The Vulz-Nice bit of garage punk. Classic formula, no mucking around, plenty of conviction, fine work.Scrimshanker-edgy indie rock with a rough-hewn but fizzing early Clash via Babyshambles style .ZimZim-Darkly psychedelic alt rock, swathes of fuzzed-up guitar noise and impassioned vocals, dynamic stuff indeed, there’s a stoner rock element too, quite a unique sound though. Yaoay-Electro pop with a heavy funk element via post punk, nice twangy guitar action and a deadpan vocal it’s a bit like the frothier, poppier Eno stuff.
Mayflower- Spritely indie rocking youth with skipping drums and razor sharp guitars via some interesting changes and a very impassioned vocal recalling WellerviaMarriott...and here comes a blistering guitar solo. Good band. The Limerence- emotive electro-acoustic pop with a nod to U2, only a nod mind you, something darker and more rocknroll at work here…formerly The Long Haul. D.M.O- Atmospheric 80′s inspired electro pop from the dark side. Depeche Mode type stuff. A little Tubeway Army in places. Some pretty authentic 80′s synth action and real strong tunes. From Basildon too! No Mataras-Argentinian indie punkers who include a blistering cover of ‘Our House’ in their set and generally pump it up nicely with high octane drums and prowlsome bass thru East Bay Ray style guitars…Dead Kennedys meets Dir Toten Hosen via Theatre Of Hate
Kitten Pyramid- have garnered great reviews from The Guardian, Q mag, Prog mag and many more…take a Cardiacs type jaunty sound and combine it with some thgiants roughly Syd era Floyd whimsy and hard edged Crimson meets Tull passgaes , wig out Hendrix guitar, pastoral brass and a bit of Genesis too…but all played with aching originality and a contemporary indie noir edge…embrace the new prog! The Last Bugles- melodic acoustic based affair with nice understated vocal and cool n calm approach all round. Some of their tunes embrace sounds not unlike early Beatles album via ….John Lennon solo. Promising. Building The Songbird- nice array of goth tinged punkiness and harder rawk informed material chock full a great tunes. Jack And The Giants- Acoustic folk flavours seered thru with some flavoursome quirky touches. Very talented songwriting skills here- think Wave Pictures in their quieter moments maybe.
Gooding- New Single ‘Oblivion’ Taken From US Indie Rockers Latest Album ‘We Are The Dark Stars’ Billy Driver (Bass), Jesse Rich (Drums), Gooding (Guitar/Vocals), and Jenny Wood (Guitar/Vocals) are GOODING – alternative indie rockers hailing from Kansas USA. In the states, they have travelled the roads of Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and the rest, delivering rock ‘n’ roll with a poignancy that rekindles the ghosts of Americana. Due for release on Monday 6th October, new single ‘Oblivion’ is taken from their acclaimed, raw and intimate album We Are The Dark Stars. Produced by Kendall Stephens (Robert Randolph, Buddy Guy), this album has helped them feature on over 50 TV programmes and adverts stateside. The album has been toured stateside as only this band knows how. For example, they have played 800 shows in 157 cities over the last 8 years, learning through trial by fire what it means to be road warriors – with a van going up in flames, stolen gear and a string of Motel 6’s – and now they’re gunning for the UK with a set of dates in support of the new track. Slick. classy rock with a well realized sound and some deft Mark Knopfler like guitar via Bon Jovi/Bruce Springsteen vocals. Jupiters Carnival-Funk and rhythm n blues tinged alternative psych rock outfit, but it’s mainly about the lead guitar which is Randy California, BB King and Johnny Winter rolled into one. A flood of multiple crushed notes fluttering forth over a skittering drummer and solid bass. Classic blues rock 3 piece then. Though they span out into Neo surf Dick Dale type fare too Harripaul-Very well executed m.o.r pop sounds like a late 80′s Fleetwood Mac via swish stadium pop in the vien of 80′s Simple Minds. Sally Hossack- singer songer with some nicely spacey acoustic guitar moves plus what could be a second highly detuned guitar or perhaps a mandolin and an ethereal vocal via found sounds and ambient ‘interference’ (magpie calls, clatterings, murmurings) which makes for an intriguiong whole – you have to say this is much MUCH better than the average singer donger. The songs kinda sprawl, are modal trips but there’s still a catchy chorus here and there. Rickie Lee Jones could be a reference point but pretty original… lovely guitar and piano, you should be a fan.
