The Would Be’s play The Dock

The Would Be’s with Leitrim member Julie McDonnell play The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday, September 8.

The Would Be’s with Leitrim member Julie McDonnell play The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday, September 8.

Once championed by the late great John Peel, Morrissey and Dave Fanning to name a few, Irish indie outfit The Would Be’s flame burned brightly, but ultimately all too quickly in the 90s.Following critically acclaimed early releases and touring with Smiths’ legend Morrissey (‘Kill Uncle’ tour), The Would Be’s imploded during label wrangling, leaving a sense of ‘unfinished business’ that lingered for the best part of the last two decades.

However, following a notable mention in rock journalist Tony Clayton Lea’s book, ‘101 Irish records ( You Must Hear Before You Die )’, the early spark that saw the band knock on the door of international success was rekindled and they have returned to the studio to re-write history and pick up where they prematurely left off.

Singer Julie McDonnell lives in Leitrim Village and teaches art in Carrigallen Vocational School, the local connection is part of the reson for the big Leitrim gig in The Dock this Saturday night. The band are supporting the Stunning in Vicat Street, Dublin on September 21. Their current single is called “Ivy Avenue” and they have a new song due out in October.

Unafraid to challenge indie norms with a prominent brass appeal, The Would Be’s female lead vocal recalls Harriet Wheeler at the height of her powers with The Sundays, along with Johnny Marr-inspired riffs and hooks, combined with their distinct brass leanings is as refreshing a sound and reminiscent of a time when 14 record labels clambered over each other to land their signatures.

For a band that enjoyed the accolade of ‘ NME Single of the week‘ on several occasions, The Would Be’s know where the benchmark is set when it comes to delicate, intricate and on-the-button indie pop as you are likely to hear this summer.

This might just be the indie gig of the year, the show kicks off at 8.30pm. Tickets are €15/€12 and available from the box office on 071 96 50828 or on line at www.thedock.ie