Live Review: The Molotovs / Tung In Cheek – The Grand Social, Dublin 06.01.2023

Words: Letty Sharp // Photos: Ian Mc Donnell

On the 6th of January London based band The Molotovs came over to
Dublin for their debut show on Irish ground. The band decided upon the
Dublin band Tung In Cheek to take the reins of support.

Tung In Cheek were up first at 8:20. Andy Burke who was on vocal and
rhythm guitar duties walked on stage and greeted the crowd with
“What’s up Pussies” and broke into their first song ‘Johns Choirs’. The
band then went into ‘Lucid Dreams’ which had a great chorus. The
bass was thumping away thanks to Gavin Dunne on the bass and lead
guitarist Eoin O’Shea giving a few solos and drummer Chris Brady
having a few unique drum patterns up his sleeve and was not shy of
showing them off. The band played a couple more slower songs before
‘Ragbag Púca’. Andy then proclaimed the end of the slow songs and the
band kicked it up a notch, letting out the rest of their energy and they left
it all on the stage. Tung In Cheek show that Irelands music scene is alive
and kicking and won’t be going anywhere soon.

The Molotovs were on stage for 9 and walked up on the stage in their
dress attire of suits and colour. They opened with an original ‘Johnny
Don’t Be Scared’. The band is made up of siblings Mathew and Issey
Cartlidge and drummer Ice Dob. A small technical issue with Issey’s bass was no
setback for them as drummer Ice showed off her skills and Mathew
jammed with her while the issue was sorted. Issey joined back at the end
of the jam and they moved onto, ‘More More More’. The band have a great
stage presence are great fun to watch. The band finished with their
originals with ‘Newsflash’ and went into a selection of covers
including ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ originally by The Bangles ‘Should
I Stay or Should I Go’ originally by The Clash and ‘Johnny B. Goode’
originally by Chuck Berry. Halfway through the covers part of the set,
Mathew invited a friend who had come over form the UK also and that being John Finnigan who
came on stage to duet with the band for ‘Parklife’ originally by Blur.
They ended their set with a cover of ‘My Generation’ originally by The
With their set ended and just as the band were about to leave the stage, the
crowd! began asking for one more song. The band obliged and their last
song was the classic ‘Teenage Kicks’ originally by The Undertones.
The show ended with the trio taking a bow front and centre of stage. The Molotovs have a fantastic
stage presence and are definitely ones to keep up with in the future.

Set List:
Johnny Don’t Be Scared
More More More
Jack In The Box
Satisfaction Guaranteed
Victims Of A Ballroom Dance
Wasted On Youth
Suffragette City ( David Bowie)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
Alright (Supergrass) 
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (The Jam)
Parklife (Blur)
Burning Love ( Elvis)
Whiskey Man (The Who)
Town Called Malice (The Jam)
Slow Down (Brian May)
Walk Like an Egyptian (The Bangles)
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
My Generation (The Who)
Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)

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