The Smokin’ Prophets- glam cum schlock punk rock with all the right moves. Leather n hair dos set to stun as is their blistering delivery ..comin’ on like a sheet metal Dead Boys or a glammed out Ramones. The Feathers- fronted with utter conviction by the star quality soaked attitude to the fore Welsh wonder punkette and Bowie head Danny this boy/gal glam punk pop happening truly have some amazebollocks catchy as fook choons. Take flight my beauties, take flight! Faerground Accidents- ah, another superb visit to the post punk alleys of your fevered mind…a swirling, neo psychedelic approach to punk rockery with crafty Britpop touches and, in singer and cross dressing enigma Bo Mar, another absolute star of a vocal presence. How we spoil you. Flangers-Gutsy and soulful pop rock with singer in the vein of Ida Maria, also PJ Harvey… a really polished pro sound that builds well and offers plenty of light and shade sometimes coming on like Melancholie And Infinite Sadness era Smashing Pumpkins but in no way grunge. A good vehicle for her voice, which again, is pretty special. Good stuff.
Eyelid Movies- fab young band who barely look old enough for the Oceansizemeets King Crimsonheaviosity of their amazeballs music, but they are- and anyway they confound you by spinning a punk rock motif here, a psychedelic pop passage there, a grunge riddled blues attack over yonder. Should be the shape of things to come all being equal. Fantastic. Lady Grey And The Earls- Indie/Alternative/Pop. Fronted by a proper fire in da belly female singer. From smooth and sweet to a ferocious scream… Foo Fighters, Muse, Skunk Anansie… Alicewell- Foo Fighters meets Stereophonics….rock it hard and melodic with hooks aplenty. Las Nova- jangle and strum indie pop with that New Order/early Cure melodic template plus a willo the wisp of a lovingly throwaway male vocal. Indie schmindie of the good old school and we ain’t bitchin’…
Hammerjack- A brash and bombastic blend of Southern rock and 80′s metal, …Impressive all in leather with luxuriant hair. ZZ Top, The Who and Led Zeppelin all present and correct in the rawk emanations… histrionic singing style over driving guitar parts. Quite 80′s sounding but we’re not against that. We have a sandwich toaster. Daxx & Roxane- Swiss indeed swish metal pairing brilliantly matching old school early 80′s rocknroll with zippy, crisp delivery and some pretty slick riffage. Think Krocus via the N.W.O.B.H.M. White Pigeon- Glammed up alt rock, sounds like a turbo-charged modern pop- metal take on The Sweet, have hooks, will travel….
The Pistolwhips- a Saskatoon based band, infuse indie rock songs with bluesy guitars, driving rhythms, and hooky vocals. Taking influence from bands like Kings Of Leon, The Arctic Monkeys, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, their new album On Your Side has been described as “Another definite winner. Crunchy riffs that are on the bluesier side of dark, yet are still wholly accessible at the same time.” Craig Silliphant Planet S Magazine. Schultz’s intimate but powerful vocals lead a band that’s energy shifts dramatically and effortlessly; their sound balancing pop choruses painted over syncopated and driving indie rock. Peacock Affect – The music ofGeorge Holman is released under an apt moniker – his songs are emotionally touching yet strikingly beautiful: a Peacock Affect. This new singer-songwriter displays maturity beyond his age. Soft, sincere vocals combine with diamond crisp guitar layers to create something beyond the sum of their means. No more is this apparent than on the new single ‘Who Cares If You Exist’ – a track that resonates as a statement of perceived existence in a digital age dominated by social media and projected self. A perfectly hewn blend of self effacing folk introspection and edgy indie artpop, all underplayed and sparky with left field energy. Great band. Tim Woodbridge-a bright eyed strummily summery pop sound with touches of Americana and ’60s pop on a folk leaning tip…a touch of The Byrds but also some Smiths like indieness and a bit of plaintive XTC meets Sarah Recs fare. Quite a nice feel all round, draws you in. Chris Mossop- Influenced by the likes of Paulo Nutini, Ray Lamontagne, Damien Rice and Ben Howard musically and lyrically veering between chilled out soulsearching and life-affirming up-beat tunes.
