The enigma known simply as Simple Kid rolled into The City By The Bay on Thursday for a Memorial Day showcase at popscene. Ciaran McFeely and two sidekicks offered up renditions of songs from McFeelyís debut US release, plainly titled 1. Although the album doesnít arrive in stores until June 15 via Vector, the crowdís enthusiastic reaction offers optimism for the success of the ëKid in the States.
Armed with a laptop, a Korg keyboard, a bank of harmonicas, and a changing number of guitars and banjos, the three road warriors hit the stage and played a short but sweet five-song set. Working their way through most of the highlights of 1, the show kicked off, naturally, with ìHello.î McFeelyís voice holds its weight live, and the looped beats and synth additions fleshed out the guitar and harmonica basis of the tunes; like an Irish Beck, they combined the myriad instruments to great effect. A minor technical difficulty delayed the start of first single ìStaring At The Sun,î but once it kicked in, the beats and guitar hook rang loudly through the club. They then fired through ìDrugs,î ìTruck On,î and ìI Am Rock,î slide guitars, harmonicas and beats all washing over the venue, before leaving the stage having whetted the crowdís appetite with their country-leaning guitar pop wizardry, but leaving them wanting more. Sound strategy, that.