Girl Band return with new single ‘Shoulderblades’, announce new album & Vicar St headline show.

One of the most exciting bands of the decade are back! Girl Band have returned after a 2 year hiatus with a smorgasbord of news. The band released a new single, ‘Shoulderblades’, today alongside the fantastic news that they will be releasing their second album called ‘The Talkies’. The successor to 2015’s ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ will be released on September 27th through Rough Trade and is available to pre-order now.


As if that wasn’t enough, the band have announced a US tour in October and an EU tour in November which includes a headline show in Dublin’s Vicar St on November 22nd! Tickets are €30 including booking fee and go on sale tomorrow at 9am. Don’t sleep on those as they’ll surely sell out fast.

The track itself is a 6 minute belter which hearkens back to their cover of Blawans ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’. Dara Kiely’s grating vocals set the tone before being joined by the bands signature scrathy guitars and thumping low end. Listening with headphones is highly recommended! It’s accompanied by an uncharacteristically simple yet familiarly visceral video from long time collaborator Bob Gallagher and features a memorable performance from dancer Oona Doherty.

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Gig of the Week: Vernon Jane & THUMPER launch new singles in The Sugar Club this Saturday!

Two of our favourite Irish bands return this week with two wildly different and equally exciting new singles.

Jazz/Punk/Psyjance purveyors Vernon Jane have just dropped a brilliant new video for their single ‘Fragile’, directed by Conor Dockery (DOCK). The track itself is an enigmatic display of songwriting, full of chaotic and disparate sounds that somehow gel together into a deep groove that’s hard to shake once it sticks in your head.

The band said in their own words:

”Fragile explores the darker side of human nature. It captures the constant battle between keeping yourself together, or letting yourself truly fall apart.The water in the video represents the feeling of suffocating under your own expectations. We tell ourselves we have to be stronger. We have to get better, And stay better. We forget to tell ourselves to be our own authentic self. To find strength in vulnerability and fragility. We push ourselves until we break. This video represents a breaking point.”

This may be one of the few opportunities to catch them on such a small stage, Vernon Jane have just signed a worldwide distribution deal with AMS Records as well as a Chinese distribution deal with Pocket Records. Their last single ‘Fuck Me’ has also racked up a crazy 227,000 plays online. Don’t sleep on this one people.


Also launching a new single on the night are Dublin fuzz merchants THUMPER. Explosively energetic live, previous recordings have leaned pretty steeply towards the lo-fi end of the spectrum, failing to fully capture the bands raucous sound. We’re happy to report that this is not the case on the Dan Fox (Girl Band) produced ‘AFL’. The track is a perfectly polished gritty ear bleeder, rocketing through it’s 3:43 and begging to be played again.

The song is about ageing rapidly but gaining no wisdom. Feeling like a child in a man’s suit, desperately playing catch-up in the Imposter Syndrome Champions League. Every Friday night gasping for answers in the smoking area of your nearest terror den. The music thunders on and words fall away like the raving of a calm lunatic. There’s no conclusion, even at the end. 

Supporting both bands on the night are one of Ireland’s most promising instrumental bands, BiCurious. Twonys Cosmic Disco Wobbler DJs will finish out the night, hitting the decks til 3am.

Tickets are a steal at €10 and are available at the Sugar Clubs website here.

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