The Apocryphalites- Ten-piece reggae-ska extravaganza. Old school ska tunes influenced by the Skatalites, Toots & the Maytals, and Desmond Dekker. Peachy gear played with proper, proper feel and passion and just an oodle or two of joyous eccentric British charm. Utterly compelling…as are The Meow Meows…there’s methadrone in their madness.. breezy brassy (brass section innit) double female vocalist Brighton ska band…produced by Prince Fatty..have a post punk indie edge which works, but mucho melodic, bouncy party enhancing vibes n all…,lots of fun. Brilliant bill, book early campers. Swagga- blending hiphop and Madness style geezerly ska sounds like it could be naff..well, think again, Swagga have some marvellous tunes that really do skank sweetly and bust a move on da breaks at the appropriate moments and it all works beautifully.
The Pukes- huzzah! A punk rock ukulele triumph as the wunnerful not- quite- all-female punk uke wunderkinds return to the DC in support of their much lauded ‘Too Drunk To Pluck’ long player…ably supported by A.M.I- who only star Charlie Harper‘s grandson! Punktastique! Plus the brillo and similarly yoof-ful girl indie pop de rock happening Amazon Blu ..Not to be missed you plucky bastards. Now pleased to announce Morgellons will be special guests tonite. Proponents of a dark prowling post punk form with elements of Killing Joke, UK Decay and The Adicts…the sort of gear wot got called Posi Punk before the G word took hold…. no, not glue.
Linda Em- nicely atmospheric torch songs with a Jacques Brel vibe delivered in the manner of a more coherent and more musically sophisticated Marianne Faithful…a perfect Sunday nite diversion from the pressure!
John Peel Always Missed Never The Same……10 years on form the matchless legendary DJ ‘s oh so premature passing we celebrate his life and times with a blinding bill reflecting his incredible tastemaking, culture informing powers….The Nightingales- The legendary post punk Country n Midlands combo fronted by Robert Lloyd have just produced ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ an exclusively vinyl LP you can buy at gigs only. Let’s hope they’ve had some more pressed up for this John Peel Tribute Show coz we all want one..from the scratchy iconaclastic schtick of their Pigs On Purpose era thru Rockin’ With Rita to their contemporary twisty nouveau rocknroll there is so much to enjoy with Lloyds Of Birmingham. I Ludicrous- the South London Fall-ite duo turned trio (since the arrival of proper lapsed popstar Brett Martini on the bass guitar) were BIG Peel faves needless to say, and their wry, observational post punk twinned effortless charm with rancid hilarity. And still does! Plus! Now added… The Mighty Clang Band- Former Deaf School guitarist and songwriter and uber producer (Madness, Dexys, Morrissey etc etc) Clive Langer has formed this cutting edge nouveau rocknroll happening wuth an all star cast including none other than Andy Roxy Music McKay on sax. Wowsers. And they’re so hot the esteemed Domino Records have snapped em up. You may well see one Graham McPherson clamber up one soir. stage and donate his fabulous pipes too! So many wonderful musical lives touched by the late great John Ravenscroft all in the room for you tonite. We were gonna add a spunky young band on the basis that ‘Peel would have dug em’ but sod it, all these rather more mature spunkers are gonna do the man ultimate justice ce soir. DJ Wrong Speed (Taped Off Peel special set) AKA We Got Killers will be providing a cassette pet collage from John Peel shows and if the BBC don’t dig it they can do one. Stop Press Hold The Back Page type stuff. ..Ted Chippington will now also be joining the bill. That’s the dream ticket innit! Used to step out with The ‘Gales back in the as they say day and here is again, possibly in his ted threads, possibly not, but with his glowing talent for the deadpan proper entertainment delivery no doubt fully honed. Ah, Ted’s take on She Loves You burbling outta yer radio care of Peelie way back when, it fair makes you well up.
