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The Love Buzz @ Dali, Cork 11/09/2019

A week on from the release of their new EP, The Candy Flip, The Love Buzz returned to Cork for a hometown show in Dali with support from Messyng.

The Love Buzz @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
The Love Buzz @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

The Love Buzz latest EP has been receiving rave reviews across the country and what better way to celebrate than to play a hometown show?

Joining them for support were Messyng, or as they like to go by “Kerry GAA, The Band”. The trio use electro, Kerry politics, GAA and face painting to draw crowds in and it works like a charm.

The witty antics between the two frontmen hooked the crowd, as they started chants of “fuck the Healy-Raes” and “fuck the Dubs”. Along with starting audience participation by offering free face painting and throwing out green and gold plaits.

Messyng @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
Messyng during their set, opening for The Love Buzz @ Dali 11/09/2019.. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

From remixing the Sunday Game theme to rapping over tense electro about how Tralee’s Aquadome is a pyramid scheme to declaring that “if god controls the weather, then Eamon Ryan is god”.

Their mammoth three part ‘Hernan Crespo, How’s Your Father?’ was a whirlwind as they bounced around the stage in their Kerry kits and Spider-Man morph suits.

The Dali is staggered into three levels and as more people arrived during their set, they lingered at the back by the bar. This resulted in them demanding they come down “unless your Dub”, to which they were then told they could “get the fuck out”.

Messyng @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo taken by Jack Squibb.
Messyng during their set, opening for The Love Buzz @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo taken by Jack Squibb.

Throwing subtle digs about hotels springing up in Dublin as popular hangouts fall, The Bernard Shaw becoming the latest victim, you could feel that there’s no love lost ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland replay…

Despite trying their best to find spare tickets throughout their set for Sunday’s game, the band still appear to be in the same boat as RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly, on the outside looking in.

As a consolation, Messyng will be hosting a viewing party at the Old Oak, with their own take on the big game. A whacky and exhilarating set that makes you think maybe those Kerry folk aren’t all that bad? So if it happens to be green and gold ribbons tied to Sam Maguire this Sunday, the Old Oak will be the best place to be outside of The Kingdom.

Messyng @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
Messyng during their set, opening for The Love Buzz @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

The Love Buzz were in the mood to party on Wednesday night. Their Candy Flip EP has been stuck in a lot of heads around Leeside and it was time to celebrate.

Kieran Hurley and Henry Love of The Love Buzz during their set at Dali. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
Kieran Hurley and Henry Love of The Love Buzz during their set at Dali. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

Frontman, Kieran Hurley was in fine form as he performed with a sense of urgency thrashing around the stage, dropping to his knees and contemplating hoping over the speakers to join the crowd.

Meanwhile, bassist Aidan Lynch would groove along to the melodies and drummer Henry Love played like his life depended on it.

The Love Buzz bassist, Aidan Lynch. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
The Love Buzz bassist, Aidan Lynch. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

The trio may only have one EP out under the new name of The Love Buzz and two singles as The Slut Club but they have a catalogue of songs that set crowds into frenzies. The dance floor of Dali was engulfed in a mosh pit. Those not sucked into the pit immersed themselves in the ferocious melodies and sharp-tongued words.

Stomping around; Kieran Hurley @ Dali, Cork. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
Stomping around; Kieran Hurley @ Dali, Cork. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

Songs like lead single ‘The Picky Eater’ and the explosive ‘Disco Junkie 1200’ from the new EP swept the crowd away. While older tracks like ‘Honeytripping’ and ‘Bad News’ set the place alight.

It was one of those shows were all sense of time was lost. The band losing track of time, announcing on two occasions that they had time for one more song before being told to keep going.

This has been said before in the review of the last Love Buzz show we were at but it’s worth saying again:

It’s still early days for The Love Buzz but this is a band that are bursting with exciting songs and already execute them in spectacular fashion on stage”.

Shrouded in red, Aidan Lynch in Dali, Cork. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
Shrouded in red, Aidan Lynch in Dali, Cork. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

Oozing with confidence, they gave so much energy and created a euphoric atmosphere. This may have been the best performance from The Love Buzz to date.

All photos in the article taken by Leanne Gabriel. See more of her work on her Instagram page.

Flying mascots during The Love Buzz set. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
Flying mascot, Sally The Lobster during The Love Buzz set. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

Photos in the gallery below taken by Leanne Gabriel and Jack Squibb.

  • Messyng @ Dali 11/09/2019. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.
    Messyng during their set, opening for The Love Buzz @ Dali 11/09/2019.. Photo by Leanne Gabriel.

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