Jim Carroll

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Oxegen – 202s, Dirty Epics, Coronas

A trio of Irish acts to start the weekend. A lovely buzz with 202s (Red Bull Music Academy). While their album is good, if not great, there’s little to fault in their live set: gorgeous Krautrock grooves, really robust songs …

Fri, Jul 10, 2009, 16:40

   

A trio of Irish acts to start the weekend.

A lovely buzz with 202s (Red Bull Music Academy). While their album is good, if not great, there’s little to fault in their live set: gorgeous Krautrock grooves, really robust songs and great stage presence. Just a pity there were so few people there to see them.

On the other hand, there was a full-ish tent to see the Dirty Epics, but it was raining. I last three songs before I have to leave for the sake of my sanity. The kind of dreary, pedestrian, hackneyed, unadventurous, dull, dismal and banal “rock” which gives “rock” a bad name. Props to the lead singer for throwing those shapes but, Jesus, the music was beyond dull.

At least you can understand why people like The Coronas. No, no, you can. It’s radio-friendly fare, bouncy songs and big choruses, with that unchallenging rigmarole repeated over and over again. Up there on the big stage, in front of thousands of their fans going absolutely doo-lally at it all, they give it socks. Unfortunately, it just happens that I prefer a different pair of socks.