Raglans: putting some pep in the EP step

The big, bustling sound of the Dublin group got the Electric Arena moving

Artist: Raglans

Venue: Electric Arena

Date Reviewed: August 31st, 2013

Stars: ****

It’s early on Saturday afternoon, depleted energy levels have yet to be restored and coffee just isn’t cutting it. In need of pep in your step? Where caffeine fails, Raglans succeed.

It’s practically impossible to dislike the Dubliners’ big, bustling indiepop songs, packed with hearty melodies and strong harmonies. Contemporary touchpoints include Of Monsters and Men, but (Wait! Come back!) they also brazenly pilfer from the Beatles songbook with songs like White Lightning and maintain a ‘cheeky chappy’ charm throughout their half-hour set.

Their piéce de resistance is Natives, a song with such a feelgood chorus that it’s begging to soundtrack a Discover Ireland ad. With a nudge in the right direction, they might be giants by this time next year.