There’s no doubt that the Irish music scene is flourishing with remarkable fresh talent at the moment. Over the past few years we have seen various independent record labels such as The Richter Collective, Wingnut Records, Blue Stack Records and Rusted Rail spring up and fly the flag of some of the best new bands in Ireland.
Hard Working Class Heroes has been the showcase festival of Ireland’s most promising unsigned acts for the last ten years and with my hangover just about starting to abate I’m sticking down what were the top ten acts of the weekend (in no particular order). With 100 bands in 6 venues over the last three nights of the weekend my feet did not thank me. Ok here goes:
Squarehead are just after realeasing their debut album on The Richter Collective entitled: Yeah Nothing to huge critical success and one one of my favourite albums of the year . They blew the arse out of an unassuming HWCH on Friday on the Button Factory’s racious sound system!
2. Elaine Mai
Elaine Mai has spent over the past year playing all over the country and wowing audiences. With new recordings to be released shortly I could not wait to catch her on Thursday in Sheebeen Chic. I was not disappointed.
3. Last Days of 1984
Being an Animal Collective fan I wasn’t going to miss the sounds of Last Days of 1984, with summery electronic tunage that put The Workmans Club last night in a very happy mood. Expect to hear a lot from these guys next year.
4. Ghost Estates
With a brilliant moniker to match their top performance at The Button Factory last night Ghost Estates are another critically acclaimed band whose rise over the past year or so seems destined to continue for quite a while.
At only 18 years old, producer and remixer Moths or Jack Colleran to his Mam has been making some of the most exciting electronic music this year. He delivered further on his mammoth potential with an eye-opening ambient electroncia set at The Workman’s Club last night. Did I mention he’s only 18!
Tieranniesaur (part of Popical Island) are a mixed bag of treats and definitely delivered on their quirley avant garde tunage to a rocking albeit sometimes confused crowd at the Workmans last night.
7. The Depravations
Hailing from Galway, The Depravations create beautiful love songs that will melt any heart. They certainly melted my considerably immeltable heart at The Workman’s Club last night. Could be huge.
8. Le Galaxie
Le Galaxie are one the most exciting live electronic acts around and are filling voids left by the likes of Daft Punk and Kraftwerk. They delivered yet another interactive and fun live set on Friday night at The Workman’s.
9. Kid Karate
Another great two piece act, Kid Karate put on another one of their usual gritty and sweaty live shows and really got the crowd going in The Mercantile.
10. The Funeral Suits
The Funeral Suits have released two incredible singles over the past year and their album recorded with renowned record producer Stephen Street is due soon. Their set The Button Factory on Thursday night just made the wait that bit harder.