Apparently there’s something about Dublin (the water, perhaps?) that tends to spawn international acts. (Anyone heard of Thin Lizzy? The Script? U2?) And as UK’s Mumford & Sons have proven, there also seems to be something about folk music from that part of the world that we Americans dig even more than our own folk music nowadays. (Maybe we’re just suckers for the accent—or maybe it reminds us of our roots.)
Enter Little Green Cars, the up-and-coming country-rock band that has both of these things going for it: they are from Dublin, and they have a vibe that is destined to resonate strongly with American indie-rock and neo-folk fans like me. Granted, their sound is more rock than it is folk (just because they are on the same label as Mumford & Sons doesn’t mean they sound like Mumford & Sons), but their sound has this rootsy flavor that grabs you in the gut and pulls you along for the ride.
Take, for example, their single “The John Wayne.” If you’re going by formula, it would seem unlikely that this song would be a “hit.” Most of the song hovers around one chord. One chord. But—I don’t know if this will make sense or not—it feels like they play that chord so well. The opening chord strums and half-note drum hits captured my attention immediately, even before the ear-candy five-part harmonies kicked in. And when they launched from there into the driving rock beat—pure heaven. So, yeah, I think it’s a hit.
As of now, only two songs from Little Green Cars (“The John Wayne” and “Witching Hour”) are “officially” available in the U.S. The band have released a new EP named Harper Lee that currently available in the Ireland iTunes store, and their tour dates suggest they’re staying fairly close to home. But I honestly can’t imagine them staying away from the U.S. for very long. I think this band is going to take off over here once more people hear their music.