DATE: Friday 14th January 2011 VENUE: Riverbank Hotel Wexford BY: Jessie Ronan
The Emergency are a band from Wexford who I recently saw at an Irish Gig, 'An Ghig' in Wexford. With Mark Walsh on Vocals and Simon O'Carroll on guitar and backup vocals, this band produce and share a wonderful new acoustic experience with their listeners. Their influences include John Mayer, Mumford and Sons and Simon and Garfunkel. The band started with two great friends who enjoyed messing with acoustic tunes, but they've developed into two great musicians with originality and talent.
The Emergency kicked off their evidently wellrehearsed setlist with a cover of Little Lion Man (Mumford and Sons). As well as being talented musicians, the band also have great singing voices which left the audience in silent awe. Other songs that featured on the setlist were Black Horse and a Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall cover) and three of the bands originals, 'The Lock', 'Music to My Ears' and 'Turn the Page'. The Emergency's originals gave the audience a sort of insight of what might be to come in the future. They featured catchy riffs, memorable lyrics and a good beat, which they achieved with their guitar strumming as the band have no drummer.
Another band that impressed me at 'An Ghig' was a band called Seven Days. This band from Kildare also played a brilliant set at 'An Ghig' with Ian White on lead vocals, guitar and keys, Nicky Brennan on lead guitar, Darren Sweeny on bass and Ricky Byrne on drums. This young band create a unique sound of soul, blues and funk in one infectious blend. Their first-place win at the 'Platform V' battle of the bands at the 'Late Lounge' earned the band a slot at the 'New Bands Stage' at Oxygen.
They received an amazing response and great feedback from over 3,000 people. Since then, the band recorded a few songs at Modern World Studios in England with Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers/Super Furry Animals).
Seven Days' first single 'Outside' was released from these recordings in June 2010 and charted for two consecutive weeks around the country. Their influences are The Police, Foy Vance and The Dave Matthews Band.
Seven Days featured a few originals in their attention-grabbing setlist, including Easier, It All Falls Down and Temptation. The band performed very well at 'An Ghig', with the energetic band members beckoning the audience to come closer to the stage. All in all, Seven Days played a great gig and I, for one, was definitely impressed.