For his newest release, the followup to ‘Block Party’ the Show Off What You Got (SOWYG) EP out on Friday, Rocstrong has dropped the title track and a video shot in LA and Vegas earlier this year.
The song, produced by The Pharmacist, leans more on the rockier end of things yet Bangala’s earworm vocals are always at the centre of his sound.
Rocstrong said “I wanted to create a song that has the ability to make an elderly lady walking down a street in slow motion with black Ray Bans and look ‘badass’ and truly, I feel I have done that with this one”.
Rocstrong plays a headline gig in the Grand Social, Dublin on August 12th.
Rocstrong Live dates
30th July 2016 The Beatyard Festival 12th August 2016 Headline Gig – The Grand Social, Dublin 20th August 2016 Canal Quarter Festival in Tullamore 2nd September 2016 Electric Picnic 23rd September 2016 Canalphonic
Canalaphonic will return to Rathmines later this year on on 23rd and 24th September this year.
The festival will take place in the venues and shops of Rathmines, along the canal in Dublin city and this year, it will include an outdoor venue at the 5,000 capacity Leinster Cricket Club. Whelan’s,The National Concert Hall Quarter’s “Vaults” and Opium Rooms will also be used as venues.
Music wise, the full lineup of 120 acts is yet to be revealed but the following will be featuring:
Rocstrong, The Eskies, Zaska, Mongrel State, Barq, Mongoose, White_Mice, The Word Up Collective, Mother Mooch, Late City Edition, Fox E and the Good Hands, Travis Oaks, Homebeat Events, T.A.S.T.E and many more to be announced.
The festival is the result of a collaboration between Dublin City Council’s South East Area Office and Abner Browns Barbershop, supported by Fáilte Ireland, Clancourt Group, WaterwaysIreland, Dublin City Council Arts Office, IMRO, Heineken, McGarrell Reilly Group and Rohan Holdings.
A launch happens in Copan Rathmines this Thursday with with live music from Barq and Word Up Collectives’ Damola.
Now, Congolese-born Dubliner Andre J.P Bangala is back with some new music.
‘Block Party (Kaiser)’ is a song that on the surface sounds like it takes inspiration from Uptown Funk and plays like a funk-rock take on that sound, co-produced alongside producer Pharmasist.
The lyrics though concern a genuinely sad event, the passing of Andre’s friend John Ojo two years ago. Bangala introduces the song with a celebatory sound in honour of his friend.
Back where I’m from, when someone close passes away, instead of mourning their departure, we gather to a party that celebrates their life. This upbeat, fresh and funky song depicts John’s outlook to life and the type of person he was. John, you will always be missed but never forgotten.
‘Block Party (Kaiser)’ is from a new EP out next month, May 20th, called Show Off What You Got. The single is released on Thursday.
Rocstrong plays The Bernard Shaw, Dublin on the 2nd of May.
Andre J.P Bangala is back with another slice of funky rock music from his Rocstrong music project. This one harks back to the Congo-born Dubliner’s debut ‘Go Head’. ‘Hold Ya’ is further proof of a developing new Irish talent.
Rocstrong is one of the most promising Irish artist to emerge from 2014’s crop of artists. The Congo-born Dublin musician’s track ‘Go Head’ kicked it all off and he followed that up with ‘Limits’, a playful African funk track which now has a playful video animated and Directed by John Peter Meiring.
20 acts including Bitch Falcon, Profound, Dear Desert, Booka Brass Band, Wyvern Lingo, Loah, Pockets, Rocstrong, Buffalo Woman and more are featured. Check out the mag edited by Phil Udell, designed by Simon Roche with great photography by Olga Kuzmenko, Ste Murray, Debbie Hickey, Sean Clarke and Mark McGuinness.
See this page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks.
1. Yumi Zouma – Alena
New Zealand synth trio have been supporting Lorde and Chet Faker this year but ‘Alena’, their new single is their first real moment in the spotlight. ’80s electro piano, spacious production and siren singing combine in beguiling fashion. Out now on Cascine.
Earlier this year, Andre J.P Bangala aka Rocstrong picked up some fans with his debut track ‘Go’Head’, a poppy funky blues cut which had its own spin to it.
The Congo-born Dublin musician has now followed that up with something different, which suggests that his studying of funk and rock music “to find his own sound” is paying off with a song that has African roots in its highlife-style arrangement and a sparkling swagger all its own. Not too far away from the sound of the recent Sinkane album too.
You can catch Rocstrong at the Guinness Amplify gig in 4 Dame Lane this Friday night. ‘Limits’ is released Friday for download.
A new site with an emphasis on photography portraits of upcoming musicians, Unmade in Ireland is the work of photographer Gregory Nolan, writer Katie Dwyer and music blogger Amelia Conophy.
Unmade in Ireland, in their own words: “tells the story of the bands who haven’t made it yet,” focusing on artists who have been largely self-released. Included so far are the likes of Carriages, Liza Flume, Bantum, Sive, Rocstrong, Biggles Flys Again and more. More of this please. Here’s a preview but hit the site to see all the photos and interviews:
The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here’s last night’s show…
Andre J.P Bangala is the brains behind Rocstrong a band so new that there’s only one song online at the moment. But that song has already turned heads with State and Phantom picking it up.
Bangala is a Congo-born Dublin musician who says he’s studied funk and rock music in trying to find his own sound which means listening to the likes of Pharrell, Prince, Elvis and Jesse Johnson.
‘Go’Head’ has a multi-faceted effervescent spark that is simply not present in much of Irish music – the song has some pop swing, some funk, some doomy blues and is a bit of fresh air. Not perfect but an exciting first step.
Rocstrong plays State’s Faces of 2014 gig on Saturday in The Mercantile with The Clameens and Carriages. Free in. Live, he’s joined by a three-piece band with members who have roots in Congo, Poland and Angola.