Belfast Telegraph

The band that's still bloomin' great

By Damien Murray

The Old Courthouse, Antrim Tomorrow, 8pm

Don’t Go may have been the title of Hothouse Flowers’ first big hit, but it could now be re-named ‘Won’t Go’ as, 25 years after its formation, the eclectic Irish rock band still remains one of the country’s favourites.

Even after all these years, the music still excites them and, according to guitarist, Fiachna O’Braonain, the band is more than pleased with their fifth studio album, Into Your Heart.

Coupling the Flowers’ hunger for a solid soul sound along with the distinctive vocals of lead singer Liam O Maonlai, this album is the sound of a band completely comfortable with the many roots that give its music such a unique vibe.

With the pressure long gone off the band as Ireland’s next big thing, Liam, Fiachna, bassist Peter O’Toole and drummer, Dave Clarke, can get on with the more enjoyable task of making albums at their own pace. Recent years have seen them play festivals in Europe and take on concert tours across North America where Rolling Stone magazine dubbed them ‘the best unsigned band in Europe’.

With the first single from the new album, Your Love Goes On, having already hit the charts, the band is currently engaged in a promotional tour, including tomorrow’s gig in Antrim.

For tickets and further information tel: 028 9446 3113.

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