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The Irish music community has always been tight-knit, perhaps drawn from a similarity in being left largely to its own devices, and that camaraderie has largely carried across genres. It’s extended to supporting one another at the most difficult of times, and unfortunately, this is another one of those occasions.

Wrote Windings on their Facebook last night:

Way back in 2002, Steve and Liam from windings were in a punk band called The Poke. They covered vocals and drums respectively. Also in the band were Con (guitar/vox), Fiona (bass), and Mickey (guitar/vox). The Poke were a great band!

Recently, we were shocked and saddened to to hear that Mickey has got cancer. He’s going through treatment at the moment, and is keeping very positive. However, as you can imagine, this is a very challenging and costly time for Mickey, Fiona, and their two little kids Seamus (2) and Aoibhinn (6 months).

A ‘demo’ was recorded and released by The Poke in a very small quantity in 2002. It was called Eat, F*ck, Die, and it’s pretty damn good. It hasn’t been available anywhere since then, so we thought it’d be a nice idea to upload it to Bandcamp now, so folks can give a few bob and have a listen. All monies received will go straight to Mickey and Fiona’s PayPal to help out a small bit with their current situation.

Even if this isn’t your thing musically, we’d very much appreciate you sharing this post as far and wide as possible, we know that Mickey, Fiona and family will be so appreciative.

Available for streaming and purchase on a donation basis in the widget above.

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Toutspunk rock from Derry

What you may need to know…

01. What’s that, you say? Handsome boys in jumpers from Derry City playing enthusiastic rock ‘n’ roll? That’ll be Touts, then.

02. Riffing on the obvious NI punk comparisons, the lads take that energy and give it a modern, more aggro take on the classic power-chord sound.

03. Streaming above is Sold Out, the band’s new single. Shouted-out today on Nialler9, the lads are releasing an E.P. soon on Hometown, the label that’s currently giving us Rejjie Snow among others.

04. Belfast locals can catch the band while they can, this August on the 23rd, playing alongside Blossoms at Customs House Square. They’re supporting some UK pop band or other.

Thoughts: Is yer man Fergal Sharkey or Joe Strummer? He is neither, but these lads are great, making an earnest callback to grittier times without leaning too hard on its clichés.

Touts

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SissyDublin agitpop punk trio

What you may need to know…

01. Lo-fi, noisy and aggressive, precisely the way agitpop ought to be. That’s Sissy in a nutshell, a pissed-off, Sleater-Kinney-riffing outfit grappling with gender inequality and other issues facing women in Irish society.

02. September 2014 saw the release of the band’s debut extended-player on cassette, featuring pro-choice anthem Sail and Rail, followed by 2015 EP Gave Birth to a Mum.

03. Streaming above is the latter, also available for download and physical purchase on 7″ from their Bandcamp.

04. Also available for pre-order is Put Ears on Yourself Vol.1, a split single releasing soon via Art for Blind Records, featuring the band’s new track Nice Guy, an affront to “nice guy” syndrome and the privilege that accompanies.

Thoughts: The kind of band our society needs at a time when there’s still a fair amount of bullshit, both current and legacy, to be speaking up against.

SISSY

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JoggingDublin post-hardcore lads back from a break

What you may need to know…

01. At last, an excuse to talk about Jogging, a power-trio with a deft way with riffing, alongside belted, barking vocals.

02. While Minutes, released in 2010 on the sadly-missed Richter Collective label/co-op, came in for critical acclaim, its follow-up Take Courage truly shines as one of the best albums of the current of Irish music, a collection of taut, whipcrack broadsides.

03. Streaming above is a live performance from 2012 for the Practice Tapes webseries, where the lads perform Take Courage standout Stand Still with no frills or extras.

04. Appearing next, for the first time in a bit, alongside No Spill Blood and Horse at the Bello Bar on March 31st.

Thoughts: Math-rock-friendly hardcore, with indie-pop sensibilities. If you think that sounds convoluted, just dig in.

