HAWK, BARQ and Harbouring Oceans are about to embark on a UK & Ireland tour under the Big Giant Head banner. Before you get any ideas of runaway egos, the name refers to the ethos of the gigs, which is “No headliners. Just one Big Giant Head.”
These gigs will be an excellent opportunity to see 3 acts who are all well on the way to real success following a slew of high profile releases over the last year.
The tour kicks off in London this week ending with a gig in Whelan’s on April 6th. Check out the list of dates below.
March 23: The Waiting Room, London
March 30: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
March 31: Connolly’s of Leap, Co. Cork
April 1: Pumphouse, Kilkenny
April 2: Central Arts, Waterford
April 5: The Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 6: Whelan’s, Dublin
Halfway through their set it’s clear that the band already have the guts of a very strong album. Not only that, but they are TIGHT! Like really tight, their songs are full of ridiculous rhythmic stops and stabs alongside drastic yet fluid dynamic changes.
I’m not quite sure how to define this, there are elements of pop, rock, jazz, R&B, country and a dollop of funk. Some of the vocal harmonies are straight out of backstreet boys territory (in a good way though!). This is pop-rock with real substance.
Anthemic at its core, sometimes uplifting, sometimes heart wrenching, these songs are built to be replayed. It’s only after multiple listens that you get to fully appreciate everything that’s going on in these skillfully layered compositions. Watch out, when they release a full long player you won’t be able to escape it.
Harbouring Oceans are a new 5 piece alt-pop band from Kilkenny. Their members (Dan Pearson, brothers Geoff & Benedict Warner-Clayton, Ken Farrell & Thomas Donoghue) are no strangers to the Irish music scene, having cut their teeth in various bands including The Cold Draw and Chemical Addiction.
Harbouring Oceans first single, ‘ENSO’ is a distinct departure from these roots. It’s an uplifting, harmony driven journey that squeezes an awful lot into it’s 4 minute timeline.
You get the sense that this is a band ready to deliver the goods right out of the gate. The arrangement of the various instruments blend effortlessly into a beautiful soundscape.
The band have almost completed their first Irish tour which was wide ranging and ambitious, 9 shows spread over 6 counties. Their final show is this Thursday in Dublin’s Button Factory, with support from the incredible Vernon Jane, We Were Giants and Farah Elle. Tickets are €10 and are available from Eventbrite.