The Long Goodbye
Two stalwarts of the Irish indie scene, Fight Like Apes and Enemies, are set to sign o in style. By Roisin Dwyer
The Last Post has sounded, the fat lady has sung. It’s a sad time for the domestic music community as we prepare to say farewell to two of its leading lights; Fight Like Apes and Enemies have decided to call it a day.
The Apes posted a very poignant letter online to explain their departure (see news) but will take to the stage one last time to bid fans a fond adieu. Hankies at the ready in The Roisin Dubh, Galway on November 24, Connolly’s of Leap, Cork on November 25 and back to the site of their first show on December 9 in Whelan’s, Dublin.
Enemies have a longer-lasting parting gift in the form of third album Valuables, which lands on December 9. The experimental indie rockers attribute a lack of shared vision to the reasons behind their decision. They will give the new nuggets and lots more an airing in Vicar Street on December 18.
Thanks for the music folks!
On a happier note Limerick’s
Out On A Limb have announced a label show to celebrate their tenth birthday. The event will take place in Kasbah Social Club, Limerick on December 10 and intriguingly the line-up – which will feature seven acts from the label’s roster – will not be revealed in advance. Given its commitment to quality we can guarantee a top night regardless…
Another quality evening will take place in Whelan’s, Dublin on December 1 when The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock launch the 12” of their 1916 piece ‘The Bullet in the Brick’. This will be a performance with an electric guitar orchestra, featuring 18 musicians, taking the band’s alt-rock, trad and folk influences in a new and unexpected direction.
The release’s A-side includes the full ‘Bullet in the Brick’ suite (which explores various aspects of the Easter Rising), while the B-side features a live recording of the first movement from ‘Lockout’ (the full version will be unveiled next year)…..
Another December date for your diary is Sunday 18, when Derry’s Ports will hit the stage in the Limelight 2, Belfast. 2016 was a busy year for the act who unleashed their debut album, played a slew of headline dates and wowed the crowds at festivals such as Stendhal, Moira Calling and Open House.
Expect plenty of gems from this year’s infectious The Devil Is A Songbird plus much more.…
On another Northern note, Belfastbased Hannah McPhillimy will release her new single ‘Ruins’ on November 15. The track follows on from well-received EP Wind Machine which landed earlier this year.
Since the release she has gigged extensively, including a batch of dates in the US which featured pit stops in Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, as well as Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Will keep you posted on any upcoming domestic shows!