It’s week three of this year’s IMRO Showcase Tour, which means it’s the halfway point. Friday night sees an action-packed five band bill at Dundalk’s Spirit Store, while Saturday finds an equally entertaining line-up further south in Dublin as the tour makes its final visit to Crawdaddy.
Friday, April 9th – The Spirit Store, Dundalk
The Ambience Affair
Comprising of vocalist/guitarist Jamie Clarke and drummer Marc Gallagher, The Ambience Affair specialise in creating music awash with looped guitars, keyboards and vocals combined with driving rhythms. The duo have two EPs to their name and recently had their song ‘Parting Patterns’ placed in an episode of CSI: NY.
MP3: The Ambience Affair – ‘Devil In the Detail’
Having learned their trade supporting the likes of Josh Ritter, Duke Special and Bell X1, Dundalk rock outfit Redtwelve have finally taken the leap and recorded their debut album, Mines. Their musical prowess has also seen them shortlisted for the ‘Most Promising New Act’ category at this year’s Meteor Awards and they’re currently vying for a spot at the Jack Daniel’s JD Set 2010.
MP3: Redtwelve – ‘Afraid’
Take the Money and Run
Another act who made the cut for State’s ‘Faces of 2010’ list, Take the Money and Run have branched out from their beginnings as a Blondie-influenced power pop group to become something altogether more original. Their sound meanders in many different directions, thanks to the utilisation of an impressive array of instruments, encompassing everything from the standard indie arsenal of guitars and drums to synthesized string sections, flutes and cornets.
MP3: Take the Money and Run – ‘Let the Ground Break Through My Head’
Just back from Austin, Texas where they they made their mark at the South by Southwest Festival, Dublin trio The Minutes are now making preparations for the release of their debut album. Recorded Stateside late last year, the LP promises to be packed with foot-stomping garage rock tunes. The band’s career to date has been impressive, having supported the likes of Supergrass, Albert Hammond Jr and the Von Bondies.
MP3: The Minutes – ‘Secret History’
Leitrim is not known for being a hotbed of musical inventiveness but that hasn’t stopped The Vibes. The Drumshanbo-based quintet have a talent for producing catchy indie-rock numbers and they’ve already tasted chart success with their singles ‘Just Another Love Song’ and ‘You’ll See My Heart’. Their ability has also seen them win the 2FM Song Contest and An Tostal Song Contest on two occasions. The coming months will see the group complete work on their first album, after which the plan on hitting the road for a nationwide tour.
MP3: The Vibes – ‘Different Way Out’
Saturday, April 10th – Crawdaddy, Dublin
Not Squares’ infectious electro-pop has won them many influential fans over the past 12 months, resulting in plenty of airplay and spots playing at major festivals like Leeds, Reading and Latitude. The group recently recorded a session for BBC Radio 1 and are preparing to release their first LP through the Richter Collective label this summer. Before that, they’ll release a single, ‘Release the Bees’, in May, which has been described as a “six minute acid-house-electro-dance castle to assault your ears.”
MP3: Not Squares – ‘Asylum’
Talulah Does the Hula
Featuring former members of The Chalets and Neosupervital, Talulah Does the Hula say they were brought together “by a love of the tropics, harmonies, bouffants, sex, sunshine, outdoor drinking and of course wickedly clever and sexy pop tunes.” Those tunes are full of lush harmonies and Rapture-esque danceable beats which have earned the band heaps of praise and regular airplay.
MP3: Talulah Does the Hula – ‘Bad Boyfriend’
Together for just under a year, Dublin’s Mia Sparrow produce gorgeously synthy indie-pop with powerful underlying melodies. Having already played dates throughout Ireland, the group are about to spread their wings and unleash their tunes on a UK audience when they play London next month.
MP3: Mia Sparrow – ‘Summer Slang’
Wolf Pack Riot
Dublin-based duo Wolf Pack Riot may only be together a matter of months but in that short space of time they’ve already managed to win over audiences in venues like Crawdaddy, Andrews Lane Theatre and Whelan’s with their distinctive electro-punk noise. With a debut EP hot off the presses, 2010 promises to be a big year for Anthony Doyle and Carolyn Cahill.
MP3: Wolf Pack Riot – ‘Chinese Whispers’
Next week sees the IMRO Showcase Tour paying two visits to Derry as well as a stop-off in Kildare. As usual, State will be on hand with a preview.