Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, all the way from sunny Australia, made their debut Irish show in Whelans, and they brought the heat with them. It wasn't even a sunny day but the heat was stifling in the venue. It's been a while since I shot a show, though I've attended quite a few in the blog's downtime.
Opening up the show was Melts, who impressed me a lot. After just two songs of shooting them the sweat was dripping down my face, such was the heat in the not-yet-packed Whelans. They didn't share the same drum kit as Rolling Blackouts, which brought a bit of change to the normal support set up, and gave a real closeness to the drummer shots.
By the time Rolling Blackouts C.F. arrive on stage I was craving one of their beers with the heat. Mine was long gone, and the place was getting even sweatier once they kicked things off. The five piece were infectious from start to finish, with some great guitar solos and interplay.
At one point bassist, Joe Russo, broke a string and draped it over his head like an additional guitar strap and ploughed on through the rest of the song. The band were in jovial form for their last night of the European tour before making their way to the USA. Lighting wise, it was the usual Whelans set up throughout the night, some overblown colour LED's making editing afterwards a bit of a headache.
The band hung out afterwards to sign vinyl and chat to fans. I for one went away with a signed record and a promise that they plan to come back again as soon as they can. Vicar Street no doubt beckons them on their return.