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Tune of the Week – “Asylum”

One out of 100. There are 100 Irish bands playing at the Hard Working Class Heroes bash this weekend in Dublin. That’s 100 bands of all sounds, styles, sizes and shapes. You’ve probably heard of some of them, but you’ve …

Thu, Oct 15, 2009, 11:37

   

One out of 100.

There are 100 Irish bands playing at the Hard Working Class Heroes bash this weekend in Dublin. That’s 100 bands of all sounds, styles, sizes and shapes. You’ve probably heard of some of them, but you’ve probably not heard of many of them. This, then, is your chance to engage in a weekend of homegrown binge-gigging. Dip in or dive in and see what you find.

There is, of course, the On The Record Presents @ HWCH bash on Saturday at the Twisted Pepper with eight fine acts (Valerie Francis, Hunter-Gatherer, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, Cities, Kyon, Yes Cadets, The Dying Seconds and The Holy Roman Army), two spintastic DJs (Nialler9 and UnaRocks) and some high-calibre yak-yak-yak (Banter upstairs in the Mezz from 8.30pm)

But we’re going elsewhere for our Tune of the Week selection. This is the sound of Not Squares, a band I just can’t enough of this week. Michael Kinloch, Keith Winter and Ricki O’Rawe hail from Belfast and have form (Tracer AMC, Gaju) but nothing they’ve done equals the fantastic, gleeful hoopla of the punktronica they’re producing now.

They’ve already released one single (“Aye Yo Pa” for the Richter Collective label), “Asylum” is coming out as a single in November and there’s an album planned for 2010. But the real sizzle comes from their live shows. They’ve already rocked heads playing at the Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals and they play Academy 2 (Middle Abbey Street) on Friday at 10.10pm. Check them out.

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