Date: September 21st, 2014
Band Link: http://www.trm.ie
I’ve only heard about Irish rock band The Riptide Movement since last week. In that time I’ve bought their latest album Getting Through (Debut at number #1 in Ireland) on iTunes and been listening to it every day. The band’s buddy and New York music scene legend Willie Nile promoted the band on his Facebook page and since then, I’ve been hooked. Thanks Willie!
For those that are curious, the band kind has certain elements of bands like Stereophonics, U2, Bruce, Saw Doctors and some other rock bands. There’s a bit of blues and folk rock mixed in with the rock as well. The Riptide Movement played a free show for the Smithwick Sessions tour in Hoboken last night at Northern Soul. The Smithwick Sessions is a bunch of free shows over a few different cities, featuring Irish bands and music like The Mahones, Mighty Stef, Ash, Mundy, Black 47 and The Riptide Movement.
The show was originally supposed to be at the Ale House in Hoboken but was moved to Northern Soul on First Street. I’d imagine since The Ale House is tiny and wouldn’t be able to hold the band. Since the band sounded great on their album, the show was free and only 15 minutes from my apartment; might as well check them out and see how they were live. I can understand the praise from Willie Nile now because they were awesome!
They played many tracks off their new album (“Animal,” “Getting Through,” “Glór,” “Friday to Sunday”), as well as their previous album Keep On Keepin’ On. The songs I wanted to hear from Getting Through were play, and sounded just as good as they did on their albums. It’s hard to just sit there and not dance or bop your head when seeing these guys. At one point the band broke out “Rattlin’ Bog,” which I know from punk band Authority Zero covering the Irish traditional song. I still can’t fathom how anyone can remember these words.
TRM was suppose to play a lot longer than they did but the police were outside trying to shut the show down apparently. I did hear the band soundchecking as I was walking from the Light Rail stop so it was pretty loud. They were told 3 songs and they played “You and I” and lastly “All Works Out” with Willie Nile jumping in on vocals.
I forget the first one out of that group they played; I think it might have been an older one. The last two songs are my favorites from the new album, and the songs also got the most rise out of the crowd. Though, “Rattlin’ Bog” got a lot of claps as well. It was awesome seeing Willie singing along with the band, who has played with the band before and has shows with them in Ireland soon as well.
After the band got done with “All Works Out,” the band was gonna get off the stage and start breaking things down. Willie was leading the cheer to have them play one more song. I was teasing Willie that he’s going to get the band in trouble with the cops. Riptide Movement said screw it and played one more song, since it was the first time they were playing in Hoboken. they finished things off with playing “Keep on Keepin’ On” and Willie helped with backing vocals again.
Fun set and glad I made the train ride up to Hoboken from Jersey City. I wanted to stick around to talk with the band some more but it being a Sunday night, I wanted to get home to get to bed for work. Definitely check these guys out if you can, and be sure to buy their new album. I think these guys are going to hit it big!
Here’s some photos from the show, I’ll have more up on my photo website SkaPunkPhotos.com soon!