It's Wells for Some

Hot Press - - Music World 4104 -

The coun­try’s best young bands will be show­cas­ing at the Garage­land gigs. By Roisin Dwyer

As our spin­ning globe con­tin­ues it back­ward tra­jec­tory to the dark ages many artists seize upon these chal­leng­ing times for in­spi­ra­tion. One sonic nugget which taps sub­limely into the na­tional mood is the lat­est gem from Au­gust Wells ‘Go To Work’. The track sees Ken Grif­fin and John Rauchen­berger lyri­cally wres­tle with the daily grind against an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic pop back­drop. Top stuff.

The duo are cur­rently out on the road and you can catch them on the fol­low­ing dates: Cough­lan’s Live, Cork (March 2 and 3); Levi’s Bar, Bal­ly­de­hob (4); DeBarra’s, Clon­akilty (5); Cleere’s, Kilkenny

(9); Spirit Store, Dun­dalk (10) and The Work­man’s Club, Dublin (11). Also, check out Ken’s words of wis­dom in this is­sue’s Soap­box (page 10)…..

An­other ex­cel­lent new track comes cour­tesy of Dublin­ers Stoat in the form of 'Talk Ra­dio Makes Me Feel Alone’, from forth­com­ing al­bum Try Not

To Think About It.

The sin­gle marks the band’s first re­lease since the sin­gle ‘No­body in Heaven’ in 2007 from lauded long-player Fu­ture Come and Get Me.

With a back cat­a­logue that fea­tures in­stru­men­tals, folk, punk, spo­ken word and gui­tar-pop Stoat have al­ways de­fied cat­e­gori­sa­tion. The last 10 years did not mark a break from cre­at­ing mu­sic, they merely con­tin­ued ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the radar. Ac­cord­ing to their mis­sive the new LP is

"a lit­tle more dance­able, but sim­i­larly di­verse". We look for­ward to it…

Dublin garage punk combo The Black Pitts have un­leashed their lat­est full-length of­fer­ing, B

Movie Ex­tra. The col­lec­tion is a com­pelling mix of New York Dolls/Ra­mones/Stooges good­ness which bris­tles with CBGB-era grit and en­ergy.

The out­fit went down a storm at last year’s Re­bel­lion (lead­ing to an im­me­di­ate in­vite to the 2017 fes­ti­val) and had the hon­our of sup­port­ing the leg­endary Richie Ra­mone at last year’s Dublin date. The con­fec­tion is now avail­able on CD from FOAD Mu­sick/Ad­vance Records…

Sligo’s Oddsocks have just un­veiled ‘Birth Of

The Cool’, the sec­ond sin­gle from ac­claimed al­bum The Sound Of The City. This up­tempo slice of funk was pro­duced by So­lar Bear Rian Trench and is ac­com­pa­nied by a video recorded by Dublin-based videog­ra­pher Afghanis­can.

The sin­gle launch will take place in Whe­lan’s, Dublin on March 3. Check hot­press.com for more upcoming live dates…

In other Sligo news Moon Looks On who hail from the west but are now study­ing in

BIMM Dublin have an­nounced a launch date for their new EP - March 27 in The Work­man’s, Dublin. You can catch them in the venue ear­lier in the month for the Gigonom­e­try show­case on March 9.

The guys have been build­ing up their fan­base steadily over the last year, some re­cent high-pro­file ap­pear­ances in­clude the Other Voices Other Room late last year and a slot at the Trin­ity Arts Ball. Not to be missed….

Odd Socks

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