Hope is Noise, Jonny Rep & Hags @ Cyprus Ave, Cork 18 Sept 2015...

Friday 18th September was the 8th annual Cork Culture Night and the city was chock-a-block with people flooding to the various free events. Cork Ignite, a project which projected 3D images on to the Cork College of Commerce building gathered and amazed a massive crowd around the Union Quay area. However not everyone was impressed by this spectacular visual attraction as one grumpy frequent gig-goer found his usual car parking space had been taken up to facilitate the event. However his anger was short lived as he remembered that the good people of Cork Culture Night were also providing free gigs as part of their program and one of these free gigs saw Cyprus Avenue host 3 excellent local bands. Hags were first on stage at 10:15 which was just a little bit later than the announced 9:40 start time due to the late arrival of their drummer. When he arrived he seemed unphased by the hold up and to his credit, (unlike his arrival) his time keeping on the drums was impeccable. As for his bandmates they were made up of a bass player and 2 guitarists one of which was also the lead singer. With a sound what crossed over between Indie rock and maybe even moved towards grunge at times Hags were not long grabbing the attention of the slowly growing crowd. The highlights of their set list were a new untitled grungy track which was described with tongue firmly in cheek as a ballad, the excellent ‘Leave’ which I recognised from Red FM’s Irish music show Green on Red and a great song called ‘New Tides’. They wound up with an excellent song called ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and  got a great cheers when they explained that they were...