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. My Heart Is A Metronome- acoustic trio from Sweden playing a misty eyed Americana tinged acoustic pop slightly tinged with raw rocknrollkness… decidedly acoustic though. Pleasingly uplifting… . This Swedish trio are inspired by Jeff Buckley, Eddie Vedder and Otis Redding amongst others. Delivering a soulful alternative rock in a folksome manner….
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-With two charismatic soulful voicesand arich, harmonious rhythm section, Budapest’s music is subtle and precise. They cite Black Uhuru, Bjork, Radiohead, Keith Jarrett and Massive Attack as influences. Their first album ‘Alcaine’ is to be released this month and they will touring the UK in November. The Bottlenecks- acoustic funk flavours. Sophie Morgan – a young Liverpool based female singer-songwriter/pianist, plays with 2 other acoustic musicians in a heart wrenching alluring alt folk style. Simon Jones from The Verve recommends!
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 Hot Lights- Perky powerpop combining Beatles and Bluetones melodics with a good helping of new wave grit.
Doors from 7.15
£6/£4.50 on the door
Fri 7 Nov
Hunderground- party hard Hungarian alt rock happening with some powerful tuneage. Prepare tonite for The Hunderground take over!
Curtis And A New Dark Age- As we approach 35 years since the death of Ian Curtis (fooking hell, Closer is getting Further) here we have another Joy Division tribute, yeah tribute acts are largely naff but this is the 5th JD trib we’ve entertained in the DC coz let’s face it there’s something remarkable about even attempting the post Warsaw sound…you may say no tribute will ever totally nail the Joy Div sound but this gets mighty, mighty close than most, and yer actual Curtis is pretty believable, and the rest of band certainly have nailed the sound but haven’t insulted us by troubling too much over the look. Gotta be a great night out, albeit a dark one. Immigrant007- plenty of JD in this Czcech /Slovakian duo’s ouevere, see also Magazine, Artery and The Sound..and loads of that John Barry No-I-expect-you-to-die-meester-Bond- filmic tension that lends itself to their name..tremendous work. Elektrik Avenue- ‘We are Elektrik Avenue and we play a mix of pop & rock influenced by the 80′s, with our sound inspired by Tears for Fears, U2 and Daft Punk. Our mission is to bring the past to the future!’…… hyper poppy female fronted ’80s pop it is for sure and done with much elan. Patawawa- artsy quirky pop with a dancy backbeat but minimally hewn and a laconic vocal atop- reminds me a bit of Baxter Dury…the vocal veers towards spoken word but it works. Derbyshire accent in tact, nice piping keys, breezy brass, hilife guitars…a lot of lovely warm textures here and commercial as hell. Could occupy the kind of space Space once took!
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. Amethyst Kiss- crashing heavy punkiness and a yelping female vocal- metal or punk but the latter just about wins… a glorious racket with Pistols punch and Motorhead drums.
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.
Rubbish OasisTributeBand- Named with a nod and a wink and a raise of the monobrow to the Gallagher Bro tood on all things tribute shaped in the Oasis ball park…this lot especially hit the Definitely Maybe material with great supercharged aplomb but take on all corners of the Oasis songbook brilliantly for an unmissable nite of shaker making fun. We’ll invite Liam down and see what flows… The Everglows- a sweet summery psych pop concoction with plenty of jangle to the angle and lots of vigorous classic indie rock tood. The Last Bugles- melodic rocknroll with some windswept Dylan meets Neil Young via bar room Southern Fried rnb elements thru some righteous Lennon alike swaggerings. The Actions- nice crisp pop feel with airy female vocal- puts me in mind of The Photos or Martha and The Muffins- a bit new wave-ish…see also Garbage what with the hifi techy edge and a smidge of No Doubt. A touch of Vampire Weekend style indie pop dynamics but via boroader ideas encompassing arty dance music vibes, neat.
Synth Surfers Ensemble- Argentinian electro experimenters! Early Human League and not so early Kraftwerk… there’s 8 of em!…yes, a veritable synthesiser orchestra!…. building up a- natch- orchestral wash of synthscapes… who said Tangerine Dream??… TD are in here for sure but think more of the filmic possibilities of Vangelis astraddle the wonderful Bladerunner rushes… Damn groovy.Magick Supermarket-Skeletal post punk with dead pan vocals taut basslines and no frills guitar lines, works really well in a Swell Maps via Monotony kinda way. Riverdales- stark and leftfieldishly harmonized oddball folk happenings..think The Quarrymen zipped forward in time and given a go at Lennon‘s 1967 supply of LSD25 ….an oddball singalong with barely tuned guitars but…fantastic! Charm agogo. Cool pop tunes one minute. Next they play lofi indie hiphop…smashers.
