Having kicked off last week in fine style with shows in Belfast and Dublin, the IMRO Showcase Tour 2010 continues with a second date at Dublin’s Crawdaddy and a visit to the People’s Republic for a show at Cypress Avenue in Cork. Here’s your guide to who’s out and about this week…
Thursday, April 1st – Crawdaddy, Dublin
Home Star Runner
Support slots with such heavyweights as Paramore, Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory might suggest to you that Home Star Runner aren’t some sensitive singer songwriter / electronica crossover. You’d be right, energetic pop punk being more the order of the day.
Our Little Secrets
Our Little Secrets are the collective efforts of chief composer Rhob Cunningham and a merry band of like-minded cohorts. Sporting the considerable talents of the likes of Hannigan, Cathy Davey and Jenny Lindfors, this is a musical project has piqued the interest of just about anyone who’s heard it.
Vengeance and the Panther Queen
One of the stars of our Faces Of 2010, it’s still early days for Vengeance & The Panther Queen but things seems to be getting off to a very fine start indeed. Fronted by charismatic front woman Tara McCormack (pictured) and featuring some familiar faces in the band, V&TPQ bring a welcome anarchic rock edge to the Irish music scene.
MP3: Vengeance and the Panther Queen – Keep it On the Phone
We Cut Corners
Another alumni of Faces Of 2010, We Cut Corners use the now fairly common line-up of guitar, drums and, well, nothing else, but have managed to stamp their own identity on the format in double quick time. A joyously exciting live act, don’t be surprised if you see a lot more of this pair over the year.
MP3: We Cut Corners – Toll Free
Saturday, April 3rd – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
C!ties, a young instrumental trio from Ennis Co. Clare, are out to warp genres and alter perceptions. Incorporating a wide range of styles, from thumping electro to cranky riffage, all the way back to ambient interludes, they seek to redefine the conventions of instrumental music.
MP3: Cities – Satellites
Within 12 months of forming, West Cork three piece LOWmountain had been invited to appear on RTE’s Other Voices, enjoyed significant airtime on RTE Radio 1 and various local radio stations and shared billings with Lisa Hannigan, John Spillane, Mick Flannery, Villagers and Dog Tail Soup. Their take on classic Americana is clearly turning heads even before they start work on their debut album.
MP3: Low Mountain – Captive Blue
Channeling the influences of soul music from the classic days of Marvin Gaye through to the world of Outkast and Amp Fiddler, Brian Deady has already marked himself as an Irish artist with a difference. Throw in the lyricism of his great hero Phil Lynott and this is an artist worth investigating.
The Karman Line
Trading in music that is both progressive and aggressive, duo the Karman Line have spent the last two years crafting their own unique brand of brain-blitzing mutant psychedelia, joining the dots between 4/4 sensibilities and skyscraper beats, experimentalist electronica and indie persuasions.
MP3: The Karman Line – In My Arms
Three piece Versives have been honing their sound since forming in 2007 via a series of EPs, the latest of which ‘We Are Friends With You’ is out this Spring. That done, they start work on their debut album of alternative rock meets ambient and electro.
MP3: Versives – The Veils