Live Review: The Flaws & Guests - Whelans July 6th 2012

Last night I had the pleasure of being at The Flaws gig in Whelans and it was a great night for many reasons.

                           The Flaws
                            with support from
                  Heritage Centre

                                                                 and Princess

Princess are a three piece alternative rock band with a decent image and a few good tunes. They have the ability to be a quirky punk pop band that'll set them apart from every other wannabee Nirvana rip-off.

Heritage Centre performed nine tracks from their upcoming debut album entitled 'Alright, Check It Out'. It looks like some 'old' tracks from their earlier EPs have survived to be on the album such as 'Stolen It Twice' and the next single 'Oldest Friend'. The highlight of their set was the last single 'The Boos' with it's infectious backing vocals.

If I was to do a 'Top 50' bands list Heritage Centre on the basis of last night's gig would be at number one. With respect to Whelans, I really hope this band climbs the ladder to the bigger venues and bigger stages. The musicianship, songs, vocals and stage presence has this band on a firm pedestal for me.

The Flaws launched their new single 'Let's Fight' with a gig at Whelans last night. Their set was a mixture of new and old and I was impressed by their style and some of the tracks came across very well. However I can understand why they find themselves in a black hole after their success with their debut album a few years back. They lack an originality within their set-up that distinguishes them from lots of other bands. Sadly a band as good as The Flaws with a few excellent songs is not enough to make progress in Ireland's current music world.