The Cains are a fabulous, utterly absorbing and rewardingly enjoyable Sibling trio- 2 gals and a guy steeped in the Country and Western traditions of the USA, but with great pop appeal…Beautifully well done it must be said…. While their harmonies are reminiscent of earlier sibling groups such as The Everly Brothers and The Carpenters as well as more current acts such as Secret Sisters and The Band Perry, The Cains have created their own iconic style of harmony. Besides drawing from their own DNA, their original music features compelling, edgy lyrics that evoke emotion and is inspired by a vast combination of genres from country, soul and pop to Americana, folk and contemporary Christian. Their sound can be described as The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac meets Echosmith. Even with a variety of influences, The Cains know exactly what they want in their music – honesty. Support from Tadhg Daly – emotionally intense singer songer stylings with much commercial nous and lots of great melodies.
Gianluca John Attanasio- Doors like wailing goodness… Morrison Hotelera especially Lot of great musicanship here..Floydiness too…The Gallerys- Oasis informed indie rock- a 3 piece band with an upbeat and powerful performance that you cannot afford to miss. Their music is a journey inspired by bands such as The Who, The Verve, Oasis and The Jam. The Get Gone- ramalama yank type punk but with a hint of The Wedding Present…Green Day and Rancid resonate for sure…Miceberg- Indie rock influced by Nirvana, Blur. Nice work …slacker rock with style.
Gareth Icke- Son of David (scourge of the Lizard People and top fella) it would appear. Songs about political intrigue and paranoia are on the agenda too… a bit Julian Cope like actually. Via something indie but folkish. Lloyd Cole …The Decemberists perhaps. Damn good. And no he does not wear a shell suit. Taser Puppets- Hairy German dudes on the way to a porno shoot in the 1970s stumble on stage and play ace atonal drone droog rock a la indie. Maybe. Underplayed but feisty at the same time- The Fall, Pavement, The Wedding Present. Lofi, louche, but very perky. Joiner- laconic indie pop with a late Beatles/Macca vibe… Germany Calling in a powerpop stylee. Random Patrols-delay heavy spidery guitars and emotive vocals, possible nod to U2 there but there’s a bit more to their sound to that, quite subtle an lo-fi in places and really anthemic and stirring in others.
999- Nick Cash, Guy Days, Pablo Labritain, Arturo Bassick hit the mojo riddled Dublin Castle stage at last. For those of you living under the punk n roll equivalent of a stone (a Rolling Stone?) 999 were/are a fantastic first generation punk act with an amazing array of punk pop material that touches on glam and rhythm n blues in part but always has the visceral high energy you’d expect and is ripe and rich with tunes tunes tunes. Nasty Nasty, Emergency, Homicide, Crime et al….’Not to be missed’ is a clichee so let’s just say you’d be Crazy to miss it. London- Riff Regan‘s class original ’76 vintage punk rock happening were the first band to star later Damned and Culture Club skinsman Jon Moss and were also famous for being the only punk act to be managed by Simon Napier-Bell … “Everyone’s a Winner” and a fab cover of The Easybeats ‘Friday On My Mind’ were amongst their corkingest vinyl excursions. The current line-up is Riff Regan (vocals), Steve Voice (guitar), Colin Watterston (drums), Rick De’Ath (bass). Still sounding vital too.
Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door £10 in advance
Wed 6 Jul
+ Project X + Breaking Dad + Tower of Dad
LandAid Charity Fundraiser In Partnership with Construction RocksThe Iterations Rumour has it the drummer from Iterations was the original drummer for S Club Juniors! With influences ranging from Marvin Gaye, through to Queen and Royal Blood. Breaking Dad- Rumour has it that the bass player from Breaking Dad was the original bassist for The Smiths! They play an eclectic mix of covers and originals with influences ranging from..erm.. The Smiths, and early 90’s Madchester baggie era. Get ready to ‘twist your Madferrit melons maan!’ all night long! Tower of Dad- Rumour has it the guitarist from Tower of Dad was the original guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News! Get your funky Motown Classic 60’s R and B dancing shoes on, because this band are going have you throwing Disco Stu shapes all night long!
