EOTR is of course my first love with lots of Americana/Country/Alt folk I'm generally well in my comfort zone but this years line up seemed to include a load of young shouty punk bands. Normally ouch but a couple of them were really good, Fontaines DC and The Murder Capital, both from Dublin (not sure how that's going to pan out in the UK, post Alexander Boris dePfeffel Brexit).
Maybe more later about Fontaines DC but I was particularly taken by The Murder Capital. The rock'n'roll thing has of course all been done time and time again but The Murder Capital were a bit different, visually at least. Their live show was well choreographed and theatrical. They'd clearly taken time to put it together and it was well worth the effort. It had an intense gangland theme and they had quite a swagger. One of my picks of the festival.
I've got the album now and after a more considered listen I'm still going with my initial instinct that they give a clear nod to Joy Division musically, especially with the bass line melodies and drum sound/patters. Thinking of Life, Green and Blue and the brilliant Twisted Ground with a classic beautiful Hooky type bass line. Still, very good and in truth imo preferable them to Joy Division.
The benefit of having a low readership is that there'll be no death threats for me making that comment.
On Twisted Ground - The Murder Capital