The Lowly Knights: noble sounds

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Any­one for a joust? For the past cou­ple of months, this 12-strong group of des­per­a­dos have been se­duc­ing audiences wher­ever they go. Culled from var­i­ous Belfast com­bos for what was ini­tially sup­posed to be just one wee hop, the Lowly Knights have worked out that peo­ple are so en­am­oured of their mu­sic that it might make sense to stick to­gether.

The band go about their busi­ness with hooks and vo­cals that are a lit­tle bit folk, a lit­tle bit choral and a lit­tle bit pop. Their re­cent release The Ri­fles EP (on the We Col­lect Records la­bel) is the one-stop shop where you can check out what the Knights have at their dis­posal.

The EP’s five tunes see the band point­ing in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions – De­vo­tion, for in­stance, sounds like Suf­jan Stevens stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der with The Poly­phonic Spree. Such are its at­trac­tions that be­sides ra­dio plays and rave re­views, De­vo­tion also fea­tured in AU Mag­a­zine’s re­cent Top 50 Ir­ish tracks count­down.

Live shows, with 12 play­ers at full pelt, are some­thing else. Add in some honorary Knights who’ve shown up on oc­ca­sion – in­clud­ing this week’s New Mu­sic ed­i­tor Gary Light­body, Iain Archer and Duke Spe­cial – and you have the mak­ings of a damn spe­cial night out.

The Knights them­selves can’t be­lieve how well it has all gone to date.

“We’ve never re­ally had big ex­pec­ta­tions for our­selves and there­fore we were al­ways stunned when any­thing good hap­pened to us. I re­mem­ber think­ing ‘could you imag­ine sup­port­ing Duke Spe­cial?’” says Knight Neil Mul­lan. “We’ve al­ways had the at­ti­tude that this isn’t go­ing to last for­ever so let’s en­joy it and make it as fun as pos­si­ble while it does last.”

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