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Oxegen – The Script, Heathers

Reviews by me from The Daily Ticket The Script: a steady rise Was there anyone watching any other band while The Script were onstage? It felt as if everyone in Punchestown was ole-ole-ole-ing at the main stage for this one. …

Sat, Jul 11, 2009, 01:48

   

Reviews by me from The Daily Ticket

The Script: a steady rise

Was there anyone watching any other band while The Script were onstage? It felt as if everyone in Punchestown was ole-ole-ole-ing at the main stage for this one. Two years ago, The Script wouldn’t even have made it onto the New Bands stage. But in 2009, their polished pop has produced hit after hit and they gave value for their perch. Of course, some will sniff that a band like this, with its boy-band pedigree, shouldn’t be given the time of day. But this audience has no truck with snobbery. The keeper from this triumph is We Cry. There were a few likable R&B-like ringers, a few failed attempts at Celtic soul, a few (too many) plays from the Bono handbook, but We Cry had ‘em rocking as far back as the chip-vans. Score!

Heathers: sister act

It’s moments like this that should really get more space in the Oxegen despatches. Within a few songs, people are filling the tent for an under-the-radar Irish band – and sticking around. Then again, maybe they’re also clicking that Heathers are well worth spending time with. Dublin sisters Louise and Ellie McNamara may be armed with just two voices and one guitar, but they beguile with songs dripping with fantastic folky pop harmonies. Two US tours in the past year with the likes of Ghost Mice and Kimya Dawson have helped them hone that material into some unmissable forms. It’s the songs that don’t feature on last year’s Here, Not There debut album that really strike you – something that augers very well for album number two.