You’ve heard about The Minutes’ ambitious manifesto of Gigs In Your Gaff, right? If you haven’t, it may be time to leave that rock you’ve been living under, if only to save your complexion….
The Dublin threesome revealed their plans shortly after winning the Vodafone Bright New Sounds competition and have regularly gigged across a variety of venues and reception rooms in the country since.
However this weekend at Electric Picnic sees a new development in the camp…site! Though Irish performers are famed for spontaneous renditions al festo (here on this blog, one commenter swore The Mighty Stef kept him awake all night with Bowie covers at EP07) The Minutes plan to go one further for their documentary with impromptu live shows throughout the weekend…in YOUR tents!
So if you loved Ukraine, Harmonic or want a sneak preview of new single Black Keys, get in touch with the band or keep an eye out for the leather-clad minstrels as they strum their way through the Stradbally estate.
Fair warning, eh, Matt Vinyl?
Well, I thought you may like a list of the Irish bands playing at Electric Picnic this year. So I scrobbled this together from various sources over the last few weeks, before stumbling upon the confirmed line-up. Unfortunately the official stage times have not been released and only a handful of bands have the correct time listed on their profiles, so I’ve omitted their appearance times here as it was too complicated/unreliable. Also, I haven’t listed DJs as they’re too difficult to track to correct sites. I may have missed out a couple of bands…do let me know if anyone’s left out!
However this should give you an idea of who’s playing > when…keep an eye out for the final line-up and stage times for more info.
Not content with joining the hordes offering a free HWCH download, ALS have uploaded six songs from their eponymous debut album to MySpace for your grabbin’ pleasure. Which is really rather generous of them as it’s very difficult to find a copy in your local record store! The songs are Only Say The Word, Darkest Before Dawn, Processor, Pure and Simple, Octoberness and Sober Me, while seventh track Sanctuary is available from entertainment.ie/HWCH.
More recently, A Lazarus Soul followed on from controversial second album Graveyard of Burnt-Out Cars with The Lia EP, recorded as a testament to Brian Brannigan’s niece Lia who lives with cerebral palsy :
We’ve recorded an e.p for her and that’s her being all Kim Gordon on the front cover. The first track is a new als song called “s.r.k”. The second is a new version of “decade for believing” with Paddy Barrett playing guitar and gracing the song with his heavenly vocals. The third is a version of “star of david” recorded in a light house during a storm.We filtered out the wind and rain so it sounds like we recorded it in one take, in a room with a piano. The last track is sanctuary from our first album (most people who buy this will be hearing als for the first time so will need a gentle introduction). It costs 5 euro and all money will go toward helping Lia to hold her head up while she smiles.
I’m sitting here with a proper moonfaced grin as I finish up for the weekend. It means tomorrow is Saturday and at 11:30am I’ll be making my radio debut on Phantom! Johnnie Craig takes Nadine O’Regans’s place on The Kiosk and I’ll be joining him to try my hand at reviewing some new releases…
I feel wacky blunders coming on!
Just in from Club AC30 is the news that Betamax Format have been forced to cancel Sunday’s Amusement Parks On Fire gig at Whelans. “Personal reasons” have been cited and considering it’s the second cancellation in the same weekend (see previous post) I’m sure they’re sobbing buckets.
No need for alarm, however: Le deadly Galaxie step into the breach with more of their extraterrestrial zow! and Green Lights are as ready as they ever will be. That’s Club AC30 Dublin. See you there, squares!
HP today announced IMRO‘s plans to celebrate the country’s favourite venues in a new awards initiative to take place at the RDS during The Music Show on 4 and 5 October. Four regional and one overall winner will be judged by IMRO on six factors: “staging, sound/lighting, diversity of music programmed at venue, professionalism in their dealings with performers and promotion/PR activities utilised by the venue to promote performances”.
Where are the bog standards to sort the broken latches and embarrassing toilet attendants out?!
Despite a setback in The Hub suddenly shutting down for refurbishment (hooray! perhaps the venue will do Islands justice after all!) scuppering the brilliant plan of
Betamax Format + Terrordactyl + Large Mound = spondos for Barnados
the ‘Mound hound Dublin tomorrow with a double-gig-whammy kicking off at 1pm in Tower Records of Wicklow Street, following on later in Crawdaddy with The Bonnevilles and The Things DJs.
Those who attend the Tower show get in free to the night performance. Hell, those who ask nicely will probably find themselves on the guestlist, that’s how fierce and relentlessly friendly Large Mound are….
They also have a new song up on MySpace taken from My Whole Life Is Have To :