing to see their most recent material improve on the prior output. A new song called 'Freeway' had a great bridge which will be interesting to hear when it's recorded.
One of the really entertaining aspects of seeing Lost Boys live, is their proficiency at covers of songs from genres you wouldn't expect them to play based on their original material. As well as a neat take on 'Habits (Stay High)' by Tove Lo, they delivered a kickass rendition of Kanye West's 'POWER'. A brilliant cover that's now a staple of their sets.
Another highlight of the gig was the fan-favourite 'Sadie'. Providing their second big sing-song of the night, it was easily the standout track on Honey Mustard and great to hear live. The semi-acoustic song is one of their slower numbers but it also provides their most anthemic chorus. Unsurprisingly, the usual mix of phone torches and occasional lighter from those of a vintage persuasion went up in the air for the tune's duration.
Their best song, in this reviewer's opinion, 'Gemini', was another great moment. Similarly to 'Sadie', it's a tune that goes up another level in a live setting. A catchy chorus and a dancy rhythm is Lost Boys at their peak so far and a potential path for them to follow for their music in the future.
When looking back on the set, the only criticism would be that the band should maybe back themselves more with their stage presence. Their songs are good and they can deliver them really well, so they should act like it. However, this will surely come in time and is probably a bit harsh to say about a fairly new band.
Overall, Lost Boys provided a really fun show from a group still at the precipice of the burgeoning careers. They're certainly an interesting young band to follow and I look forward to watching them continue to develop their sound and grow.
Lost Boys play Monroe's in Galway on April 1, with tickets available here.