Hard Working Class Heroes – The Mercantile
Hard Working Class Heroes Festival is on this Friday, 3rd of October at The Mercantile.
The Run Ons
8pm - 8.30pm The Mercantile
Formed as a tribute to record collections (remember them? like a Spotify playlist but harder to carry) stocked with Big Star, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, too many Matador and Sub Pop albums to list and anything recorded by Mitch Easter. The Run Ons passionately believe that big chords through big muffs into big amps make things better. Makes sense, right?
Death in The Sickroom
8.40pm - 9.10pm The Mercantile
Death In The Sickroom are a four-piece band from Dublin who play a superb brand of 12 string jangle pop.
Their debut single Tonight, was released on 4th July 2014. It's the lead track from their Brick To The Face EP, out now on Reekus Records.
"Brick to the Face rings with all the bliss of a classic Johnny Marr guitar jangle, but with the blistering clout of 'Anxiety's Door' thrown in by the way of reinforcement"(NME Magazine)
9.20pm - 9.50pm The Mercantile
Dublin based grunge pop band Otherkin have marked their first 12 months of existence by playing slots at Longitude, Electric Picnic and Whelan’s Ones To Watch 2014. They’ve recently supported NME cover band ‘Palma Violets’ on their Irish Tour and got the nod to be one of few Irish acts chosen to play The Trinity Ball 2014.
Their debut EP ‘Broken English’ caught the attention of many in the industry, earning them support slots with the hugely popular Parquet Courts (USA) and The Minutes (IRE); Dublin Concerts quickly dubbed them their ‘Irish Band Of The Week’ praising their live energy and immaculate delivery.
Since releasing their ‘As A High’ EP, Otherkin have been on the lips of critics and music-listeners alike. They’ve just put a busy summer behind them with slots at many of Ireland’s premier festivals including Longitude, Electric Picnic, Westport Music Festival, Castlepalooza, Light Colour Sound, and The Fire Escape Festival and have also finished up a co-headline national tour with Color//Sound.
10pm - 10.30pm The Mercantile
If you try to calculate the amount of music that calls on you to listen to it, you might feel the need to retreat to the nearest cave in order to escape it. Between the deluge of online chatter and most of what you’re force fed on too many radio stations to mention, it’s no wonder that sometimes the best music gets lost, and no surprise that sometimes the best bands get forgotten about.
20 years ago, The Pale made their major label debut with Here’s One We Made Earlier, an album that introduced a band that, from then to now, has succeeded in blindsiding their audience with music that is equal parts eminently melodic and utterly singular. “I’m not good at focusing on the commercial aspects of music and trends,” says The Pale’s lead singer and main songwriter, Matthew Devereux.
Therein lays not only the pleasure for the creative spirit but also the problem for the accountants. Inevitably, The Pale’s tenure on the major label didn’t last too long, and so began a number of years where the band (in effect, Matthew and multi-instrumentalist Shane Wearen) soldiered on. Albums you’ve probably never seen stocked in record shops – Cheapside (1996), Cripplegate (1997), Spudgun (1998) – were released in parts of Europe you’ve probably never been to. The band even changed their name to Produkt, under which name more albums were released to further rippling waves of unawareness.
The aim, essentially, was to retain credibility. “I was inspired by artists whose careers I’ve followed through the years, and I take rather earnestly my inspirations from people who didn’t follow contrived commercial interests,” says Matthew of his cunning but not necessarily financially rewarding plan. “I didn’t want us to be revealed as such, because if you go for the quick buck it very rarely works out.” Back then, he admits, he took what was essentially anti-commercialism to extremes: “I wanted The Pale to have a cult-like following.”
10.40pm - 11.10pm The Mercantile
Elastic Sleep is a Cork-based dream-pop band. Channelling visceral hooks from the darker recesses of the heart, the band expresses the melancholia inherent in the human condition through fragile melodies, primal rhythms and ethereal feedback.