Fecking Bahamas is a website that specialises in math rock, cataloguing and highlight the bands who make instrumental and complex music know as “math rock”.
For their latest region-specific compilation, they have put together a 21-track compilation of Irish rock of the math and post-rock persuasion, proving as if proof were needed, of the quality and quantity of bands from Ireland.
V. Ireland features music from bands that are no longer active Adebisi Shank, Enemies and We Are Knives, with some newer bands like Yonen and Ganglions and a few that are very much still active like And So I Watch You From Afar, The Redneck Manifesto, Ten Past Seven and BATS.
Download the compilation from Bandcamp and listen here:
TRM are back. Not only are their live dates around Ireland next month but there’s rumours that there will be new music on the way from The Redneck Manifesto too.
The band’s four albums (Friendship, I Am Brazil, Cut Your Heart Off From Your Head, Thirtysixstrings) and two EPs (Seven Stabs, Rmnmn) from the years 2001 to 2010 are on all download and streaming sites (Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and Tidal). once more.
The Redneck Manifesto are to play two 2017 shows with support from Paddy Hanna on February 16th in Whelan’s and Feruary 18th in Dolans Limerick on 18th. Feb – Paddy Hanna plays in Dublin. Tickets on sale this morning at €18 + fees from TM, Wavtickets or Dolan’s.
Car Seat Headrest, the creators of one of the critically-acclaimed rock albums of the year are to play live at Whelan’s, Monday March 27th 2017 Tickets €18.50 including booking fee go on sale Friday December 9th at 10am from Ticketmaster.
Dream pop experimentalist Wild Nothing plays Whelan’s, Dublin on February 28th. Tickets on sale now priced €18.50 (incl booking) from Whelan’s TM & outlets nationwide
Tonstartssbandht (tahn-starts-bandit) are Andy and Edwin White, two “boogie, ’60s psychedelic-rock, and choral pop” loving dudes from New York who are playing The Workman’s Club on February 23rd 2017. Tickets priced €15 on sale now from TM
Pumarosa have been confirmed for a Whelan’s show on October 31st. The UK indie rock band are playing Electric Picnic bit this will be a decent headline show. Tickets are €15.50+ fees on sale August 24th from Ticketmaster.
Hare Squead are playing a headline show at Button Factory on Wednesday September 28th. Tickets are €13 +fees are on sale this Thursday at 10am from Ticketmaster.
Rapper Bishop Nehru who has collaborated with MF DOOM is to play a gig in the Academy Green Room on Tuesday October 4th. Tickets €18.35 +fees on sale Friday August 26th at 9am from Ticketmaster.
James Vincent McMorrow is releasing his album We Move on September 2nd and on Wednesday September 14th the man will perform live at Tower Records Dawson street with a Q&A after with Irish Times’ Tony Clayton-Lea. It starts at 6:30pm. To get in, you have to pre-order a copy of We Move on CD or LP from the site or in person in the Dawson Street branch between now and September 13th.
Read my How How Music Works piece with James’ manager at Irish Times.
Clonakilty International Guitar Festival has added shows from Adrian Crowley, The Vespertine Quintet, Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and The Redneck Manifesto as part of the festival taking place from 15th-18th of September this year.
How to enter – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig.
Ben says: “A biopsy had to be performed to determine what type of tumour she had and what treatment she would need. A massive brain haemorrhage occurred during the biopsy procedure and Sara had to be put into an induced coma. Sara spent over 2 years in Beaumont Hospital. She has had numerous setbacks including 4 stints in ICU. Her tumour was benign and was successfully treated with radiation therapy. As she has been inactive for such a long period she will need a massive amount of rehabilitation for both her mental and physical condition. All consultants and medical staff dealing with Sara feel she has good potential once she gets the right interventions.
On the 14th of January Sara was finally transferred to the NRH in Dun Laoghaire. She will spend approximately 3 months there receiving specialist rehab. Unfortunately, there is no clear option in Ireland for Sara after this time other than return back to Beaumont Hospital. We can’t and won’t let this happen.
This gig is to raise funds to help send Sara to the UK to continue her rehabilitation program. To put things in perspective, it costs approximately €150,000 for 3 months of specialist rehab. We are hoping to raise 10% of this figure.”
So with that in mind, a gig on March 1st will take place with a full lineup of The Redneck Manifesto, Jape (solo), Dinah Brand, Badself, The Pulpit, Female Hercules and Nightflight DJs playing The Grand Social to raise funds.
Tickets are €35 and there’ll be a raffle on the night including hampers and restaurant dinners to be won too. You can get tickets from Elastic Witch and The Grand Social (ask behind the bar). Event page.
Richie Egan posted a link to a free Visionair EP for download a short time ago. Visionair is a synth-based project of Richie and his Redneck Manifesto bandmate Niall Byrne. The four tracks ‘Troll’s Hat’, ‘Kin Youbi’, ‘Totem’ and ‘God’s Hammer!’ appear on the Autumn EP can be downloaded via Divshare or listened to via the Soundcloud streams below.
Visionair play The Button Factory with Logikparty as part of a free night during the U:Mack on Saturday. Facebook event here.
The Road Records Farewell party took place on Friday night featuring performances from The Redneck Manifesto, Female Hercules, Legion Of Two, Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands and Cian Nugent. I couldn’t make it but TrigFilms has posted a great clip from the night as ever. See you later Road.
All this week, there will be guest posts from various people involved in different strands of Irish music – record shop owners, writers, bloggers, promoters, radio presenters, bands and more, telling us what Irish bands or artists they are really into right now.
Jim Carroll is a music journalist for the Irish Times and runs the ever-popular On The Record blog, but you knew that. You can catch his radio show – The Far Side every Tuesday night from 10pm to midnight on Phantom 105.2.
I know, I know….talk about stating the bleeding obvious, but it’s years since I’ve been as impressed as much as this by an Irish debut album. In fact, the last time I was so smitten with a debut record, chief Villager Conor O’Brien was also involved as one-quarter of The Immediate. Here’s an album and a songwriter head and shoulders above his peers here and elsewhere. We will all want to be Villagers by year’s end. [Buy from Road]
All this week, there will be guest posts from various people involved in different strands of Irish music – record shop owners, writers, bloggers, promoters, radio presenters, bands and more, telling us what Irish bands or artists they are really into right now. First up: Dave from Road Records:
Paul Clancy is the former drummer with Dublin indie rock outfit National Prayer Breakfast and sadly passed away before this album was released. This is his debut album as was made with a little help from Kevin Connolly [aka Herm]. It’s a lovely collection of rustic country and folk tinged sounds. [Buy from Road Records]
I’m delighted to be debuting this one. ‘Black Apple’ is the opening track from The Redneck Manifesto’s new album Friendship, their first proper release since the Seven Stabs EP in four years and their first album in six since I Am Brazil in 2004.
The ten tracks on Friendship were recorded last summer in Black Box Studios in France with Dave Odlum. The band describe the result as “a psychedelic kraut-rock band jamming with The Meters”.
Friendship will be released through The Richter Collective on the March 26th on CD digipak, gatefold vinyl and digital with an M&E-designed sleeve. There is a launch gig on the 27th of March in Tripod. The above image is of a large 5 kilo crystal with three dimensional scans of the band members burnt in to it with a laser (click to enlarge). Apparently, they had it done in Malmo. Epic work lads.