Irish music is littered with stories of innovation and hidden legacies, lost to time and forgotten.
One artist, an Irish emigré returned home, is preparing to rectify his case.
Writes Rohan Healy:
Hanging in the Bridle Bar of the Áras an Uachtaráin (Official Residence of the President of Ireland) are the framed, original, hand-written lyrics of one of David Virgin’s songs.
He was instrumental in the creation of industrial music in the late ‘70’s with his group SPK. He has lived the world over and in a career spanning four decades has performed with the likes of Mary Black, Nick Cave, INXS, Lloyd Cole, Billy Bragg and Cat Power to name a few.
David now lives permanently in Dublin, the town of his birth, and in summer 2017 will release “The Beautiful Album” through Beardfire Music, backed by his sons, now of The Dublin City Rounders. The family trio will also take to the stage for a select number of live appearances to launch the album upon its release.
Ahead of the full album in summer, the singles “Love Comes” and “Rock N Roll” are out now and available to purchase on Bandcamp, and the music video for “Love Comes” was released online.
01. At last, an excuse to talk about Limrock proggers Shardborne and their ridiculous array of riffs.
02. As well-known for tireless work in mucking in on metal events in Limerick as they are for their intricate, technical metal, the band emerged at the tail end of the last decade, releasing debut E.P. Aeonian Sequence in 2011.
03. Streaming above is the band’s debut album, Living Bridges, released in 2015 via Out on a Limb Records, and available for download on the band’s Bandcamp.
04. Catch them playing Fred Zeppelin’s in Cork in support of Guilty Optics‘ album launch this Thursday. €7 in the door, kickoff at 9.
Thoughts: One of the leading lights of Irish metal, a considered fusion of technical metal precision and prog-rock exploration.
02. Second E.P. Clichés is complete, and due for release in the early part of this year.
03. Streaming above is the video for lead-off single Gerascophobia, directed and edited by the band’s own Emmet O’Riabhaigh. For the pedants among our commentariat:
Gerascophobia is an abnormal or persistence fear of growing old or ageing. Gerascophobia is a clinical phobia generally classified under specific phobias, fears of a single specific panic trigger. Gerascophobia may be based on anxieties of being left alone, without resources and incapable of caring for oneself. Sufferers may be young and healthy.
The term gerascophobia comes from the Greek γηράσκω, gerasko, “I grow old” and φόβος, phobos, “fear”. Some authors refer to it as gerontophobia, although this may also refer to the fear of the elderly.
01. Cat Palace is a reverb-laden, poppy, vaguely shambolic front for songwriter/vocalist David Blaney and various collaborators.
02. Emerging in earnest in 2015 with two extended-players, the band, fleshed out by long-term collaborator Christopher Barry and Enemies man Oisín Trench, has been between Dublin and Kentucky getting the last touches in on a debut long-player.
03. Streaming above is the video for new single Peddle It, a tragicomic rumination on routine, sustainability of music and all that attends.
04. Having somehow avoided immediate bankruptcy to pay Myles Manley the going rate for the advance on new stuff, Little L Records are releasing the album, entitled Why Don’t You // Why Don’t You, Go Off, next month.
Thoughts: Melancholy, but not without a sideways smirk, and plenty for fans of the wider indie-rock diaspora aside from reverb heads and shoegazers.