The Spitting Pips- North Walian ace face scally psych lords…like an over driven, noisier, boysier Oasis…the vocal is v Liam G it must be said. But super catchy tunes and played with a fuzzy psychness and lots of gritty, gitty venom somost excellent then… MeMe Detroit- Female fronted grunge rock. A distillation of Nirvana and early P.J Harvey, sharp incisive tunes and a convincing lead vocal. Greg Larkin- some really really brilliant playing on show here…. very different from your typical acoustic guitar player, virtuoso style. really intriguing. no vocals…a UK 16 John Fahey perhaps? Electric Eric- Essex alt/punk band playing fast ass punk ramalama with American commercial sensibility (Green Day etc) …Some very impressive wig out guitar soloing…
Indigo Are a young 4 piece band originally from Leigh On Sea in Essex. Coming together with a host of influences ranging fromU2, The Clash, Catfish and The Bottlemen, to The Strokes, Elvis Costello and Muse they quickly discovered a shared passion for crafting intelligent, rocking indie tunes evolving into a fierce but melodic indie rock beast with a reputation for high-energy live shows.Purple Implosion-Mixing spiky post punking punk funk with counter cultural garage birthed rocknroll featuring out there front man antIcs…but alwys pretty damn funky.Cardboard hit- Garage rock n roll with a groove rock undertow and a slightly unhinged but pretty unique vocal, sonically a bit Queens Of The Stone Age via Electric 6, great stuff.DLRM- Hungarian indie rock with a grunge slant and elements of their native folk music, snappy, upbeat tunes The Muffin Heads Recorded as part of the PAIX project and featured in Round 3 of Eagles of Death Metals #playitforward campaign. their cover of ‘I Love You All The Time’ was released digitally across all mediums (iTunes, Spotify etc.) and was received well and continues to generate much support for those affected by the Paris attacks in November. Excellant band, reminds of the punkier garagey end of grunge L7 Mudhoney etc
Subtitle- mad for it clattersome alt rock with wonderfully wayward intensity pitching up in some strange but beautiful place where Pere Ubu, Queens Of The Stone Age and punk rock classique coalesce. An ace live band. The Legendary Too Drunk- Buggerbear have been outting on gigs for 21 years and this lot were there at the start…still drunk, still punk…part Ramones, part Standells, what’s not to drink to? Ethan And The Reformation- Mega bluesy, low and dirty chugging grunge…harmonies, desert landscapes, cowboys licking their lips, tuneful passsages that lift it into radio friendly textures and some nigh on gospelly cum chain gang singalong bits. Groovy and good it must be said…from Manchester. All The Kings Men- As part of a cultural exchange with Ethan and co, these marvelous Mancs playing a raucous grunge informed version of the scally tood thang.. Screaming Trees, Roses, Verve…The Bearded Ladies- rocking an art funk alt punk…hirsutes you madam.
The Chessmen- ’60’s inspired garage rock n roll madness! ‘ ..yep, with cranked up rnb bells on… Sister Paul- Japanese girl/boy.. guitar/drums – or modified bass- and drums combo doing raw angular punky rnb…rocking a counter cultural, counter sexual rocknroll featuring oddball, obtuse song structures and intense, artpunk explosions of sound. Remarkable stuff. The Sonic Jewels- and still more explosive garage rock, an unholy amalgam of White Stripes, Black Keys (Thickfreakness era), Cream, Hendrix, Who with hypnotic psychedelic heavy riffing.
Zenith Nadir- have released three original albums since their formation which are currently available online in iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. They are now working on their 4th Album …“Electronic Rock of multiple fusions” – Rollingstone Magazine, Mexico Edition.est regards. A-Kin- Minimilist downbeat electronica, sparse but evocative soundscapes a-la Durruti Column… Suzies Ashes- plopping synth and washes of electro waves via some moody chords and a breathy treated vocal reminiscent of …..the 1980s….oddly sounds like Suicide if re-imagined as a post New Romantic type act…..Cabaret Voltaire‘s ’80s sound somewhat but more mainstream… …got some great visuals on their youtube channel too. Keep it resolutely moody with analog synth sounds and that breathy reverbed to the max vocal. Aces. August Wells- is a musical project formed in New York by Dublin native Ken Griffin (formerly of highly underrated cult Irish band Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver and Favourite Sons) and New York pianist John Rauchenberger. Psychedelic chamber-pop track with strange brass, haunting beautiful piano, and a vocal akin perhaps to something Lou Reed wrote for Sinatra to sing
“We’re not ones for over-using the ‘m’ word, but we’ve been listening to that new LP of theirs and it’s a bit of a masterpiece”Hot Press Magazine
‘The Undiscovered Genius of Kenneth Griffin’Drowned In Sound
“Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs”The Irish Times
Real Experts- Gloriously gushing electro pop which reeks of the 1980’s, but it’s a nostalgic odour to relish, like good squidgy black (aaah) or The Green Goddess’ leotard…ok not the latter….so think, Human League, Heaven 17, Soft Cell, Gary Numan- but given a modern pop makeover. Hooky pop numbers and sultry soulful tracks both presented brilliantly. Now where’s my deely boppers and boob tube?
