ALLOY MENTAL Stiff Kitten, Belfast Fri 10pm £10 048-90238700
Time for Belfast to go properly Alloy Mental as they launch their debut album, We Have Control. All three Mentalers had form before coming together to produce meaty and beaty techno-punk. Phil Kieran has long been recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s leading DJs, producers and remixers, while both Martin Corrigan and Danny Saul had worked together on indie band Corrigan. Since their first single, Alloy Mental (what else?), the trio’s brand of steamy techno and sneering rock has found favour with a wide selection of club and radio DJs. Live gigs have been a little thin on the ground, which is something they intend to change now that the album is finished. Tonight will also see a rare Belfast spin from David Holmes, plus Glasgow party beasts the Optimo DJs (JD Twitch and JG Wilkes) will also be hanging loose.