BEAK>, Limelight 2, Belfast, tonight, Friday 31st (£18.50).
With Geoff Barrow’s other band Portishead missing an album since 2008 and with no immediate plans to tour, he’s once again on the road with BEAK>, for some sleek krautrock analogue electronics.
Too many bands use krautrock as a cheap shortcut to credibility, but BEAK> don’t just tick off the drones, motorik no-frills drumming and abstract vocal lines of Neu!, Can and Cluster. Like Broadcast, Stereolab and various Ghost Box Records artists, there’s a nerviness and discord on their that keeps you on your toes.
MAYHEM, Academy, Dublin, tonight, Friday 31st (€27.50)
In the early 90s NWA claimed to be ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Group’, but they probably hadn’t heard of Norwegian black metal lords Mayhem. The Oslo band inspired a wave of church burnings and when singer Per Yngve Ohlin aka ‘Dead’ killed himself with a shotgun, guitarist Euronymous made necklaces with bits of his skull and gave them to other black metal bands. Euronymous was then stabbed to death by former member Varg Vikernes, in a serious pre-Twitter beef.
Amid all the mania they still managed to release their debut album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in 1994 and they’re playing it in full in Dublin tonight.
The album is held up as one of the most iconic extreme metal albums of all time – a grotesque wall of sound, demonic vocals and machine gun blastbeats by a drummer called Hellhammer, for real.
NO SPILL BLOOD + JOGGING + HORSE, Bello Bar, Dublin, tonight, Friday 31st, (€10)
Three of Ireland’s best cult heavy bands are teaming up for an intense triple header in the Bello Bar, which will be a sweatbox before the first set.
Dublin act No Spill Blood (pictured) seem to be on this page every time they play a gig, after releasing one of the best albums in recent years, Heavy Electricity – a twisted, frazzled blast of distorted synths.
Dublin act Jogging are playing their first gig in ages, bringing the frantic math-rock, while Cork hardcore act Horse may just tip the scales in the heaviness stakes on the night.
THE BLADES, Whelan’s, Dublin, tonight, Friday 31st (€28)
The Blades were an Irish new wave tale of nearlys and what ifs – but even if they didn’t do a Boomtown Rats or a U2, they remain a much-loved cult act.
Paul Cleary (pictured) and co emerged in 1977 with three-chord crackers like hot For You, with a bigger nod to the joyous exuberance of the Undertones rather than the filth and fury and sloganeering of The Clash, Sex Pistols and Stiff Little Fingers.
The Dubliners called it a day in the mid-80s but after a live reunion they’re back in earnest with their new album Modernised – with the vinyl edition launched in Whelan’s tonight.
EN VOGUE, Vicar Street, Dublin, Thursday 6th €35
It’ll be a proper throwback Thursday next week with the return of En Vogue, the “original funky divas”.
The California love-makin’, heartbreakin’, soul-shakin’ trio are about to release a comeback album of sorts – their first since 2004. Electric Cafe may share its name with a Kraftwerk album, but don’t expect any refined teutonic austerity from the trio responsible for R&B funk stompers like Free Your Mind, My Lovin’ and Whatta Man – as well as the sing from the rooftops ballad Don’t Go.
Here’s a chance to see who was on Beyonce’s mixtapes when she was growing up.
- Published in Irish Daily Star