Original by name and definitely by nature, the Dublin hip-hop/Indie trio of Neddy (rapper), Rob (vocals and guitar) and Walshy (ukulele) have a difference about them that makes them stand out – and it definitely works.
Currently out on their first ever UK headline tour, the Dublin born band certainly had the audience in the palm of their hands at Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3. The trio performed a selection of numbers from their debut album, This Life, as well as some exceptional covers of other well-known songs, such as 2012 superstar Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’.
Single ‘Blue Eyes’ kick-started the set and got the crowd just as pumped as the band were, during what was only their second headline show in England. Nonetheless, the Irish boys looked at home on stage in Brum. Album tracks ‘Dublin Days,’ ‘Me and My Mind’ and ‘Bringing Me Down’ raised both the excitement and energy in the room, before a slow in pace with the mellow ‘Feel The Same’ and ‘In Too Deep’.
Clear crowd favourites ‘Sunny Days and ‘Travelling Man’ revived the energy from the earlier half of the show, whilst Neddy’s impeccable rapping skills were showcased further with ‘You Down With ORB’. It was then the crowd’s turn to exercise their own vocal chords, as the band covered Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ and Mumford & Sons’ ‘Little Lion Man’; both of which completely raised the roof off the Academy 3.
After playing support act to The Script on their UK and Ireland tour earlier this year, the publicity definitely worked wonders for The ‘Rudeboys popularity, as their sell-out crowd summoned its last bit of energy to belt out the last three numbers ‘Written Songs,’ Live Your Life’ and ‘Stars In My Eyes’ – raps and all – along with the band.
The crowd were told that the last song was written just as the band were starting out, and it looks like they are beginning to make it big just two years after their formation as a group. No-one can help but be drawn in by their charm and captivated by their true-to-life lyrics, and they can look back on last night as a terrific success. Birmingham will definitely welcome them back with open arms.
4 stars ★★★★✰