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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REVIEW: Thundercat melts everyone’s minds in Vicar Street

Thundercat, real name Stephen Bruner, has only recently started to surface as a mainstream artist in his own right. The 32 year old bassist has had a long and illustrious career as a session player and producer though, with a long list of collaborators including Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Taylor McFerrin, Childish Gambino & Suicidal Tendencies. Lamar even described Thundercat as being the creative epicentre of his 2015 Grammy award winning album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.

His third album ‘Drunk’ was released earlier this month to critical acclaim and featured many high profile collaborations from the likes of Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, and Pharrell. The sold out crowd here tonight seem like a mix of die hard fans and curious friends brought along for the ride.

Supporting tonight are Fehdah featuring Loah who provide a beautiful start to the evening with their unique brand of Afro-Caribbean Neo-Soul. Single ‘Like No Other’ is a particular highlight, illuminating the the full creative range of their collective talents.

The band have so much groove together and the music is really interesting. Elements of Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, R & B & Afrobeat are all mixed in with a healthy dose of clapping rhythms, tribal chants and carefully considered pop melodies. Be sure to check them out soon.

Next up is the main event and Thundercat strides on to the stage flanked by keyboardist Dennis Hamm and drummer Justin Brown to an erruption of screams and applause. The trio waste no time at all, kicking straight into ‘Rabbit Ho’. Brown’s energy seems unlimited, the rapid spitfire of his beats leaning in to Drum & Bass territory, he continues this trend throughout the set without even breaking a sweat. A wild, chaotic middle section falls effortlessly back in to the groove of the final verse.

It’s a small setup for a world tour but if you closed you eyes you wouldn’t believe there were only 3 musicians on stage. The group fills up every corner of the sonic spectrum. Thundercat’s high soulful voice juxtaposes perfectly with the beefy low end of his 6 string Ibanez bass.

In ‘Where The Giants Roam / Field of the Nephilim’, Thundercat adds in the type of mental fret dancing solos normally reserved for a song’s crescendo right in the middle, making you wonder how they can up the intensity later in the piece. The answer is, with ease. It’s a wonder to behold!

The onstage communication is subtle but effective, with seemingly unstoppable waves of music breaking at what would seem like random points save for a couple of winks and nods. As they blast into standout track ‘Them Changes’ the crowd go crazy and the show really hits it’s stride. Thundercat’s voice has an insane range and effectively emotes pain, joy, love & fear with equal perfection. In ‘Is It Love?’ he tells us ‘Everyday is like a dream to me’. Well thank you for sharing that feeling with us!

At the end of the show the impossible happened. AN ACTUAL SURPRISE ENCORE! The lights came on, background music too, people even left. The super fans old an new still shouting for ‘ONE MORE TUNE’ were rewarded with ‘The Turn Down’. Thundercat sings the opening verse asking ‘Is this where we belong?’. One thing’s for sure, Dublin certainly thinks so…

Girl Band are back: New live video and 2016 tour dates!

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Dublin Noise-Rock quartet Girl Band have announced a host of live dates for the new year, including their biggest Irish show to date in Vicar Street on April 1st (We really hope this isn’t an elaborate prank). The band were forced to cancel their previously sold out dates earlier this month due to health problems, so fans that missed out last time will be glad to hear this!

They will play in the Brewery Corner in Kilkenny on January 22nd, Garbo’s in Castlebar on January 23rd and Vicar Street in Dublin on April 1st with dates in Belgium and the UK in between these shows.

Girl Band’s new album ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ has been one of the best recieved Irish albums of the year and is rumoured to be under consideration for the Choice Music Prize. To celebrate the news they have released a live version of ‘Baloo’ from the album, which is available now on Rough Trade.

Tickets go on sale this Friday via usual outlets.

Full Tour Dates Below

Fri 22nd Jan – Brewery Corner, Kilkenny
Sat 23rd Jan – Garbo’s, Castlebar
Wed 17th Feb – Trix Antwerp, Belgium
Fri 19th Feb – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Sat 20th Feb – Concorde 2, Brighton
Mon 22nd Feb – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Tues 23rd Feb – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Wed 24th Feb – The Buyers Club, Liverpool
Fri 26th Feb – Tunnels, Aberdeen
Sat 27th Feb – Summerhall, Edinburgh
Mon 29th Feb – Village Underground, London
Tues 1st Mar – The Exchange, Bristol
Fri 1st Apr – Vicar Street, Dublin

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