Director-We Thrive On Big Cities

Remember Director? They were an Irish band who released two albums before splitting, the debut We Thrive On Big Cities in 2006 and the follow up I’ll Wait For Sound in 2009. They came around at a time when the Irish music industry was making a name for itself, with the likes of The Coronas, David Kitt, Jape, and R.S.A.G. all doing well. 

Reconnect‘ was the first track released and it was a major success in Ireland. It even got them a slot at Oxygen. Jesus, remember Oxygen? The album was released later in the year and sent straight to number 2 in the charts and eventually went platinum. The other singles released were ‘Come With A Friend‘ and ‘Leave It To Me‘ which both did well. ‘Come With A Friend’ is far more catchy with its quick lyrics and ‘Leave It To Me’ is slightly darker and rocky sound. Both do well however to capture the feel of the album in the broader sense, which is a mix of pop and alt rock.

Check out the hilarious video for ‘Come With A Friend’ below and try to spot the now famous Irish actor messing with a guitar. 

The album opener ‘Easy To Me’ introduces their rock element, as Mooney sings along with the tempo of the music. ‘Standing In My Way’ and ‘She’s Saying Things’ keep up the pace of album, though the lyrics never really seem too captivating. I’m not saying the band would have just thrown down lyrics and and rolled with it, but the quality of the music outweighs the lyrics. My favourite track on the album is ‘Can You Take It’. Quick, short versus and a grand finish where they let loose.

This is a good effort and debut from a band I wish was still around. They tried to be a little different and a little louder than other Irish acts at the time and they’ve stayed on my mp3 through the years. Pick it up if you find it somewhere and “reconnect” with the Irish pop/rock scene of the mid noughties.

G.M

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