Gig Review | Modernlove w/ Support @ Mash House

Modernlove brought their Spring 2023 UK Tour to the Mash House in Edinburgh with support from Lizzie Esau.

Lizzie Esau

First to take to the Edinburgh stage was Lizzie Esau and her live band. Esau is an artist from the North East of England who creates songs that twist and intertwine different genres. Lizzie Esau already has an impressive background with support slots for bands like The Amazons and Baby Queen. In a setlist incorporating only her own material, Esau performed with great power and enthusiasm.

This set allowed Esau to show off her material as well as give an insight into her musical influences. She successfully played many tracks in her short time on stage. This included 2022 single ‘Bleak Sublime‘ which has noticeable influences from Wolf Alice. Esau also played latest single ‘Jellyfish‘ which is much more guitar heavy than tracks like ‘Bleak Sublime‘. Other songs played by Esau included released tunes like ‘The Enemy‘ as well as unreleased ones like ‘Cool‘ and ‘Road Kill‘.

If you are a fan of bands like Wolf Alice, Swim School, Pale Waves, and Black Honey, then Lizzie Esau will be perfect for you. Her eclectic discography is easy to listen to and incredibly catchy. There is something for everyone with Esau and her performance supporting Modernlove was amazing. If you get the chance, I highly recommend going to see her live.


Four-piece indie band, Modernlove, are from Drogheda, Ireland. They are led by frontman Barry Lally. He is accompanied by Graham Fagen on guitar, Daniel Rooney on bass, and Cian McClusky on drums. Their set was filled with all original tracks and it was really impressive.

Much like their support artist, Lizzie Esau, Modernlove used their set to boast an array of memorable melodies. With very catchy guitar work, their music is perfect for fans of bands like COIN, Corella, Vistas, and the 1975. Modernlove played fan-favourites ‘2 Missed Calls‘ and ‘Follow You‘ which have an incredible 3 million Spotify streams between them. This tour, and show, also allowed the band to debut their 2023 EP, “Nightlife” and the songs within it. This included one of my personal favourite tracks, ‘Only Ever Only You’. The bridge during the middle of this tune allowed for successful audience participation and interaction.

Out of all of the gigs I have attended in Edinburgh venues, this has to be one of the loudest crowds I have heard. This is all down to the band’s ever-growing popularity. I always enjoy hearing songs I’ve been listening to in a live setting and Modernlove never disappointed. Even if you’ve never heard a track by them, they are a remarkable band to see live. They had the whole of the Mash House dancing along.

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