Irish Talent Gig Guide 13th-15th
ALL TVVINS at Whelans, Thursday 13th November
ALL TVVINS, formerly TVVINS, having played this year’s Electric Picnic and Longitude, now take the stage at Whelan’s. Born of bands The Cast of Cheers and Adebisi Shank, they produce slightly mathematic, slightly synthy pop-rock which has a suitably strong personality. Administering tasteful amounts of spunk in the form of shouty vocals and thrashy rock in a way that illustrates Americana influence, ALL TVVINS straddle the genre without sounding even slightly cliché or annoying, which in itself is a fine art. With support from the fantastic SPIES, this concert promises to be very good indeed.
The Altered Hours at Whelan’s, Friday 14th November
Ireland’s answer to psychedelic rock band Temples play Whelan’s in what one can expect to be a very intense gig. Not for the faint of heart, The Altered Hours do a great job of blending shoe-gaze and hard rock elements with straight-up psychedelia.
First Music Contact Tour 2014 at The Workman’s Club, Saturday 15th November
Fight Like Apes, Sleep Thieves and Kid Karate tour the country thanks to First Music Contact’s annual tour, which seeks to showcase three deserving Irish acts from FMC’s online Irish music platform, Breaking Tunes. Probably the lesser known of the three acts, Sleep Thieves always perform a mesmeric live show, as singer Sorcha Brennan floats around the darkly-lit stage like some sort of little fairy-lady, wafting through the dry-ice, singing breathy vocals over dreamy synth. With a sound they describe as a mixture of Kate Bush, Enya and Bat for Lashes with added cinematic edge, you won’t be let down.
Luke Abbott, Somerville and Subplots at The Pepper Canister Church, Saturday 15th November
Yet again, The Pepper Canister Church offers a fantastic set-up this week for three very special acts. Luke Abbott offers slightly heavier experimental electronica and ambient music, while Subplots’ truly unique sound blends complex alternative rock with ambient textures and warm synth, the expansive sound of both perfect for the setting. Somerville hints at being a very pleasant surprise, having removed her earlier, more folky tracks from pretty much every corner of the internet (believe me, I’ve checked) , and leaving only an experimental ambient track simply titled teaser on her soundcloud, she could be delving further into the subtle electronic beats and crisp ambient ideas that freshen her hazy, gentle sound. One thing is certain, this concert will be brilliant.
Words: Cara Spelman