A music blog from Ireland.
When someone dies, there’s a funeral. If a person leaves, you may or not get a chance to say goodbye. When a record store closes, what do you do? Throw a big fucking mind-boggler of a gig, as U:Mack have organised as a farewell to Road Records. A clueless eejit on FaceBook said “it’s a bit stupid to throw a farewell party for a shop” but I disagree. It’s lovely.
I wrote about it for this week’s edition of LeCool ::
Celebration – “the action of marking one’s pleasure at an important event or occasion” – is a misleading definition in this case as the audience at Friday’s Road Records Night are far from pleased that Dublin’s iconic record store has closed its doors for good. However, it is certainly a celebration and a tribute to the passion and dedication of Road’s proprietors Dave Kennedy and Julie Collins whose small shop on Fade Street played an important role in the independent Irish music scene over the past decade. In a last gesture of unity, local promoters U:Mack are bringing together tremendously exciting bands The Redneck Manifesto, Legion of Two, Patrick Kelleher and Cian Nugent along with a one-off, not-to-be-missed reformation of Female Hercules to bid farewell to Road Records.
I tried my best a few weeks ago to put into words how I felt about the store’s closure. They made such an effort to get it right. A few people have suggested that Rough Trade might soon open up in Dublin and maybe it could be a new place for us to buy music and that would be very nice and all but not the same, not at all. Anyway, tomorrow night I hope there won’t be any sadness. Just good music and a sense of having experienced, even if just for a short while, something very special indeed.
The Button Factory, 10 September 2010, 19:30. Tickets €16.