Posts Tagged ‘post-hardcore’
(Photo by Seanie Cahill)
“Those headaches are getting worse aren’t they?”
“Three, four times a day sometimes.”
I knew I recognised that sample from somewhere – it’s from the Dead Zone, the 1980s adaption of Stephen King’s novel starring a slightly younger-looking Christopher Walken.
I stumbled across Driveway’s Bandcamp a couple of weeks ago and have been addicted ever since. They seem to have only been around for a year or so, but they’ve already contributed three tracks to a split EP with American band Loud? (check out the phenomenally catchy ‘Embassy Suites‘) and have a couple of other bits and pieces up on the site.
While the split is a proper, poppy post-hardcore record in the Say Anything vein, new track ‘Reginald Circumstance’ is much more stripped back and abstract with haunting Slint-like guitars and strained vocals. I’m not too sure about some aspects of it – similar to the Lecs Luther debate a while back, I think the singer tries to hard to affect an American accent to suit the style of music, and the lyrics are a bit OTT – but that’s relatively minor considering just how fucking good it sounds.
I’m not sure which way they’re planning to head – the punky pop style of the split or the more oblique style of ‘Reginald Circumstance’ – but they’re gearing up to release a three-track EP early next year.
A couple of weeks back I previewed Croupier’s gig in the Workman’s Club and made positive noises about what I’d heard from the warm-up acts.
I went to see Croupier, but I was most impressed by opening act Before Machines from Belfast. There was only a trickle in the room for the beginning of their short set, but by the end a decent crowd had formed.
Tonight at the Workman’s Club sees the return of Wickla post-maths outfit Croupier to the gigging circuit, albeit only for one night before they go off to record their new album.
I raved about their EP We, the System (free download from Bandcamp) on the blog a few months back and have been waiting patiently ever since for a chance to catch them in the flesh. Admission’s only €5 and, to be honest, it’s worth a fiver alone just to be in the same room as me so you know what you need to do. Support comes from Trim outfit Youth Mass and Before Machines from Béal Feirste.
Expect plenty of build-ups, crescendos and catharses.