INSIDEAWAVE. Saturday the 18th. BelloBar. 8PM
Be there or be…ya know, somewhere far less exciting!
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VOTE VILE! Or at least get a ticket to his Vicar Street show on November 14th. I’m going, and isn’t that reason enough to get one!? Only messing! Kurt Vile’s been making great music for almost two decades, firstly releasing two records as lead guitarist of The War On Drugs and four solo records since. His first two comprised of home recordings that stretched back for years and to be honest they’re a bit hit and miss. Since then however it’s just been getting better for Vile; his record b’lieve i’m goin down..in particular being a piece of work that shows you his talent.
So go to your local music shop, illegal steaming service or disc dealer today to hear why you need to be at Vicar Street on the night of November 14th!
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I say anarchy because the Shame gig last Saturday night was totally devoid of any rules or guidelines as to how a gig is meant to go down. In fact, lead singer Charlie Steen’s reassurances that it was “just entertainment” and encouragement to just “let go, smile and have fun” only spurred on the already excited crowd. Excited to see one of the best new guitar bands around and also because we had all just been treated to a hell of an opener by Gurr who ran through a number of tracks from their impressive debut ‘In My Head’.
Whelans. What more can I say that I didn’t mention in my Big Thief review? Love it, could live there…that’s not a bad idea actually…
Gurr supported Shame on the night. Two rockers from Berlin, they unhinged the ceiling before Shame blew the roof off. Totally wild antics on stage, sliding guitar solos and Karen O esque vocals got the entire crowd going. The venue was already pretty full by the time they appeared on stage which was about 8:45 and within one track you could tell this was going to be a powerful support act. ‘Diamonds’ was the stand out for me with it’s catchy riff and the girls took full advantage of the energy from the crowd throughout their set, extending some tracks and just being wild in general!
There was an unusually long wait once Gurr had departed the stage but that really only gave the crowd more time to get excited. Our wait was rewarded when the guys appeared on stage, Steen in a mask, and tore into their set. We got all the bangers beginning with ‘Dust On Trail’. The gig didn’t start with them just warming up, they went full belt from the word go. ‘Tasteless’, One Rizla’, ‘Concrete’, ‘Friction’, ‘Gold Hole’, and more all given 100% of the energy they deserved. Steen’s frequent interactions with the crowd was great to see and he even passed the mic to some of the lucky fans up front to briefly take over the vocals! I was saying to myself, “this is fucking mental, great!” At one point he spat in his hand and rubbed it all over his bare chest, another time he took an umbrella from an audience member, popped it open and pranced around stage, and one guy up front even had Steen’s lips firmly planted on his forehead. For a guy who’s only 20, he sure knows how to work a crowd. He mentioned a few times his distaste for the business side of the music industry and I think that ‘fuck it’ attitude has done wonders for his on stage persona. Brilliant lead man. Bassist Josh Finerty was no different, jumping around, rolling on the floor while playing and screaming into the mic at every opportunity. The intensity of the gig is what has set it apart for me and it will live long in my memory (it’s still in my ears). They’re just young lads making the music they love and having fun, that’s all.
I stood right beside a huge speaker so I ended up hearing Charlie Steen’s thoughts. Whelans had the projector on which a few crowd members used to fix their hair, while the lighting was basic. But hey, I hardly went for a fucking light show did I?
Is quitting my job to follow them around Europe too much? Guess so, I’ll settle to see them again when they come back. Unbelievable energy, full belief in what they do and pure entertainers. Fantastic.
The Big Thief gig at Whelans on April Fools day was one of those gigs where everything fell into place. Big Thief are an act for the people in that their music is relatable. So, the small stage setting of Whelans was the perfect place for them to connect with their adoring fans, and vice versa. From storytelling to improvised guitar solos by the audience, this show was like the meeting of friends for the first time.
Whelans! The closeness of the venue creates a sense of community and that was particularly evident at this gig. Everyone got along, everyone sang along to what they knew and it general they was just a great buzz throughout.
Clementine March was the support act and in fairness to her, she got everyone in a good mood with just her guitar. Some nice soft rock tracks and catchy riffs.
One of the surprising aspects of this gig was the amount of new music Big Thief played. Without Busk Meek on guitar it was up to Lenker to lead the group. I don’t remember the names of the songs but as I was hearing them and comparing them to those on ‘Masterpiece’ and ‘Capacity’ it became apparent that Big Thief are after discovering who they are. We heard that on ‘Capacity’ and whatever they release next sounds like it will follow on from what they started there.
