More IMRO action this weekend, this time at the marvellous Spirit Store venue in Dundalk. Following the eight bands madness of Belfast, this Saturday night offers a more manageable five acts for your pleasure. Once again State is on hand to provide a handy guide to the night’s entertainment:
The Fontanels, a crack collective of musicians from Dundalk to Buenos Aires, have recently been wowing audiences with their unique brand of frenzied Afro-Latin influenced pop and rock. The sound is well and truly a gumbo of American musical diversity, African and Latin Elation and European Craft, honed into perfect pop templates. Currently working on their new EP, the band are building on the success of their debut and are slowly but surely infiltrating the often closed-minded indie cliques of Dublin.
MP3: The Fontanells – As For Love
Ollie Cole is former front man of Turn. He is based in Dublin, where he writes, records, plays and promotes his music full-time. Ollie has a range of influences from The Shins, Brendan Benson, Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, The Beatles and Neil Young. Most importantly he’s been recording his debut solo album. Ollie with the help of Gavin Fox, Graham Hopkins and other music friends recorded the album during the course of 2008. The album is called ‘We Albatri’ and is due for release during the summer of 2009.
MP3: Ollie Cole – What Will You Do
Since May 2008 Artificial Flight has proved an aeronautical force to be reckoned with. Following last summers release of their debut e.p. Modest War Factor, the Dundalk-based band has gone from strength to strength, catching the attention of Hot Press and various music journalists around the country. The quintet has also gained a number of high profile support slots including shows alongside Fighting With Wire and The Kinetiks.
MP3: Artificial Flight – Bright White Light
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Critics are already touting Sanzkrit’s debut record After the Wedding as one of the Irish albums of the year, even though it won’t be released to the public until after the Summer festivals. The band’s 2007 limited edition Yeah But What If EP has become somewhat of a collectors item amongst underground scensters and online bloggers have been quick to pick up on the buzz surrounding Sanzkrit too. With big players like Today FM and The Irish Times heralding Sanzkrit on their band of the year lists and an explosive set at Electric Picnic 2008 still fresh in the memory. It’s been a steady rise to the top for these North-East indie-pop gloomsters.
MP3: Sanzkrit – Talk of the Town
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After years of circling the void in his native Dublin (with his first attempt of a release, entitled “Brian Murphy”, banned off RTE’s airwaves), a 21 year old Eoin Glackin headed for London in late 2007 in search of the Rock n Roll dream. There, after moving between jobs like “indoor boomerang demonstrator” in toy shops and bar man he was dropped into the hands of top London producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, U2). With often dark religious imagery subtly invoking a political consciousness rare in today’s pop arena effortlessly, Eoin’s body of work compliments this current economic climate like no other.
MP3: Eoin Glackin – Still
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Doors are at 8pm and tickets a mere €5.