Bands choose a focus or, at least, their fans and critics decide which attribute is dominant. Thus some indie music is known more for the guitars, or synths, or attitude. For Dublin's Little Green Cars, it is about the vocals. Favored with talented male and female leads, and quality backing vocals, the band's songs soar, weep, rage in remarkably vibrant fashion. Although Little Green Cars have been existed since 2008 (forming when they were 15 years old), their star is rising by virtue of a 2013 SXSW appearance, a US tour and, most importantly, their fine new LP, Absolute Zero.
As a debut album, Absolute Zero accomplishes everything it needs to with room to spare. From the glorious pop statement of opener "Harper Lee" to "Big Red Dragon" to the dramatic statement on romance that is "The John Wayne" ("It is easy to fall in love, it is easy to fall in love with you", later becomes "It is easy to hate yourself, while all your love is inside someone else"), the band manages to make heart-on-your-sleeve a battle cry rather than a cliche. And that alone would make the album a success, but it is just part of the story: Good songs, sincere performances and, of course, those vocals.
Listen to "Harper Lee", "The John Wayne", and "Big Red Dragon" here --
Little Green Cars "Big Red Dragon" from IndieMix on Vimeo.
Little Green Cars are Stevie Appleby (vocals, guitar), Faye O’Rourke (vocals, guitar), Donagh Seaver O’Leary (bass, vocals), Adam O’Regan (guitar, vocals), and Dylan Lynch (drums, vocals). They are in their early twenties.
Absolute Zero is out now on Glassnote Records.
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