Una Mullally

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This Is The End Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank

One of the most exciting Irish bands of their generation presses ‘stop’.

Thu, Sep 25, 2014, 11:03


Adebisi Shank has announced that the two shows they would be playing in Whelans on Thursday and Friday, will be their last in Ireland. No music fan would want to be denied The Shank, but all amazing, masked, fast, energetic, crazy, inventive, and brilliant things must come to an end.

Their third album, ‘This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank’ was released last month and it’s another glorious piece of work from a band who are experts at making the obscure fun.

A statement from the band says:

“We hereby announce the end of a band called Adebisi Shank. From the three of us to all of you, thank you for coming with us on this crazy journey. To Cathy and the Sargent House crew past and present, thank you for believing in us.

Life and music moves on – Lar is making music in All Tvvins, Vin is producing/mixing, working on video games and other cool stuff as VMC Sound, and is also one half of Speed of Snakes. Mick will continue to train for his UFC career.

This Thursday and Friday in Whelans, we will play on an Irish stage for the very last time. Join us if you can. After that, we intend to honour our one existing overseas tour commitment.

To any kids starting bands we offer one piece of advice – play music you love, with people you love, for the people you love.

We saw a million faces

Vin, Lar + Mick (-_-) xxx”

Adebisi were at the forefront of experimental instrumental music in Ireland. Some called it math rock, but there really is no one genre that could fit their complex tunes, which drew from every corner of music imaginable. Their positivity as a band, technical prowess, amazing live shows, sense of humour, influence, and simple joy cannot be overstated. And the joy that they played with could only be matched with the joy their fans felt.

Best of luck to Adebisi and all who sailed in her.