Humble Serpent is a new record label launched at possibly the worst time you could pick to launch a record label. Sean Finnan caught up with one of the founders, vinny dermody, a 17 year veteran of Ireland’s independent scene with The Jimmy Cake to find out what kind of a contrary bastard starts a label at a time like this.
Despite his youthful appearance and relatively underground status Hamilton Leithauser has been treading the boards of the alternative music scene for a long time now. Benny Profane caught him in action last night and felt the mad urge to scribble this review and send in a photo he took with a potato. With his former cohorts The Walkmen he was the driving song-writing force behind a band that put … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
Bifurcation Arrows Misleading Visuals by Paddy Steer Paddy Steer is a multi-instrumentalist who got into the habit of making his own synths more than half a decade ago. He uses them to produce his own brand of homebrewed danceable madness. Ahead of a slew of Irish gigs, Bit Thorn caught up with the dude to chat about the what’s and the whys of everything from touring some unusual places … Read More
In their third take over of our blog, Andy from Little Gem dips into the shop’s fresh record boxes and recommends some prime cuts. You can find Little Gem squirreled away in Basement 18 Kildare St in Dublin 2 Dublin. Drop in and say hello. Check em out on Facebook too. Fovea Hex – Salt Garden 1 (Jennifer Records) Not being very familiar with the music of Clodagh Simonds and Fovea … Read More
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