UEA LCR, Norwich
On hearing The Thrills for the first time you could be forgiven for thinking that they had just flown in from a beach in San Diego, rather than their native Ireland. Laden with Beach Boys harmonies and near-falsetto vocals reminiscent of Neil Young, The Thrills wear their obvious musical reference points with pride.
The music certainly wasn't designed for a damp and dingy October evening in Norwich - but this didn't seem to worry the enthusiastic audience.
However much you like them, The Thrills certainly aren't breaking any new ground.
They rattle through the album tracks with vigour and enthusiasm, but the overall effect was more comfortable than captivating.
They seemed to settle into their groove as the set progressed, moving from a beautifully mellow Just Travelling Through to an anthemic Santa Cruz with consummate ease.
A couple of new tracks were showcased (we weren't told what they were called) and in all honesty they were no radical departure from their current debut album, So Much For The City.
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- 2 Meet the new team behind revamped village pub
- 3 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 4 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 5 Obituary: Doctor, and son of Norwich's recycling empire founder, dies aged 69
- 6 One person taken to hospital after three-car crash on A47
- 7 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 8 Music-loving dad whose ashes were fired into festival crowd took own life
- 9 War-time bomb lay dormant for 80 years before exploding under fishing boat
- 10 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
It seems as if The Thrills are going nowhere fast, but their laid back philosophy certainly left a warm glow after they had left the stage.