The Voluntears- Uber-catchy indie pop, hooks aplenty and a dynamism akin to early Arctic Monkeys or a more polished take on The View. Also elements of proto-punk a-la MC5, fine work. Kid Harlequin- Indie-noir with a possible nod to Placebo… zippy, hooky tunes executed with conviction and aplomb. Glue-Interesting band.. prog tinged wonky indie with a timeless quality and a touch of the art college scene about this (see early Blur, Bloc Party or Franz Ferdinand)
The Articles- were a London six-piece, combining elements of pop, post-punk, disco and dub. Darlings of the London toilet circuit from 2003 to 2007, they released one 7″ single in 2006, the double A- side Monochrome Vigilante / Smacked and Abandoned, which gained critical acclaim in the indie press (“like dancing on hot spikes”) and international airplay. In typically bloody-minded fashion they then split up just as wider recognition beckoned. Drummer Josh Williams went on to play for White Fever, while bassist Jon Parish had several electronic releases as parjo01. Singer James Pratt became one half of Dada electro duo The Junior Ministers (fêted by Tim Minchin among others), and trumpet player J Blakeson went to Hollywood to direct The 5th Wave. Well, they’re back!!! Olivia & The Saint-Fantastic vocals uber-dramatic in places but with the soulfulness of Amy Winehouse, there’s some nice fuzzed up guitar, and overall jazz tinged psychedelic pop vibe, at times dark and melancholic others more up-beat and summery, great stuff. Et Tu Brucé- Sunny Beach Boys-type harmonies with great pop songwriting underscoring the whole thing. Bit of Blur as well – well done! Rosie Pennie- Cool country stylings from this striking young woman of song …a nicely balanced set of songs with a great band in tow and something akin to Rickie Lee Jones meets Emmylou Harris with a touch of Taylor Swift popability.
Roxy Musique-Formed in response to massive public demand, ROXY MUSIQUE are a tribute to Roxy Music, the “most influential band of all time”.Roxy Music are mainly remembered for their timeless hits from the early ’80s like More Than This, Avalon, Oh Yeah and Jealous Guy…but in the ’70s Roxy were truly cutting edge and paved the way for punk (Sex Pistols), gothic rock (Siouxsie and the Banshees), disco (Chic), new romantics (Duran Duran) and alternative rock (U2).Roxy Musique deliver a two set show, with set one exploring Roxy Music’s daring and creative repertoire from 72-75 and set two targeting the later hit singles and giving the audience the chance to “dance away the heartache”. Roxy Music have performed the odd Bryan Ferry solo hit live (A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, The “In” Crowd and Let’s Stick Together) and Roxy Musique follow suit depending on the audience.
Clang Group provide support, and what support- none other than Roxy sax man Andy McKay actually performs in Clang alongside uber producer (Madness, Morrissey, Catatonia etc etc)Clive Langer, the Deaf School man…Andy doesn’t do live now but who knows he may show for what would no doubt be a bit of a surreal experience. Clang play experimentalist, freaky, edgy narco rock….ace stuff.. DJs We Got Killers then play til the wee hours….
Blue Orchids- From the ashes of the classic early Fall lineup, before MES became the Fidel Castro of Salford, Blue Orchids arose, and were thus named by the reliably poetic Dr John Cooper Clarke. Via Rough Trade Records with classic records such as the ‘Work’ 45 and The Greatest Hit LP, which went on to sell 10,000 copies, they established their unique post punk acid pop sound. The group famously toured with Nico, serving as both backing group and support act and like the motherlode Fall group has gone through various lineup changes incorporating the likes of fellow ex Fallers Una Baines (Martin Bramah‘s original partner in all things Blue and Orchid), Buzzcocks’ Steve Garvey and former Smiths second guitar hand Craig Gannon. Across various eras they have continued to make startling neo psychedelic cerebral rock music with a signature glacially cool approach.The legendary band’s new ten-track album ‘The Once & Future Thing’ will be released this year.. It shows his songwriting as strong and yet as diverse as ever, from the powerful opener ‘Good Day to Live’ to the delicate and sensitive ‘Rosy Hours’ and the twisted English city blues of ‘Motorway’.
