With just one day to go until the General Election, we decided to round up some of the best politically charged music that’s been released recently from a slew of fantastic Irish artists using their art to make their voices heard.
T.P.M – TPM Don’t Have Your Money
Another stomper from the Dundalk 3 piece, this track is an anthem against landlords and in support of welfare cheats, highlighting the current governments attepmts to turn people against each other. TPM are making wasters sexy again and they couldn’t give a Fine Fuck.
You can catch them live at The Button Factory on March 20th, tickets available here.
Panik Attaks – The Boom is Back
Dublin punk perveyors Panik Attaks just released a brand new screecher of a single called ‘The Boom Is Back’. The track is a scathing look into Ireland’s horrendous housing crisis and the governments inaction in dealing with it. The chorus couldn’t be more direct. With a video (Edited by Scan) that’s like a Reeling in the Years directed by Adam Curtis what more could you want.
Be sure to check out their new ‘White Water Rafting EP’ below:
Lethal Dialect – To Whom It May Concern
Ahead of the the much anticipated new album, Paul Alwright AKA Lethal Dialect has released a new single ‘To Whom It May Concern’. Written by the rapper and featuring vocals from Eva-Jane Gaffney, the track is a call and response letter between an ex addict trying to get her life back on track and local TD. It details the two differing points of view and how they interact.
You can catch Lethal Dialect in The Button Factory on March 13th, more info here.
PostPunk Podge & DJ Limewire – ‘Stuck In The System’
Limerick’s Post Punk Podge is back with a new track produced by DJ Limewire. ‘Stuck In The System’ is a rallying call against the horrors of the disenfranchising system of Direct Provision on the asylum seekers who came to Ireland looking for a better life only to be cast into a perpetual limbo.
It’s not just new releases, many Irish acts have to show solidarity and raise money to combat homelessness by organising huge fundraising live show.
Rock Against Homelessness – Olympia Theater – March 3rd
Fontaines D.C have curated an amazing lineup of acts for a gig in Dublin’s Olympia Theater with all proceeds going to Focus Ireland.
The band says:
“Due to the gross incompetence and greed of successive Irish Governments there are now over 10000 Homeless People in Ireland, 4000 of them Children. Focus Ireland does incredible work to help them. We were delighted when we were approached to headline and curate this year’s Rock Against Homelessness Show”
The lineup on the night includes The Murder Capital, Kneecap, Just Mustard, The Altered Hours, Melts, The Mary Wallopers, Stefan Murphy and will be MC’d by Today FM’s Paul Mcloon.
Tickets are €38 and are on sale now via Ticketmaster.ie
Irish Hip Hop Against Homelessness – The Sugar Club – March 16th
Dublin rapper Nealo has rounded up a veritable who’s who of Irish Hip Hop artists for a huge gig in aid if Inner City Helping Homeless in The Sugar Club on March 16th.
The lineup on the night features Jafaris, JYellowL, Erica Cody, Why-Axis, Rebel Phoenix, Fynch and loads more. Tickets are only €15 and are available through sugarclubtickets.com
It’s great to see so many artists taking a stance and getting engaged. Whatever your political inclinations, just be sure to get out and use your vote on Saturday. If you want my opinion, just listen to the words of TPM: “Fuck Fine Gael and Fuck Fianna Fail too”, Vote Left.
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