Dublin band Bridges of Madison County release their debut album Beastenders on August 9. That’s the artwork up there – it’s full of shit! The four piece blew my mind in Myrtleville last week, and I’m pleased to say on these two pre-release tracks, they continue to baffle. Album opener ‘Cthulhu Vs Bride Of Octobear’ is a crazy six and a half minutes while ‘Eggs Of Contemptasaurus Rex’ doesn’t really get more straightforward. The trumpet gives it a spaghetti western-style feel, but the rest is a mix of jazz, metal, sludge and pretty much every other genre you can think of. They’re never anything less than exhilarating. I loved their accompanying press release: “The band, which is comprised of members of Hands Up Who Wants To Die, Hooray For Humans and The Jimmy Cake is not so much a supergroup as it is a hospice where ideas and ageing scenesters go to die. After several personnel and name changes the band’s current line up came together in 2010 and recorded the album soon afterwards. Having played many shows around Ireland, the group argued, back bit, drank heavily, befouled Roy Duffy’s sitting room floor and eventually got around to releasing their first EP. Inspired by their love of Meryl Streep, awful titles and Irish colloquialisms they named the EP The Divil Wears Prada. It was released to some positive notices and poor sales. Since then they have emigrated, undermined each other, befouled Roy Duffy’s kitchen and generally acted poorly for a year. They have somehow gotten their act together long enough to actually finish the recordings and will release them during this current lull in hostilities before inevitably descending into mono-syllabic grunts of dissatisfaction and disdain for one another.” Beastenders is released on August 9 on the Bridges of Madison County Bandcamp page.