Thursday, 11 July 2013

Review: The Original Rudeboys, Birmingham O2 Academy3 10/07/13

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.

On their first ever UK headline tour the Dublin born band certainly had the audience in the palm of their hands, with numbers from their debut album This Life as well as some exceptional covers of well-known songs.

‘Blue Eyes’ kick started the set and got the crowd just as pumped as the band were for what was only their second headline show in England.

But the Irish boys looked at home in on stage in Birmingham; ‘Dublin Days,’ ‘Me and My Mind’ and ‘Bringing Me Down’ raised both the excitement and energy in the room, before their cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’ allowed for a sing along en-masse.

‘Feel The Same’ and ‘In Too Deep’ followed, two of the boys’ slower tracks, before flying through clear crowd favourites ‘Sunny Days and ‘Travelling Man.’

Neddy’s impeccable rapping skills were showcased further with ‘You Down With ORB’ and then it was the crowd’s turn to exercise their own vocals as the band covered ‘Someone like You’ and ‘Little Lion Man’ to completely raise the roof of Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3.

Supporting The Script earlier this year on their UK and Ireland tour definitely worked wonders, as the sold out venue belted out the last three numbers ‘Written Songs,’ Live Your Life’ and ‘Stars In My Eyes’ – raps and all – along with the band.

The last song, we were told, was written just as the band were starting out and it looks like just two years later they are beginning to make it big. You can't 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.

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