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.
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.
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.
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 Manifesto – playing 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.
New Valley Wolves – releasing 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.
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…