Little Green Cars – 4/8/16 – The Valley Bar

Little Green Cars is Stevie Appleby, Adam O’Regan, Faye O’Rourke, Dylan Lynch and Donagh Seaver O’Leary. Photo by Steven Dewall/Redferns via Getty

Little Green Cars is Stevie Appleby, Adam O’Regan, Faye O’Rourke, Dylan Lynch and Donagh Seaver O’Leary. Photo by Steven Dewall/Redferns via Getty

 

Little Green Cars – 4/8/16 – The Valley Bar

by Kat Chapman

 

I wasn’t supposed to be there.

The venue was 21+ that night and I tried to reason with the bouncers saying I was on the guest list but they were adamant about the fact that I was underage and couldn’t go in.
I was persistent and kept saying I was here for work; I was just here to review the show and maybe get a quick interview and the music gods must’ve been watching because I finally made it in about halfway through the opening act (John Mark Nelson, a little too all over the place for me but not bad).

Because of my age, I had to sit sidestage and have security monitor me the entire time but I’ve had worse experiences. While sitting sidestage, I met and chatted briefly with the bassist in Little Green Cars, Donagh Seaver O’Leary, who was super chill and really nice (maybe he knew I was there to review the show and wanted to give a good impression…)
When Little Green Cars took the stage, they opened with two songs from their new album, Ephemera which came out on March 11, 2016.
I spoke to Stevie Appleby, one of the lead vocalists, and he said “I’ve been listening to the album for like a year and when I hear people singing the lyrics back…I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, but it’s been really good” in reference to the reception the new album has gotten in just over a month.
The band played an 11 song set with a three song encore; the set included 10 songs from the new album. Fan favorites “Harper Lee”, “The John Wayne” and “My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me” were spread throughout the show.
“The John Wayne” stood out the most to me for a couple reasons. Firstly, they intro’d the song with an anecdote about a fan who told them they were the only band he listens to that isn’t heavy metal. This guy’s friend had showed him this song and he became a fan. The fan also told them that he had lost this friend to suicide. The band then said this song is a reminder to them and now they hope it’s a reminder to those in attendance to tell the people you love, that you love them. Secondly, the song features a vocal crescendo in the chorus that sounds so heavenly on the album and I was a little worried it wouldn’t translate live but it exceeded all my expectations despite the entire crowd screaming along.
Another standout from the show was “Ok Ok Ok” which is sung entirely by the only female member of the band, Faye O’Rourke, who has an incredible voice. I can only think to compare it to Marina Diamondis of Marina and the Diamonds but with a sprinkle more vibrato.
My favorite (and least favorite) part of the show was the final encore song. They sang “The Factory” but they walked out into the crowd and had the crowd circle around them. I think it’s awesome when artists can make their music that personal, however; since I was restricted to sidestage due to my age, I could barely see any of this performance.
I’m not going to let the venue restrictions hinder my review because their music doesn’t deserve that. Little Green Cars is one of few bands that I can say was not only good live, but better live than in studio. If you’re looking for a band who are truly invested in the music they are creating, this is the band for you.
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