Already lyrically science-focused, BATS have descended into darker space on their second album The Sleep Of Reason, if their new tune, press shot and the album artwork is anything to go by. There’s an elemental feel to ‘Wolfwrangler’ matched by the new music video directed by Stevie Russell, in which the members burst out of the ground, salt of the earth-like and generally act like a pack of lupine neanderthals in a picture-esque Irish setting. Maybe they’re more comfortable in a controlled laboratory environment than the natural world? Either way, it’s a fun and primal watch.
The Sleep Of Reason will be the last release on Richter Collective before it shuts down. Pre-order the album for it’s out next week.
Niamh Hegarty presents the 10th edition of the Richter Collective podcast which includes an interview with Benni of Logikparty,new songs from Squarehead’s new album Yeah Nothing (streaming here in full), tunes from Bats, Not Squares, ASIWYFA, Adebisi Shank and a MAgic Pockets remix of Hands Up Who Wants To Die.
It’s been a long time coming. Squarehead initially recorded their debut album back in September and December last year with Shane Cullen in K9 Studios and save for a couple of extra tracks and re-recordings of old favourites ‘Mother Nurture’ and ‘Fake Blood,’ the band have patiently been sitting on it since.
Yeah Nothing is a dozen tracks of no-nonsense slacker indie pop, a fuzzy collection of lo-fi rock ‘n’ roll inspired by surf-pop, old school rock ‘n’ roll and bright guitars.
It’s released on Richter Collective digitallyTODAY and physically on September 16th. Pre-orders for Vinyl and CD come with a T-shirt and they will be shipped on September 5th. A launch gig for Yeah Nothing takes place on September 17th in The Workman’s Club with support from Logikparty.
A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend gigs in the comments as this post gets a lot of hits every week.
Highlights: Oxegen weekend, Richter Collective summer bash, Janet Jackson, 10 Days Of Dublin kicks off, The Beach Boys & Brassroots.
In the explanation from Legion Of Two about how they, a dirgey electronic duo ended up remixing Richter’s resident noise-rockers Hands Up Who Wants To Die, Alan O’Boyle says “a heavy band remixing a heavy band is always a recipe for disaster” so the duo tried to rework the song into an R&B style song before settling on a industrial hip-hop remix.
What they actually made from ‘Sailor’ is in reality not that far from a blend of the two acts proving that heavy can get with heavy. This remix has a Legion Of Two’s trademark dystopian hallmarks and stabs paired with a motorik bassline and Barry Lennon’s gruff vocals. This needs to be heard LOUD to appreciate fully.
This remix is the first in a series of HUWWTD’s recent album (still streaming) which will be released once a week.
Enemies‘ Record Store Day release is this nine-minute, two-song beaut which features ‘Coco Et Moi’ and ‘Robert Reid’. 250 clear vinyl 7″ copies will be available on the 16th. Wait for the brass in ‘Coco Et Moi’:
Are you ready to be pulverised once more? The hardest working band on this planet (and any other in fairness) ASIWYFA are back with a new album called Gangs on May 2nd through Richter Collective. The first single from the album ‘Search:Party:Animal’ is released for download on Monday 28th February with remix stems available. After that it will be released as a 7″ single on April 4th.
‘Search:Party:Animal’ is an indication of what to expect from ASIWYFA’s forthcoming colossal and celebratory album, and finds the band at their loudest and most relentless. LET’S DO THIS!!
Squarehead release their 11-track debut album on Richter Collective later this year but before that ‘Midnight Enchilada’ will be released as a single on Friday 18th March in Ireland (20th Digital & 21st in UK) on limited edition vinyl. The B-side is the previously downloadable ‘Baseball Ghost’. Check out the tunes:
It’s a punch in the gut rock album, a discordant and boisterous collection of noise-rock that incorporates gale-force riffs with apocalyptic rabble-rousing lyrics from Barry Lennon (also the Richter co-founder) on vocals.
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The album gets a Dublin launch on the 25th in The Mercantile with The Jimmy Cake, Melodica Deathship & Wizards Of Firetop Mountain supporting. Tickets are €10/€12 with a CD. The show will also be Roy Duffy’s last show with the band before he concentrates on Squarehead. He will be replaced by Matt Hedigan of Elk/Hooray For Humans for future live shows.
The label are throwing their Christmas party on the 22nd of December in The Button Factory with Not Squares, Bats, Enemies, Jogging, Hands Up Who wants to Die, Logikparty & The Continuous Battle of Order. Poster.
Not Squares‘ debut album Yeah OK comes out through Richter Collective today and the band’s meaty electro-tinged punk sound has been fully realised with the help of The Vinny Club on production. Fans of the live show and the singles ‘Asylum’ and ‘Aye Yo Pa’ might be surprised but fans of ‘Release The Bees’ may not be. The Belfast band have pushed themselves fully into electronic freak out mode here and the result is yet another late contender for Irish album of the year.
The band will be heading off to Frankfurt to record their debut album later this month which will be released on Richter Collective later in the year. Admission is €7 if you sign up here, otherwise €12. If you’re broke though, you can enter to win a pair passes to the gig by emailing [email protected] with Hands Up YOUR WORDS HERE as the subject.
We’ve Been Talking is melodic instrumental rock with furious bits, much more nuanced than their live shows. You can stream the album at State and download ‘Nag Champa’ – a five and a half minute shapeshifter of a song which is seemingly sown from the echoes of four distinct songs, revealing all the pleasantry of the incense in question without the hippie nonsense. Perfect for a summer’s eve. The band launch the album Upstairs in Whelan’s this Friday with support from Mia Sparrow and Super Extra Bonus Party. Tickets are €10 or €15 with an album.