BarryGruff Presents #9: The Statics, Keith Moss & Wayfarer :: Flanagan’s :: Newbridge :: Thursday Sept 27th

I’m very excited about this one, especially after the absolute blast at the last gig in Flanagan’s, I’m not sure the place has recovered yet.

Ready or not BarryGruff Presents #9 is here & returns to Flanagan’s Bar, Newbridge for a special Arthur’s Day show on Thursday, September 27th. There’s a great night of live music ahead with headline performances from The Statics & Keith Moss and support from Wayfarer. There’s more info below & the ‘Facebook Event’ is right here.

Fresh from a storming show at this year’s Castlepalooza, Dublin 4-piece The Statics, bring their jangly infectious indie-pop sound to Newbridge for the very first time. Echoing the likes of The La’s, John Power & The Coral, there’s is heart warming indie-goodness with twangy rhythmic guitars, rich distinctive vocals and sing-a-long choruses, played with energy, refreshing honesty and assured sense of style.

Similarly it’s a first Newbridge outing for Dublin-based Keith Moss, who has been garnering plaudits for his music since winning IMRO’s ‘Young Songwriter of the Year’. Something of a punk poet, Moss’s music is a curious work of rare beauty which positively drips with passion and emotion. A great time to catch him live before his debut album is released in October through Reekus Records. Meanwhile support comes from Newbridge’s very own Wayfarer, whose soft and gentle folk sound is something of beauty.

It’s FREE in as usual and the show kicks off at 8.30pm & as it is Arthurs’ Day expect some Guinness related drinks promotions too.

Welsh Wizards | Mixtape

This is a quite odd post even by my standards. This day ten years ago I upped sticks and moved to Wales, Wrexham to be precise, which explains all the Wrexham related tweets for anyone who follows me on Twitter.

Although I’m back in Ireland a few years now, it was one of my smarter moves & I retain a fondness for Wales as a country and the music it produces (although I don’t get over half as much as I’d like these days). Welsh music features quite prominently on the blog, something regular visitors are probably aware of. Apart from anything else it got me thinking and I decided to knock together a mixtape/compilation of some Welsh favourites from the past few years, with one or two older tracks thrown in for good measure.

So, without further waffling, here it is, some mighty fine weekend listening. Diolch. Mwynhewch.

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Damien Dempsey – ‘Almighty Love’

Damien Dempsey makes a welcome return after far too long an absence, it’s hard to believe it’s been five years since To Hell Or Barbados

Dempsey is one of those artist who the promise of new material will excite me, regardless of the fact I feel he has never matched the form shown on Seize The Day, which remains a masterpiece to this day and shines as a beacon of what he, and his talent, can achieve. Don’t get me wrong there have been plenty of good songs since then, just not an album of pristine perfection. 

‘Almighty Love’ is the lead track from the album of the same name, it’s a passionate, powerful and positive acoustic number which among others, name checks John Lennon, Rosa Parks and Tony Benn. It may be more of an album track but it certainly whets the appetite for the new record.

If there was ever a time for Damien Dempsey’s poetic and hard-hitting social commentary to come to the fore, it is now. Even though Ireland is falling apart at the seams very few artists have anything worthwhile to say on the matter. Let’s hope Damo has the bit between his teeth again and does what he does best, speaking honestly and profoundly from a street level. 

The new album Almighty Love will be released on 28th September and he’s announced a pile of live dates too.

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Introducing: Melody’s Echo Chamber

Melody’s Echo Chamber is the solo project of Parisian artist Melody Prochet, formerly of The Narcoleptic Dancers who, has teamed up with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. That connection, it must be said, is fairly obvious when you hear the songs.

Melody pushes her flair for dreamy pop and lush harmonies into more experimental, spaced-out zones of hazy psych-pop. Sun-drenched syrupy sweet melodies and meandering guitars combine to create fuzzy, joy-filled songs which in turn veer off into a hazy  psychedelic swirl. Numbers like ‘Crystallized’, ‘I Follow You’ & ‘Endless Shore’ wash over you with ease, evoking something of a dream-like state.

All in all this is simply marvelous stuff and waiting till the self-titled debut is released on November 5th will be a tough job.

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Lethal Dialect – ‘Sun Soaked’

Dublin rapper Lethal Dialect has been a busy man, releasing his debut album last year, following it up with the superb Part II earlier this year, with Magnum Opus set to conclude the trilogy next year.

‘Sun Soaked’, the first track from his forthcoming album, is a slightly breezier production to what we’ve heard from LD to date. He still sounds authoritative yet humble, these are honest reflections from a truthful and important voice in Irish music. There is absolutely zero bullshit bravado on show here, a rare commodity in music nowadays. The release of Magnum Opus can’t come quick enough.

You can stream ‘Sun Soaked or watch the video below. Also, I interviewed Lethal Dialect for the latest issue of LookLeft Magazine, you can pick it up from Eason’s stores Island wide.

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(Video) Tame Impala – Elephant

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Not long now till Tame Impala release their new album Lonerism and things are hotting up nicely with lead single ‘Elephant’.

‘Elephant’ has been with us since late July but with the release date only around the corner, they’ve released a truly psychedelic video to partner the single. It’s a rocking psychedelic juggernaut, bursting with electrifying guitar licks and riffs, combining a glitz of smoothly cosmic vocals with a haze of The Beatles, ’70s psychedelic and glam rock influences.

Tame Impala are easily one of the best guitar bands to emerge in recent years and the new album Lonerism is released on October 5th.

Introducing: The Violet Roadkills

The Violet Roadkills are the Dublin based 4-piece of Gerry Horan, Graham Gilligan, Stevie Kavanagh and Mick Power, who produced one of the stand out performances at this year’s Castlepalooza.

Taking their cue from the likes of Death In Vegas and Holy Fuck they have a preference for a loud, intense and powerful mix of heavy riffs and driving synths, channeled into a haze of Electronica and Krautrock. Their influences from My Bloody Valentine, Royksopp, Steroelab to Godspeed You Black Emperor run riot throughout their music. These guys don’t mess about, they’re tight and do what they do very, very well. Check out the choice cuts below and you’ll get the picture.

You can download their debut release Tetramer for free over on Bandcamp