LIVE: MLIR #9 In an Instant & Support – Pavilion, Belfast

mlir9‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ returns to the Pavilion for the ninth time to showcase some of Northern Ireland’s new and upcoming local talent.

After being greeted at the door by Taylor Johnson, the mastermind behind this evening, the first act Mere Moths takes the stage. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, Patrick Wright delivers an impressive set with the perfect mix of covers and original material. His versions of ‘Valerie’ and ‘Sex on Fire’ get the attention of the crowd allowing his own songs to be fully appreciated.  With brilliant lyrics and a fantastic vocal performance, the original song ‘I Can’t Even Sing’ demonstrates just how much promise Mere Moths has.

Andy Bell is next up this evening. Before the set begins a Capo needs to be kindly donated from one of the audience members. Minor hiccup over, Andy launches into a set with covers ranging from Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ to Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ demonstrating the full range of his vocals perfectly.  By far the biggest crowd pleaser of his set is the closer Oasis number, ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’, which prompts a quality sing along from the majority of the Pavilion.

Things are kicked up a gear with the next act This is me Dead. Straight of releasing their three track EP in September of last year, the alternative rock quartet inject some energy into a night that has so far been dedicated to acoustic sets. ‘Vega’ goes down a storm with the band enjoying every second along with the crowd.

Headliners In An Instant take to the stage just before midnight. The four piece band from Bangor instantly have the crowd’s full cooperation as they churn out tracks that sound polished and huge in this intimate venue. The brilliant ‘Lovers Apart’, which was recently name at the 2nd best Irish track of 2014 by Encore NI, succeeds in getting the whole place moving with almost everyone up front dancing. Their set goes down incredibly well.

Their sound may well be prepared to the likes of Snow Patrol, but they have their own distinctive vibe due to unique vocals and the addition of some excellent keyboard styling’s to produce an electro-indie sound. ‘Something Right and Something Real’ produces a hair raising finale, leaving everyone in anticipation of what is to come from this young band. Pamela Anderson, GiggingNI.com