ROBERT HOOD (Floorplan), District 8, Dublin, tonight, €20
Robert Hood is an ordained Christian pastor who formed radical Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance and is literally moved to tears when discussing that “sonic revolution”. Robert Hood does not take techno lightly.
Hood’s faith is a big inspiration for his Floorplan project with his daughter Lyric, but don’t be alarmed when he leaves techno aside for a bit — this is gritty, uplifting house with abstract snippets of gospel chants, soul strings and a message that easily translates to pure dancefloor joy.
Get there early for French producer DJ Deep throwing out deep house and techno.
FUTURE SOUNDS, INEC, Killarney, tonight, €28
I’m not sure how the INEC has got away with calling this a ‘festival’ but Future Sounds is a new one-day session in Killarney with a solid line-up of big acts that could prop up the summer fests.
The Main Stage has Waterford brass-dub-electro crew King Kong Company, glow-stick synth ravers Le Galaxie and new wave electro-pop act All Tvvins (pictured), kicking off at 10pm.
The Acoustic Sounds stage features Little Hours and Cry Monster Cry, and the Spin DJs Stage has Dashka opening and John Gibbons carrying it on til late.
ALEXIS TAYLOR PRINCE TRIBUTE, Button Factory, Dublin, tomorrow, €18.50
Everybody loves Prince, and you don’t need an excuse to belt out the “honey I know I know” bit of Purple Rain, but I did a double-take on hearing Alexis Taylor was taking this tribute show on the road.
Taylor is the antithesis of Prince — the Purple One’s a writhing ball of sex-funk while the Hot Chip frontman’s shtick is wallflower high school nerd, pushing his glasses back onto his nose while singing in that brittle little voice.
Still, he knows his way around the piano and a set of decks so hopefully I’ll be proved wrong — but I can’t see him busting any phallic guitar moves.
FANGCLUB, Whelan’s, Dublin, tomorrow, €13
If grunge is finally due a legit comeback, Dublin trio Fangclub will be at the top of the queue, battering their instruments like Nirvana in their punkier Bleach years.
Debut single Bullet Head is a perfect kick-off point — wiry, filthy riffs, an odd ‘millennium whoop’ through the verses and a Kurt-style roar of the track title for a chorus.
Mid-tempo sludge number Loner has some catchy Weezerisms, and there’s plenty of melody on their Coma Happy EP, but it’s their caustic side that’ll really do the business live.
Columbia Mills, Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin, tomorrow, €10
Bray act Columbia Mills make a live return after spending much of 2016 recording their debut album, which hopefully doesn’t veer too much from their EPs of reverb-drenched shoegaze indie electronica.
THE RUBBERBANDITS, The Academy, Dublin, tomorrow, €23
Limerick duo The Rubberbandits seemed to sideline music for while, but they’ve never been more vocal — becoming more politically engaged with an RTE series, high-profile mental health campaigns and endless cutting facepalms over the general state of Ireland and the imploding world beyond our shores.
This weekend, though, they’re back to their singular brand of surrealist performance art, hip-hop and comedy they’ve dubbed Gas Cuntism.
And even if it gets too conceptual they’ve promised to play their earlier stuff — “songs about tapes, fannies and hash”, and you can help them toast Dad’s Best Friend being used on the Trainspotting 2 soundtrack.
- Original version in Irish Daily Star