Indie band the Would Be’s take to the Spirit Store stage

Ami Connolly

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Ami Connolly

Indie band the Would Be’s take to the Spirit Store stage
Early nineties Indie sensation The Would Be’s are playing in The Spirit Store tomorrow (Thursday) at 9pm.

Early nineties Indie sensation The Would Be’s are playing in The Spirit Store tomorrow (Thursday) at 9pm.

The band will be performing tracks from their new album ‘Beautiful Mess’ which was released in September.

For a band that has consistently produced the goods when delivering near perfect indie pop 45s, the album Beautiful Mess is a long-awaited step into the unknown for The Would Be’s. Championed by the late great BBC Radio maestro John Peel in the 90s, The Would Be’s produced a string of tracks that were regularly elevated to ‘single of the week’ status in NME and Melody Maker, before the train went off the rails and a hotly anticipated debut album lamentably remained unrecorded.

That was then and this is now. Encouraged to pick up their instruments and complete unfinished business, The Would Be’s dipped their toes back into the water by releasing two warmly received singles on FIFA Records in 2012 and have been as good as their word by finally releasing an album of Irish indie that timelessly fits into 2013 as it might have in 1992.

There are unmistakable strains of The Smiths and The Sundays in The Would Be’s music - intelligent guitar work, poignant lyrics, natural nous for a hook and what makes a great three minute single.

There is however, the intrinsic brass element and Julie McDonnell’s vocal delivery sets them apart, and while their sound is an undeniable pastiche of some of indie music’s golden moments, it carries its own hallmarks and identity.

The band infamously turned down 14 major labels to follow up their John Peel and Morrissey acclaimed debut single.

They chose the most obscure indie label in order to stand by their Indie Ethics.

Some would say the folly of youth and everyone else would probably agree, as all further material was critically underfunded and the band broke up within the year.

Armed with an arsenal of 20 years’ worth of new songs and persuaded by Tony Clayton Lea to come out of retirement The Would Be’s are back and have a point to prove.

Catch them tomorrow night in the Spirit Store along with some specail guests.

Tickets are €10 and can be purchased online at www.spiritstore.ie or from McAteers Food House on Clanbrassil Street.

Doors open at 8pm.