Gallery and set-list: The Murder Capital – Vicar Street, Dublin 26.02.2023

Words / Photos Mick Ryan.

Last Sunday night saw the welcome return of post-punk band “The Murder Capital” who played to a sold out Vicar St venue in Dublin City IRE. 

Indeed it’s been three years since they last played in the capital since that “C” word and in the meantime they’ve played various festivals throughout Europe and have spent time in studio producing their second acclaimed album named “Gigi’s Return” which they have been busy touring the UK recently and fittingly ending the tour at home in Vicar St to where a ticket couldn’t be had for love nor money. 

Support on the night was from Unorthodox_coolock and who have supported throughout the tour. 

Shortly after 9pm the lights dimmed and a musical intro to an empty stage played out followed soon by the entrance of the band members and the mesmerising frontman James McGovern quickly had the now packed venue in tears of joy opening up with “Crying” from the afore mentioned new album. McGovern , known for his stage presence and deathly stares, but is also known for his now infamous crowd surfing skills and he didn’t waste time in getting the audience involved as he threw himself into the adoring crowd who were only too obliging to carry him whilst singing “Return to my head” and they duly ‘returned him’ to the stage….eventually! 

 The band continued to burst out tunes over the two hour set with a few from their critically acclaimed debut album “When I have Fears” in the mix . 

A great night and well worth the wait and I just can’t wait to see these guys again! 

Crying (Intro)
Return My Head
More Is Less
The Stars Will Leave Their Stage
For Everything
Love, Love, Love
The Lie Becomes The Self
A Thousand Lives
Green & Blue
We Had To Disappear
Gigi’s Recovery
Feeling Fades
Only Good Things
Don’t Cling To Life

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