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From Rub­ber­ban­dits reach­ing the top of the charts in 2011 to Ru­sangano Fam­ily’s well-de­served Choice Mu­sic Prize win in 2017, the past decade has seen Lim­er­ick set out its stall as an im­por­tant hub for Ir­ish mu­sic. One of the more unique acts to have sprung up Shan­non-side are Post Punk Podge & The Tech­no­hip­pies. Fronted by a man crowned in a large An Post en­ve­lope be­decked with post-punk band lo­gos, and fea­tur­ing the gui­tar playing and lap­top wiz­ardry of the fan­tas­ti­cally named Dr. As­para­gus Mon­tague, the duo have been mak­ing waves with scathing po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary since the re­lease of their de­but EP Kick Against The Pricks. We caught up with Podge fol­low­ing a short tour of Ire­land and Lon­don...

“For early in­spi­ra­tions, I have to start with Al­bert Twomey from the Asper­sion Mu­sic Col­lec­tive (AMC). He put on gigs in Lim­er­ick when I was a teenager and brought Fugazi to the up­stairs of the Savoy Cin­ema (now a block of ats) in Lim­er­ick in 2003. That was a huge in­spi­ra­tion to me. He gave the rst cou­ple of bands that I was in a chance. At the time the lo­cal gigs hap­pened at a (since aban­doned) boat club, and in a lo­cal pub called the High Stool – also since aban­doned. I was at the rst ever Givea­mana­kick gig there, ehich was a mas­sive in­spi­ra­tion.

“We’re lucky that there are a lot of places to play in Lim­er­ick.

There’s the Record Room down­stairs at the Com­mer­cial (46-47 Catherine Street), which is a re­ally cool, in­ti­mate venue. Phar­ma­cia (8 Sars eld St) has been very good to us. It’s the head­quar­ters of DIY LK, where we reg­u­larly put on three bands for a ver. Ob­vi­ously, Dolan’s (3-4 Dock Road) is world renowned and we love playing down there, es­pe­cially in the Ware­house. The Wick­ham Tap (11 Wick­ham St), which is owned by Gal­way Bay Brew­ery, do hip hop and elec­tronic mu­sic nights with Un­scene Mu­sic once a month and it’s rammed ev­ery time.

“There’s great sup­port in Lim­er­ick. Ray Wingnut has been a huge plug­ger for us on SPIN FM and Brian Hart­nett has been playing us on his show, The Other Side Of The Tracks, on LCCR which is a lo­cal com­mu­nity sta­tion. Green And Live on 95FM plays a lot of lo­cal mu­sic and Wired FM have Left Of The Dial with Ray Burke, who plays a lot of lo­cal al­ter­na­tive mu­sic, and puts on gigs and does in­ter­views and per­for­mances live on we­b­cam.”

Post Punk Podge & The Tec­no­hip­pies play Phar­ma­cia, Lim­er­ick on April 6 and Bel­lo­bar, Dublin on April 27. Their new EP is called Post Mil­len­nium Ten­sion.

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