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18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes


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7. Somerville


Spectral Galway artist

Friday October 3 – 9.20pm @ Button Factory / 1pm @ Exchange

Galway’s Maria Somerville makes slow, moving music with the barest of instruments and the most delicate of touch. Despite having not properly released a track yet, she’s made a name for herself through talent and word of mouth.

8. Contour


Lush Ninja Tune-style electronic duo

Friday October 3 – 8:40pm @ Twisted Pepper

Conan Wynne and Anna Doran have signed to Champion Sound Recordings (UNKNWN, Ghosts, Ryan Vail) and have released their EP Chaos Theories with the label, which takes inspiration from song structures based on geometric shapes. All four songs were made with a combo of good old-fashioned hardware like synths and tape and digital techniques.


9. Elastic Sleep


Cork shoegaze rockers.

Friday October 3 – 10:40pm @ The Mercantile / 2pm @ NDRC

Shoegazing throwback gorgeousness from the Cork five-piece. ‘Leave You’ is a highlight but there’s more to explore like this great cover of a Bond Theme / Nancy Sinatra song.

10. Clu


One of the best electronic acts in Ireland right now

Friday October 3 – 10pm @ Twisted Pepper / 1pm @ HMV Grafton Street (Saturday)

With the release of their recent Gems EP, Sean Cooley and Kevin Freeney have positioned themselves as not only a leading light in Irish electronic music but also as an artistic-lead A/V experience. ‘Mirrors’ is one of my favourite things this year in both forms.

CLU - "Mirrors" (Official Video)

10. Buffalo Woman


Electro art pop

Friday October 3 – 10.40pm @ The Mercantile / 4pm @ The Church (Saturday)

Predominantly a live experience for now, Buffalo Woman are Tim O’Donovan and Neil Watkins, the former making the music in an electro pop style and the latter bringing his dramatic performance prowess to the stage at the front. Dancing music.

11. Silences


Armagh lush folk pop

Friday October 3 – 8.40pm @ Button Factory / 1pm @ HMV Henry Street

They get some play on BBC Across The Line which is where I’m familiar with them, and they played Other Voices last year. The Armagh five-piece’s pretty lush folk music has an endearing form to it. A new EP called Sister Snow is out this month. Here’s one from their debut EP.

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