BIG SEPTEM­BER Ball­room Ad­dicts Self-re­leased

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

It’s a long way from Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege, Bray, but it seems that the five mem­bers of Big Septem­ber (named in trib­ute fol­low­ing the death of a close friend in that month) have grad­u­ated onto big­ger and bet­ter things. There’s cer­tainly some­thing of an epic, an­themic qual­ity to the band’s de­but al­bum; you’ll be re­minded of The Edge’s gui­tar lines and U2’s widescreen, of­ten overly dra­matic pres­ence. Some­times this ap­proach seems not only too am­bi­tious but also just a lit­tle unimag­i­na­tive, yet there’s no doubt­ing the in­ten­tions: Big Septem­ber aim (as it says in the press re­lease) to “hit people in some way and have an up­lift­ing mes­sage”. They’re not to ev­ery­one’s hip tastes, but if you’re look­ing for a band to shake a fist to this sum­mer, when they play a se­ries of open-air events, then here is one such. bigseptem­ber. com

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