A music blog from Ireland.
Last night saw the first run of bands across Dublin for the tenth installment of Hard Working Class Heroes. Reports so far have been good: I missed A Dark Horse as I was running late, and Ginnels because they swapped for an early slot in order to give super-drummer Ruan the time to leg it out to Galway for a midnight gig with Tieranniesaur at the Roisin Dubh.
I was in attendance for the following: SertOne, who played to the hushed courtyard in MHS with a secret surprise set of visuals projected upon the roof; my first time actually seeing Bouts, in the Workman’s Club where they played the best set of the night in preparation for New York next week; new-band highlight of the night for me in Ghosts at the Twisted Pepper; Hush War Cry whose vocals and keys were nice but overall a bit underwhelming, with the same said for Spies in the Grand Social although I have to stress Michael Broderick’s voice is thrilling to hear but the music is veering straight into the middle of the road. Then it was back to the Pep for CLU who performed a pristine, too-perfect bass-heavy set, before flying over to catch the tail end of Si Schroeder. I stopped for pizza on Parliament Street on my way, was given an extra slice by the very nice Arabic guys in the restaurant which unfortunately meant double the drool as I stood in the Workman’s for a fantastic set by Jogging which I had to cut short because the smell of warm cheese-dough was too much to resist and I felt like a manky yoke trying to gobble surreptious bites from my wafting handbag in between head-nods and toe-taps. Back outdoors in Meeting House Square for the final set of the night in Solar Bears‘ headline set, I was happy, full of food and impressed by the stroke of genius that saw Great Lakes Mystery and I Am The Cosmos members join the Bears to create a full band sound. Solar Bears themselves are not happy due to a malfunctioning laptop that left them with no guitar but it was still a pleasure to behold, as the madser dancers up front were happy to attest. If you missed or wish to revist any of the bands who played last night, I posted a mix yesterday: today’s follows below – just click the black tab at the bottom of the page. And don’t forget that Aer TV are live-streaming shows all three nights, while Curious Broadcast are going out live from the Artists’ Lounge in Filmbase.
Tonight, I’ll be looking out for; A Lazarus Soul, Simon Bird, Leanne Harte, Forrests, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, We Cut Corners, Come On Live Long, Girl Band and most of all, Croupier whose album is going in endless circles for me since its release. Not to mention the neon-hearted, nostalgiabuzz, rocket-launching headliners Le Galaxie. The fun awaits!
Tracklist for the Friday mix ::
1. Stillborn in Autumn – Simon Bird
2. Pull The Screw – Cocophone
3. Go Easy – We Cut Corners
4. Lucky One – Young Wonder
5. Escape By Night – Steve McEvoy
6. Aretha (ft. Mark James) – Nouveanoise
7. Bobby D – Lisa O’Neill
8. On My Way – Aisling Quinn
9. Find Your Beat – Inni-K
10. This Golden Age – Groom
11. Fragile Things – The Ambience Affair
12. Highgate Hill – Electric Penguins
13. Bleed – Sweet Jane
14. Two Times – Kid Karate
15. Creo Beast – Croupier
16. White Elephants – Come On Live Long
17. Burning In The Hallway – Junah
18. Tonight – The Depravations
19. Black Diaries – The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock
20. Don’t Sweat The Small Shit – Cfit
21. In My Head – Girl Band
22. Two Hearts – Ships
23. Billions – Forrests
24. Light Games – Kool Thing
25. Love System – Le Galaxie ft. Elaine Mai
26. Chain of Fools – Frankie B
27. Old Town – Leanne Harte