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POST PUNK PODGE & THE TECHNOHIPP­IES

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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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