This year’s IMRO Showcase tour is almost at an end, with next weekend seeing one final, all-day blow out at the Workman’s Club. Before that, however, the tour returns to Dublin tonight for a show at the Academy 2. Here’s who’s playing:
As the front woman and main songwriter with alphastates, Dowling gained many admirers for her energy on the live stage and for her hushed and raw deliveries. Comparisons to Liz Frazer from Cocteau Twins and Beth Gibbons from Portishead have regularly followed but Dowling has her own voice and sounds like no other. Fronting alphastates, she has released two critically acclaimed albums, played an array of high-profile festivals both in Ireland and abroad and had songs placed on CSI Miami, Hollywood movies as well as on the recent release from the makers of Grand Theft Auto, alongside The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Animal Collective. She is currently finishing her debut solo album, which is a more bare, stripped down affair of funeral pop revealing the strengths of Dowling’s songwriting whilst showcasing the textures and beautiful crackles in her voice.
Kid Karate are a two-piece grime-punk band from Dublin comprising of Kevin Breen (guitar/synth/vocals) and Steven Gannon (drums/percussion). Their music has been described as gritty, raw and brutal; dwelling somewhere within the wastelands between the fuzzy blues of The Black Keys, the danceability of The Rapture and the aggression of Queens of the Stone Age.
What initially started as the solo acoustic project of singer and guitarist Roy Duffy, Squarehead (pictured) have quickly grown into a full three-piece band capturing the ears of Irish music fans and bloggers throughout 2010. The band have subsequently established themselves as live favourites, performing nationwide dates including support slots with the likes of No Age, Calvin Johnson, Deer Tick, Male Bonding and Titus Andronicus, and released debut album Yeah Nothing over the summer.
Forming in June 2010, and drawing comparisons to the likes of New Order, Crystal Castles & MGMT; Zombie Computer quickly gathered a cult following on the strength of their no holds barred live performances. In July 2010 the band began work on their debut LP Indian Summer, released in June 2011 on Psychonavigation Records. To launch and celebrate the release the band embarked on an Irish and UK tour. They have been championed by Jim Carroll (The Irish Times), Harmless Noise, Hot Press & MTV Iggy, and received extensive airplay on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, 2FM, Phantom FM, Red FM & Cork’s 96FM.