You probably think of the stage show the Riverdance when you think of Irish Music, but there is so much more than the folk they are known for. From big pop superstars to underground club masters, Ireland has an impressive roster of talent. Something about the open air here must be good for the musical part of the brain, as acts like these don’t come around all the time. Here are some of Ireland’s notewort
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Previously the bassist for Irish instrumental rockers Redneck Manifesto, Jape is the solo outing of Richie Egan which has a much different tone to his previous association. In tracks like ‘Scorpio’, a lighter feel arrives thanks to some gentle strumming while the bass he is well known for adds a funky backing every so often. Meanwhile in a completely alternative style his track ‘Yeh ‘begins with room wide reverberated percussion that starts to form a texture ahead of the synthesised vocals that slip in and out like a whisper. Its fair to say that Jape is more experimental than genre bound which makes it a treat to listen to.
From the head of pop band Moloko who brought us hits in the 90’s like ‘Sing It Back’ and ‘The Time Is Now’, Murphy has persistently been an unconventional vocalist, though their big hits wouldn’t alert you to this. The album tracks Moloko put out ranged from solid B-side bangers to weird electronic breakdowns. Luckily the decline of the band’s popularity hasn’t discouraged her from creating new and exciting music. With an impressive vocal range and a knack for finding equally perplexing backing tracks, pop fans may still love her content, even if it is a little less chart worthy.
Noise rockers Adebesi Shank get their odd name from a character in HBO’s prison drama Oz. Musically though they refuse to be put in a 5×5 cell, and their mad high energy tracks make for a unique experience. Eye-widening impressive guitar skills are the backbone of their sound that is mixed with crazy effects and electronics. With most of their works purely instrumental it makes sense that their message is somewhat cryptic, but this only helps their case as the structure of tracks can often be just as surprising as their overall sound. Expect nothing short of zany here with powerful riffs and unforgettable melodies.
Fight Like Apes
Known to polarize audiences thanks to their in your face, over the top style that they turn up all the way, to the delight of their fans. With a mixture of clever guitar work mixed with the grungy rhythms you might expect from a standard club gig, their lo-fi delivery make them feel authentic no matter what their lyrics are saying. The subject matter of their tracks is something that generally pulls people in one direction or another, spouting lines about KFC chicken and talking about monkeys more than you would probably expect. Either way the vocals have the liveliness of Karen O and the mix of electronics that fill the back have elements of Metric in there too, an impressive combo.