We Cut Corners live @ Cyprus Avenue 11 November 2016

Kildare born singer/songwriter Sinead White has been promoting her debut album ‘Finally’ since its release in 2015. However, she may be better known to many, for her guest vocals on the single ‘Love On Top’ by electronic artist/producer Daithi.

Tonight’s support slot with We Cut Corners at Corks, Cyprus Avenue provided the Leixlip lady with an ideal opportunity to showcase her own work.

White’s stage presence and confidence belie her age; she even jokes early on that she doesn’t wish for people to stop their talking and I couldn’t help but think to myself that she could be asking for trouble. Thankfully though, I was wrong. Despite its funny title, a fantastic song called ‘Mouth Trumpet’ was the highlight of White’s set and her mouth trumpet playing brought a few laughs too, ‘The End’ ran it a close second and to mark the recent, tragic news of the death of Canadian, poet/singer Leonard Cohen, White preformed a gorgeous cover of ‘Chelsea Hotel’.

Dublin based duo, We Cut Corners released their 3rd album ‘The Cadences Of Others’ a week ago and it has been receiving high praise since. Lyrically, I think it is their strongest work to date, while importantly, still managing to maintain the same beautiful harmonies and catchy choruses of its predecessors. Tonight’s eagerly awaited show is the bands first in Cork for 2 years.

After unassumingly making their way through the quickly, growing crowd, the show started with album opener, ‘Middle Kids’ in gorgeous, harmonious fashion.   The following brace of ‘This Is Then’ and ‘Toll Free’ from albums one and two respectively, were polar opposites, as Conall (drums) and John (guitar) prove driving, indie-pop rhythms come just as naturally as the harmonies.

Switching tempo comes easily to these weekday teachers/weekend rock stars. Some of the best songs in tonight’s sterling set-list burst into life after more humble beginnings. The latest single ‘Oh’ is a perfect example of this, as are ‘The Leopard’, ‘Go Easy’ and ‘Mandinka’ ,which tonight blows the roof off as it morphs into firstly, The Raconteurs ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’ and secondly, Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’. New tracks ‘Milk Teeth’ and ‘On Avoiding People’ may not follow quite the same formula, but were both just as effective live.

By way of an encore, they decided to join the crowd and take time to say their thank yous in quiet, before a beautiful, unplugged version of ‘Of Whatever’, and just for good measure, they climbed back on the stage and finished up with the rip-roaring, ‘Blue’ . If I see a better show than tonight’s before the year’s end, I will consider myself extremely lucky.

 

Words by Anthony Kelly

Photo by Stephen White