Loose put in hard yards to storm barricades of success
THE current success of Republic of Loose proves that all that old-fashioned advice about good honest hard work can eventually pay off.
Their debut album, 'This is the Tomb of the Juice', may have made little impact on its release, but its successor, 'Aaagh!', debuted at number two in the Irish charts and gained a foothold on daytime radio.
Oasis manager Marcus Russell called them the most exciting new band since his Mancunian charges stormed the barricades of the mainstream. They're certainly a good live draw. The Dublin sextet sold out three shows over the weekend with ease, including an all-ages show on Saturday afternoon.
The feeling of anticipation is heightened by a capacity crowd chanting "Loose! Loose! Loose!" before they take to the stage. Few Irish bands inspire this sort of football match fervour.
Lead singer Mick Pyro (pictured above) leads his cohorts through an energetic set of soul, funk and gospel-leaning rock. The guitar riffs tilt the hat to the Rolling Stones, while the well-oiled rhythm section cop a few moves from Parliament and Sly and the Family Stone.
Republic of Loose's best known song 'Comeback Girl' is a terrific single and boasts a slinky and addictive groove. The equally smooth 'You Know It' and the frantic soul of 'Shame' have the crowd in the palm of their sleazy rock hands.
Certainly the reaction at this hometown show augurs well for their forthcoming attempt at cracking the United States. EAMON SWEENEY