Jogging

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Ganglionsmath-pop-punk with a Cork accent via Sheffield

What you may need to know…

01. Based in Sheffield, but sporting a pronounced Cork accent via vocalist Eimear O’Donovan, as well as drummery from Clonakilty man Brian Scally, Ganglions’ crossovers of pop, punk and math-rock make for a busy noise.

02. Eagle-eyed Irish music observers may remember O’Donovan from her time with Cork pop band KVX, and her memorable contributions to Bantum’s first album, on singles Oh My Days, and alongside Owensie on Roll Pt. 2.

03. Streaming above is the band’s self-released debut E.P., FETCH!, put out in February of last year and available for streaming and download.

04. The band plays Quarter Block Party, on the first weekend of February. Time and venue to be confirmed on release of the festival’s brochure. This follows their Irish debut at Cork’s Fred Zeppelin’s in December, in support of Terriers.

Thoughts: Bright, bristling, surfy, tappy, intricate, high-energy power.

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Bisectmulticultural hardcore outfit releasing new split 12″

What you may need to know…

01. With band members of Polish, Italian and Irish backgrounds, Bisect’s no-nonsense, d-beat rage is fuelled by a diverse range of outlooks and musical influences.

02. Gigging around Ireland the past few years, the band emerged in earnest with debut full-length We Are The Migrants, self-released in 2013, a sturdy, socially-conscious hardcore broadside with unusually polished production.

03. Streaming above is their half of a split extended-player with fellow Cork-based destroyers Horse, co-released in December through the band’s self-release label, Almost Records.

04. The other half, including Horse’s YMLT-featured single Dragging, can be streamed on that band’s own Bandcamp.

Thoughts: Since being slimmed down in a personnel shift, Bisect have moved to focus their sound, and it shows.

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Cruiserfuzziness and pop from Limrock

What you may need to know…

01. Limerick four-piece Cruiser make minor-key pop that falls somewhere inbetween shoegaze’s fuzziness, and pop-punk’s enthusiasm.

02. Coming together in 2014, the band settled on a solid line-up in 2015, and have since been a solid presence on Limerick gig bills, sharing stages with The Altered Hours, Windings and Rats on Rafts among others.

03. Streaming above is the HOT 4U E.P., released in May of this year. Available for free/name-your-price download along with the rest of their tunes on Bandcamp, including a non-loathsome take on Fairytale of New York. In fairness, etc.

04. Catch them next at Dolan’s in Limerick on Stephens’ Night, as part of I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a big, feck-off wedge of Limrock for holiday returnees, also including Windings, FONDA and Slow Riot.

Verdict: Immediately likeable, earnest music, slathered in fuzz and feedback, with a notable (and much-needed) lack of notions.

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We Come in PiecesLimrock math trio in final gig of the year tonight

What you may need to know…

01. Math-punk three-piece We Come in Pieces have traipsed around the continent a few times over the course of their six years of existence.

02. Garnering attention for 2010’s full length Before the Chains and steadily touring for 2012’s Land of the Living, the band has been back in studio, finishing their third full-length.

03. Streaming above is the video for 2012’s single release, Sexy Rouge.

04. Catch them tonight in Limerick, in their last gig of the year, with local lads Cruiser and Cassavetes in support. Dolan’s, 9pm.

Verdict: A staple component of Limerick music at this point, this upcoming record of theirs ought to be a treat.

We Come in Pieces

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GRITnew demo out via Distr-Oi! Records

What you may need to know…

01. Hailing from Dublin, GRIT deliver seething female-fronted Oi! punk.

02. Consisting of members of RATS BLOOD and Burnchurch, the band debuted this past July at a gig in Grangegorman, followed by the digital self-release of their eponymously-titled demo.

03. The demo is streaming above in its entirety, available for streaming and download.

04. Sligo-based label and distro Distr-Oi! (an imprint of metal label Distro-y) have just announced the band will be releasing the demo on vinyl later on this year.

VERDICT: Challenging the predominantly male narrative of Oi!/punk in general, GRIT’s visceral disgust at the state of Irish society is not so much a breath of fresh air as a much-needed fist to the face.

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