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Glimmermen gig in Galway

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Glimmermen have been busy writing the follow up to their well received debut LP “I’m Dead”. The lads take a break and head west this March arriving in Galway Wednesday 4th to play Citóg at Roisín Dubh. The band will be playing some new songs and some songs from their recent debut.

Support on the night comes from Polaris and Dave Skelton. Doors are at 8pm and admission is FREE. CDs and Vinyl will be available to buy on the night.

Lockout Trailer

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have just released a trailer for the first movement of “Lockout”, their forthcoming large-scale work.

“Lockout” was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. For this project, the band will be augmented with an electric guitar orchestra, bringing the unique sound popularized by composers such as Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham into the world of contemporary Irish traditional music.

“Lockout” is a grand departure for the band, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s blend of contemporary and traditional sounds and a sharper, more political voice which addresses the recent anniversary of the Lockout, and it’s relevance today.

An open rehearsal of the first movement was recorded and filmed as the centenary closed in January 2014, in the now sadly defunct Factory arts performance space on Barrow St in Dublin. The full video of this first movement, and details of the premiere performance will be announced later in the year with the album due in 2015.

Music by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock (Enda Bates, Allen Blighe, Liam Caffrey, Ronan Hayes, Brian O’Higgins)

& Electric Guitar Orchestra (Marc Balbirnie, Eamon Brady, Niall Byrne, Bryan Dunphy, Michael Fleming, Mark Jordan, Shane Latimer, Hugh McCabe, Colin Morris).

Raja Nundlall – Camera/DoP
Thom McDermott – Edit/Producer
John Breslin – Director/Edit

John Cruise – Assistant Producer
Turlough Kelly – Assistant Director
Adam Clarke – Colour Grade

Richard O’Connor – Audio Capture
Matt Hedigan – Wide Hand

Spook Open Rehearsal

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and an electric guitar orchestra will perform the first movement of “Lockout” at an open rehearsal at The Factory, Sunday January 19th from 3.30-4.30pm. Entry is free and all are invited to attend.

“Lockout” is a new large-scale work written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. For this project, the band will be augmented with an electric guitar orchestra, bringing the unique sound popularized by composers such as Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham into the world of contemporary Irish traditional music.

“Lockout” is a grand departure for the band, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s blend of contemporary and traditional sounds and a sharper, more political voice which addresses the timely anniversary of the Lockout, and its relevance today.

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock Electric Guitar Orchestra:

Niall Byrne (Bill Blood, The Redneck Manifesto, ViSiONAiR)
Mark Jordan (Large Mound, The Dudley Corporation, Si Schroeder)
Hugh McCabe (Large Mound, Voided by Ponces)
Shane Latimer (OKO, Bottlenote)
Michael Fleming
Eamon Brady (Birdhill Co-op)
Colin Morris (Miriam Ingram, Sunbear)
Marc Balbirine
Bryan Dunphy (Wicker Bones)

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Lockout

Buoyed by the successful release of 2012’s critically acclaimed album “The Brutal Here and Now”, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock return with a new project, and a new lineup.

“Lockout” is a new large-scale work written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. For this project, the band will be augmented with an electric guitar orchestra, bringing the unique sound popularized by composers such as Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham into the world of contemporary Irish traditional music. “Lockout” is a grand departure for the band, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s blend of contemporary and traditional sounds and a sharper, more political voice which addresses the timely anniversary of the Lockout, and it’s relevance today.

Following the departure of Donnchadh Hoey, the Spooks are delighted to welcome guitarist and producer Liam Caffrey to the fold. The first performance with this new lineup will take place in October at the Airwaves festival in Iceland October 30th to November 3rd, where the band will be performing alongside Adrian Crowley, Villagers and Donal Lunny as part of a Young Hearts Run Free night supported by Culture Ireland.

Glimmermen album available now

Glimmermen - I'm Dead

Glimmermen’s “I’m Dead” is available now in the shop on LP and CD!

Also available to buy on iTunes

Here’s what people are saying about the album:

“The forces of light and darkness collide in fractured bass-and-guitar interplay and raw-throated bellows” – Spin

“A raw but engaging record full of accomplished and powerful songs” – Irish Daily Star

“Glimmermen shine brightly. Look no further than ‘Last Song’, two and a half minutes of near-perfect power pop, or bittersweet lead single, ‘This Town’, as addictive as chocolate heroin” – Hot Press

“Sparse..witty rock…Glimmermen deliver a clever back to basics record” – Sunday Business Post

“The title track sideblinds you with its Ruts-style ska…if you’re ever aching for a hit of Wire or The Members (and why ever not?), then you’ll get it here” – Irish Times

Check out a review of last Saturday’s album launch at Dublin Concerts

Read an interview at The Journalist

Glimmermen album details and video

The debut Glimmermen album “I’m Dead” will be available on August 9th (Ireland) and 12th (everywhere else) on LP, CD and digital stores. The LP comes with a download card and was mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.

The band will launch the album with a gig at Whelan’s in Dublin on Saturday, August 10th along with The Dinah Brand, The Lie-Ins, Delayed and DJ Boz Mugabe. Admission is €10 / €12 with free CD / €15 with Free 12″ Vinyl.

Glimmermen interview at Campus.ie

Check out the video for “This Town” from the album: