Delorentos at Vicar Street on the 21st of December 2012

So, Delorentos have been busy. 2012 has seen them release the critically acclaimed ‘Little Sparks’ as well as play anywhere that would have them. There was some scepticism about whether Vicar Street was too big for Delorentos or not. The venue wasn’t sold out but it was an admirable attempt on their part. Couple tonight with the somewhat-recent release of ‘Little Sparks’ and you can feel that Delorentos are moving on to the next stage of their career.

Three albums in, they can start to have a bit of fun with their set. The rockier moments come from Stop and Waiting. The more tender parts are brought on by Waited for You So Long. Vicar Street was full of fairly dedicated fans, which meant that the majority of the songs were sing-alongs but those which stood out were the utterly infectious S.E.C.R.E.T. and the urgent album opener Did We Ever Really Try.

All-in-all a very good show. The band were incredibly grateful to everyone in attendance but at times it took too long for the energy to kick in and the set to really take off. Unsurprisingly the songs were note perfect. After their career defining performance at this years Indiependence festival – where they followed Ham Sandwich and competed with British Sea Power for punters attention – it seems Delorentos work better as the underdog. It wasn’t so much that they phoned their performance in, more-so that they felt the crowd were already on their side and hence felt they could relax a little more. Making the venue feel very intimate, you begin to imagine how comfortable they’d be in the big league. Very comfortable indeed it seems.

What we weren’t expecting was a Christmas song to close the set. Delorentos were joined on stage by tonight’s opening act We Cut Corners, who we didn’t get to see but have been stellar any other time we’ve seen them. Together they went on to perform a beautiful rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. A fitting end to a gig so close to Christmas from two great bands who we believe will only get better.

2012 will be known as the year where Delorentos hinted at what they’re really capable of. It’s with bated breath that we await 2013, when they can really capitalise on a very impressive year.

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Photos: Sean Smyth