The Flaws Live Review November 1, 2014 The Workmans Club, Dublin.
The Flaws played at the Workman’s Club over the weekend, their first stint of touring since releasing Constant Adventure four years ago.
After a curious spell in the doldrums for a space of time in which many bands have found the time to rise and fall, The Flaws seem to have used it to coalesce. If this gig is anything to go by, their new album, one that’s two and a half years in the making, may be their best work yet.
Up-and-comers Crossfire offered assured support, with a commanding few tracks that oscillated a tad wildly but never faltered.
Elephant followed with a measured and melodic set, engineered on loop pedals and ending with a rousing and inviting cover of Thin Lizzy’s Dancing In The Moonlight. He’s one to keep an eye out for.
The Flaws finally introduced themselves without any such diffidence, launching onto the stage with two new tracks that immediately bridge the considerable gap since their last album.
“We can never get the buses to the studio and the buses back, it’s a Carrick thing” is the official line spouted from the stage. It’ll have to do.
There is a stark contrast between their newly matured sound compared to yesteryear. It’s a well-judged one, however, Paul Finns sauntering but purposeful vocal is well complimented by their new hard-nosed, at times even frenzied sound.
The gig takes a more resourceful change of pace with “That’s What You Get”, offering a welcome glimpse into their more erudite back catalogue.
“Quit Holding Your Breadth” levels the vibe with its brisk and catchy melody before progressing towards the past with the classic epitome of mid-noughties rock, Sixteen.
The terrific “Lets Fight” offers a nice gear change, showing off the bands prowess for simplicity, while Animals, their newly released single is executed with the gusto it requires and deserves.
The incomparable “You and I” rounds off the gig. After a hiatus that threatened to leave them forgotten, The Flaws have announced themselves once more.
“You want to be captivated?” Paul asks halfway through the gig “We can’t captivate you.”Perhaps not completely…
The nuances of live performance aren’t easily rekindled, but it won’t take long. Neither will their new album, set for a release early next year.
Written by Shane Hennessy