Enemies – announce split and details of final long-player
What you may need to know…
01. Last time we checked in with Wicklow math/pop quartet Enemies, they’d put out single Play Fire and were gearing up for the festivals.
02. Unfortunately, the band announced this week that they’ll be winding up operations at the end of the year, calling it a day after the completion and release of their final album.
03. Streaming above is itsallwaves, the second single from the album, entitled Valuables. Releases on digital, CD, vinyl and cassette on December 9th via Topshelf Records.
04. Their farewell show will be their biggest ever, when they play Vicar St. in Dublin on December 18.
VERDICT: Another sad loss to Irish music in recent times, albeit a band that leaves a rich and varied body of art behind them, and arguably one of the cornerstones on which Ireland’s math/post-rock scene was built.
01. Bobby and the lads are off in Amerikay at present, pressing the flesh and raking up road miles to support their current 7″ record, Where Did You Get That Milkshake?.
02. It’s somehow the Dublin lo-fi lads’ debut 7″ after a rake of releases, but also their first for Stateside label Emotional Response.
03. We would hope that the video above, for single Do the Mess Around, has not been an accurate portrayal of events thus far.
04. Broadsheet readers situated Stateside might be able to show up and give ’em the shlag. The rest of their tour takes them to the Dev in Utica tonight; tomorrow night to Otto’s Shrunken Head in Manhattan; Candy Apple Island in Bloomfield, NJ on the 2nd, and New Funky Jungle in Providence, RI on the 5th.
VERDICT: Another pop gem the likes of which Bobby Aherne and the boys seem to just have in a stockpile somewhere. Grand.
Ash – Power-pop trio to receive Oh Yeah Legend Award
What you may need to know…
01. The tight-knit Northern scene continues to honour its trailblazers and forebears with the Oh Yeah Legend award, previously bestowed upon The Undertones, The Divine Comedy, Therapy? and Terri Hooley. This year, it’s the turn of Oh Yeah Music Centre namesakes Ash.
02. Potted story to save time: teenage Iron Maiden tribute band start playing power-pop in the venerated Northern tradition, fetch local management attention, rocket straight to the top after their GCSEs off the back of a genius string of three-minute bijoux; burn out and still make a low-key gem of a difficult second album; return to form and conquers the world; do effectively whatever they please thereafter, including a series of alphabetically-labelled 7″ singles released fortnightly for a year, and setting up a studio in New York.
03. Like there’s anyone left in the country that needs any further info on Oh Yeah (streaming above), or any other of that immortal run of singles in the mid-Nineties-to-early-noughties.
04. The band will be honoured by the music centre named for their globe-straddling single, at a special ceremony before they perform their album 1977 (from start to finish) for its twentieth anniversary, at the Mandela Hall in Belfast on November the 11th. Tickets on sale now.
01. “When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert”, said Kurt Cobain of this veteran outfit, currently celebrating their 35th (!) anniversary.
02. The band came together in 1981 after founder member Naoko Yamano fell in love with the music of the Ramones. A deal with pop tastemakers K Records happened in 1985, which saw career album Burning Farm released Stateside.
03. The following three decades saw them tour with Nirvana on their Nevermind launch jaunt, as well as with Sonic Youth and the Breeders. They’ve played Lollapalooza and Reading, recorded sessions for the late, great John Peel, and even cut a tune for The Powerpuff Girls.
04. They’re hitting Ireland as part of their European tour next month. See them at Whelan’s in Dubland on the 30th, at Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest on May 1st, and in Cork’s Crane Lane Theatre on May 2nd (in a free show!).
Verdict: Broadsheet caught them in 2014 when they were on tour. Nirvana connection and their history aside, they are a savage live proposition. Get to ’em if you can.