Above: A shot by photographer Steve Gullick, taken from the band’s website. Last Friday the suicide and self-harm awareness charity Pieta House held a fundraising gig in Dublin’s Vicar St featuring a host of Irish acts. The line-up included Limerick-based hip-hop collective Rusangano Family, followed by four-piece folk innovators Lynched, with the near-peerless Girl Band headlining the event. Benny Profane sent us in this review. Now as my presence at this show was basically a last-minute who-cares-if-I’m-by-myself-a-good-gig-is-a-good-gig-is-a-good-gig sort-of decision, I coordinated my arrival at the venue with the intended start-time of the headliners and therefore didn’t catch either of the … Read More
There’s too much to do. Auntie Mary is doing me head in. All the shopping is inciting anxiety. There’s no tree up and the decorations are still in the attic. There’s too many christmas songs. Christ, there’s just too much christmas… The bahumbuggery always gives way in the end though. Generally thanks to good company, some time to put the feet up, or delicious pints. You succumb to the holiday atmosphere, with generosity order of the day. Music tends to play a part, and the long tradition of the christmas song gets an annual dusting off or a … Read More
Nolan spent many months in Drogheda interviewing people who were involved in the punk community and gathering their stories of dissent including Paddy Dillon who disrupted Sunday mass in the early eighties by letting loose a clutch of hens.
This secret history is documented in the publication ‘Subvert All Power’ Drogheda’s Punk History, in the theatre space of the Droichead Arts Cent which will be launched on Saturday the 27th of August. To coincide with the launch there will be talks of feminist punk culture, 24 hour punk gigs and other goings on.
On Sunday 28th there will be a Parade of Dissent including banners, madzers and music through Drogheda and a punk picnic and a free punk concert.
Bit Thorn went down to a rawk show the other evening in The Bello Bar (that’s the Lower Deck to you old timers…) and took some fine snaps and scrambled out some short reviews. First up was Be Honest who was billed as lo-fi rural noise but I would say noise is a bit harsh. Very interesting use of samples to create an eerie and dark soundscape. Next up were Native with there no nonsense crust punk. They’ll tear your face off. Following that Katie O’Neill took to the stage armed with a loop station and guitar to accompany her hauntingly … Read More
An all ages afternoon punk gig is all set for the 4th of June at Boh’s bar, Dalymount park. A summertime Saturday afternoon all ages gig with the mighty Rats Blood, Sissy and next gen bands Xylem and Arboreal Lung will be kicking off at 1pm on the 4th, with a portion of proceeds going to Bohemians Youth Development. Entrance is 10 euro. Bring the nippers!
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 Not Skanking in Manchester, The Punker Bunker in Brighton, All Ages in London and Savage Amusement in the Northeast. In France through UVPR, Spain through Runnin’ Riot, Hungary through Scampkid … Read More
What’s this? It’s a punk rock starter kit on a bit of a crust bent, available for purchase on Etsy. Hilarious wind up or brilliant cash cow? We can’t decide but the sales pitch goes like this: Did you recently see some punks at the mall, thought they looked sick and want to join the freak show? Well now you can with the kit that has everything you need for the other punks to stop calling you a poser. Sid Vicious is turning in his grave and Malcolm McLaren is gutted he didn’t think of it first. Get your … Read More
A sad day for punk and underground music lovers. The lead singer of Belfast’s iconic street punk outfit Runnin’ Riot died while on tour. Late yesterday the band posted to their Facebook page: “We are devastated to announce that our brother and comrade Colin passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning. Anyone who knew Colin knows his passion for music and his love for Runnin’ Riot and our family/fans. We would like to thank Lars and The Old Firm Casuals for their unwavering support at this time, and pulling the tour would never have been an option for Colin. So … Read More
In little under a week, half the rabble team will be mitching off work early and catching the snail and rail across the Irish sea to enter the parallel universe of Winchester’s Boomtown Fair. Rashers Tierney and Darragh Lynch threw together this round up of Irish acts making the voyage over. We missed out last summer, opting instead for hometown madness – but after slaving away slopping out pints alongside a hearty band of volunteers all summer we’re well deserving of mucking about in fields for a day or three. Boomtown is a wholly immersive affair, with massive economies … Read More
We’re fans of DIY publishing in rabble. Dublin has a fine tradition of it. Long standing punk zine Riot 77 are hawking their 17th edition at the moment. Here’s what they have to say for themselves: “Riot 77 is available in Dublin from Freebird Records (Wicklow Street), Spindizzy Records (Georges Arcade) and Thomas House Pub (86 Thomas Street) for the meagre sum of 3 Euros. Available in the U.K. through That’s Not Skanking in Manchester, The Punker Bunker in Brighton, All Ages in London and Negative Reaction in the Northeast. In France through UVPR, Spain through Bronco Bullfrog, Sweden through Heptown … Read More
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