|Atomic Cocktail, The Lairs
The band was formed while holidaying in Ireland, where, horrified by the cost of copious Guinness consumption, and yet unable to stop, they put together a dynamic busking show and began working hard in order to stay on holidays. They soon found themselves with bookings across Ireland.
The Lairs have recorded their debut live in the studio album "Atomic Cocktail" and won the International Country Music Busking Championships in Tamworth (despite not really playing much country music at all). Their performances are about being visually exciting (see pictures above) as well as sounding great. Combining swinging feels, four part harmonies, frenetic soloing and acrobatics in a pull out the stops old school rock 'n' roll show.
Their debut album "Atomic Cocktail" is a pretty good demonstration of what the band is performing on stage, with fabulous renditions of great songs from the past, like "Daddy Cool", "60 Minute Man", "Lights Out" and "Jump Back". The comedy song "Je Suis Un Rockstar" is something else too, great fun! They also played this song at the afterparty, and everybody was happily singing along. Apart from being great musicians and showmen, the guys are also very friendly, fun loving people. We hope to meet them again sometime in the near future.
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Review & live pictures by The BlackCat, 2005