A music blog from Ireland.
Life is getting very busy in the Redneck Manifesto camp as the band prepare to tour around Europe, finishing off a year that saw us eagerly welcome the new album Friendship, the first new release since 2006. Tonight, they play Dublin’s Button Factory and the chilly air will be filled with their wonderfully rosy sounds, from the new songs of Friendship to the best of their old favourites from ThirtySixStrings and I Am Brazil. Also on the bill is The Black Triangle which – alien conspiracy theories aside! – is another notable event for old school Irish music fans, considering its members consist of players from Bambi..a 90s hardcore band whose name I hear used with high esteem.
I think that it’s a good omen that it’s snowing. TRM have some of the most dedicated fans in the country. Some of the best shows I’ve been to have happened under adverse weather conditions and there’s a kind of cameraderie amongst revellers, decent numbers of dedicated fans proving that no matter how bad the weather is outside, good music is always worth stepping out for. The Rednecks’ keys player Neil O’Connor, normally resident in San Francisco for most of the year, is on home turf with a new album of his own – Somadrone‘s Depth Of Field and it’s fantastic. Released Friday on Skinny Wolves‘ label, it’s fantastic, the best I’ve heard him do, cooler and with more clarity than super-chilled icewater running through crevices of a quartz cavern. I will write about it more during the week but here’s a quick sample ::