Halves returned to Cork for the first time in about 18 months last Friday, June 26, with new album Boa Howl in tow. I think it’s a great album and one that deserves a lot of attention. Sadly the turnout in Cyprus Avenue wasn’t great, and I think that was reflected in the band’s performance. They were as solid as ever but there was a lack of energy, both on stage and among the audience. ‘Drumhunter’, for example, never really took off in the way I was hoping it would. The trio had been bulked up to a five-piece for the night and told the crowd that the X Factor wanted to use one of their songs – so we should imagine the music soundtracking a load of old ladies working in shops. I’ve never imagined their music in those terms before. I really enjoyed Halves and was disappointed I yet again missed a Bantum set. (I was working.) Accompanyied by vocals from Eimear O’Donovan (who sings on ‘Roll Part II’ on his debut album, Legion, and with reportedly brilliant visuals from Le Tissier – and with plans for live drums – it seems like Ruairi Lynch is really intent on building an immersive live experience. Hopefully I’ll catch him live before too long. Halves, meanwhile, play Indiependence and Castlepalooza next weekend. You

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