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Glimmermen album release

Glimmermen

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the debut Glimmermen album on August 12th. Titled “I’m Dead” and featuring nine tracks, the album was recorded by J Robbins at Magpie Cage Studio in Baltimore last November. More information will be posted soon about the release details. The track listing is:

1. I’m Dead
2. Last Song
3. Ex = Out
4. Angels & Devils
5. There Was A Boy
6. This Town
7. Believe Me
8. Peace At Last
9. Home

Spook shows, UK press round-up

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock received rave reviews in the UK press for The Brutal Here and Now over the New Year:

“There are melodic echoes of Planxty or the Dubliners here, but matched against a blitz of guitar rock and feedback and a delight in the unexpected…one of the Irish albums of the year” **** – The Guardian
“One of the more intriguing bands delving into the spiritual backwaters of alternative folk.” **** – Mojo
“Ireland’s own Flaming Horslips…sets you jigging, sends you reeling” 7/10 – Uncut
“A spirited attempt at reimagining old music for a new age” – Q

The band have shows coming up including the St.Patrick’s Festival in Dublin and two gigs in Austria:

Mar 14 – St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin
Mar 15 – Festzelt beim Burgtheater, Vienna
Mar 16 – Ottakringer Brewery, Vienna
Mar 22 – De Barra’s, Clonakilty
Mar 23 – The Pavillion, Cork
May 3-5 – Camden Crawl, Dublin

Spook in New York

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have announced two shows in New York next month:

Jan 12 – APAP NYC 2013 Conference
Jan 14 – The Living Room

Check out this review of “The Brutal Here and Now” from The Guardian:

The band’s name and the title say it all: this is an intriguing and quirky psych-folk outfit with an unexpectedly tough edge. Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook first got together in Dublin to write songs in the folk tradition, but other influences started creeping in. There are melodic echoes of Planxty or the Dubliners here, but matched against a blitz of guitar rock and feedback and a delight in the unexpected. They sing in three languages, starting in Italian with The Tarantella, which begins with an eerie wash of sound and ends up as a frantic party dance with a real sense of danger. Then there are brooding and menacing three-part harmonies on Black Diaries, edgy but acoustic Gaelic songs, and a fine mix of melody and unease in Shudder in the West. One of the Irish albums of the year.

The Brutal Here and Now Japan release

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“The Brutal Here and Now” is released in Japan this week.

ディスクユニオンオリジナル特典特典としてライブ映像収録DVD-R付き!

アイリッシュ・フォークバンド、ザ・スプーク・オブ・ザ・サーティーンス・ロックのセカンドアルバム『The Brutal Here and Now』が、10月3日に日本でリリースされる。

アイリッシュ・フォークに訪れた新しい流れを先導する、ザ・スプーク・オブ・ザ・サーティーンス・ロックは、アイルランドの伝統的音楽とサイケデリック、エクスペリメンタル・ロックとを見事に融合させている。ニューアルバム『The Brutal Here and Now』では、その技術はさらに磨かれ、美しい旋律のフォーク・ロックの中に暗い現代的な雰囲気を作り出している。プログレやクラウト、ポスト・ロックを通して、60年代のアイリッシュ・フォークのリバイバルからの流れをたどる他のミュージシャンとは別の方向へと向かっている。

歌詞はイギリスとアイルランドのフォークの中から湧きあがったもので、その楽曲は個人として、また国民としてのアイデンティティ・疎外感・アイルランドの歴史と神話・革命と利己的で繰り返される性質を持つ強欲と権力といった複雑なテーマを取り扱っている。ライブでの彼ら5人の演奏は非常に力強く、複雑なフォーク・メロディーに、渦を巻くフィードバック、輪唱のようなディレイと3段階のハーモニーを重ね合わせている。

メンバーは2005年後半にダブリンに初めて集まり、アレン・ブライによってアイリッシュ・フォークの曲を作ることを目的にバンドは結成された。まず、友人であるエンダ・ベイツ、ドニカ・ホーイー、ブライアン・オヒギンズが集まり、2008年にトランスダクション・レコードよりリリースされたセルフ・タイトルのデビューアルバムをレコーディングした。2009年には同レコード会社所属のLITEと共にジャパンツアーを敢行した。さらに、5人目のメンバーのローハン・ヘイズを加え、セカンドアルバムとなる『The Brutal Here and Now』を2012年に発表した。このアルバムでは、イタリアとインドフォークの影響も受け、英語、アイルランド語、イタリア語で歌うなど、その音楽性を広げている。

