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12. Hare Squead

, 18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

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.


13. Benihana

, 18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

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.


14. HAWK

, 18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

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.


15. Cloud Castle Lake

, 18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

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.


16. Spies

, 18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

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.


17. Princess

, 18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

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.


18. Meltybrains?

, 18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

Organised chaos

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.


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