Attention Bebe‘s gig in Tripod last night was more fun than throwing chihuahuas at clowns. When I went to see them in the same venue last month, myself and quite a few others were a bit the worse for wear so we never had the energy to get into the dancing fun. Last night’s crowd seemed far, far more enthusiastic, even if there were perhaps less of them and less of the footballs bouncing around annhialating pint glasses. The band are getting better and better live, now seeming totally comfortable performing their set of pop classics in front of any size audience. It’s not easy playing at a late club where the majority of people haven’t come to see a band, but the word-of-mouth juggernaut has been working it’s way around the city for about a year now and it seemed there were plenty of people there last night that came for the ’90s revival rave-up. At last month’s gig, they played musical chairs with the crowd and the girl who won had the honour of having Attention Bebe come to play at her house-party which happened the night before this week’s gig. Last night, the crowd were treated to Pass the Parcel, glow sticks, confetti, plenty of dancing as well as one young man who decided to get up on=stage wearing only his glow stick and then demonstrated what happens when naked people stage-dive. Splat.
It’s one sign of how things have changed in Dublin, that moments later the naked stage invader was back in the front of the crowd dancing away (fully clothed) rather than being dragged outside and kicked about for a bit. I don’t even like most of the songs that these guys play, but their infectious sense of fun means you can’t help dancing and singing along to “Here Comes The Hotstepper”, “Rhythm is a Dancer”, “Vengabus” and R Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)”. You simply can not argue with a band who’s violinist performs in an original Italia ’90 jersey. More pics below and on my Flickr.