Backing Bramah live will be a new band comprising John Paul Moran (The Monochrome Set, Rapid Pig) on keyboards; on drums, Chris Connolly (The Glitter Band, Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds, V2); and Vince Hunt (Inca Babies, A Witness) on bass.
They’ll be playing a set of classics from the band’s four main albums – The Greatest Hit, The Sleeper, Mystic Bud and Slum Cavern Jest – returning Bramah’s mesmering, shamanic performances to the stage with his new material. There’ll also be samplings from Bramah’s various musical reincarnations as Factory Star and as a solo artist. Back for a series of dates and hopefully so much more, Bugbear are overjoyed to welcome The Blue Orchids to The Dublin Castle…
Shaking Chains- ‘Manchester’s best kept secret’ (John Robb, Louder Than War)….so you’re in for a special treat then, with an un-nerving folk tinged maritime twist to their psych drone melodicism, Shaking Chains arrive fully fledged from the ashes of Frazer King and are fronted by ‘the charismatic and devilishly crazy high IQ gutter revolutionary poet, Nathan McIlroy’ (yer man Robb again)
Cult Figures- Way back when we were proudly placing our copies of ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ and ‘A Trip To Marineville’ at the front of our record racks there was a nifty little comedic lofi punk pop 7 Inch in praise of ‘Zip Nolan’ in a beautiful pinky bluey foldout sleeve …Swell Maps were involved at first but then Cult Figures became their own men and went on to create their own pleasingly ramshackle pop punk rumble… and they’re back! We’re not worthy. This man went to the doctors…
An Infernal Contraption- Jowe Head (Swell Maps, TV Personalities, Palookas) and Lee McFaddon (Alternative TV, The Long Decline, about 700 other cool bands) and other ace arthouse post punkniks combine in a furnace of dada rocknroll fury. On stage 7.30 sharp so get in early for the fabulous full package.
Last Known State- Stonking alt rawk with a bluesy pop appeal and elements of RHCP, Zep and Sabs. Pantheon- Prog flecked alt-rock with an electro interface, but a bit more depth and nouse than mere Muse wanabees, it’s a more emotive and organic sound, though pretty epic at the same time, strong tunes too Komodo- Instrumental post rock, grinding bass with dark, dissonant guitars and a general malevolent undertow to the tunes, U.S. Maple meets a metallish Mogwai?
Jointpop- hailing from Walsall, Trinidad and Tobago! A guitar slinging singer songwriter duo with amusing lyrics on egaging material such as ‘Let’s pray for rocknroll’… it’s like a sweet blend of The Velvets, The Clash, Mott The Hoople, and some of them cool/hot West Indies reggae vibes. JackCity- young guy does droll singer songer jazzy stuff with a big NYC/American aspect that then leaks into Northern twanging rap episodes…nice…so one minute it’s half Billy Joel/Steely Dan then it’s a more soulful and street Just Jack…similar name n all!…. this is good work tho..the vibesy jazziness never lets up, so it all gets a bit Gang Starr with the beats which is no bad thing. And the Leeds twang on the raps is good. Excellent flow. Attention required! The Killing Floor- take the commercial grunge lunge of Sound Garden into some dark and devious post punk thru goth territory. Very accomplished.
The London SS- is a name spoken in legends of the UK punk scene of the 1970s. Although the band never released any material (but there are rumours of tape, buried somewhere in the depths of Mick Jones’ old flat) they were arguably a bigger influence on the formation of the infant punk movement than the Sex Pistols. Former members of the London SS went on to form the Clash, The Damned, Generation X…and Hollywood Brats’ Eunan Brady is still rocking and can certainly teach da yoof a thing or two about leather clad trash n roll…also featuring The Dublin’s very own Jimi McDonald...heavens to murgatroid, wonderful…definitely a must for fans of The New York Dolls…
Those Naughty Lumps- Punk/New Wave/Power Pop Kings of Erics back in them there post punk days in Liverpool, the Lumps introduced to the delights of Iggy Pop’s Jacket and thank the Lord have donned it once again , reformed, rejigged, revitalized, a brilliant night out for sure…fans of The Stranglers, 999, The Members or The Blockheads will find loads to enjoy here…b Empire Kings-Mature indie pop stylings nicely melodic with a nod to the likes of Crowded House also shades of americana and U.S college rock The Benefit Cheats- Anthemic punk with a decidedly Clash feel and bags of energy and conviction, hooky tunes too. The Vulz- Nice bit of gooey grindy get off yo ass and get real gone garage punk. Classic formula, no mucking around.