By Starlight-Female fronted alt/indie rock with nice 80s and 90s undertones… Think Ladyhawk, via Courtney Love (Malibu era) through Garbage, , great voice, attitude and above all tunes galore Finding ana-Grunge via 80′s metal, especially the axe-work, quite anthemic in places and they’ve an ear for a decent hook melody. Radical Propulsion Unit-powerpop with techy bits cutting through…halfway between The Professionals (Cook n Jones post Pistols) and the rockier end of early Ultravox!…
Jackson’s Warehouse- longstanding Bugbear faves, yer Warehouse is chock full of intense, driven indie rock with melody, passion and songcraft boxes all ticked to the max. Superb act. Lord Numb- 2 BB faves, one night, it has to be a winner…so with Jackson’s brilliant songbook and LN’s fabulously rockist take on Berlin era Bowie andcrunchingly gritty forays into intelligent post techno edgy artpop we are actually spoiling you. All done with guts and a glint in the eye, a wonderful band too…The Apartment-Snappy pop-funk like The Bar-Kays fronted by a female vocal with a distinct Northern Soul feel The Flashmen- 21st century skiffle? otherwise known as skifflecore, there’s a whiff of pete doherty about this, has a certain rough-hewn charm and tunes take a few interesting twists and turns
The Rusty Suns-Upbeat indie folk of a sunny disposition melds with fast ‘n’ furious rock n roll/rockabilly rhythms a pretty unique sound really, elements of indie too you can detect the likes of blur (in their later more experimental period) in the mix as well a strands of yer more outre neo-folk ,even future-funk, shored up with analogue keys and moments of ambience. All works really well strong tunes too….Cats On The Beach- New wave pop with driving guitars and insistent melodies, makes ya think of The Only Ones, but with a louche Pete Doherty-esque vocal and some well placed mournful trumpet on their less edgy slower tunes, good stuff, lots of imagination at work here. Tip Of The Lips- very early Bjork like c/o the vocals of one kooky miss Elodie Balthazard, this alluring young artist outta La Belle France …but there’s post baggy beats and something of the swish and effortless vocal style of that Harriet Sundays...knowing and full of charm. Techy adventurous danceable pop with them breathy little girl vocals. Interesting.
Fox Palmer- Foxy indeed Fleetwood Mac type fare- or is it Haim? Anyway, sweetly hewn soft focus rock pop with soulful divine vox is the way of the fox The Blind Dead McJones Band-.Deep and hoarse vocals somewhere between Tom Waits and Nick Cave and mind-blowing bluesy guitar work a la Buddy Guy. Ain’t your typical Chicago blues this one tho, lots more experimental and mixed with a ZZ Top typa southern rock tunage and a Dave Alvin americana fee The Caprice- post punkingish guitars and marvellously moany prosaic vox and yer in kinda dour Wire cum Banshees territory…some nicely picked out guitar refrains and space noise FX take you near Hawkwind’s neck of the woods but main point of call is Joy Division and Josef K. All highly agreeable then for those of us of a certain age and long overcoat disposition.
Valerio Lysander- Enigmatic hipster pop pitched somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and aMika. Lots of frothy fresh ideas. Earth Experiment- experimenting with a jazz informed funk rock template and then earthing it all with some reet groovy songcraft. Blue Canary- Psychedelically tinged songwriter ..Lennon in the raspy vocal, certainly some beat music cadences and a folkish feel, nice swooping refrains and a good voice. Bit mad, you can picture these as full on full band psych rock affairs… but that’s good.
