Hard Working Class Heroes – Bad Bobs
Hard Working Class Heroes Festival is on this Saturday, 4th of October at the Bad Bobs.
Red Queen Contest
8pm - 8.30pm Bad Bobs
Red Queen Contest's self-titled debut album is available now on Bandcamp & iTunes.
The Navan four-piece are Cormac O’Keeffe, Paul Clarke, Paddy Smyth & Barry Fitzgerald. Bravely leaving behind a popular repertoire of songs, written as cult indie outfit ‘The Dolldrums’, the four friends shed their old skin and re-convened as Red Queen Contest in early 2010.
The new band changed course from their indie beginnings and developed a more alternative rock sound with soaring harmonies and gritty guitars, adding an almighty rhythm section to boot! Red Queen Contest’s eponymous debut album documents the band’s take on life in a voice that is at once sceptical, idealistic, seductive and broken.
Me and My Dog
8.40pm - 9.10pm Bad Bobs
Me and My Dog are a four-piece surf-pop-garage band hailing from Westport, Co. Mayo, but based in Dublin. The band was formed in early 2013, by Luke Healy, later joined by schoolmates; Josh Noone,
Austen Smith and Tim O'Reilly.
Influenced by the back catalogs of The Feelies, Stephen Malkmus, The Clean, The Magnetic Fields and Television, Me and My Dog attempt to create the kind of good vibes and fuzzy pop to soundtrack long drives along coastal roads in search of glorious action packed summer days that invariably just end in cans by the canal.
In March 2013, they self released an EP entitled 'Three Songs About Me and My Dog'. A blend of sweet harmonies, lovely beats and simply great pop songs, the EP was extremely well received. Written by frontman Luke Healy, its an EP which 'curled up close and warmed us up, like good pets do'; as described by harmlessnoise.ie. This was followed by a single and accompanying video entitled: 'I Get By', described as; 'psyched up pop that sweeps you along'.
9.20pm - 9.50pm Bad Bobs
Dublin quartet Jet Setter trades in tightly wound, spring-loaded guitar rock that goes heavy on the melody and the melancholy without losing its brisk forward momentum. Channeling influences like The Replacements, The Clean and The Stooges, Dublin quartet ‘Jet Setter’ are fast making a name for their fuzzy, straight-to-the-point, Indie-Rock.Formed during a late-night party in the Dublin's R.A.G.E record shop over fresh icy drinks and Joe Tex - "Ain't Gonna Bump No More" the result is original, refreshing and powerful.
With Paddy Ormond on lead guitar, Neil Dexter on drums, Jeffrey Courtney on bass and Ross Hamer providing snapshot vocals, Jet Setter will release the limited edition vinyl double single on the 13th of June via Any Other City (Villagers/Girl Band).
The Boxing Plot
10pm - 10.30pm Bad Bobs
The Boxing Plot are a four piece band from Dublin. They formed in 2009 but have just recently begun to emerge from their cave into the horrible light of day, armed with a few recordings and an exaggerated sense of self-worth.
The band have been quite busy over the last year, playing Hard Working Class Heroes in October, Whelan's Ones To Watch in January, and Other Voices in February. They also released a double single (Heidecker/Geist), which they launched to a packed out Grand Social in January. The two singles received extensive airplay from the likes of Phantom 105.2/TXFM, RTE 2FM, BBC NI and 98FM and they have been featured in blogs from Toronto to Manila.
The band were winners of Budweiser's 'Future Sounds' project at the end of 2013, which led to them working with producer Rob Kirwan (U2, PJ Harvey) on a track called 'Winter Coat'. They also received a half page spread in Hot Press as a result of this.
10.40pm - 11.10pm Bad Bobs
A heady cocktail of lyrical, harmony driven psych-pop and shimmering space-echo guitars, Belfast-based three-piece outfit Yes Cadets feature singer/guitarist Alan Haslam, singer/ drummer Lisa Mageean and classically trained singer/ keys prodigy Rachel Toman.
As equally inspired by dreamy fuzzed-out post-rock as they are by cerebral strains of electro-pop, the band create a highly distinctive sound on record and instantly gained buzz for their magnetic live performance.
On formation they rapidly garnered high profile festival slots across Europe (Glastonbury, MiDEM, Berlin Festival, Reeperbahn Festival) and support slots with luminaries The Antlers, Yuck, Guillemots and Public Service Broadcasting.
11.20pm - 11.50pm Bad Bobs
Dublin band Spies’ searing indie-rock has an assured delivery that suggests an abundance of experience. The truth is the five-piece band are still in their early twenties and have sounded like seasoned professionals since their first releases: the Liars Call Me King debut EP in late 2010 and the subsequent 2011 single Barricade.
Both releases received regular radio airplay from Irish stations Phantom FM, 2FM, 98FM and Today FM while the band have recorded sessions for 2FM’s Dan Hegarty, Today FM’s Paul Mcloone and 98 FM’s John Barker. The band have received praise from the Irish Times, Hot Press and State Magazine and have played festivals like Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Indiependence, Westport Arts Festival and Hard Working Class Heroes.
Their music recalls the resolute indie-rock dynamics of The National filtered through the atmospheric tones of ’80s rock. Sharp post-punk guitars, determined rhythms and Michael Broderick’s far-reaching vocals further create the uncannily experienced sound.