Sunday 21 December 2014

Lukewarm audience fails to halt Bell boys' triumph

Bell X1

Published 04/07/2007 | 00:00

BELL X1 have comfortably sold out both The Point and the RDS and assumed top billing at most of the country's music festivals.

Now, they can add the honour of being the first Irish band to headline Malahide Castle to their impressive resume.

Instead of an intro tape, the band take to the stage after a short animation from the hilariously spot-on Eyebrowy posse, who've been playfully sending up Irish music heads for the past couple of years.

As Irish bands go, Bell X1 are remarkably assured. With the cartoon intro out of the way, they take to the stage with no pomp and launch into 'Alphabet Soup', the only Irish rock tune in recent memory to namecheck Maude Gonne. Frontman Paul Noonan thanks the crowd for making the trek out to north Co Dublin on a weekend with plenty of other distractions, from Justin Timberlake to The Who. "Who's bringing sexy back now?" Paul jokes to an amused crowd.

The crowd are a little reserved, possibly because of the threat of rain, or else they've come along due to the Bellies being playlisted on daytime radio rather than having followed their steady progress from a pub act to playing the big gigs.

'Eve, the Apple of My Eye' and the hit 'Flame' ignite the atmosphere a bit. While there mightn't be the same intensity in the audience that has been a hallmark of their indoor gigs, Bell X1 have triumphantly added another string to their impressive bow.

EAMON SWEENEY

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