Hard Working Class Heroes – The Mercantile
Hard Working Class Heroes Festival is on this Thursday, 2nd of October at The Mercantile.
8pm - 8.30pm The Mercantile
Val Normal are a 3 piece loud rock band from Dublin.Taking cues from post/math rock whilst recalling bands like Nirvana or Reuben, the band releasing their first album in January 2013 through CYOF records, racking up nearly 150 shows in 2 years. After touring extensively around Ireland and the UK,whilst polishing their live show,they took a break and got back to the studio in May 2014. "PUGMAN" is the first track to be taken from their new album "Fly the White Flag of War" set for release in January 2015.
8.40pm - 9.10pm The Mercantile
Formed in late 2010, The Statics are a four-piece Dublin outfit consisting of Liam Gardner (Lead Vocal/Guitar), Daragh O’Connell (Guitar/Vocals), Jacqueline Campion (Drums) and Thomas Nugent (Bass).
Mixing the pop sensibilities of The Beatles, the snarling vocals of Arctic Monkeys and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of the Everlys (and hopefully their harmonies!), The Statics are a truly powerful force live and on record.
Their debut single entitled 'Holiday', was recorded at Westland Studios by Alwyn Walker, and released independently on 09/11/12. Available on iTunes and on Vinyl & CD at RAGE & Freebird Records
The band's latest release is their debut E.p, 'Hidden Pigeon' recorded at Westland Studios and released on April 20th 2013. It is available from Tower Records and on iTunes
9.20pm - 9.50pm The Mercantile
Absolute Magnitude, the debut album from Cork's Neon Atlas recorded with renowned producer Ciaran O'Shea (Cyclefly) has enjoyed storming reviews since its independent release in late 2013. The band recently returned from BBC studios in london where they performed a prestigious live session to over 3 million people for the Dermot O'Leary show on BBC Radio 2.
On the back of their BBC recognition and with further live dates planned to coincide with the release of their debut single 'I never felt so good' in july, 2014 is set to be a storming year for the Cork based power poppers.
10pm - 10.30pm The Mercantile
Fallen Rule are a 4 piece rock 'n' roll band from Dublin, led by Scott Glennon [vocals, guitar] backed by Gary Earle [drums, vocals], Neil Daly [bass, vocals]
and Hugh O'Reilly [guitar, vocals].
They released their debut album 'No Way to Know Why' in late March 2013,
which was recorded by New York Grammy Award winning Fernando Lodeiro.
The debut has been making waves across the US, reaching no.1 on North Carolina
college radio and was named ‘Album of the Week’ by Dan Hegarty on RTÉ 2FM
Embracing rough edges and raw vocals, the songs talk of broken hearts, human flaws
and are unashamedly hopeful. Folk-infused rock and roll pays homage to the story-telling
ache of the blues, with touches of gospel.
Fallen Rule launched 'No Way to Know Why' to a sell-out home crowd in Dublin's award
winning live venue, The Grand Social and prepare to release ‘Understand’ as the lead
single from their debut.
10.40pm - 11.10pm The Mercantile
From the unsuspecting seaside town of Bray on Irelands east coast emerge Columbia mills. A collective tour de force creating a head-onistic mix of musical textures, reverb saturated guitars, glorious beats & beautiful tragic sounds.
Imagine the Jesus and Mary chain making a 'Screamadelica' and you're close.
The bands name comes from the legendary building based on Dublins Quays. In the early 90s the building became a mecca for the illegal rave scene bringing people together from all walks of life and all musical tastes. The diversity of music and social classes is something that has left a lasting impression on the city and has not since been rediscovered since Police put an end to the institution in an early morning raid.
Columbia Mills touch on the 80s synth sounds of New Order and The Cure and fuse them with the 90s indie guitar sounds of The Verve and Primal Scream on a bed of electronic and organic beats a la Massive Attack and LCD Sound System.
While you may hear the bands influence's in their music, you will also hear a fresh modern sound that aims to draw the listener into the unique head space that is Columbia Mills.
There is little known about the band who seem to have come out of nowhere. Emerging from the wreckage of an economic collapse.Mutterings of previous bands, part time DJs and singersongwriters all adds to the mystery of how the band were formed. Indeed it is unknown how many people are involved in the collective. Certainly two but possible up to seven members.