by / April 26th, 2010 /

Tortoise – Whelan’s, Dublin

Whelan’s, Saturday July 10th, 7.30pm

Tickets €29 (incl. booking fee) from, City Discs, Road Records, WAV Box-Office [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

‘The concert-hall influence may be more Steve Reich than Stravinsky and the space exploration more about dub than Moog solos, but
they made pretentiousness cool again. Plus, they solved prog’s old bugaboo of dumb lyrics.’ – Spin Top 10 Essential Prog Rock Albums (about Tortoise’s Millions Now Living Will Never Die)

‘That sense of grounding – which never solidifies into rhythmic cliches – allows Tortoise to explore abstraction without seeming bloodless. To be smart and original, playful and provocative – those are the standards Tortoise really aspire to, and that they achieve here as ingeniously as ever.’ – Rolling Stone

‘This band swims the murky gulf between jazz and rock in search of fresh riffs. Entirely instrumental, the songs start with simple melodies that slowly make their way to climaxes full of overlapping rhythms that alternative between funky and mechanical.’ – Time magazine

‘Tortoise make jam-band music for those of us who hate Phish concerts. Each tune blends odd bits of jazz, spaced-out rock and lazy funk beats into the music, which is stylistically adventurous yet tranquil enough to read the Sunday paper to.’ – US Weekly