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Music | Review: Le Galaxie @ Set Theatre Kilkenny 21/12/2013

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On a cold winter’s weekend in Kilkenny, only a Christmas Cracker of a line up could warm music-goers heading out.  First up on Saturday was Le Galaxie, who were playing their last show of what has been a brilliant year for the quartet.  This show was the band’s first on the back of their biggest show to date at The Olympia Theatre for Nialler9’s 8th birthday bash a week ago.

Opening the presents early were Sleep Thieves with their haunting vocals and pulsating electro pop.  Sleep Thieves’ setlist felt very much like a scene from indie movie ‘Drive’ on occasion.  Dark tones were a common element in the first half before the introduction of uplifting synths, which changed the rhythm of the band’s set.  Standout track on the setlist was ‘Oceans’ with top-notch vocals from Sorcha Brennan and Co.

The crowd may have taken it easy for the opening part of the show, as Sleep Thieves singer Sorcha Brennan said earlier “I hope you won’t be sitting down for Le Galaxie, you wont get far”.  Having seen Le Galaxie at festivals over the summer, their sets have been fueled on ecstatic energy and a hungry audience looking for those electro-disco vibes.  As the band make their way on stage to underlying beats, frontman Michael Pope urged the crowd on the dancefloor with a welcome.

The Set Theatre was treated to a foot stomping, hip shaking rollercoaster.  Intergalactic, robot rock was evident in songs like ‘Earth’, ‘Nightcaller’ as the audience filled the floor, arms waving and questionable dance moves exercised throughout.

The band didn’t shy away from joining in on the party front either, if it wasn’t drummer Alastair Higgins running around the Set Theatre playing a  cowbell, or frontman Michael Pope being lifted a loft by the crowd, Le Galaxie were ending 2013 with a bang.  As the setlist continued it’s fast paced tempo, Le Galaxie stormed through songs from debut album ‘Laserdic Night 2’, along with fan favourite ‘Love System’ and latest single ‘Lucy Is Here’.

Finishing off the triumphant setlist the band stood by for the Jurassic Park theme tune, which makes an appropriate closing anthem for a show filled with such exuberance.

Witnessing a Le Galaxie show usually resembles a supernova at the best of times, but a show in the intimate surroundings of The Set Theatre was always going to be an out of this world experience.  As their next album is due for release in March 2014, Le Galaxie are sure to be making waves by next summer.