2013 may have got off to a somewhat rocky start with the closure of HMV in Ireland spelling bad news for Irish jobs and major labels. Thankfully, things are looking up in the world of alternative and independent music.
Fang Island/No Spill Blood tour
Fang Island have announced dates for their first European tour, kicking off in April with support from local heroes No Spill Blood. The Brooklyn based trio released their sophomore album Major last year to critical acclaim, while No Spill Blood’s debut EP Street Meat topped the poll at Nialler9’s Irish EPs of 2012. Irish dates will include a Limerick and Belfast show. Lar Kaye drummer in No Spill Blood, guitarist extraordinaire in Adebisi Shank will join Fang Island on bass for the duration of the tour. With a third studio album from Adebisi Shank in the pipeline and a solo project on the side, think it’s safe to say that Lar is one of the hardest working musicians around. No doubt he’ll fit right in with the Fang Island crew.
Fang Island and No Spill Blood will play Limerick April 9th, venue TBA, and Belfast’s Speakeasy Bar on April 10th
The boys are back in town. Excuse the overused pun but I felt it particularly relevant here, Mastodon are known worshippers at the temple of Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott’s legacy has to be partly responsible for their warmth and generosity towards their Irish fans. So for those of you who may have found yourselves crying into your bowls of cereal at the news that Mastodon cancelled their Dublin show last year, then fret not. They’re coming back in July, playing the Academy on the 15th. Mastodon, as their name suggests, always deliver an immense show and I’m sure this will be no different.
Kasper Rosa Exclusive Stream
Belfast’s Kasper Rosa (pictured) are about to release their Icebreaker EP on the 28th of February, with a Dublin launch at the Workman’s Club on the 1st of March. ‘Khora’ is the first single from the EP and Kasper Rosa have generously given us permission to stream the track here at State. The track is pretty stunning, cleverly crafted and quite reminiscent of Baroness and Opeth in parts, in fact they wouldn’t be out of place supporting Mastodon this summer. Support at the Dublin launch comes courtesy of The Great Ocean Divide and The Continuous Battle of Order, not to be missed.
Here’s another act from Belfast who have a very promising few months ahead of them. Their debut EP Stand Up will be released digitally on the 16th and physically on the 23rd February. A tour of Ireland will follow in March with some help from Youth of a Nation Promotions. Stand Up will be launched at the Bar Sub, Belfast on the 23rd of February and you can catch them at Whelan’s on the 16th of March. Watch ‘Nothing Left to Lose’ arguably one of the most uplifting music videos you’ll see this month.