And so the end is near and we face the final curtain of the IMRO Showcase Tour 2009. Having kicked off nearly a month ago at the Sugar Club in Dublin, thirty seven of the country’s brightest new talents have played live at venues across Ireland. It would be tempting to say that the final line-up at A.L.T. in Dublin this Friday 24th is perhaps the strongest of the whole jaunt, featuring as it does two of our Faces of 2009.
So for one last time, here’s who to look out for…
Since the release of their debut album -Here, Not There’ in May on Hide Away Records(IRL) and Plan-it-x Records(US), 19 year old Dublin twin sisters ‘Heathers’ have toured the US, Ireland, been invited to support Kimya Dawson (Juno, Moldy Peaches) in London, played CMJ festival in New York, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto with their unique harmonies and rhythmic guitar. Brilliant songs stripped of orchestral filler, allowing their lyrical intensity and melodies to shine.
MP3: Heathers – Remember When?
Three parts Irish to one part Canadian, Angel Pier began in 2006 by creating a solid backbone of looping drums & brooding bass, layering a confrontational guitarist with severe riff tourettes and throwing a melancholic vocalist with dark lyrical tendencies on top.
MP3: Angel Pier – Make
Kill Krinkle Club
Kill Krinkle Club are a Dublin based Irish/ Swedish married couple who attempt to make music that is a little bit strange, magical and a whole lot beautiful. In the past year they’ve played the Halifax Pop Explosion in Canada, HWCH and the Dublin Fringe Festival. Their debut EP was released to critical acclaim last April and featured the song ‘White Trees’ which was named in the top 50 songs of 2008 by influential LA blog 5acts. Currently recording their debut album KKC will release a limited edition 7″inch single in May followed by a return to Canada play the NXNE festival in June.
MP3: Kill Krinkle Club – Little Men
The Funeral Suits
Funeral Suits are three snot nosed young men from Dublin and Limerick. The three came together in 2008 to write a soundtrack for the apocalypse but when that didn’t happen they formed Funeral Suits. With a common disgust for the generic indie bands that had taken over the music scene the three conspired to form a band so that they could write some songs that would make their friends smile for a while. These are Funeral Suits. Take them and break them’¦..
MP3: Funeral Suits – Black Lemonade