Another week, another three shows on the 20th IMRO Showcase Tour, this week taking in the East and West coasts, as well as a night in the mid-east. Here’s our guide to the acts taking part…
Thursday 22nd September – The Late Lounge, Kill
“Tightly wound riffs, and arrangements are Avalanche Ammo’s technique. Hailing from Kildare, AA is the solo work of Ant Boland who has been working under Avalanche Ammo name for a while but the Animals EP (in which each song is named after one) is his debut release and it’s a free download. It sounds like The Redneck Manifesto on crack.” (Nialler9)
Awake Young Soldiers formed in January 2010, and within their first year played many of the major venues in Dublin including Wheelans, The Grand Social and The Twisted Pepper. They played many festivals including Oxegen, Castle Palooza, Astral Planes and Hard Working Class Heroes. The five-piece band from Kildare have a subtlefFolk style infused with indie and rock. Awake Young Soldiers are releasing their third EP in September 2011 and recording an album in the coming year.
Sive is the moniker of songwriter and musician Sadhbh O’Sullivan. Sadhbh grew up in Naas, Co Kildare and spent most of her teenage years playing guitar and bass in various bands. Having spent 2010 hard at work on the live circuit, Sadhbh and her band have steadily begun to build themselves a fan base. Her vocals and songwriting style have been described as “pure and authentic”, while the band’s live performances have been referred to as “prog rock without the ego”.
Super Hanz are a band from Clane in Co. Kildare consisting of four members, who draw influences from their favourite bands which include the likes of Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, Planet Parade, The Police and Kings of Leon. Currently in the process of recording their debut E.P. Super Hanz are eager to create a fan base surrounding their original material.
The P Affection began in 2010 as a recording project for Multi-Instrumentalist Padraig McCauley, a student of the Jazz composition and Performance course in Waterford I.T. After releasing three EPs that caught the attention of local and web press such as Nialler 9 it was inevitable that the project would become a live band. Since formation, the band have gigged relentlessness in some of the most prestigious venues. In February 2011 the band released their self titled debut album for free from their website to critical acclaim.
Friday 23rd September – The Grand Social, Dublin
Danielle Harrison was the singer with Irish rock band Skindive, now returning as a solo artist.
Five piece Ghost Estates have been together since March 2010, and although the band started gigging just six months ago and they already have a debut album recorded. The album was recorded at Sun Studios by John Henry and at Volt Studios by Ghost Estates Daniel Doherty. The album was mixed by Marc Carolan (Muse, Snow Patrol). The track ‘Paris’ was selected by Nialler9 as Ireland’s track for the monthly MAP feature which comprises of 36 tracks from 36 countries.
The Hot Sprockets’ music is haunted by the ghost of country and blues – take the good-time revolutionary spirit of MC5, simmer it down to the sounds of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, add some rough-edged Eagles of Death Metal – wailing harmonicas, twangy vocals, jangly slide guitars and you are somewhere near the delta rock sonic nugget that is their sound. The past two years have seen these smart blues-rockers play over 200 gigs including support slots with The Zutons, The View, Ida Maria, Peter Hook, Republic of Loose and a rake of festivals including Electric Picnic, Arthurs day, Indie-Pendence, Castlepalooza, Sea Sessions, Vantastival.
I’m Your Vinyl (pictured) are an exciting new act from Dublin featuring singer/guitarist Dana Donnelly and producer/musician Ken McHugh. With the release of their debut E.P. this October they will be taking their live show out of the rehearsal room and onto the live stage. Formed in January 2011 they have spent the past few months writing and recording their debut album. With influences ranging from Bjork and Doris Day to Pulp Fiction and Twin Peaks, I’m Your Vinyl have a fresh new sound that is worth getting to know.
Saturday 24th September – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Blissfully nerdy in his approach, Daithí uses loopstations, kaoss Pads, synthesizers and drum machines to create a unique and exceptional sound all centered around one instrument: the Fiddle. Some people call it post trad, others say it’s Indie traditional electro math rock looped with a twist, whatever the genre the end result is energetic, loud and a damn good time.
Junior 85 is a musician and composer from Galway, Ireland who has also played drums for Meljoann, Grand Pocket Orchestra, DeclanQKelly, Seamus Fogarty, So Cow, Vince Mack Mahon, Local Living Guy, Laura Sheeran, Viking Moses, Damo Suzuki. In February 2009 he tried to create a new EP to release every week, some of which has been featured on An Taobh Tuathail radio show on RnaG.
Milan Jay is John G. Millane and Joesph Kenny, both from Galway. Their indietronic sound has been likened to 90s indie stalwarts The Beta Band and Super Furry Animals. Released in June 2011 To The Night And Sky is the second in a trilogy of EPs to be released on their own Philosophor Records and their music has already received attention from the likes of Steve Lamacq and The Irish Times’ Jim Carroll.
“Within seconds of king geek wandering onstage, it’s obvious Rainy Boy Sleep will be one of the sets of the day. Screaming girls and mild hysteria – just what is going on here? Thankfully, he has the tunes to back it up, that much is clear within moments of the first strum. It’s just one guy and a loop pedal, but it works a treat”. (BBC ATL)