New Music // Irish Underground Punk/Metal Mixtape
Yesterday saw the premiere of We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars: An Introduction to the Irish Underground, a mouthful of a mixtape curated by JG of Dublin sludge monsters Drainland. It’s a mixed bag of new and already-released hardcore and extreme metal from this isle, mixed as a single mp3 and posted for free download on US blog Cvlt Nation.
Mixes like this always make me feel a touch inadequate. Inadequate not just because they remind me just how much is going on under my nose that I don’t know about, but also that there’s far more going on than I could ever really know about. But then I think, no, I was right to spend 3 hours straight listening to ‘Born This Way.’ It was the right thing to do.
We Are All… is not as overwhelming and exhaustive as the Cork Rock City compilation Drop-D released last year, but it’s a dense listen, clocking in at a dense 82 minutes across 19 tracks. About half of them are new, including Drainland’s own ‘Alpha Rat.’ It’s difficult to keep track of the exact tracks as it goes on, but there’s plenty of variety between straight up hardcore, sludge and more melodic metal.
I caught Drainland’s tour fundraiser at the Lower Deck two weeks hence. That night, they headlined above dubstep duo Legion of Two and Cork hip hop outfit Melodica Deathship, a diverse line-up that had no right to work as well and as seamlessly as it did. It was no surprise, either, to find out that they’ve been picked up by US mega-label Southern Lord (think Pelican, Sunn (((O))), Boris) for a CD pressing of a couple of old vinyl releases.
[As a side note, looking at the tracklist, a plurality of the bands still seem to be using MySpace to host their music. Let the poor horse die, lads…]
Stream and download We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars at Cvlt Nation.