A soooper dooper monster pairing comes to the DC this Halloween…is it the return of the Wolfman in lethal gore splattered combat with The Mummy? Course not- the gore will be supplanted by awe. The Terry and Gerry revival is upon us…Dublin Castle regulars back in the as they say day, Terry and Gerry was a British pop band, formed in the early 1980s by Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin in Birmingham. Indie folk pop cum skiffle with charming ditties harmonized brilliantly and a DIY punk tood aided and abetted by great melodies and musicality. A talented pair, doffing the cap to John Peel at this particular time of year… The Hawthornes are a female fronted three piece/duo (depending on the occasion!) Alternative Folk band from Gloucestershire. Taking inspiration from traditional folk and acoustic music, The Hawthornes create an acoustically driven upbeat rhythmic sound that’s guaranteed to put you in a good mood… fronted by Louisa Gaylard, whose incredible soulful voice and strong guitar playing has to be heard and seen to be believed, along with Jesse Benns backing her up with all ranges of percussive beats on the Cajon. As a unit The Hawthornes create a solid, soulful, joyous sound that will leave you with a smile firmly stamped on your face.
The Noxious Toyz-Roustabout irreverent punk, Johnnny Moped via a a yobbish toy dolls garagey shout-along punk, manage a punk cover of bad moon rising, which somehow works!..The Roadies Of The D-“Genre Fuckin’ Comedy Rock Metal” and we can’t argue with that a Tenacious D tribute from Montpellier France lauded and endorsed by yer actual Tenacious D..The Most-lovingly hewn 1960s doings with Spector’s spectre vibing up some Chris Montez keys, Byrds vocalisations and jaunty at the hop type shindigging grooviness. Love it, done really well. Utterly retro, utterly great.Tree Of Wolves-Just recorded l.p with gorkys zygotic.. producer john Lawrence and it’s sounding great, upbeat summery tunes, with a psychedelic undertow. But short snappy hook laden tunes. and pretty much their own unique sound.
The Buffalo Skinners-Five piece playing alt country/americana, or what they call zyde-folk & roll, and totally nailing it. This reminds me of The Blue Ridge Rangers, Fogerty’s project after Creedence Clearwater Revival. Yeah, somewhere between that, Buffalo Springfield, and Johnny Cash but with a rockabilly undertone. Giddy up! Budapest-Garage pop with a possible nod to Syd Barrets solo stuff, but morphing into the fall fronted by kevin Ayers via early 4AD indie pop as the tunes progress, interesting stuff, oddball and eclectic but they’ve decent tunes, that hold the attention.
The Silence-Urgent up for it punky rocking indie- fast ad furious with a smattering of schlock metal, it works well- pop punk metal with commercial nous. singer sounds great, the band rock admirably. The Fuse-Soaring, intense stadium indie, an emotive cinemascopic sound, really quite epic in places, but memorable tunes too, there’s a lot of u2 and Muse to their sound but also yer more grandiose 80′s stuff like echo and the bunnymen.Princip- swaggering pop rock which is actually quite hard to pigeonhole, commercial but at the same time pretty edgy, Kaiser chiefs could be an influence, but there’s a lilting pop ska number that recalls Madness, an eclectic frothy pop mix.
