by / April 10th, 2009 /

IMRO Showcase Tour – Cork

With Dublin done and dusted for another week, the 2009 IMRO showcase tour heads down to the People’s Republic for a show at Cypress Avenue in Cork this Saturday night. Now half way through its national journey, 25 bands have already played with a further five dates to come, including a best of the tour showcase in Dublin early next month. Will this year bring us new names along the lines of Fight Like Apes, Delorentos, Declan O’Rourke, Oppenheimer, The Immediate and The Flaws, all of whom made appearances in the past. Time will tell. In the meantime, here’s the runners and riders for Cork:

Toy Soldier
Toy Soldier (aka Cian) is a two-piece electropop outfit from Cork, Ireland. Combining elements of pop, rock and electronica, the duo are causing quite a stir amongst gig goers and industry pundits alike. Their diverse sound draws on everything from the sweet sublime of Jeff Buckley to the infectious groove of Hot Chip. In 2008 Toy Soldier’s debut EP was awarded -Pick of the Fortnight’ in Hot Press Magazine.
MP3: Toy Soldier – Climbing Trees
[audio:http://www.state.ie/mp3/Toy_Soldier_-_Climbing_Trees.mp3]

O Emperor
O Emperor have spent the best part of a year writing and recording their eagerly awaited debut album Hither Thither in a cold country house. The band chose to undertake the project themselves, allowing ample room for tinkering with ideas, arrangements and a myriad of different instruments. In the process of creating this, they have found a middle ground between experimentation and self-indulgence, giving rise to something that is unique and atypical, but still very much accessible. In terms of musical styling the band have taken inspiration from the likes of Midlake, Elliott Smith, Grizzly Bear and Ruben Gonzalez to create an album swaying in dynamic from ambient haunting midnight music to full on walls of driving sound.
MP3: O Emperor – Po
[audio:http://www.state.ie/mp3/o_emperor_-_Po_master.mp3]

John Blek And The Rats
Taking their inspiration from the revelry of music and friends, the bitter end of the bottle, the bruising passage of life and all that comes with it, John Blek and the Rats are a fresh folk outfit from Cork whose melancholy is tempered by a penchant for a good ol’ hodown and a hollerin’. Raised on a diet of the American folk and ballads of their fathers, John Blek and the Rats are a band whose main aspiration is the song. Currently recording in an abandoned dentist surgery in West Cork, John Blek and the Rats’ ambition is second only to their desire to write and perform perfect pop records infused with the Americana sensibilities of years gone by.
MP3: John Blek and The Rats – My Heart Lead My Astray
[audio:http://www.state.ie/mp3/JohnBlekandTheRats_MyHeartLeadMeAstray.mp3]

Philtre
Philtre are an Irish rock band unashamedly not afraid to be the polar opposite of the achingly hip genre tickling the underbelly of Ireland. Refining their sound with melodic riffing, aggressive vocals and addictive choruses their music has been described as infectious alternative rock.

Tickets are €8, doors at 8.30pm. More next week…