Live Review: Cashier No 9

23 Nov

Green Door Store: Tuesday, November 22 2011.

Despite it’s title, Cashier No 9’s debut long player To The Death Of Fun brought a perfectly timed warm glow to a largely drab summer.

With DJ and composer David Holmes doing a stellar job on production duties, the Belfast band took a heavy dose of 60s West Coast Americana, a pick-me-up of psychedelia and a stash of late 80s baggy and concocted an album of melodic bliss.

There’s little doubt the wizardry of Holmes played a hefty part in making sure it sounded more than the sum of its parts, but at a heaving Green Door Store, Cashier No 9 showed they can more than cut it outside of the studio too.

The jangly opener Goldstar, underpinned by catchy, chiming keys, had the effortless swagger of the Stone Roses in their prime. After that nod to 1989, the laidback, hazy melodies of Lost at Sea harked back two decades earlier as it rolled along with waves of harmonica.

It was on the blistering Oh Pity, however, that they really came into their own with it’s carpet bomb cymbals, layers of percussion and sharp rhythm guitar, perfectly offset by singer James Smith’s honey-soaked vocals.

In lesser hands it could have been disaster with each element competing for attention, but they somehow moulded it into a shimmering pop gem.

 Cashier No 9 might not be making bundles of cash – they admitted to being unable to afford a guitar tech as they carried out running repairs mid show – but on this showing, they shouldn’t worry about finding check-out jobs just yet.

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