PRENUP

Hell to Pay

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Red Eye Greyer of hair, balder of pate, wider of girth and – we as­sume – far more learned and cyn­i­cal than they were 20 odd years ago, the ma­ture and ex­pe­ri­enced mu­si­cian is ei­ther go­ing to go through the mo­tions or re­act hon­estly to their creative in­stincts. Prenup are Hot­house Flow­ers mem­bers Fi­achna Ó Braonáin and Dave Clarke, and for­mer Pogues bassist Cait O’Rior­dan. On pa­per it has all the hall­marks of a cu­rate’s egg (in the press re­lease, Hot­house Flow­ers are de­scribed as one of the great­est bands in Ir­ish rock his­tory; this is, quite frankly, bull­shit), but the mu­sic is a very good amal­gam of the edgier side of the peo­ple in­volved. Cor­ralling in­flu­ences from the likes of sleazy Rolling Stones, strung-out Heart­break­ers, raunchy David Bowie and down-to-earth U2, the record rocks in all the right places. Lis­ten with­out prej­u­dice and you just might learn a thing or two. www.mys­pace.com/prenup­mu­sic Down­load tracks: Cold Wind, Wed­ding Ring

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