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Nango - "Setsuwasetsu"

Nango 2018

June 27 sees the release of Sapporo based trio Nango's first vinyl LP on Transduction. "Setsuwasetsu" combines the band's two EPs - "Setsuwa" (2016) and the just-released "Wasetstu" on to one vinyl LP.

Nango are a three piece band based in Sapporo, Japan. The trio - Toshiaki Takeda (guitar, vocals), Akane Terui (bass) and Ryutaro Iwasaki (drums) came together in university and have firmly established themselves as one of the leading lights of the city's burgeoning underground scene over the past two years.

Citing influences as disparate as Zazen Boys and The Mars Volta, Nango take a free-wheeling approach to the guitar/bass/drums format, effortlessly shifting from feedback-laden punk-prog howls to intricate, psychedelia-tinged grooves, with Toshiaki Takeda's dream-like, stream of consciousness lyrics an essential component of the band's sound.

The LP will be available on black or yellow/red splatter vinyl.

Side One:
Ninja World
Numa
Gorilla Panic
Kosher Creatures
Self Recognition

Side Two:
Zui Zui
65537-Gon
Kappa
Ten Fingers Ten Toes
Kudan

Check out the video for "Ten Fingers Ten Toes":

Lockout preorder

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock's new album "Lockout" is available to preorder in the shop on red or black vinyl, CD or download. Orders will arrive on or before the March 16th release date.

Preorder Lockout now

Tickets are going fast for the album's launch as part of the St. Patrick's Festival on the same day, get them here.

Check out a video of the band plus orchestra performing "The Batons":

The Spook announce Lockout details

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - Lockout

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have announced details of their third album Lockout where they expand to an 18-piece electric guitar orchestra.

The album will be released on March 16th on Transduction Records on vinyl, CD and all digital streaming formats. Pre-order details available soon.

The band will launch the album at The Pepper Canister Church in Dublin as part of the St. Patrick's Festival, also on March 16th with a full orchestra performance. Tickets are available are €13.50 and available to book online.

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Lockout is a grand departure for the The Spook, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s unique sound and a sharper, more political voice. The album tells the story of the 1913 lockout, the struggle of Dublin workers against exploitative working conditions led by Jim Larkin and James Connolly’s ITGWU union.

Track Listing:

  1. Movement I: A Debt That Must Be Paid / A Fair Wage For A Fair Day's Work / William Martin Murphy's Midnight Mass
  2. Movement II: The Trams Are Stopped / From A Window At Liberty Hall / Ringsend Riot / Larkin in Disguise / The Batons
  3. Movement III: Church Street Collapse / James Nolan Laid To Rest / The Asquith Inquiry / A Rose With The Loaf / The Hare And The Fraternity
  4. Movement IV: A Storm Driven Wave / Suffrage / Larkin At The Prison Gates / The Decade Of Centenaries

Check out the video for "The Hare and The Fraternity":

Grandpa's Ghost on KDHX

Grandpa's Ghost recently appeared live on KDHX, watch "Carnage Queen" from the session:

Ghost members Ben and Jack will perform with Tim Garrigan as Placater at St. Louis Schlafly Tap Room on Aug 26th:

Placater is a collective performing spontaneous explorations around the songs of both Hanna and Garrigan, plus improvisations between smaller fragments of the group.

More info here.

Read an interview with Ben from the Riverfront Times.

Check out what Terrascope Magazine had to say about their 2LP set "The Carnage Queen":

"Peddling a lysergic brand of americana, this double album re-defines the word sprawling, a long strange trip that takes you places you have never been before...this collection rises easily above its influences to stand proudly as a future classic"

Read the whole review here.

Country of Piss

Grandpa's Ghost, March 2017

Released today are Grandpa's Ghost's 2LP "The Carnage Queen" and its companion piece digital album "Country of Piss" which was recorded at the same sessions. Both albums are available in the shop now and are also available digitally on Apple Music, Spotify and all other digital stores. "Country of Piss" is included as a free download with vinyl copies of "The Carnage Queen".

Grandpa's Ghost will be appearing live at:

June 04 - Vintage Vinyl (instore, 4pm), St. Louis
June 10 - Schlafly Tap Room, St, Louis
June 17 - RFT Showcase, St. Louis

The band will appear live on the air during KDHX's Mystery Train show on Monday June 5th.

Check out new tunes from both albums:

Carnage Queen preorder

The new Grandpa's Ghost 2LP "The Carnage Queen" is now available to preorder in the shop on orange or black vinyl. The vinyl comes with a download coupon featuring a bonus digital album "Country of Piss".

Read a review of the album by Doug Mosurock at Still Single:

Founding members Ben Hanna and Bill Emerson are joined by longtime drummer Jack Petracek and guest guitarist Tim Garrigan (late of stress-metal pioneers Dazzling Killmen), leveraging a sound that approximates a sideways take on Neil Young & Crazy Horse by way of Silkworm, or Wilco meets Shellac, maybe Mark Kozelek via Lungfish. They drive it hard; even the acoustic tracks feel like more fingernail lifters than fingerpickers. No bass player means no tether, so these guys get pretty far out there on the longer tracks...everyone looking for a new record with some teeth embedded in it and some clawmarks on the outside, line up here...Recommended

Check out "Our Reflections" from the new album:

Glimmermen – "All I Lack"

Glimmermen release a new video and download from their Breakin' Out album today. Titled "All I Lack", the song delves through a history of self-doubt, change and ultimately fighting back; check out the intense video by Trevor Murphy which captures the raw energy of the band and fuses an inventive use of colour, motion and light.

The song is available to download free from Bandcamp here:

The band hit the road for more dates in support of the album at:

Mar 1 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Mar 10 – Thomond Sessions, Limerick
Mar 18 – Whelan's, Dublin

Spook on Dublin City FM

Spook frontman Allen appeared on Dublin City FM's "Songs to Learn and Sing" programme this week, listen back here: