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ACL Fest review: Little Green Cars

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Eric Pulsifer

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 12, 2013

Folk rockers Little Green Cars have been building momentum since SXSW and a slew of festival stops that have followed. The Irish import played today as a six-piece with hearty four-part harmonies and a woodsy indie sound — somwhere between their uber-popular U.S. labelmates Mumford & Sons and R.E.M.

Early into the set came the curse of seeing a band with one well-known song: after every song came a shout from somewhere back in the crowd: “Play ‘John Wayne!’”

“The John Wayne” is a pounding anthem and a fair choice for a fan favorite. “It’s easy to take it all / It’s easy to give it too / When there are more people out there to love than people who love you.”

While many were thankful for the lack of rain, cloud cover was also hard to come by, leading many to camp and sprawl out on the floor of the nearby craft beer tent. The heat seemed to get to singer and guitatist Stevie Appleby as well. “I keep getting sick in my mouth,” he said.