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Adore in Galway's Áras na nGael

Garage punk trio triumph standing on the shoulders of Free House giants.


Who: Adore with Bucket, Stümmel and Montessori

Where: Áras na nGael, Galway

When: February 16 2023

"Fail we may, sail we must" went the mantra of Andrew Weatherall. Through capricious Irish West coast tides and winds, Jake Tiernan and Luke Mulliez have steered their Free House ship from early anarchy into a sea of success. Hosted as always in the West End's Áras na nGael, this latest edition (#17) sold out in a couple of days.

The night served well as a document of Galway's rich, thriving underground arts and music scene - if New York had meet me in the bathroom we're having buail liom sa seomra folctha.

Adore were headlining this gig but really it was a case of going on last among equals. Bucket brought their speedy garage punk from Dublin to open proceedings and were followed by Stümmel who are a side project of Cork's The Love Buzz. Or according to band member Aidan a totally new, unknown German band who mysteriously self actualised in Ireland. I'll let you decide.

Montessori raised the temperature, the frenzy and it felt like the ceiling too with what is likely to be their last gig in this incarnation as Finn moves to Cork and Luke heads to Leipzig. A great shame but we can be sure that they will each continue to add to the creative arts.

And so with the Áras suitably primed, Adore take the stage. The trio are Lara Minchin on guitar/vocals, Lachlann Ó Fionnáin on bass/vocals and Naoise Jordan Cavanagh (who also plays in local band Punching Peaches) on drums. They have no music on streaming platforms, no videos on YouTube and yet here they are captivating an adore(ing) crowd.

Word of mouth, a DIY spirit and gigging, gigging, gigging have served them well so far and you can see why as they exude a live confidence and gang mentality which audiences love. And they have great songs too, powered by a super synced rhythm section with highly engaging front woman Lara surfing along on their low end rumble.

The nine song set highlights their melodic garage rock (think Breeders/White Stripes/Elastica/Sprints) with Post Cards probably the standout track. There's a rumour that this has been laid down in a studio and could be seeing a vinyl release. We couldn't possibly comment except to say catch this trio while you can - they're gonna be big.


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