My neck is sore and my ears are still ringing as I write this on Monday morning. It’s two days after my first trip down to Myrtleville and two days after Pine For Your Loved Ones. I think the Pine Lodge defeated me.

Earlier in the day, I was down in another picturesque part of Cork, Kinsale, where the arts festival was nearing its end. Jim Carroll brought his Banter event down to the town for the day and opened proceedings with a talk on Cork music, featuring Brendan ‘Feel Good Lost’ Canty, Ashley Keating from the Frank & Walters and Fifa Records, and Stevie Grainger, from Red FM and the Pavilion and a million other things. They touched on Sir Henry’s, picking up on the idea that Cork has wallowed in the club’s memory since it closed in 2003. We were regaled with stories of bands past (and still going) like the Frank & Walters and the Sultans of Ping, and told how Cork used to be the centre of Irish music over 20 years ago. Then the talk seemed to focus on: well, what happened since then? Keating made an odd point about the range of diversity among Cork bands at the moment, how none of them want to sound like the rest and so a ‘scene’ isn’t developing. Canty suggested that the likes of Hard Working Class Heroes, a festival supposed to showcase new music from all over Ireland, doesn’t fulfil its goal, with Cork bands only making up a small fraction of the 100 or so bands that play it. I think it’s a fair argument, but one that can be too readily dismissed as Cork having a ‘poor me’ attitude. Carroll suggested, well then, start your own festival, the Hard Working Langers Festival. A good idea, I think it’s got one pretty big sticking point – the crowd. Dublin has a population of over 1 million; Cork has over 100,000. I think music wise, Cork has never had it so good. But how do we show everybody?

Clarification: I had included this line: “Canty made a point that I’ve heard before, and one that Carroll has dismissed before: that Dublin bookers, press etc aren’t looking past their front door.” Brendan Canty clarified on Twitter later: “More of my point was how it’s harder for Cork acts to get national coverage not because of the Dublin press just because of geography and an inwards attitude. It’s harder for acts here to play Dublin every week in the same way it is for press there to see us. So naturally a bigger effort is needed on all parts I guess. More so on the Cork acts I think. The world is bigger than just Cork and it’s easier to access than they think. I think the scene here will get better when bands start to realise that and broaden their horizons.” Stevie G also tweeted a few thoughts (if you know me, you’ll agree my memory is poor, so think it’s only fair to include something from him; my poor memory is why there’s a clarification here, too) this evening: “The only thing I can add that I forgot the other day is that Cork bands etc need to impress more than Dublin journos too (not many acts breaking out of Dublin either). With the exception of Jim & a few more most don’t care BUT it’s up to us to make things happen. and we will. #lesstalk”

(Coincidentally, guess how many ‘contemporary music’ acts from Cork played Kinsale Arts Festival this year. One. Jonathan ‘Northside Drive’ Pearson, who played 15 minutes before the Banter session. Supporting your own etc.)

Pine Lodge in Myrtleville did a good job of showcase some of the music we have in Cork. Read on after the jump. Features some amazing snaps by Brid O’Donovan.


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Not to be confused the the electronica group from Dublin of the same name, Cork’s Terriers started things off at Pine Lodge just after 6pm by blasting everybody away – and things only got louder from there. They only have one EP to their name, which probably doesn’t do their live show justice. Recorded Terriers delve into math-rock territory – Terriers live make Foals sound like the wimpiest band in the world. It’s a short set but the closing track, ‘Get Over Here’, left everyone wanting more. It sounded huge.

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I hadn’t heard of these guys before. They were loud, and a continuation of what Terriers did. It was around this time when I knew I should have brought my earplugs along.

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I have no idea where to start with these guys. They were mental. Just batshit crazy. There were two girls outside the window during their set who looked like they were having the time of their lives (photo at the top of this post). The Dublin band have a new album coming out early next month – eccentric probably doesn’t do them justice. Their set was cut short by a busted bass drum pedal – their work was done though. Bridges have a new album, Beastenders, out early next month – hopefully I’ll have recovered from this set in time.

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I’ve already written about how great I think these Cork lads are here. Saturday night just reinforced that idea.

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Powerful set from these guys, which featured the singer (shouter) prowling through the audience (I have bad memories about singers doing this. Ask me about Snowman sometime) and into the toilet at one stage. They play loud and hard – nobody died though.

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Nope, I still don’t get these guys. They look amazing though.

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So that was Pine Lodge’s summer shindig. It’s an annual event, and was ridiculous amounts of fun. Everybody was in such a good mood, the weather was perfect and the spot is magical. The bands were all up for it, and it ended up as a sweaty mess. I wouldn’t want it any other way. It was organised by Paul McNamara from Private Underground Residence and Ian ‘Mini’ O’Callaghan from Terriers. Kudos lads. Next year then, yeah? Here are some more atmosphere shots to make you a little jealous that you weren’t there. Seriously, we’ve never had it so good in Cork.

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