RADAR: Little Green Cars

The five 20-year-old Dubliners who drive Little Green Cars have already been plying their trade and playing together for five years now, giving their anthemic Irish folk/rock a remarkably seasoned edge for a band who all happen to be just out of their teens. The huge buzz both in the U.K. and the States is rising to a steady roar for their highly anticipated March debut album Absolute Zero given the band's adoring critical base, production from renowned studio maven Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons) and a U.S. label deal with the white hot Glassnote label (Mumfords, Phoenix). Dual vocalists Steve Appleby and Faye O'Rourke lead the sonic charge through tracks like lead single The John Wayne, a rousing, pub-rocking stomper that manages a touch of powerful arena-sized jolt while keeping the feel nimble and surprisingly harmonious. "Consequences" turns the heat down to jangley acoustic simmer while mixing in lovely layered Beach Boy-ish harmonies behind Appleby's boyish croon and O'Rourke grabs holds of "River Song"'s melody and simply runs with it, putting an indelible personal stamp on the song with some effortless roof-raising vocal firepower.

Little Green Cars (from Absolute Zero)

Little Green Cars - 'Witching Hour' (from Absolute Zero)