Tonight was all about The Rattling Kind and not just their single launch for ‘The Ballad Of Lugs Branigan’. As sson as the tidy affirmations of ‘Rise Up’ began to play through the night was set underway. This is a tune with a selctive reach that is processed in the arrangement and the lyrics incite a socio-political commentary in the running that is astoundingly pure. That resiliently collects the tune and provides it with a foundation to grow from in a positive way. Again the play is laid on colourfully with ‘You Never Know Your Luck’. On account of this everything seems to land with an opportune level of impact that sees it right. You also get the sense that they are up for this gig tonight when you see them lean into the delivery as they go all out with the shades of rock giving it a good kick.
The drumming on ‘Follow The Moon’ gives it all a rich kick. That high yield in the rhythm carries it all off and again there is a considerable showing from how they invest themselves in the concentrated urgency of the performance. There is an absorbing feel on show which enables the glorious sense of revelry to hide away smartly. A track that made an appearance as part of the soundtrack to ‘Love#Hate’ was ‘Mero’. Here the well-versed calling adds a sense of worth that naturally comes to pass in the delivery. It is a fanciful performance from the band no doubt and the tempo hardens in the right way here, which is confirmed by the productive showing that comes off in the bridge. It is the opening chords that nail everything on ‘Open Letter’. The voice of Eddie Sherlock is condensed in his delivery which harbours the essence as it all brilliantly comes to pass. You also pick up on a progression to them as a band that realises something serious in the intent carrying it all off. They mellowed things out with a colourful rendition of ‘Spancil Hill’ which called upon light hints of reggae in the beat.
A telling tune about the hardship of life in the Magdalene Laundries came next and that adds poignancy once the back story has introduced it. This leaves its mark in the emotive contributions as much as the largesse of scope here. The rich texture floats it in a way that capitalises on the apparent ability that is on show giving them a realised presence./ From the wholesome harmony of the intro ‘Wandering The Mire’ breaks away to become a fired up folk effort. they have a comfortable stage presence collectively which sees them stand tall on this one. That assertiveness builds the rhythm in a solid way but they call upon some impressive showmanship in the stage dynamics as well.
‘Hitting The Road’ is a tidy affair that is somewhat whimsical before it picks up. The pace is well checked here which constructs the song in a way that manoeuvres the playing arcs sweetly. It is aspirational before the catchy chorus kicks in. Tonight was all about their single launch ‘The Ballad Of Lugs Branigan’. He was an old-school copper who everyone knew back in the day and this is an ode to him. They also showed a touch of class by inviting one of his living relatives along to the gig as guest of honour. As to the track they championed it all the way with the buoyant lift in the tempo. that fittingly fixes to the pace and gives it direction. The thorough attributes count here despite it coming across in tidy manner it all does.
Sandwiched in between a cover of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ and The Prodigy’s ‘Descending To Outer Space’, albeit the former as part of a two song encore, was ‘All About The Town’. This impressive effort unitentionally romanticises the hardship of everyday life for working class people. Or perhaps it can be considered that the experience of living it affords them an artistic perspective to find that beauty, but it goes beyond dwelling upon it all to bring everything full circle. This was also absorbed by the crowd here on the night as they hung on every word. As mentioned their encore was two cover songs and ‘Elot Asphalt’ brought the curtain down on a great night. This is a track that takes the rhythm of Dropkick Murphy’s ‘Shipping Up To Boston’. How they put their own stamp on this shows where the smart money is. The Rattling Kind are a working class band and tonight they wore their hearts on their sleeves. As someone once said ‘being working class is one of those things that money can’t buy’ and this was a priceless performance from start to finish which cements that statement.