I’ve seen Mmoths three or four times over the past two years or so, and I’ve always been left disappointed by him, bar once. The songs are ridiculously good, lush instrumentation that just wash over you. That’s why his set to close the Body & Soul stage at Electric Picnic 2012 was so enjoyable. It was the calm after the storm. But when he’s the storm, the entertainment, the main event that you pay €12-€14 to watch, I just want a little… more. Jack Colleran has swelled Mmoths from a solo act to a three piece and for this show in the Pavilion, as part of an Irish tour, added a two-piece brass section as well. So expectations are high – and can’t be met. Things start brilliantly, with a new, atmospheric, dense track that has Sigur Ros leanings. But it’s far too brief – and that seems to be the plan tonight – the show is only 45 minutes. So by the time the group win the attention of the crowd – this was a young crowd; where are they for all the other great shows around Cork? – courtesy of ‘Summer’, it’s almost over. That track is a magnificent beast though, living up to its connotations. However, the band goes away, leaving Colleran alone with his laptop. It could have been so much more! I really want Mmoths to be an amazing experience. The songs are there. It just fell short – far too short – again. Oh, have I not mentioned the chatty crowd yet? Goodness me! All pictures after the jump by Brid O’Donovan.


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