Review by Gary Norman
During the week, we sent Gary Norman along to the Workman’s Club to check out Beware of You’s EP launch. How goes it Gary?
The rapturous cheers as up-and-coming Dubliners, Beware Of You, take to the Workman’s stage, suggest that pop-punk is not just a genre of nostalgia. Although things are slow to kick off, it’s soon clear that this is true, and why? With musical prowess beyond their years, the band boasts a sound more formidable than many of their peers and are genuinely exciting to watch.
As a relentless stream of hard-edged and revitalised pop-punk anthems are delivered, the energy on stage is contagious – literally spilling over with band members jumping into the audience as early as three songs in.
The set, much like the Self Portrait E.P itself, is full of songs that could be singles, with a twist. Catchy choruses and dynamic shifts are built upon a foundation of pounding drums and driving bass, as well as guitar riffs that make them more substantial than your average alternative singalong. ‘Losing Day’ and ‘All I Know’ are high points, and single ‘Control’ is returned word for word by the crowd, who are loving it almost as much as the band.
Front woman, Leah Moore, addresses the room with a confidence that, given her age, would be surprising if it wasn’t for her powerful vocals. Moore’s ability is paralleled by lead guitarist, Tara Behan’s playing, which effortlessly changes from memorable hooks to blistering solos. Versatility is displayed as the pair slow down and perform one without the rhythm section, but it is the full band blasting out new tracks that “aren’t on the E.P but might be on the album” that really show potential – and ambition. These point to a promising future. With their sound and stage presence (and some more work), one that could include some real commercial success.
Formed earlier this year, Beware Of You are a band that have achieved a lot in a short space of time and are definitely a band to watch out for in the future. Tonight, mostly, Beware Of You are a band having fun. They laugh with each over the mics, spend almost as much time playing in the crowd as on the stage, and thank individual fans by name. They also indulge everyone with a cover of No Doubt’s ‘Just A Girl’, which is fantastic!
Overall, their sincerity and enthusiasm is summed up perfectly at the end of the show; the crowd calls for “one more tune”, the band gives them two.