Rising again from beyond the grave, Dublin ‘s most eagerly anticipated all-day festival of post punk sleaze, new wave-no wave, indie, garage punk and psych blues lands in theTwisted Pepper, Abbey Street , Saturday 24th April, with a free Psycho Fest collectible CD for the first 100 in the door!
Proceedings kick off at 2pm, with a beast of a line-up drawn from the best of the Irish underground. Acts include:
Cap Pas Cap / BATS / Cheap Freaks / Girls Names /
Boy From Brazil (DE) /Guilty Optics / Wounds / House of Dolls /
Mighty Atomics / Disconnect 4 / Git and the Tracksuits /
Romanovs Goodbye / The Vagabonds / Howlin Dowlin /
Cloud Castle Lake / The Minutes + Psychotic Reaction Djs /
Skinny Wolves Djs / White Plague Djs
Now in its fourth year, Psycho Fest proudly presents new features for your sonic pleasure, including the Punk Rock basement Cinema, playing cult classics and underground movies from yesteryear, and the Record Fair area on the main floor, with stalls selling limited releases, 45s, t-shirts, and more.
CAP PAS CAP
“Edgy, daring and sparky, Dublin band Cap Pas Cap play a hugely alluring post-everything game. There has only been a handful of releases to date, but each one has seen them pulling new shapes from the bag. Their best moment to date was last year’s hypnotic and spacey We Are Men single on the Skinny Wolves label, a pointer to the new-wave-no-wave-what-wave terrain they’re calling their own. Cap Pas Cap’s debut album should be one of this year’s highlights.”
– Jim Carroll, Irish Times. ‘Top 50 Irish Bands right now, Article’
After a year long residency in 09′ at Dublin live music staple Whelans, The Minutes developed a unique rock n’ roll show to call their own.
After becoming one of Dublin ‘s must see live acts, it came time to record their debut album and in October of 2009 the three piece headed to Marcata Recordings in upstate New York . Together with producer Kevin McMahon the band have crafted a ten track album that captures the energy of their live sets. The record blasts through one foot stomper after another, from the 2 minute rawness of Secret History, to the crashing drum solo on Believer right up to live favourite In My Time Of Dying. Due for release mid 2010, ‘Marcata’ is a record you’ll come back to time and time again.
“If you’re looking for an act that understands the co-relation between classic pop and cutting-edge indie, you’ve come to the right place.” – Jim Caroll, Irish Times
“Disconnect 4 strike gold again with their new single – ‘Disco Never Changes’ is a little beauty!” – Dan Heagarty, 2fm
“Disconnect 4 have just produced one of my favourite Irish songs of the noughties, titled The Disco Never Changes it is featured on their new Modern Love EP!” – Alison Curtis, TodayFM
BOY FROM BRAZIL (DE)
a pandrogynous one man band who performed a daring Dada cabaret in
stilettos and suspenders with sputnik beats and polysexual rhythms. Barakat walked on gilded splinters with stripper heels, like the lovechild
of Alan Vega and Pierre Molinier, during live performances that constantly threatened to dissolve into utter chaos.
Dublin city based fuzzy garage punks have been making a stir since they started last year with opening slots for the Buzzcocks and Jay Reatard and a successful tour of Germany in recent times. Fronted by ex-Things bassist Robbie Brady their debut 7″ EP is out now on Big Neck Records. Album number 1 due later this year…
“Creating music that is genuinely disconcerting is not an easy thing to do, but listen to any 20 seconds of Ireland mentalists Wounds’ Dead Dead Fucking Dead and your skin will crawl. With a clanging, crashing, discordant sound that’s like The Jesus Lizard and Fugazi getting a kicking from a seriously angry Gallows, it rages with a volatility that threatens to tear the whole thing apart at any moment. Vectors is a shot of pure punk adrenaline laced with broken glass, Choke is almost unbearably creepy and the apocalyptic crawl of Dead Road is one of the finest anti-anthems you’ll hear this year. Breathtaking stuff.”
– 4 Ks – Kerrang!
Ah, Mighty Atomics… What can be said about these three angry young men?
Like a mid-Atlantic nuclear weapon detonation, they cross the raw power of their heroes The Sonics and Link Wray with the nervous energy of early British beat-groups to create their wild, pounding and twanging sound. They have been quickly building a reputation as a seriously exciting live band in Ireland and across Europe with their full bore live shows.
HOUSE OF DOLLS
Influenced by everything from Spiritualized to NEU! the noise made by Dublin ‘s House Of Dolls is bad to the bone hard edged psychedelia. Staf, Conor, Stuey & Jimmy comprise this gang of four. Epic build-ups, darkened grooves and glorious vocal melodies comprise their sound. Still very much a new band, House Of Dolls front with the maturity of a group who have occupied the dark spaces that their music takes you, and whose sophisticated list of influences, although notable could never outshine the raw passion of their recordings or live show.
