Live Review: Overhead, The Albatross, Race The Flux & Participant at The Workmans Club

Overhead, The Albatross @ The Workmans Club

Overhead the Albatross took over the Workman’s Club in Dublin last Saturday for what promised to be a night to remember. Participant started things off, playing some of the songs off his new EP ‘Content’. These songs are really great, but the live iterations were less fully formed than I was expecting. While everything was there, the energy seemed to dip in parts that were heavy on the backing tracks. Participant could definitely benefit from more involved live arrangements or possibly a live band. Either way I’m very interested to see what he does next.

The crowd started to swell for Galway Electro-Rockers Race The Flux. The band made their presence felt immediately, bursting in to ‘Olympus Mons’ from their Olympians EP.  These guys really set the tone for the evening, coaxing the crowd into coming closer and rewarding them for their bravery with song after song of chest thumping RAWK! Upcoming single ‘Matty Rusko’ is a welcome addition and the instantly recognisable ‘Can I’ threatens to bring the house down. If you get the chance to see these guys don’t hesitate, their recent Electric Arena set at Electric Picnic suggest that they won’t be gracing such small stages for long.

At last the main event! Overhead, The Albatross made their way to the stage to greet a now completely sold out crowd. The guys really outdid themselves in terms of lighting and stage production and it really adds to the already electric atmosphere. ‘Flubirds’ is first up, starting slow to ease the crowd in to things before building to a triumphant climax. Every person in the room now knows what they’re in for. ‘Telekinetic Forest Guard‘ comes sweeping in next followed by some new tracks  ‘Bara’ and ‘Daeku’. Could these be from the fabled first album? Let’s hope so, because they’re both fantastic! Just when things were starting to get sweaty, disaster struck. 2 minutes into the bands most recent release Big River Man, the power in the entire venue(and half of Temple Bar) just went. It was a strange moment, it happened really suddenly so the crowd we’re still jumping and Ben was still playing the drums along side some really tinny sounding unamplified electric guitars. Than everyone was just standing around confused for a second before they realised what had happened. Someone actually captured the moment here:

Frontman Joe, never one to let a good crowd go unsurfed launched himself off the stage and got carried all the way to the back of the room.
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Lot’s of chants of ‘LADDER, LADDER, LADDER’ ensued and then it just kind of….ended. Well, although a little disappointing it was definitely memorable and for me that’s enough. Here’s the full version of ‘Big River Man’ for anyone who’s jonesing for it after the show! Make sure to check out the photos below.

 

Video: New Secret Weapon – Epic of Gilgamesh

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New Secret Weapon have released a new live video for their track ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ filmed at a recent show in Dublin’s Button Factory. Titled after the ancient Mesopotamian poem (basically the prequel to the Bible) and clocking in at 7 minutes and 30 seconds it certainly is an epic by today’s standards.

The band have just gotten back from Chicago where they were recording the follow up to their 2014 self titled début with legendary producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Mogwai and too many more to name) in his famed Electrical Audio Studios. The album will be released some time next year.

To tide us over, New Secret Weapon will be announcing a special Christmas show in a secret Dublin City Center location. Stay tuned for details!

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TMFTML Gig of the week-Mutefish, Punch Face Champions & Phazam Haze in The Grand Social

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This Saturday the Grand Social will be staging a tour de force of new Irish music. The venue will host multicultural heroes Mutefish (the band who might have the best logo ever), instrumental lunatics Punch Face Champions and newcomer prog rock trio Phazam Haze. Tickets are €5 and doors are at 8. See you there!
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