Hands Up Who Wants To Die have just hopped on board our fundit campaign, kindly agreeing to let us pimp their wares out for a gig in a gaff.
Get together 500 yo yos and we’ll ship them out to you for a performance. The aggro noise rockers came 18 in Nialler 9’s top 25 albums of 2011 – no mean feat at all, and have add themselves put through the blender by a host of remixers from all shades of the music scene.
John from the band sez:
‘Hands Up are delighted to help rabble out by playing a rock show in someone’s house. It makes sense for two main reasons. One is that gigs in houses are generally A LOT of fun and Barry gets an opportunity to burst in to a bedroom and wake your housemate up with a booming poetic rant about how society has fucked itself or how some metaphorical dead fool fucked him. The second reason is that we think rabble are sound. They provide a platform for people to engage in investigative reporting from the ground up and sure isn’t that what journalism is supposed to be?’
The video above is of the lads practicing in the Karate Club, a DIY space used by bands in deepest Phibsbronx. Sean Zissou shot it and if you check his Vimeo you’ll find a tonne more like it. Barry Healy wrote a wicked feature about the space for our second issue too if you are interested in some back ground on the space, one of the hidden gems of the bubbling underground music scene in the city.
At the time Barry wrote in rabble:
The space has been in operation since 2007 and continues to grow, especially over the past 12 months. Eric attributes this to the ongoing growth of the punk and independent music scene in Dublin and “the more desperate things becomes the more people want to be creative. We have actually had to put a cap on membership as we’re at capacity. We have had to introduce more rigidity in how the space is run.”
Even with all the trials and tribulations that come with such a project Eric believes firmly in the need and importance of such space explaining, “They are absolutely essential to any kind of counter-culture. Space is really important. I think now more than ever, I mean look at the state of the country and the amount of empty buildings. Once the space is provided that gives the scope for everything, to organise from or escape all the things frustrating you in the real world”.
rabble’s an effort to generate a similar space, although one formed around the newspaper itself, the gigs we organise and in how our social media has spiraled into something of a discussion space for the country’s pissed off. It’s an attempt to build a community.
Have a listen to The Hands Up album below, if you like it why not try pass the hat around your mates and put a ruckus on. Loads of live videos after the leap too.