Of the tracks we know and love, we heard ‘Shark Smile’, ‘Mythological Beauty’ and ‘Mary’ during the 70 minute show as well as ‘Paul’ which was requested by a wonderfully vocal member of the crowd. It wasn’t annoying at all, ahem, but he got his wish in the end! Another special moment was when a crowd member imitated a guitar chord and in truth ,it was hilarious! It came mid-song and it ended up catching Lenker off guard. Everyone laughed and after a few seconds she composed herself and carried on. In the end, they were roared off stage to a deafening and deserved applause.
One or two little moments of distortion disrupted the flow but it wasn’t anything major. All guitar solos came across well and not exactly expecting to hear so many, I was delighted!
Fantastic show. The closeness of it all was what really pulled it together. That combined with a taste of new music makes it a memorable one.
This was a gig I couldn’t wait to see. I got the tickets the day they came out and I was lucky to be one of the first because it sold out in under 2 hours. The wait was long but it was so worth it. I’ve a few shows lined up this year but this one in particular stood out. A super-group who are redefining trad and that come together for only a few shows each year. What better way to spend a Tuesday evening eh?
The National Concert Hall. What a venue it is with its grand decor and incredible atmosphere. This was my second gig here as I had seen Warpaint back in 2016 and what was really special about that night was the sound. Everything was perfect and last Tuesday it was no different. No better music to fill the hall than that of The Gloaming then who filled used every inch of it to their benefit.
A hell of a show that lasted two hours. The unique thing about this show was that The Gloaming played as if it were just a typical set, going off in tangents and letting the music take them where ever it wanted. So, they would start with a tune such as ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’ and once the song had ended, one of them would just feel a rhythm and the rest would join in. ‘Allistrum’s March’, ‘The Necklace of Wrens’, ‘Samhradh Samhradh, ‘The Pilgrims Song’, you name it, they played it. Each tune was even better than that on the record, full of passion and energy.
The voice of Iarla O Lionaird is everything you’d imagine it would be. It’s incredibly emotive, engaging and enthralling and every note that he sang was eaten up by the ears of everyone in the audience.
Incredible. Pitch Perfect. Better than the movie.
It’s a shame they only play a few shows each year but they next time they come back I’ll be first in line for a ticket. Incredible performers who are truly passionate about their trade.
It was a few months ago that a friend recommended King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard to me. I’d never heard of them and going by the name I figured they would be pretty out there. They are. However, it’s fantastic to hear their blend of hard/progressive/psychedelic rock in 2018 and they do it so well. Whether it’s with 8 minute wonders or the use of distortion and infusions of jazz and folk, these guys know how to get it done. So, when I heard they would be playing here I said I’d get myself a ticket, despite only hearing two of their records at the time. That gig was in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin last Friday, and here’s how it went…
The Olympia Theatre is my favourite venue in Dublin. From its wonderful decor to the closeness you feel to the act, it’s got it all . Oh man if those walls could talk. I was seated in the circle which at first I was worried wouldn’t be ideal but in fact it was actually perfect. I wanted to catch some videos and luckily they came out as best as possible, devoid of any fuzz.
Mild High Club support King Gizzard and although I haven’t heard much of their stuff, I really enjoyed them. Really chilled, their an ensemble put together by Alex Brettin who and they’ve featured on the record ‘Sketches of Brunswick East’ with King Gizzard. It’s not as far out as the King Gizzard sound but they were the perfect act to get everyone in the mood.
Fantastic show. Two drummers, two lead guitarists and largely shared vocals, they really know how to get the most from their diverse talents. They played all the favourites, ‘Rattlesnake’, ‘Nuclear Fusion’, ‘Crumbling Castle’ and ‘Robot Stop’ to name just a few. I didn’t keep track of how many tracks they played but the set was pretty much non stop. Lead singer Stu Mackenzie wouldn’t have been the most vocal and interactive lead singer I’ve ever seen but who cares, they were there to play music. They didn’t miss a beat and with songs such as ‘Nuclear Fusion’, a personal favourite, they had it down to a tee. ‘Rattlesnake’ in particular got the crowd going wild and you could see the band respond. Sadly, there was no encore as a few members had taken a short break about 2/3’s of the way through. Nevertheless, a brilliant show. I should have more to say on it and the songs but I was too bust enjoying myself. Sorry not sorry.
It’s the Olympia. What else would you expect but crystal clear sound? Mild High Club opted not to have any visuals but King Gizzard did have some funky projections, such as barren lands, various shapes and honestly, a collection of random images and colours that I don’t think anyone was supposed to understand. Worked just fine for me though!
Savage. Great live act, they get you going and squeeze as much as possible into the set. They gave us a good 1 hr and 45 minute show that consisted of some songs that were just run into each other. Great stuff. Oh, and I got the t-shirt!