Linda Em-Linda Em- nicely atmospheric torch songs with a Jacques Brel vibe delivered in the manner of a more coherent and more contemporary Marianne Faithful. Simon Kent- A band rather than an individual it seems- and a good stab at turning the Coldplay style into something a lot more biting, care of a genuinely fresh and impassioned vocal style- coming on somewhere between Jon Anderson and Julian Cope a la falsetto… nice vocal, highly accomplished music played by top musicians surely should be all over yer Radio 2. Dear Life- Lo Fi indie. Male/female harmonies. Sweet skuzzy reverb. It’s got that West Coast teenage indie kid vibe along the lines of Best Coast or Dum Dum Girls. 111- Featuring John Doyle, sticksman for Magazine, female fronted wonderfully wonky pop with pulsating post rock analogue bass synth, remember Whale? well this is reminds of said Whale via a cooler version of Transvision Vamp, through a post punk lens. Quality work full of interesting motifs.
Warme- Stonking Brit rock meets classic Americanoid rawk n roll- Tom Petty, Green On Red, Ryan Adams, Lone Justice (but a geezer ya get me)- nice work. Their last single was played on BBC Introducing last month and has been picking up plays on local radio. Electric Spivs-
Frothy electro and hip-hop infused indie pop with some clever and humerous lyrical observations, kinda reminds of The Blockheads via Happy Mondays without really sounding like either. Neat. Daisy Victoria- “A Rising Star” - Lauren Laverne “My favorite EP of the year so far” - Graeme Mac – BBC Introducing “Heart Full of Beef makes a ferocious statement – the sound of pure determination” - NME “Superb punk poetry. 9/10’ - Louder Than War “Outstanding” - Sheila Ravenscroft. Director, John Peel Centre..and we add to that fabulous litany of recommendations.. A wash of pulsing widescreen electro folk with a beautifully pure voice floating over the top, quite a unique sound, beautiful indeed. Fable- dramatic nigh on proggy approach to kind of post The XX flavours…big synthscapes, powerful female vocals and a deliciously dark cold wave sound with very hooky beats and harmonies. Featured in Q this month and The Guardian…
The Legendary Too Drunk- the punk from the garage 1960s meets the punk from the sidewalk cum pavement 1970s and everyone’s a winner. Choice covers and visceral originals, legenedary indeed and still pretty drunk but not so pissed they can’t kick it. Top entertainment. Little Horse- post punk and rocknroll grind together for a post Banshee Strangler-ing tour de force. Giddy up. The Bophins- excellent female fronted punk pop supreme with The Ramones, Blondie and Heartbreakers classic sides all vibing up the rocknroll on offer. Strange Planes- Winningly catchy punk n roll with a possible nod to Foo Fighters without really sounding too much like ‘em… tunes have a polished well-honed feel with a nicely abrasive sound band play with loadsa conviction, good work.
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
Headlong- melodic alt/metal meets rockin’ powerpop with an ’80s Ozzy type vocal over some punkish cum Foo Fighterish grunge rocking numbers. Lift off choruses and good feel vibes make this a groovy rawk type act. Polar Maps- hooky indie pop with some neat vocal interplay, Can’t quite put my finger on their influences, possible nod to the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club? British Short Hair- ‘a 3 piece alt-rock (60s psychedelic meets grunge) band from East London.’… kinda displaying the cool naive quality of Young Marble Giants or early Weekend and something more akin to a kind of early Fairports affair…female vocal, minimal delivery. Nice ideas.
Donkey Hot Pink-Nicely honed ear worming guitar refrains and a happening commercial indie rock with excellent 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 Damian 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. Why An Eye- dark malevolent heavy post punk nigh on proto goth kinda sound….gnarly snarly vox , taut JJ Burnel type bass but there’s a hint of re formed emo/metal about it. An Albini-ish royal racket heading towards something a bit more accessible. Yeah the metal factor doth increaseth as you look further, but still nice n sleazy.
