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YonenDublin instrumentalists gigging this week

What you may need to know…

01. Dublin four-piece Yonen ply an exploratory, proggy, and in places jazzy take on post-rock.

02. Formed after those involved were inspired to do so, upon seeing Japanese instrumental trailblazers Toe perform, they quickly set about releasing a performance video for debut single Nuatum.

03. Streaming above is the band’s most recent single, Sanctos, available for free/pay-what-you-want download via Bandcamp. The whole odyssey was recorded live (!) at Volt Studios and mixed by the band’s guitarists.

04. Catch them this Thursday night at the Roisín Dubh in Galway supporting Brighton’s Poly-Math, and this Saturday night at the Spirit Store in Dundalk, headlining the main stage of the venue’s Oktoberfest proceedings.

VERDICT: Taking elements of the post-rock and math-rock oeuvres and repositioning them as suits the moment, like kids with Lego, Yonen are a joyful proposition to take in.



Meltybrains?new single and E.P, Irish dates

What you may need to know…

01. Last we saw of Dublin post-rock destroyers Meltybrains?, they were busy outgrowing genre definitions almost entirely, taking their torches to Amhrán na bhFiann.

02. They’ve since been busy working on the next step, with new E.P. Kiss Yourself due out November 18th, and a rake of gigs to follow.

03. Streaming above is the band’s new single Know My Name, premiered today at Clash Magazine. Video directed by Brendan Corcoran.

04. It’s the first single from the upcoming E.P. Preorder it digitally here, and on wax here. They’ll be touring in the run-up to launch, starting October 1st at Nelliefred’s in Dingle, Billie Byrne’s in Kilkenny on the 7th, Connolly’s of Leap on the 8th, and the Roisín Dubh in Galway on the 15th, ahead of a short run to the UK and Iceland for Hallowe’en and early November.

VERDICT: If they hadn’t transcended the norms of post-genre labelling and pigeonholing before, they certainly have now, with powerful pop songcraft and a keen sense of dynamic.



Shrug Lifenew single ‘Your Body’

What you may need to know…

01. Ahead of this Saturday’s March for Choice, Dublin indie-poppers Shrug Life have released free single Your Body in support.

02. Says singer Danny Carroll:

“I wanted to put it as simply as possible. There’s an archaic restriction upon the people we love and the song is just our personal response. In this small way, if we can show some solidarity and reduce a bit of stigma I’ll be happy”.

03. Streaming in the widget above, available for free download. Guest vocals from Máire Carr, and artwork by Naoise Dolan.

04. The fifth annual March for Choice happens this Saturday, starting at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm.

VERDICT: The very real and very serious message aside, it’s a bit of a choon, in fairness. Share far and wide.

Shrug Life


A person sleeps behind the railings of the Custom House in Dublin

The Simon Community released its annual report for 2015 this morning.

The launch of this report followed an early-morning count of the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin.

168 people were counted.

The main findings of the Simon Community’s report are as follows:

10% of people moved out of emergency accommodation into a home

59% of people in emergency accommodation have been homeless for more than two years

32% increase in the numbers counted on Early Morning Rough Sleeping counts in the last year (not including the 60 without a bed in the Merchants Quay Ireland Night Café) 168 counted this morning

31% increase in those accessing Addiction Treatment Services

46% increase in housing capacity, through opening and acquiring 109 new properties in 2015.

59% increase in those accessing Emergency Accommodation

Dublin Simon Community Annual Report 2015 – Key Findings (Simon Community)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


Startersfinal show tonight in Dublin

What you may need to know…

01. Dublin emo/pop-punk five-piece Starters say farewell tonight, after seven years together.

02. Releasing a demo in 2010, the band quickly followed up with extended-player Reasons to Stay, which received separate vinyl and CD releases. A split with Second to Last preceded a self-titled EP, released last summer.

03. Streaming above is the band’s debut album, A Picture Fading, released online via the band’s Bandcamp two weeks ago as a parting shot, after three years in the making.

04. The band’s final show is tonight at eight bells, at Fibber Magee’s in Dublin. Free in, with support from Over Being Under (reunion show), Hollow Truth, January, and Versive.

VERDICT: Earnest, relatable and heartfelt stuff, sans some of the genre’s usual aesthetic trappings. Get out tonight to see them off if you can.



Soulévideo for Love No More, appearing at HWCH

What you may need to know…

01. R’n’B singer Samantha Kay, aka Soulé, has made waves with her first single, as well as a packed house for her debut solo show at the Workman’s in Dublin last month.

02. Love No More, originally penned as a ballad, is a statement of intent for the young vocalist, who spoke recently to District Mag of her desire to work in dichotomies, “to make tracks that people can dance to, but might have the complete opposite theme in the lyrics

03. Streaming above is the video for Love No More, directed and produced by Diffusion Lab.

04. Appearing next at Hard Working Class Heroes festival, on October 7th at Tengu, as part of the Word Up Collective’s stage. Kickoff at 8.10.

VERDICT: Ambitious, and in possession of serious potential, Soulé is one to keep an eye on.



The Redneck Manifestoplaying new songs at Clonakilty Guitar Fest this weekend

What you may need to know…

01. At last, an excuse to talk about veteran Dubland instrumentalists The Redneck Manifesto.

02. Coming together in 1998 from other bands on the Dublin scene at the time, they self-released numerous singles before dropping their debut full-length, Thirtysixstrings to massive acclaim. Companion piece Cut Your Heart Off From Your Head surfaced the following year. Third full-length I Am Brazil released in 2004, recorded in France’s Black Box Studios.

03. Streaming above in its entirety is the band’s most recent full-length, Friendship, released in March of 2010 via the sadly-missed Richter Collective.

04. Appearing live this Sunday in their only date this year at DeBarra’s in Clonakilty, as part of the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. New material has been promised. Tickets available NOW.

VERDICT: One of the finest bands in the land, and one that’s stayed DIY all this time, to boot. Word of new stuff is most encouraging also.

The Redneck Manifesto


New Valley Wolvesreleasing new single Silver Tongue

What you may need to know…

01. Dublin duo New Valley Wolves specialise in stripped-back, no-nonsense, heads-down rock ‘n’ roll.

02. Last year saw the release of debut album Refusal is Our Weapon on iTunes/Apple Music. “It doesn’t break the mould but it should break your mood”, said Nialler9 in the Irish Times.

03. Streaming above is the video for new single Silver Tongue, filmed on the road during the band’s summer touring by Junior Soares.

04. Having just finished the summer festival grind with two sets at Electric Picnic, more live dates to support the single release are to be announced, but for a start, catch ’em at Hard Working Class Heroes.

VERDICT: If you’re going to do the blues, do ’em with the same piss and vinegar as these lads.

New Valley Wolves


The full day-by-day schedule of Hard Working Class Heroes festival (Thursday, October 6 to Saturday, October 8 in Dublin venues) has been revealed in a handy video, breaking days down by venues and times.

Thus spake the blurb:

HWCH 2016 will take you on a musical jaunt around Dublin City north and south dipping in and out of exciting spaces including creative hub Chocolate Factory on King’s Inn Street, and Japanese hidden gem Tengu.

In addition, the iconic City Hall will play host to a selection of stripped back performances from artists on the Friday and Saturday night of the festival. Presented in partnership with Dublin City Council, HWCH are excited to witness this historic venue meet the cutting edge of new Irish music.

Kicking off a three-year project to build audiences between Ireland and Iceland, HWCH are delighted to welcome Wesen and aYia this year.

Iceland Airwaves Festival booker Grimur Atlason will also be in attendance as part of our international industry delegation…

More details here.

Hard Working Class Heroes