REVIEW: Little Green Cars, O2 Academy

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IT’S not hard to decipher where Irish folk/country rockers Little Green Cars take their inspiration from.

The Dublin five-piece, who performed at Sheffield’s O2 Academy in support of rising singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, name Bob Dylan as one of their main influences.

They were good value, performing for more than half an hour - and impressed the sell-out crowd who were drawn to the stage early.

Mostly melodic, acoustic but also rousing songs were played featuring strong vocals from lead singers Faye O’Rourke and Stevie Appleby.

There were also harmonies involving the rest of the band - Adam O’Regan, Donagh O’Leary and the appropriately-named Dylan Lynch.

Little Green Cars, all friends from the same part of Dublin who got together five years ago, are soon to release an album, Absolute Zero, and are signed to labels including Glassnote, promoter of Mumford and Sons in the US.

The only weak point with the Sheffield performance was that the vocals were sometimes overpowered by the drums.

But Stevie explained: “We only had 10 minutes to prepare and get the sound right - it’s the lot of the support band.”

He added: “It was jammed inside and a really good gig.”