The Demi-Monde- Aaah, the legend that is Mr Jowe Head, of late yer main man in Angel Racing Food but also former Palookas and Swell Maps bass manipulator- yes the man with the full moon in his pocket will be on the DC stage tonite and will share it with you… The Demi-Monde have evolved a great line-up and a remarkable line in the kind of fractured psych pop you’d expect from this proper post punk hero. of Arrowe Hill- The world’s greatest ‘hauntological’ prosaic London/Liverpool psychedelicists O.A.H…always a wonderful proposition, their next long player has a WW1 theme and is about to drop on our lucky lugs, meanwhile the fantastically affecting ’1914′ single is available to buy..a groovy field recording styled snapshot of a ghostly world of yoore, nothing quite like it out there..so buy it!Dinosaur Crush- super chipper female fronted pop punk with a loose TVPs meets Shonen Knife appeal, but there’s a proper pop friendly approach to the vocal and their ouevre is chock fulla dead interesting little Buzzcocks cum Blondie cum Heartbreakers type rocking numbers . Likey muchy and so shall youey. Eyelid Movies- brilliant young band with progressivelyrealized but vehemently rocknroll alt rock leanings all done with pop eyed wonder. Like RRadiohead grew a pair.
Chased By Karma- ex members from Understand and Pepperman from the 1990′s. ‘original blend of melodic alternative rock’…Pearl Jam meets Pink Floyd would be a good indication where this highly accomplished, intelligent groove rock takes you. Blackdroid- Heavy as fook, clattering, battering, smattering punk metal…but thrash of an old type, proper thrashing drums not speeded up metronomes…groovy and unhinged as we like it. Falling Red- Newcastle’s super shlock n roll heroes promo their new ‘We Escaped A Cult’ single tonite…. expect a suitably reclkess roustabout rocknroll set set to stun. Uberkill- Blues rock/metal with some pretty tasty lead and a vocal reminiscent of Robert Plant in places, Sounds a bit like April Wine via Nazareth thru an early 80′s metal sound. Good shit. Jupiters Carnival- Funk and rhythm n blues playing tinged this alternative psych/heavy rock 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. Good kit.
Playmaker- Are a London based indie rock band in the vein of Stone Roses, The Charlatans and Bluetones, with a bonzer Beatlesy pop ethic always to hand and some crunching Jam like anthemics at times.….groovy stuff.Fire at Night-crafted rock pop with a post Radiohead post Supergrass crossover vibe- and they’re not even from Oxford! Sound great, got tunes, play well, ideas aplenty I say with respect- you’re fucked in the head’…nice. (‘It Grows’…great number) Cowboy Hat and That Fuzzbox Voodoo-Fired upBlues rock with a backdrop of blue collar Americana. Subterranean Popular-Gritty grunge rock with a raw Stooges feel in places, also nodding to the punker side of Nirvana.Trevors Head-Dynamic bluesey grunge rock Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, maybe Foo Fighters but with a rootsier 70′s hard rock feel, Free, Led Zep
+ (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…
Legendary Manchester band Dub Sex announce their first London show for over 26 years! In 2014 the band reformed for a limited number of shows and festival appearance including breath-taking performances at Kendal Calling and Manchester’s Sound Control. DUB SEX frontman Mark Hoyle: “The shows this year have been very special, Dub Sex are sounding better than ever. We always loved playing in London; we can’t wait for this one. It’s the only London show in the diary for the first 6 months of next year at least, so it’s a must come to show for our fans in the capital”
DUB SEX are often cited as one of Manchester’s greatest “lost” bands. Formed in the concrete landscape of 1980’s Hulme they had a unique, raw and at times brutal sound all of their own. The band came to prominence in the late 80’s releasing 4 critically acclaimed EP’s, recording 4 John Peel sessions and performing on local and national TV (Snub TV and Tony Wilson’s Granada TV show, The Other Side of Midnight) with the release of the classic Swerve EP in 1989. DUB SEX never fitted into Madchester scene and disappeared in 1990 with members Mark Hoyle (vocals/guitar) and Cathy Brooks (bass) going on to form Dumb and guitarist Chris Bridgett going on to form Rude Club. Performing for us in the DC tonight as part of Independent Venue Week Bugbear are overjoyed to have this remarkable coup with which to treat you lucky London people.
Doors from 7.15
£12 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…