Brid O’Donovan (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) was back behind the camera for Hard Working Class Heroes last week. Here are her shots from the third and final day, Saturday, featuring Oh Boland, Galants, Rusangano Family, Shaker Hymn, Participant and Nocturnes.
Naoise Roo released their debut album, Lilith, last year, and this weekend play Hard Working Class Heroes for the first time. Their gig downstairs at Tengu (10.20pm, Friday) is part of their Whore Tour (they played the Roisin Dubh last week, Ruby Sessions and at the end of October play Spirit Store in Dundalk). I talked to Naoise as part of the TPOE HWCH preview podcast, which you can listen to via Soundcloud (or iTunes). You can read highlights of the interview below – lots of tips of who to catch this weekend as well.
Dublin-based quarter Galants – David Kennedy, James McDonald, Colin O’Dwyer and Ruairi Paxton – are gearing up to play their second Hard Working Class Heroes this weekend (Workman’s Club, 8.20pm, Saturday). I saw them two years at the Mercantile and really enjoyed them. They’ve just released a new single, ‘Evergreen’, and promise their debut album in the middle of November. I talked to them for the TPOE HWCH preview podcast, which you can listen to via Soundcloud (or iTunes) or you can read highlights of the chat below. (Check out our previous interviews with Shaker Hymn and Bitch Falcon)
Dean Feeney and Eddie Reynolds aka Tr One are back with a massive new tune. ‘Lights in your Rear View Mirror’ starts off like it’s 3am and you’re never coming down. Seven and a half minutes long, it escalates and escalates and you’ll never want it to stop. Les Yeux Orange, which premiered the track, says it’s a “shimmering, Motor City-informed chunk of glistening techno futurism blessed with wonderful chord progressions and spacey melodies”. The track is one of four tracks that feature on their upcoming 12″ released via Dublin’s Lunar Disko (Cignol, Diamond Dagger), Chicarlow (what an amazing name). It’s been a while since the Irish duo’s last full release, 2012’s Living In, Now, on POGO. They’ve remixed New Jackson and had a couple tracks on a split with Phantom Planet Outlaws, The Muscle, The Beets, both for Dublin’s Apartment Records, but it’s very exciting to have four new tracks all in one space dropping in just a couple days. You can listen to another track off Chicarlow, ‘DX is Dead’ over at If-Only – a little longer than ‘Lights…’, it’s less intense but still as irresistible. Chicarlow is out on Lunar Disko October 10.
Hard Working Class Heroes takes place across Dublin from Thursday to Saturday, October 6-8. I talked to a couple acts ahead of the festival for the latest TPOE podcast (iTunes/Soundcloud), including Shaker Hymn, Galants and Noise Roo. Bitch Falcon are one of the loudest bands playing the festival this year. They only have a couple tracks (four on Soundcloud) under their belt, but mere seconds into ‘Clutch’, you’ll be proclaiming them the most exciting thing you’ve ever heard. I talked to the three members, Lizzie, Naomi and Nigel, for the the podcast, highlights of the interview are below. They say they’re gonna bring it on Saturday when they headline the Hub at 9.30pm on Saturday. Oh mama!
Hard Working Class Heroes takes place across Dublin from Thursday to Saturday, October 6-8. I talked to a couple acts ahead of the festival for the latest TPOE podcast (iTunes/Soundcloud), including Caoilian, the singer/guitarist with Cork four-piece the Shaker Hymn. You can hear the full interview on the podcast but below are a couple of highlights from the chat. The podcast also features chats with Bitch Falcon, Galants and Naoise Roo. I also talked to Angela Dorgan, head of FMC, which organises HWCH, for the Irish Examiner earlier this week. Keep an eye on TPOE this week for more HWCH posts.
Cork five-piece Pale Rivers have just unveiled their debut single. ‘August 6th’ sounds big. Like really big. You can imagine the call-and-response choruses being a big moment live. However, there’s a bit of a Rear Window vibe about the “polaroids of the neighbourhood”, a place where “you don’t know me but I know you”. “Would everyone put the blame on me?” goes the chorus that gets more unsettling the longer you think about it. “Wherever we are there’s violence in our stories,” sings Eoin Hally. The song builds and builds, Hally’s voice becoming growly and gravelly. You’ll want to listen over and over again to try and solve the mysteries of ‘August 6th’. The video (warning: flashing neon lights) was directed by Feel Good Lost. Pale Rivers play the Workman’s Club on Friday, October 7, at 7.50pm as part of Hard Working Class Heroes. Should be a fun gig. You can buy ‘August 6th’ on iTunes and listen to it on Spotify.
Magic Pockets aka Ruadhan O’Meara has announced details of his debut album. Entitled Volcano of the Bleeding Skies, it will be released by Cork-based Penske Recordings on November 25. Magic Pockets has been around for a good few years, and you’d hear his name crop up time and again from various other artists – most recently Katie Kim, on whose new album O’Meara plays synth. The press release says: “The album was recorded [in Dublin by Gareth Averill] using an array of vintage synthesizers, drum machines, miscellaneous electronics and manipulated samples, all sent to 1-inch tape. Its seven tracks feature swirling psychedelics, pulsing sequences, and stark minimalism all the while incorporating harmony and melodic leads. Drawing heavily from the sounds of bygone eras, it also sits aside the current wave of electronic re-invention.” ‘Lunar Caustic’ is a vast four minutes, where the bass is so heavy it gives you palpitations, the drums snap like a barking rottweiler, and the synths swell above the cacophony. It’s terrifying. It’s beautiful.