The Black Marbles- ‘CLASSIC ROCK’…so very Zep, Humble Pie, early Purple etc…done well, melodic, just raw enough and rocking. Outta Sweden on a wave of grooviness. Dobermann- stonking rock/metal- early Van Halen stuff like that. Gazillion gigs in the past 6 years, with Adam Bomb and Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler, playing all over Europe and USA. Amethyst Kyss - crashing heavy punkiness and a yelping female vocal- could be deemed metal or punk but the latter just about wins… Pistols punch and Motorhead drums ahoy. Building The Songbird-post punky/gothy treated guitars and foreboding vibes- Banshees and the like…great feel, good playing, lots of light and shade… ends up getting more metally though there is a bit of gothique artpunk in here, the playing is adventurous prog tinged hard rock. The songs are kind of overtly epic with lots of different movements
The Wild Furs- Bluesy indie rock meets Django Django with a pop-punk edge. Teen-friendly, the vocal is nigh on Jarvis like in Pulpy prime but also recalls Elvis Costello. Piano coated songs with an air of commercial vim. Almanacs- a raw riffing garagey style combo, could be compared to Kings Of Leon in places, but also references 60′s garage, without sounding like anyone in particular, rousing sing along choruses. All played with plenty of conviction. Violence By Braille- One bitingly attacking solo performer doing acoustic punk but don’t think B Bragg, and although there may be more of a parallel with Patrik Fitzgerald in actual fact it’s not even that ‘punk’… a fast, zippy punkiness to the songs with a vocal more akin to West Coastin’ rocknroll USA from the’70s ting…always gets a crowd rolling, whether solo or accompanied….relaunching as a full band againYoung Jude-scratchy guitars fall away as a sonorous male vocal rides the catchy riddim.. an effective blend of Arctic Monkeys, Foals and something more mainstream…they can rock out well for sure.
Alternative TV- Punk rock originator and original, Mark Perry saw through the Kings’ Rd bullshit side of ’76/’77 very early doors and forewent Sniffin’ Glue and The Roxy for free form expressionism and freak outs in fields with the likes of The Fall and Here And Now…side stepping back into 4 decades of always interesting, grizzled, intelligent rocknroll, ATV has always been Mark P’s voice for a people’s dialectic…a must see night out, it’s been 10 years or more since we last hosted ATV and with the glory of ‘Action, Time, Vision’ ringing ever clarion like in our ears we say goodnight and God Bless….A Body Of People- excellent blend of rousing alt folk, shiversome piratical psych and melodic, inclusive punk rocknroll..wunnerful work. London Dirthole Company- drumcentric arthouse iconaclasts who’ve stayed the course for some long glorious years now, proffering forth righteous, attacking, challenging but utterly involving rhythomatic joy. With DJs We Got Killers vibing up the sentient boys and girls til 2am
Donkey Hot Pink-Nicely honed ear worming guitar refrains and a generally acceptable but utterly non mould breaking commercial indie rock with Americana/grunge touches. RHCP meets Everclear etc. Very commercial, decent tunes well played. His New Atlas- Melancholic neo-folk-noire, sparse instrumentation which builds as the tunes progress to a quiet crescendo. Stirring stuff in the vein of Damein Rice. Waterblack-Alt-rock in the vein of Q.O.T.S.A also harks back to the likes of Pearl Jam and yer more cerebal grunge acts. But this stands out in what’s become a rather over-subscribed genre by way of its soulful and emotive vocal impassioned playing, solid tunes and neat production
+ (Bad Manners, The Selecter, Skaville UK) + (The Specials, Tearjerkers, Skabilly Rebels) + Skabretta + DJ Rob 'Double Barrell' Powell
Yes yes yes! For one night only the Christmas Ska Party of all festive skank fests…this show will get yer chestnuts warmed through perfectly and thoroughly roast the turkey of all would be pretenders! The King and The Skabilly Rebel in tandem at the Home Of Ska And 2 Tone, The Dublin Castle…..book early… plus special guest DJs playing ska, soul, reggae, punk and rhythm n blues…
Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door £10 in advance
Sat 11 Apr
Special Kinda Madness
Special Kinda Madness are a Specials and Madness tribute band playing one set from each band. We don’t need to remind you of The Dublin Castle /Madness association! Basically as Suggs says, the DC is The Ancestral Seat Of Madness…and every ska act worth a skank has been through the doors too…as Phil Jupitus puts it, that’s a room with a lot of Mojo…This will definitely be a heaving heavenly happening, last year it sold out three months ahead so like the man said..Book Early!
Plus ska, soul and reggae DJ action til 2am…