When you combine former members of two of the best Irish bands in recent memory – The Cast Of Cheers and Adebisi Shank – the outcome is guaranteed to pique the interest of the alternative fraternity in Ireland. But with All Tvvins (or The Cast Of Shank as they are oft jokingly referred to in Dublin) Conor Adams and Lar Kaye have smelted the best parts of their previous endeavours into a swashbuckling indie electro sound propelled by intense guitar and bass riffs. The results are just as compelling as their previous releases; poppier and more accessible than ever before, but with no signs of compromise in approach to songwriting or the venom in which they attack their instruments. Having released three of the finest Irish singles of the year and wowing audiences across festival season, and more recently travelling around Europe supporting Metric, it was time to see how All Tvvins would fare as the main attraction to a sold out Academy.[[MORE]]
From the opening notes of Thank You to the final applause, guitarist Lar Kaye plays the part of snake-charmer. He never stops moving, putting his entire body into every chord and synth line with seemingly boundless energy whilst Conor Adams belts out the vocals and basslines from a more stationary position stage left. Having played the Bataclan recently in support to Metric, the band stop briefly to reflect on the current situation in Paris and to pay their respects to staff and victims of the massacre.
All Tvvins plough through their set, the lesser-known material such as Desperate Soul, Too Much Silence, and The Fix just as impressive as their trio of hit singles to date; Adams and Kaye seemingly at the helm of a never-ending supply of catchy guitar riffs and bass hooks. This impressive performance indicates that All Tvvins’ debut album will be one of highlights of the Irish music calendar in 2016. They are fast becoming, if they’re not already, the best band in Ireland.