Shoot The Moon-ska with brass but not remotely 2 Tone- more influenced by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Funkadelic, Yes Sir Boss, Mad Caddies, Streetlight Manifesto, with indie rock overtones although there is a hint of The Specials…excellant players, decent tunes. Tetish-Electro rock from Tel Aviv, female vocals wailing rock guitar, clattering percussion, more rock than elctro really MGMT could be an influence.Thee Deadtime Philharmonic- Influenced by Bowie,Velvet underground,James Brown,Happy Mondays,Little Richard,The Clash,Tricky,Lee perry,Small Faces,Sex Pistols,Dub Pistols, their militant working class stance caught the eye of Clash legend, Mick Jones who took Deadtime out as special guests. Since the tour Murdoch has recorded a single and album with The Tribunes..out on Honest Jons Records, containing Mick Jones rhythm section from Carbon/Silicon. The Clash connection continued when Strummerville (The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music) invited Deadtime into the family by funding their first single, double a-side ‘Moths/Spine’ with producer Paul Tipler (Idlewild, 80s Matcbox, Dr Feelgood,Elastica) Strummerville also added ‘Spine (demo) to their prestigious DIY download page.
The Terrorsaurs- Now yer talkin’!… Wild Primal Beats. Schlock ‘n’ Roll…. not for squares…yeah… instro twangerama played with rubber dino masks on, which always helps attain a certain quality of guitar sound I find..…fans of The Cramps, Link Wray , Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet and so forth will be much pleasured muchly much Round Eye Band-A compelling mash-up of Punk, krautrock, surf and sludge rock, from Shanghai, bit like the boredoms in places, without really sounding too much like ‘em but has that vibe, quite a unique soundThe Heavy Jets-Swaggering alt rock with a soupcon of grunge and Glam think Black Rebel Motorcycle Club via band of A Skulls with a possible nod to the more bombastic mid 70’s end of The Who
Black Doldrums-Dynamic two piece Garage Rock combo via Neo-Psychedelic, Drony Rock ‘N’ Roll, Grunge undertones and Shoegaze waves Birdy Hop- Psychedelic blues infused rock trio, overdriven distorted guitars, juxstaposed with pretty vocal Harmonies, shades of americana too at times recalling The Band After Empires-Hooky Indie rock, with a possible Alex Turner influence style vocals wise, though musically more of an art-pop Franz Ferdinand via We Are Scientists affair Siracuse-Psychedelic indie rock with a confident swagger and some fine tunes to back it up, loadsa conviction and verve in the playing too, distant echoes of The Verve and various early 90’s Northern indie types, great stuff
Swamp Delta- ex Crazyhead ex Gaye Bykers On Acid groovy feckers back at it playing their 1980s indie chart hits and more… Formed summer 2013, Alex Peach & Robber Byker while on an outing in to the Delta depths searching for the liminal space within the swamp, conceived the “Swamp Delta” collective. Screaming Delta Anderson & Rob Vomit were invited in to the circle. All Wigston born and raised Song writers. “we are what we are simply because we are” The Bronsons- pub rock and rhythm n booze revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartzvia Ducks Deluxe sense, plus a bit of acidic Dr Feelgood punky boogie woogie oh yes. The Count Bishops and The Inmates are also reference points via a little counter cultural trippy blues. A great night out in themselves. Bricks- frenzied as foook punk mayhem with a raw U.S hardcore meets Brit post punk approach and some rapcore- comes on mid way between Big Black, Biohazard and Death Grips. Syncopated madness and declaiming righyteousness…dig.
Reece Purcadini Group- David Reece (ex Accept/Bangalore Choir vocalist and current frontman for Bonfire) and his new band RPG set out on their September 2016 UK Tour and hit the DC for their London show tonight. Top drawer support from London’s fastest rising hard rock/metal act – EVYLTYDE and special guest TBA.
Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door £8 in advance
Sat 10 Dec
Reggae Riot IV
+ King Hammond And The Rudeboy Mafia + Roddy Radiation (The Specials) + Millie Manders + The Skapones
‘Reggae Riot 4′ will hit Camden on 10/12/2016 when King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia, Roddy Radiation, Millie Manders & The Skapones come to London Town to blow The Dublin Castle apart with a cocktail of Skinhead Reggae, Ska, Bluebeat & Punk Rock.