Review of All Works Out by Riptide Movement
I got a call from my sister some weeks back who told me someone from the Riptide Movement, she wasn’t sure who but reckoned it was the drummer had been into Easons in Lucan where she works and had bought a few copies of Hot Press magazine. The Riptide Movement was on the cover. She took a glance, he caught her looking and excitedly he’d told her they were going to be on the Late Late, a national TV show here, that Friday.
Ireland’s great like that you see. A few weeks later I spotted a band on the @AcademyDublin account on Twitter and said to myself, “that’s yer man who works in C&Ts”, a local supermarket where I live. I’ll introduce you to that band next week but needless to say I’ve been speaking to the lead guitarist from time to time while in buying my few bits of groceries from him and it’s just one of those Dublin things, “That’ll be 18 euro and 67 cent.”
“Here ya go Jimmy”, as his tune is getting airplay above us on the shop’s sound system.
“See yez playing in Whelan’s next week.”
“No worries bud, happy days.”
Back to the Riptide and that Friday I took a ‘goo’ and a listen to the them on the Late Late. The next day I paid for a pre-release of their new album Getting Through which was due to come out the following week, 4th April, so impressed was I.
The Riptide Movement have an amazing sound. Good honest blues rock ‘n roll with an indie twist though some would say they’re an indie band with a twist of country and blues. To me, their sound could have been produced anywhere in the world, it’s so well
established but what gives it that dash of “Irishness” are the lyrics, so true to Dubliners, so tender, raw and full of no nonsense.
I read somewhere along the way that the band members had shared the same interest while growing up, in pure Irish class that had gone way before them, Rory Gallagher and I remember tweeting a tune of his last year, A Million Miles Away. Such class. To
me if you’re gonna play the kind of quality and timeless music the Riptide play you’ve got to have grown up with this stuff. Hozier is a great example. He grew up listening to his Dad play blues drums.
From Lucan, the same part of Dublin as rapper DVO Marvell, the Riptide earned their apprenticeship and worked tirelessly for years busking on Dublin’s famous Grafton Street where other great Irish artists had gone before them. Then they got their first
break when a student from Delhi was passing through, bought one of their CDs, took it home and a while later they got a call to travel to play at a festival out there. (Let this be encouragement to other buskers.) They produced and released in 2012 a great rock n’ roll album, Keep On Keepin’ On, signed up with a UK booking agent, played at Glastonbury last year and also supported the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. Yes,the Rolling Stones. Am I surprised? No. Keep On Keepin’ On has that old school of bluesy rock sound to it and I’m not surprised at all the Stones were taken with them. The fantastic harmonica, fast paced rock guitar and drum beats sound and that deep gruff voice of the lead singer Mal Tuohy which can really be heard in Hot Tramp and which floats my boat by the way 😉 along with other song titles would read and sound like a Stones playlist.
This new album of theirs, Getting Through produced by Ted Hutt who also produced for one of my favourites, the Dropkick Murphys, to me sounds like they’ve gone for something a little different and shows the range of performance and vocals they can throw out there. While they still maintain their old sound which to me is blues rock and more so in the latter part of the album, the newer sound as I hear it has made a move into the indie genre. The album is upbeat, it’s foot stomping, it’s dark in places, it works
and it’s causing a storm over here with their first single released off it, All Works Out being played consistently on our national radio stations. The visuals for it are quite comedic though covering a serious topic and very popular with the Irish masses, the main character being Amy Huberman, wife of Irish Rugby legend, Brian O’Driscoll nailing it.
If you get a chance to listen to their new album you won’t be disappointed. It covers issues such as emigration and love. You might say, “so?” but it’s how it’s said, in that Dublin way. And my favourite track? I couldn’t possibly say, You and I, Getting Through, Glór (pronounced Glore which means voice or sound in English), Across the Water, Skin and Bones, Friday To Sunday…”jah know wha’? It’s all good” and the Sycamore Tree is the perfect wind down tune to finish off the album with.
So, where are we now with the Riptide? Well, Getting Through went to number 1 in the Irish album charts and their first release off it, All Works Out spent 3 weeks at the number 1 singles spot. Tipped to be massive this summer the Irish tourist company
Discover Ireland have pinned All Works Out to their new ad campaign. The band is flying and the lads have embarked on their UK tour this week and I see are again billed to play Glastonbury on the Saturday this year.
To finish up, when cracking open them cans and warming up the barbecue at dusk this summer, throw the Riptide on. Perfection 😉 Or better still, why not go check them out for a wickedly good gig, GUARANTEED.
Review by Nicola Timmons