Photographer Matthew Smith’s Exist To Resist documents the history of activism and having it in the years before and after the infamous Criminal Justice Act of 1994. This was a cunning piece of legislation designed to wipe out rave culture in the UK. The project smashed through its initial ask on Kickstarter by doubling its target. This isn’t another huckster making dollar off memory- it’s a sharp reminder of what … Read More
When was Pallas formed?
Pallas was formed in 1996 when myself and Brian Duggan located a building on Foley Street. It was an old knitwear factory called Pallas Knitwear so after a bit of pre-ambling about a few different names we decided on Pallas because Pallas was the goddess of the muses, the goddess of intellect and the goddess of war. We knew we were going to be in for a rough ride so we wanted her on our side.
For a few years through the gloom of the recession there was a hope that the potential existed to bring something of the vivacity of Berlin to Dublin. Martin Leen believes you can kiss that hope goodbye as the new rental realities are killing art spaces.
This band came to our attention last summer as part of an exemplary line-up of heavy psychedelia and noise at Raw Power festival in London. Heralded as one of the sets of that weekend, the quintet from Newcastle laid their cards firmly on the table. Except these cards were metaphorical and musical and they pointed towards a somewhat frightening but awesome future. In fairness, they had two very strong records … Read More
Bit Thorn caught up with the Jimmy Cake about their new album ‘Master’ to find what the hell took so long this time round, and received a rather large slice of reflection on the state of the realities facing musicians today in the process. Second helpings? Yes please… So, the Jimmy Cake, you’ve just released your new album ‘Master’ which has been about 5 years in the making. Firstly, I … Read More
Ah yes, that time of the year when we’re told from all quarters it’s blue Monday – the most depressing day of all. Here’s an album we stumbled upon over the Christmas break that soundtracked today’s moody despair. Gobby over wrought and heavily accented vocals, shimmering synthy fear, atonal anxiety and weighty lyrical utterances. Sound good? Stick it on so. Highlight track for us being Tower. Check them out on … Read More
Riot 77 is a long running Irish Punk fanzine, its just hit issue 18 and you can grab copies of it from a number of shops across Ireland and the Uk. Here’s what we were asked to pass on: “It’s now available in Dublin from Freebird Records (Wicklow Street), Spindizzy Records (Georges Arcade) and Thomas House Pub (86 Thomas Street) priced at 3 Euros. Available in the U.K. through That’s … Read More
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 … Read More
Came across this little gem of musical documentary making over the weekend. The scenes with Stiff Little Fingers are amazing, and the rooks come rolling hard. What’s nice about it is the sense of the punk scene’s immediate energy. It’s not judged on its legacy or weighed up by cultural historians or scene leaders looking back frustrated on their youth – rather it just happens in front of you on … Read More
Vodo.net is a rather brilliant peer-to-peer network that has been allowing independent film makers reach out to large international audience for some time. Dublin Community TV’s A Joyful Slog documentary has released their masterful manifesto for the Dublin indie scene there. The great thing about Vodo is how it lets you throw some change the way of the film makers too. With the spin off TV series Community of Independents … Read More