If you’re even a passive gig-goer in Cork, you’ll probably have come across the Shaker Hymn at some point over the past few years. Caoilian Sherlock, Robbie Barron, Shane Murphy and Donal Linehan have been playing together for about a decade, having formed in secondary school. I’ve seen them live regularly throughout the year – each time I thought they had grown in stature, and for a rock n roll band like they are, I think it’s important that they exude confidence. ‘Hunter And The Headman’ is the song that drags you in, whether they cut you, break you or smother you. It’s a stop-start sneer that never feels less than thrilling, that makes you feel alive. ‘Hunter And The Headman’ is taken from the Shaker Hymn’s debut album Rascal’s Antique, recorded with Christian Best (Mick Flannery, O Emperor, Former Monarchs) and slated for release in January on the band’s own label, Heavy Noids Records. The single is out on October 25. Tour dates after the jump.

The Shaker Hymn tour dates:
Thursday, November 7: Sweeneys, Dublin;
Friday, November 8: Coughlans Bar, Cork City;
Friday, November 15: De Barra’s, Clonakilty, Co Cork;
Saturday, November 16: Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, Co Cork;
Friday, November 22: Galway Townhouse.