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Music News Live Review Of Fighting With Wire

'If 2009 doesn’t yield immense success for this band, there’s really no justice – or point actually' - 5/5

Get that floppy fringe out of your eyes and take heed. This is Fighting With Wire and they’re the band to penetrate your pseudo rock collection. For the three-piece who just want to be labelled 'a rock band’ with great songs, such a minimal description seems justified at this sold-out Barfly show.

Kicking off with a relatively easy track, "Strength in Numbers", FWW still manage to lock in the crowd from the get-go. By mid-set, with a smattering of new tracks gratefully-received, the lashings of much-lauded debut album 'Man vs Monster’ have whipped up the capacity crowd into a frenzy; "My Armoury" and ultimate number "Cut the Transmission" could have managed that feat alone. It's all brilliantly rehashed early '90s rock, exposing clear Nirvana, Pixies and Fugazi influences, but in a time of cosmetic musicality it does seem amazingly fresh and particularly longed for.

What’s also refreshing is seeing a band that not only have opinions, but aren’t afraid to use them. With venomous rants about Iggy Pop advertising car insurance and Chris Cornell collaborating with Timbaland – warranting a dedication in "Make a Fist" – vociferous frontman Cahir O’Doherty seems to amuse, thrill and educate at the same time. In fact, for the teenage boys going mental down the front – launching O’Doherty’s mic stand straight at his head – this is literally their Nirvana.

If 2009 doesn’t yield immense success for this band, there’s really no justice – or point actually.

- JPV, Music News