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12. Hare Squead
New Tallaght rap
Saturday October 4 – 10.20pm @ Meeting House Square / 3pm @ HMV Henry Street
Jessy Rose, E-Knock, Tony Konstone make up this new Tallaght-based rap group. It doesn’t sound like they’ve nailed down their style yet as it veers from A$APand Odd Future-style rap to more pop swerve but they’ve got something going on.
Naas electronic pairing
Saturday October 4 – 8.40pm @ Twisted Pepper
It’s been a while since we heard from this Kildare electronic duo, Will Molloy and Billy Archbold. I’ve yet to see a live set yet as have others so this one will be keenly watched. Patterns EP recent track ‘Vanish’ reminds me of Mount Kimbie and they also had two new tracks today.
Galway-fronted London-based indie band.
Saturday October 4 – 9:20pm @ Button Factory
Melodic orchestral indie and gentle shoegazey sounds has been the order of the band fronted by the expressive voice of Julie Hawk so far.
Cinematic operatic alt-rock.
Saturday October 4 – 10pm @ Button Factory / 1pm @ HMV Grafton Street
After a couple of years of quiet, Cloud Castle Lake came back with their debut EP Dandelion, showcasing a now-trio of musicians creating ornate jazz-inflected alt-soundscape rock with a falsetto and ambition beyond most.
Indie-rock substantial melodics
Saturday October 4 – 11.20pm @ Bad Bob’s / 1pm @ HMV Henry Street
Dublin rock band Spies have been on a roll impressing left, right and centre with great singles and live shows with conviction, as demonstrated at Electric Picnic recently. Mining the indie-rock of the past, they successfully translate that mood to a new time.
Distorted ’80s-influenced noise-rock
Saturday October 4 – 10.40pm @ The Mercantile
Hazy indie-rock with clear throwbacks to late 80s/early 90s guitar music, Princess have great live reputation. This is their last show in Dublin this year so make it count.
Saturday October 4 – 10.40pm @ The Workman’s Club
The closest you’ll get to a gang at Hard Working Class Heroes, Meltybrains? are a heady band, combining outfits, masks, a lot of musical knowledge and a lot of mischief to make something that is hard to describe. Maybe that’s why I’ve not been 100% sold on these guys, they have too many ideas for their own good sometimes and it gets in the way of a good tune. Instead there are interesting experiments and parts of the set which have beautiful engaging passages of sound which are recommendation enough, for now.