Coming back for the summer

Remember chirpy sunshine indie popsters The Thrills? They were everywhere following the success of debut album 'So Much For The City', but following a not so successful second, 'Lets Bottle Bohemia', the band have taken a considerable time to record LP number three. The Irish act are back, and played one of their first festival dates for summer 2007 at the 02 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.

The memory of major hits like 'Big Sir' saw the band draw a large crowd to the X FM Stage, if security had been willing to let people outside go in to the clearly visible large gaps then even more would have been able to enjoy what was one of the most impressive sets of the day.

'Big Sir' appeared early on and went down as well as you'd expect, as did debut album opener 'Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)'.

With 'Teenager', their new album due out in July, there were a few unfamiliar tracks in this late afternoon set, from this brief hearing it's clear that those who love their early work won't find too many nasty shocks.

With the new material being well received, it was back to the classics to see out the show. First up came the slower 'Not For All The Love in the World', with for me their best two left for the close. The perfect pop of breakthrough single 'One Horse Town', being followed up by the track that was head and shoulders above the rest from the second album 'Whatever Happened To Corey Haim'.

The Thrills move on to play Knowsley Hall and the V Festival amongst other dates this summer. Even if the new album doesn't see a return to the heights of 2003, at least they've enough feel-good festival anthems to make them a worthwhile addition to any line up.