Fang Island defeating the odds on a torrential night in Cork, The Vincent(s) rustling up a storm and We Arrive Alive challenging the conventions of an album release, here are a few things to be excited about in the coming weeks.
Despite a torrential night in Cork City, Fang Island draw the masses out, launching into their European tour with a packed out show. In fact, it’s so grim out that even this cheerful Brooklyn trio seem a bit taken a back, perhaps a little wary about the turnout to the first date of their European tour. Hailing from Rhode Island, guitarists Chris and Jason describe growing up surrounded by quite a dark experimental music community with dark undertones. The duo met in school and for them, starting a project as upbeat and uplifting as Fang Island was the “most punk thing you could do” they tell State.
Signed to revered independent label Sargent House, as much as this may baffle their legions of fans, they feel they didn’t quite impress label owner Cathy Pellow initially, it was their track ‘Daisy’ that won her over. Monday night at the Pavilion sees their first time in Cork and No Spill Blood are on support with Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank) providing the beats. Not only is Lar on drum duties in No Spill Blood he’s also been enlisted by Fang Island to play bass and fits right in. This tour sees them promoting their second album Major, which they describe as “verbal high fives”. In comparison to their self titled debut, the album features more vocals and overall has a slightly more anthemic feel. They’re about to embark around Europe but we’ll see them close their tour in Dublin on the 10th of May at the Grand Social. Not to be missed.
We Arrive Alive
Hailing from Dublin, the members of We Arrive Alive (pictured) are rarely off the scene, rotating duties between Spies and Girl Band. The seven piece are about to release their debut album as four very special, limited edition graphic novels. Intrigued? So are we. These very limited editions will offer an interactive feel to their debut. “We started the band with the idea to do a lot of sound tracking stuff for film and video games so we jumped on this idea” guitarist Andy McGurk tells us, he adds “a story was written and wonderful illustrations were done so you’ll find as you look at the images that the mood of the music will very much depict the image and vice versa”. Art Ensemble are the design team behind the graphic novel while Storm Studio are behind the production and release.
Get your own very limited copy here.
From the Deep South of Ireland, The Vincent(s) describe themselves as ‘Death Pop’. Signed with FIFA Records, they are easily one of the most exciting new acts in Ireland, reminding us of what a strong music community Cork has. If you haven’t heard these guys yet then check out their single ‘Asked Her to Dance’. They’re playing with Ladydoll at Cyprus Avenue, Cork this Friday the 12th of April. You can catch them at Dublin at the Hard Rock Café, Temple Bar on Thursday the 18th of April with the newly formed ‘Forming’, which features members of Cave Ghosts.