Double A-Side GIMME SOME GLORY/BEFORE SHE WAKES out now on Firstborn Is Dead Recordings.
The Vagabonds are a Dublin based 4-piece punk-rock band. However, they transcend the mediocrity of the indulgent, egotistical and nepotistic ways, some of their better known peers are renowned for. They drive through the political and social landscape of their songs with little care for who may take offence along the way, if this band offend you; you don’t understand. The Vagabonds have no time for bigots, racists and homophobes, if you are any of these things you should not listen to this band. Connected Magazine has called “a refreshing blend of tuneful punk melodies with grimy garage riffs to create a totally infectious sound” and renowned Limerick DJ, Alan Jaques, has refered to them as “Bob Dylan fronting The Clash”. The band go into the studio in early June to record their debut single with Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Babyshambles) with a release pencilled in for September.
Formed in January 2009 with their first gig booked before even playing together, Belfast ‘s Girls Names unabashedly hark back to the early/mid eighties shadow world of Beat Happening, Black Tambourine, Felt, C86 and the Sound of Young Scotland. In their short existence they have quickly honed their craft in creating their own self-styled ‘disposable noise pop’, masking subdued bittersweet vocals and melodic hooks with reverb drenched guitars and Mary Chain primal drums. Having sold out of their debut home taped demos on Cass/Flick (Belfast) last summer and after a string of support slots with the likes of Sic Alps, Wavves, Times New Viking, Lovvers and Gary War, Girls Names are set for their first release ‘proper’, with a 12″ EP on Brooklyn’s much talked about Captured Tracks label and a full UK tour with label buddies, La La Vasquez in the spring. Expect more releases in the upcoming months through Cass/Flick and Tough Love Records ( London ) and a debut album in the offing before the year is out.
Exhuming the dead lineage of music’s royal past, whilst bringing it round with an electroslap to the future, Romanovs Goodbye are a project designed to break with and shake with their own backgarden diet of post-punk, rave, grunge, electro and alternative rockulation. Instrumentally promiscuous, their cowbell-on-keyboard and guitar-from-the-drumstool swinging antics have found favour with those seeking to witness a fluid lineup twirling from synthy streams of doom-laden rock to softer throes of beatnik wistfulness. Delivering a dismissive hand-shandy to indie-schmindie, the Romanovs have sprung from their Liffey st. base to show those with ears what’s ha’penning beyond the conveyor belt of traditional trashcan fashionrock.
Miss them and you’ll be tsary.
Formed in 2006 by complex molecules, BATS have been dispersing their audio seed throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe with fervent vigour. Their debut E.P -Cruel Sea Scientist’ was released in late 2007 to much critical acclaim, and soon after the leatherwings were signed to independent label The Richter Collective. Their blend of visceral but catchy post-punk/hardcore/metal and scientific musings has attracted a wide spectrum of fans that continues to grow steadily. Much of 2008 was spent writing new material and performing live with such heavyweights as These Arms Are Snakes, The Locust, Liars, Sebadoh, Chrome Hoof and Gang Gang Dance. In March 2009 these dynamic mammals crossed the Atlantic to record
Guilty Optics Formed in late 2008. Infleunced by bands like Hot Snakes, Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu The Jesus Lizard and Dinosaur Jr they first brought their unique style of Kick Ass Rock and Roll to the public ear in June 2009. With infectious Melodies woven amongst hardcore discordant driving riffs, Guilty Optics will have your ears smiling and your feet dancing.
Formed by in the summer of 2008, Howlin’Dowlin’ are a four-piece Dublin based guitar band who specialise in catchy rock’n’roll tunes. Their impressive live show has won them over a loyal following of fans that is constantly expanding. 2010 has been a busy year for Howlin’Dowlin with numerous headline shows, some acoustic radio sessions and some high profile support slots including a memorable sell out show with ‘Supergrass’ side project ‘The Hot Rats’.The band is currently recording demos for a debut EP release that is penciled in for the summer of 2010. Catch their brand of catchy, melody driven, rock’n’roll in a venue near you soon.
CLOUD CASTLE LAKE
Lush electronic rock with beguiling oddball flourishes and fringes from four members of Vladimir Nabokov’s Dublin fanclub.
GIT & THE TRACKSUITS
Ireland’s newest indie rockers kicked off their first ever live performance at last years Psycho Fest. Since then they have gone on to support acts such as Brothers Movement, Damien Dempsey, Cheap Freaks and the Mighty Stef. Their debut EP is now in the making!!!
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