Th­ese Kids are more than al­right

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RED KID Rocket Ship Yel­low Leaf Mu­sic To launch a CD on the same night as the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Olympics takes nerve. Red Kid are ob­vi­ously con­fi­dent about their de­but album and sen­si­bly cashed in on what­ever good vi­bra­tions lurked around China’s most aus­pi­cious and lucky day, 08/08/08. Rocket Ship be­gins, ap­pro­pri­ately, with a bang and ends with . . . well, an­other bang.

Think in terms of Fratel­lis, Black Crows, Blur, The Bea­tles and The Racon­teurs, throw in a healthy sense of hu­mour and a strong streak of in­di­vid­u­al­ity, and you have a good idea of where Red Kid are com­ing from. Ro­nan Turner has been de­scribed as “charis­matic”, but a good front- man with­out a great band is just a show-off. Turner might be that, but Red Kid are a first-class out­fit. The rock-pop vibe is per­fectly ex­e­cuted, and there’s not a bum song in sight, mak­ing you won­der where they’ve been hid­ing.

In fact, Red Kid have been work­ing their skinny rocker butts off, tour­ing Ire­land and Europe, build­ing up an im­pres­sive fol­low­ing on the back of their live gigs. Spots at Elec­tric Pic­nic, Cas­tle Palooza and Hard Work­ing Class He­roes have brought them to a wider au­di­ence, and their on-stage ex­u­ber­ance is clearly au­di­ble here. There’s a strong pos­si­bil­ity that the na­tional grid could be fed by the ex­cess en­ergy that tumbles off some tracks, no­tably Too Young to Die and Luana. Sub­tlety does not ap­pear in Red Kid’s dic­tionary, but Fake and Satur­day hint at a softer side to the quin­tet.

The un­re­strained ex­u­ber­ance in their stage act has been trans­lated onto disc by pro­duc­ers Tony Perry and Billy Farrell at Dublin’s Pulse Stu­dios, along with a bit of spit and pol­ish. The stand-out track among an album of out­stand­ing songs is Gaber­lun­zie, a strange name but a great song; and there is an in­spired fin­ish with a homage to The Sweet’s Ball­room Blitz in the smash­ing Par­adise.

Are we al­lowed to say an album is sexy? If so, Rocket Ship most def­i­nitely is. www.red­kid.info CLAIRE LOOBY Down­load tracks: Rocket Ship, Gaber­lun­zie, Luana, Par­adise

Red Kid’s Rocket Ship: high-oc­tane rock and pop, with nary a bum song in sight

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