CARTHIEFSCHOOL new single "Abura"

October 28th sees Sapporo trio CARTHIEFSCHOOL drop two slabs of razor-sharp post-punk intensity ahead of their forthcoming debut album on Transduction. The single will be available on Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital/streaming stores.

Track Listing:

  1. 油 (abura)
  2. 昭和歌謡大全集 (shouwakayoudaizensyuu)

Check out a clip of the band recorded at last year's Dosanco Jam festival:

Dinah Brand new album Thank You Driver


Dinah Brand will release their third album Thank You Driver on May 31st - available on vinyl and all digital/streaming formats.

The band will launch the album upstairs at Whelan's in Dublin on Friday, June 7th with more gigs to follow.

Track Listing:

1. Protagonist
2. Cocks & Aces
3. Bill
4. Lagos
5. Rain On Summit
6. Garden
7. Old Track
8. Other Heads
9. Rotunda Boy
10. River

Check out the video for "Old Track":

New Dinah Brand single "Rotunda Boy"

Dinah Brand return with a new single "Rotunda Boy" / "Old Track" available now - download here or on Bandcamp or stream it on Apple Music or Spotify.

Long term resident in the Dublin Heritage City Experience, Dinah Brand songs go like this: personal intimacies and universal anxieties hidden in obscure, confusing word bunches; combined with warm and erratic electric guitar tones and all, usually but not exclusively, shifting at mid pace drum time.

Way back in 2002, Dinah Brand released Pale Monkey Blues, a classic piece of Dublin noir. In 2010 or so it was second album I Can Walk Through – another sad and lovely suite.

A new album will appear soon - this time, it's (perversely) as positive and angry as a natural melancholic can be.

Check out the video for "Rotunda Boy":

The Spook announce final performance of Lockout

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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will perform Lockout in its entirety one last time at Dublin's Unitarian Church on Saturday, February 2nd, before beginning work on their next album.

Ticket info

"In their transformation into this hydra of guitars, what The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock have done with ‘Lockout’ is create a sonically literate, textured and diverse ensemble piece that moves deftly through genres and time signatures, enriching its characters and enlivening an era."
Golden Plec

"Amidst the wide-spanning and ambitious storytelling, however, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s aptitude as musicians should not be overlooked. Pairing the soundtrack – be it the shimmer of scene-setting guitar, the trad-folk rumble of the ordinary man’s tale, the light, toe-tappy cadence of a gentle interlude or Blighe’s stoic vocal as he becomes another character in the fascinating narrative, they prove themselves masterful musical storytellers. From start to finish, a remarkable piece of work." The Irish Times

"Lockout proves to be a serious and often extremely powerful artistic statement about a crucial moment in Irish History" Hot Press

"Lockout is perhaps as far from easy listening as you can get, but it's a seriously impressive piece of work that pushes the boundaries of what music can achieve" Sunday Business Post

Lilac Perfume & Stomach Pump

Grandpa's Ghost, March 2017

Lilac Perfume & Stomach Pump, Grandpa's Ghost's career spanning retrospective is out now. Download here in the shop or get it from Bandcamp.

Check out a previously unreleased song "Dance of Death Blues" which is featured on the album:

The band's entire back-catalog from 1995 to date is also available now on streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and more - almost 19 hours of music to dive into.

Grandpa's Ghost on Spotify

Grandpa's Ghost on Apple Music

Check out "Concrete Eyes" from 2002's (The Tumble/Love Version): Hear Past The Static, also featured on Lilac Perfume & Stomach Pump:

Grandpa's Ghost release career retrospective

Grandpa's Ghost

Grandpa's Ghost will release a career-spanning retrospective on October 26th, coinciding with their entire back-catalog becoming available digitally on Apple Music and Spotify.

To mark the release, the band will be appearing for an in-store performance at Rich's Record Emporium in Collinsville, IL on October 28th.

Lilac Perfume & Stomach Pump plots the band's singular, eclectic path over 23 years and 12 albums—several of which are multi-disc sets. Each stage of the band's prodigious output is represented—the skewed country rock of their first three albums, the deeply fried psychedelia of the Upland years and the sonic experimentation of their work with filmmaker James Fotopolous. Last year's sprawling releases from The Carnage Queen/Country of Piss sessions brings things up to date. The compilation also features two previously unreleased songs, "Flowerland" (from the band's yet unissued soundtrack to Fotopolous' "Alice in Wonderland" film) and "Dance of Death Blues".

Check out "Cheater (Electric)" from the compilation:

Nango LP available now


Nango's "Setsuwasetsu" LP is available now on black or yellow/red splatter vinyl, order it here.

Watch out for the August issue of The Wire on sale soon which will feature a track from the album on its Wire Tapper compilation CD.