In Photos: little xs for eyes (Album Launch show) + The SeaSharps + Water Cycle @ The Sugar Club, Dublin (26.10.11)
Dublin girl/boy sextet little xs for eyes generated plenty of buzz recently following their show-stealing headline set on the opening night of this year's Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Since then they've gone and put out a debut LP, which they launched the other week with a hometown gig at The Sugar Club on Lower Leeson Street.
S.A.D., the aptly-titled (for this time of year) record in question, is a pleasant mix of laidback harmonies and multi-instrumental saunters: think a less earnest Camera Obscura, or a (much) less addled Architecture In Helsinki - only nowhere near as saccharine or twee as that description probably sounds. Try it before you buy it right now over on their Bandcamp page, where you can avail of a free download of infectious lead single 'In The Light'.
Homegrown support for the launch show came from Aaron Page's lavish folk project Water Cycle – who themselves have just dropped a debut full-length – and "Portmarnock's finest", The SeaSharps, who were hands down the best eleven-piece Barbershop vocal group Ragged Words caught live that particular week.
Flick through a gallery featuring Mark Earley's shots of all three acts by clicking on any of the thumbnails below.
Upcoming dates-wise, we're not quite sure about little xs for eyes (or The SeaSharps, for that matter!), but Water Cycle have a full-band album launch show of their own coming up at Dublin's Grand Social on November 23.