[r]evolution of a sun – Cork hardcore veterans reuniting for a good cause
What you may need to know…
01. At varying points throughout their over-decade-long run, Cork metal/hardcore band [r]evolution of a sun, anchored by Cork metal mainstays Noel Lynch, Christophe Erpelding, and Eoin Kelleher, had up to seven or eight members in a single live line-up.
02. They were ridiculously heavy, a reputation hammered home by three extended-players, the highlight of which is 2007’s Sacrificehellroutine, and Hell, an album that was a decade in the making.
A Cork festival, with Cork bands, at the Cork Opera House, for all the people. April 28th-30th.
Writes Edel Curtin:
Right Here, Right Now is a brand new music festival presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlans Live Promotions from April 28th – 30th, celebrating the vibrant, eclectic music scene in Cork City. Featuring over 20 different artists, the festival is a unique snapshot of a time and place through the lens of the city’s artists.
This festival brings together some of the finest acts and musicians in the bustling music community around Cork, from brash bands, to balladeers, from sweet soul, to rock and roll, with a full concert orchestra thrown in for good measure! One of the highlights of the weekend sees Jack O Rourke and band perform his critically acclaimed debut album Dreamcatcher with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, directed by John O Brien and featuring special guests Strung and Anna Mitchell.
03. Streaming above is new single The Afterglow, released last night via Soundcloud and available for download from iTunes from March 2nd, ahead of the release later this year of their as-yet untitled third full-length.
04. A run of national touring to support the single begins on Saturday February 18th, with a hometown date at the Crane Lane Theatre.
Thoughts: Good, honest, indie-pop with that certain brightness that seems to be in the water in Cork-based guitar pop.
Save Cork City members (above) on Saturday at Sullivan’s Quay, Cork
Some of your readers might be interested in an evening of short talks and discussion we’ve planned for this Wednesday in Cork.
We’re concerned that a heavy-handed flood defence scheme planned by the OPW [Office of Public Works] for Cork City lacks proper consideration and will irreparably change the face of the City.
We are also concerned that the OPW has not done enough to publicise these proposals ahead of their deadline for feedback on the 17th of this month.
In order to avoid the waste of huge amounts of money on a project that we are unconvinced will be successful and will certainly see Cork lose a large part of its character and charm, we are looking for an independent design review of the project and a meaningful public consultation process.
To get the word out and encourage some informed conversation on the project, we held gatherings in three locations around the City last Saturday and are organising a symposium this Wednesday evening at 7pm at Boole 3, University College Cork
We’re also trying to encourage as many people to engage with the OPW’s feedback process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before February 17, with their concerns. Thank you
01. Beginning life in the Cork scene many moons ago as Wretch, post-metallers Rest have come a long way since making (expletive) of Fred Zeppelin’s and inspiring other local outfits to get it together.
03. Streaming above in its entirety is Endanger Us, a document of the band’s release gig for Operation: Impending Doom at Cyprus Avenue. Released late last month, it marked the tenth anniversary of the show and came off the back of a surprise live appearance at Out on a Limb’s Xmas spectacular at Dolan’s.
04. Next up: Connolly’s of Leap on February 18th, where the band, alongside Hope is Noise, Horse, and The Liminals go under the hammers for a ruck. More info here.
Thoughts: Good to see these specialists in astral heft return to stage. They ought to be something else in the environs of Connolly’s.
01. Returning from a prolonged hiatus are Leeside live faves of the mid-late aughts, pop/heft outfit Elk.
02. Releasing debut album We Should Start Our Own Gang in early 2009, the lads went quiet shortly thereafter, re-emerging live periodically, including for the launch of a split 7″ single with Crayonsmith in 2011. It’s been a busy few years, with the boys keeping the fires burning in, offhand, No Spill Blood, Hands Up Who Wants to Die, All Tvvins and Guilty Optics.
03. That long-player of theirs is streaming above, and available for free download via Bandcamp.
04. Elk return on Saturday night at Tivoli Backstage in Dublin, supporting GUILTY OPTICS alongside Ten Past Seven. Ridiculous lineup.
Thoughts: Straightforward pop lurches into dreamy sounds, lurches back out into heft and distortion. Something for everyone, and a welcome return.
01. Last we heard of Cork-based hardcore outfit Horse, they were getting riled up for Lodgefest II, at the now-defunct Pine Lodge venue, late last year.
02. In the months since, the band has released a split 12″ single alongside fellow Leeside rabble-rousers Bisect. We featured that band’s side of the record not too long ago.
03. Their half of it is streaming in the widget above and available for download as a stand-alone release.
04. Next live excursion is another bus out of town, this time to Connolly’s of Leap, on February 24th, for the Leaping-ton show. Hope is Noise and Horse are joined by new lads The Liminals and, in their first Cork show in years, post-metallers Rest.
Thoughts: Having firmly settled into a new line-up, Horse’s weighty, downtuned hardcore is newly focused, and somehow even more abrasive.