The Dillinger Escape Plan: One of Us Is the Killer
The Dillinger Escape Plan have released a new track called ‘Prancer’. The long awaited single is from the forthcoming One of Us Is the Killer, due out 14th May on Sumerian Records. A US tour follows to launch the album. Alas, no Irish dates have been announced, yet, but the math-rock pioneers are playing Roskilde this summer. Looking at the line–up, coupled with a Danish setting and a chance to get off the island for a week, it seems Roskilde is well worth the trek if funds allow.
When you take into account their complex oeuvre to date, ‘Prancer’ (almost as the name suggests) is a bit of poppier departure for Dillinger, reminiscent of tracks like ‘Black Bubblegum’ on Operation Paralysis. Their trademark technical riffs and complex rhythmic structures are complimented by a catchy vocal melody, and frontman Greg Puciato really pulls out all the stops here. Based on this taster, May can’t come soon enough.
Axis Of : Finding St Kilda
Axis Of‘s debut album Finding St Kilda is being launched around the country this month. Fresh off a four week-long tour of the UK and Europe, they have certainly earned their stripes. This is a band who despite their young age, have already earned themselves quite a following in the UK and beyond. With a successful run abroad, there’s a distinct feeling that they haven’t quite broken into the scene here in Dublin yet. One should be curious to see how the band have developed having been taken under the wing of punk heroes the Bronx. After all, it’s not everyday your band gets asked to support the Bronx, twice!
Maybe a clichéd thing to say, but there is something for everyone on this album. Tracks such as ‘Cardiel’, ‘Mapping St Kilda’ and “Lifehammer” are relentlessly upbeat, while ‘Edge of the Canebrake’ and ‘World’s Oldest Computer’ have a heavier sensibility. The aforementioned tracks are definitely the strongest on the album, and it’s refreshing to see such a young band bring so many elements to their debut.
We’ll let you make up your own mind, stream it here via Smalltown America:
Finding St Kilda is launched on Wednesday, 20th March at Nancy Spains in Cork. Their Dublin show finds them at the Workman’s Club on Friday, 22nd March, catch them on the 23rd at the Róisín Dubh, Galway.
September Girls: Rome headliner for St Patrick’s Day
With the week that it’s in, a special shout out goes to the awesome force that is September Girls, who are headlining the Jameson St Patrick’s Day festival in Rome on the 17th. Congratulations are definitely in order for one of the hardest working Irish bands around as it’s a pretty prestigious slot to get. They’re also in the process of recording their debut album, due for release later this year.
Check out the video for their single “Green Eyed” available via Soft Power Records.
Vicky Langan: Black Sun Cork
Experimental artist Vicky Langan aka “Wolflinge” is to be featured in the April issue of The Wire magazine. It’s certainly refreshing to see a Cork-based artist get the recognition they deserve. Vicky Langan is known for pushing boundaries, challenging her audience and for her all-round fearless performances. Black Sun, a night that has been running for years in Cork, is curated by Vicky and in the past has seen the likes of Laura Sheeran play some of their first shows.
So support your local noise artist, check out this month’s copy of The Wire.