Cruising, whose members are split between Dublin and Belfast and contain members of bands Sea Pinks, Logikparty, Girls Names & September Girls, are to release their debut EP on Tough Love Records on August 14th.
‘Safe Corridor’ is our first taste from the five-track EP, built on a razor-sharp bassline and sharper guitars with former Logikparty singer Benni Johnson providing the vocals.
The band’s name is inspired by the film of the same name by William Friedkin starring Al Pacino who spends his time going undercover in gay S&M clubs to hunt a killer.
The EP coming in August will be available on 100 hot pink vinyl 12″. it was recorded in Guerilla Studios in Dublin and and mixed at Start Together in Belfast.
A Halloween series special today with posts dedicated to music that creates an uneasy, spooky, chilling or scary atmosphere… See Halloween for all posts in the series.
On the more frenzied end of the spectrum, it’s a burst of pure maniacal killer malevolent energy courtesy of Logikparty. ‘Drop City’ is a pure creep and its synthesizer is pure carnie clamber. It’s taken from the band’s debut album Oh Cult!.
One of the more unique releases “coming out” on Saturday is Record Store Gay in which a bunch of independent bands have recorded covers of their favourite gay anthems. So we get Logikparty doing Jimmy Sommerville’s You Make Me Feel Mighty Real, Crayonsmith doing Blondie’s ‘Atomic’, Drunken Boat doing Culture Club’s ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?’, Gaz Le Rock covering Anita Ward’s ‘Ring My Bell‘, Hello Moon revising “I Feel Love’ and an Abba medley by Kiss By The Book.
A debut album is still a marker. Of experience, of thirst, of desire, of knowledge and of aspiration. Logikparty have three years of making music as four people together. Their live gigs to date have been visceral and gut-pounding, a heady spiky kraut-punk No Wave display. Assisted late last year in London by producer Alan O’ Connell aka Alalal (producer and engineer on records from Duran Duran to The Rapture to Maximo Park), the band recorded their first album Oh Cult! and their first big milestone. (more…)
Quarter Inch’s Quompilation is back for #2 in the series of Irish artists covering their favourite songs of 2011. For my money, Volume 2 is a better collection of covers all round than Volume 1 there are some cracking versions. Cloud Castle Lake cover Jacques Greene’s ‘Another Girl’, No Monster Club do Jedward’s ‘Lipstick’ an amazing service, Logikparty rock the John Maus look, Girl Band take on The Chemical Brothers while The Ambience Affair tackle Metronomy.
Check out the full 11-track collection of songs. The launch night takes place this Friday night in Crawdaddy with live sets from The Ambience Affair, Cloud Castle Lake, No Monster Club, Simon Bird, Girl Band, Ginola, Turning Down Sex and Rhino Magic. The compilation is available on cassette. More details at Quarter Inch.
A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin and Summer festivals beyond. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments. Tracks can be heard in the full post.
Wednesday 30th June – Murmur Presents: 80’s Movie Quiz @ Bernard Shaw (Table of 4, €20) – HWCH launch: At last an Atlas, Squarehead, Nouveaunoise, Enemies @ Twisted Pepper (Free but RSVP required – see comments, 6.30pm – 9pm)
Last night, the last ever Hideaway House gig took place in Dean’s Grange, County Dublin. With proprietor Dylan Haskins moving out of the house, there was time for one more gig and the line-up was solid. Heathers, And So I Watch You From Afar, Find a Way, Logikparty and Jogging all played in the shed out the back of the house with the exception of Heathers who closed the night down by the bushes in the back garden with a set that featured a cover of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’.
The Gardaí turned up during a loud ASIWYFA gig (is there any other?) but didn’t put a halt to proceedings. The first Hideaway gig took place on October 15th 2006 the last one – May 25th 2010 with all of these acts having played over that time. Massive respect to Dylan for letting us all into his house over the last three and three-quarter years. Let’s hope the spirit of the place transfers to somewhere else (Exchange is a good start), or a new homemade social space soon.
Video and photos below (click to enlarge):
Heathers – ‘Waiter’ (live at Hideaway House) – available in HD.
Fionn Kidney has put together a nice video overview of the night.
All this week, we’re having 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.
Skinny Wolves are a Dublin-based record label who you should know about. They’ve released records from Telepathe, Effie Brest, Cap Pas Cap, Indian Jewelry and have been ahead of the curve with their selection of touring bands from Xiu Xiu to Gang Gang Dance to Ariel Pink to Grouper.
The label have just released Patrick Kelleher’s Contact Sports 7″ and they have gigs upcoming from Former Ghosts, Parenthetical Girls, Lucky Dragons, Blessure Grave, These Are Powers and more.
They’ve been very quiet since the release of their much acclaimed debut LP, Spektrumtheatresnakes, but now thanks to a line up change, they are back in the saddle with some new recordings and live shows being planned. With the songs on Spektrumtheatresnakes being kind of old by the time of its delayed release, the Kranes are bursting at the seams to get their new Psychik Pop Adventures out in the open.