V Day for D Day
They landed, invaded,conquered!
By Craig S#arp-Weir
It’s been a while since a band, and a very young band at that, impressed me as much as D Day did on Wednesday 2nd August at the chameleon on Angel Row, Nottingham.
It was a terrific line up when female fronted trio ‘The Young’ smashed the opening with a sound I’d liken to Cheryl Crow guesting with Hole, melodic rock with attitude, followed by an acoustic set by Prime, with a slightly different angle to their usual sound in that Zero their drummer accompanied vocalist Lee Heir with a very impressive percussive guitar style that only Nottingham’s ‘Prince’ of punk could pull off and get away with.
Not thinking things could get much better, I was pleasantly surprised when headliners DDay stepped up with a refreshing heavy stomping rock groove, totally restoring my faith in current alternative rock n roll bands ! They were wearing flat winkle picker Chelsea boots but stood tall and played like they were the 21st century Cuban heeled ‘Fab Four’, mop tops n all! A morph of the the Beatles and the Stones playing through ‘the Cults’ backline is what I was feeling. Not for a long time have I witnessed a set with not one weak song, my particular favourite being the very classy and catchy ‘yesterday’s Kids’ that they showcased fresh off the ferry from Ireland for a very privileged and lucky English crowd. This young band with an average age lower than the number of inches that make up a 2 foot limbo pole, were skilful enough to accomplish such a challenge, but chose to switch sports and raise the bar for all to witness an Olympic world record high jump ….they totally took the roof off !
Frontman and Lead Guitarist Darragh Whyte has certainly kissed the Blarney Stone having a very comfortable rapport with the crowd and a strong vocal delivery which was well received, as was the bands powerful set created by Keith Whyte – Drums & Percussion, Chris Breslin – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals, Cathal Sweeney – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals. Being Galway boys, there was clear celtic influences from their homeland with Edge type delayed and reverbed riff parts and dual guitars in a lot of their songs, which were very well crafted and demonstrated the magical fusion between each member of the band, clearly a passionate team effort. So it was no surprise that a key influence were the Legendary ‘Tin Lizzy’ as Darragh put it, which I believe was how the original name of our Live n Dangerous heroes ‘Thin Lizzy, was pronounced due to local dialect, a playful reference to a character from the ‘Dandy’. Ironically, DDay actually supported Scott Gorham’s line up in 2012 as a prize for winning a ‘battle of the bands competition.
I sincerely hope there is a pot of gold at the end of their rainbow as they tour through today’s often stormy times in the music industry, in the meantime, go check them out at one of their UK dates, you won’t regret it!
Have a great DDay, have an even greater night watching these guys, I did!