Independent record label Front End Synthetics turns ten this month so to celebrate we’re throwing a birthday bash music extravaganza’¦
WHAT? Front End Synthetics – 10th Birthday Party
WHEN? May 8th 2010, 9pm – very late (B.Y.O.B.!!)
WHERE? Space 54, Smithfield, Dublin 7 (beside Luas stop on Smithfield Square)
HOW MUCH? €8
WHO? Live acts/ DJs/ visuals including Decal, The Jimmy Cake, Sunken Foal, Ambulance
WHY? Why not??
Ten years ago. Oops I Did it Again and Who Let the Dogs Out were among pop’s most conspicuous offerings. The Slate magazine was about to rock the world of Dublin satire, and Bush had just won his momentous eight-year crusade of neo-con aberration.
Meanwhile, somewhere in the murky underground of Irish electronic music’s sweaty beer belly, a fledging record label was being conceived. FES began when two misfits, Paul and John, armed with nothing but an insatiable love of music, decided that artists like Ambulance, Decal, Rod Morris and Anodyne should have an Irish home. And that acts like Max Tundra and Mira Calix should visit these shores. As well as hosting the first ever (and subsequently second) Irish performance by legendary Upsetter, Lee -Scratch’ Perry.
So after a decade it seems only right to let down our hair, plug in the amps and put on our anoraks again, to celebrate with a night of fantastic, intelligent, stomping music. The line-up for this audio/visual treat includes The Jimmy Cake (live), Decal (live), Ambulance (live), Spectac (live), Sunken Foal (live), Deasy (DJ), Platinum Ray (DJ), Eoghan Kidney and Tim Redfern (visuals).
It’s going to be a long night of top sounds and stimulating sensations. And the gorgeous, intimate environment of Space 54 even has a recession-busting BYOB policy. Which we think is rather cool. So if you’re going to make one underground, beat-tastic, weird, scary, loud, late, left-of-centre, tasty, bleepy, odd, once-off, electronic, abstract, slightly smelly birthday celebration this year, make it FRONT END 2010.
DECAL: Alan O’ Boyle is so important it’s hard to know how to describe his amazing blend of techno/electro/IDM. Apart from saying he’s a maestro who must be seen live. He’s released on Rotter’s Gold Club, Leaf, Lo, U:Mack and more. www.decal-artifacts.com
THE JIMMY CAKE: Taking a decidedly more synth-led tack these days, the acclaimed -Cake have supported Kraftwerk, headlined venues like Vicar St and have generally raised the bar to stunning heights for live music in Ireland. www.thejimmycake.org
AMBULANCE: Possibly the country’s most respected and innovative live electronic duo, Dunk and Trev are heavyweights of the industry and have released on labels like the UK’s seminal Planet Mu Records. www.myspace.com/dunkntrev
SUNKEN FOAL: Hugely respected and loved by critics and electronica-heads alike, Sunken Foal’s a favourite of the BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs. His debut album, -Fallen Arches’, was released in ’08 on Planet Mu Records to rave reviews. http://www.myspace.com/wesunkthefoal
EDUCUTION: Otherwise known as Booger or Toirse, this stalwart of the bangin’ Dublin techno/electronica scene has rocked dance-floors from here to New York over the last decade and releases regularly on D1. www.myspace.com/educution
SPECTAC: Reputable solo producer who comes ‘highly recommended’ by the lauded Warp Records stable, Spectac has released work on Loaf Recordings, played various festivals and is working on his second album at the moment. www.myspace.com/respectac
Eoghan Kidney: vimeo.com/kidney
Tim Redfern/ Pixelcorps: www.eclectronics.org