Skinny Lister, Sean McGowan & We Used to Make Things

O2 Academy Islington, London – May 7, 2015

As with many a support act, We Used To Make Things faced an almost empty room. Judging from the joyful reaction of the early arrivals, they won’t be toiling on the support circuit for long.  The crowd were hooked, and simply embraced the extra space to dance to the genre-crossing tunes – so did the singer and the brass section! Promising to add strings to an already extensive line-up, the band’s May 15 show up the road at St Luke’s Church sounds promising indeed.

Next up was Seán McGowan, who introduced himself as a 22 year old barman and toilet cleaner.  This unassuming style translated to his music – heartfelt stories of fights and swimming badges, teenage pregnancies and missed opportunities. Despite the bleak themes, Seán performed with wit, determination and a keen political edge – strongly reminiscent of Chris T-T.  One to watch.

Finally, it was time for Skinny Lister to burst onto the stage, proving that their storming set supporting the mighty Chuck Ragan was no fluke. It was the kind of show that has you singing along to songs you don’t know and dancing with strangers.  Picture Flogging Molly joining The Revival Tour in Galway on St. Patrick’s Day and you’re half way there. With rum in the flagon and sweat on the guitar, the band not only encouraged drinking, dancing and crowdsurfing but joined in – double bass and all. Do yourself a favour – don’t miss them next time.

Here are just a few photos of the night – check out the rest on Flickr.

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