結局ある種無限と思われる色の組み合わせも元を辿ると全て原色から始まっている訳で、その混ぜ方こそがオリジナリティだと思う。そして何かと何かを混ぜることを人は「化学反応」と言うけれど、このバンドには「化学反応」という無機質な言葉は相応しくない。アイルランドのトラディショナルな牧歌的雰囲気と、溢れでる感情を醸すロックの融合は、もっとオーガニックなものと言うべきだ。そしてこれが出来るのは、まさしくその伝統を誇るアイルランド人だけであり、その混ぜ方が出来るセンスに羨望を感じる。
– 武田信幸 (LITE)
Tower Shibuya

New Spook video, tour dates

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock head out for more Irish shows starting today. Catch them at:

Jul 26 – Bourke’s Bar, Limerick
Jul 27 – Workman’s Club, Dublin
Jul 28 – The Pavillion, Cork
Jul 29 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Aug 17 – Whelan’s, Dublin
Aug 25 – Tall Ships Festival, Dublin
Sep 21 – Spirit of Folk Festival, Navan

More details on the tour page.

Check out the new video for The Rattling Hell:

Spook album stream

Listen to the Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s new album “The Brutal Here and Now” over at Harmless Noise for a limited time. The album will be available from the online store on Friday.

The Brutal Here and Now

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - The Brutal Here and Now

The Spook of The Thirteenth Lock release a new album The Brutal Here and Now on Friday 13th April on Transduction Records. The follow-up to their self-titled debut was produced and recorded by veteran producer Stephen Shannon and spook multi-instrumentalist Enda Bates.

The new album expands on the band’s fusion of Irish folk and experimental rock, absorbing the influence of traditional Indian and Italian music with a significantly broader palette of sounds, aided by guest musicians Adrian Harte (violin) and Kim Porcelli (cello). With songs written in English, Irish and Italian, The Brutal Here and Now finds lyricist Allen Blighe exploring the malleability of memory and history. From the frenzy of the opening track “The Tarantella” through to the captivating title track and the rousing closer “The Rattling Hell”, The Brutal Here and Now captures The Spook at the height of their powers.

Since their well-received debut album, The Spook have played the length and breadth of the country, shared the stage with Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine and even toured Japan. More recently, guitarist Donnchadh toured as part of acclaimed vocalist Iarla O’Lionaird’s backing band, while Enda has received various international awards and commissions for his work as a composer and completed a doctorate in composition at Trinity College Dublin.

The band, whose line-up has expanded to include Ronan Hayes on bass, are currently preparing for an Irish tour to coincide with the album’s release, kicking off at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork on April 12th.

Tracklist:

1. The Tarantella
2. Suffer the Wait
3. Heave the Bellows
4. Sweeney’s Frenzy
5. Black Diaries
6. Bóthar Crua Iarthar
7. Ríleanna na hIfrinn
8. Mearchuimhneas
9. The Brutal Here and Now (Part I)
10. The Brutal Here and Now (Part II)
11. Shudder in the West
12. The Rattling Hell

The song “The Brutal Here and Now Part I” will be released as video and free mp3 download March 29th in advance of the album.

Tour dates:
Apr 12 – Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
Apr 13 – Whelans, Dublin
Apr 14 – The Bridgebrook Arms, Thomastown
Apr 19 – 2UIBestow/Boyle’s, Slane
Apr 21 – Brandon’s, Ennis
Apr 22 – Kinsale (venue TBC)
Apr 26 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Apr 27 – Joe Lee’s Tullamore
May 03 – The Menagerie, Belfast
May 06 – Vantastival Festival

LITE “For All The Innocence”

For All The Innocence

The new LITE album “For All The Innocence” is available now on the iTunes Music Store. In October, the band will embark on their first European tour in three years:

Oct 14 – UK – GLASGOW, Stereo
Oct 15 – UK – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
Oct 16 – UK – BIRMINGHAM, Flapper
Oct 17 – UK – PLYMOUTH, White Rabbit
Oct 18 – UK – BRISTOL, Fleece
Oct 19 – UK – MANCHESTER, Moho Live
Oct 20 – NI – BELFAST, Spring & Airbrake
Oct 21 – IE – GALWAY, Roisin Dubh
Oct 22 – IE – DUBLIN, Whelan’s
Oct 23 – IE – CORK, Crane Lane Theatre
Oct 24 – UK – LONDON, Borderline
Oct 25 – FR – PARIS, Glaz’Art
Oct 26 – LU – LUXEMBOURG, venue tbc
Oct 27 – BE – BRUSSELS, Magasin 4
Oct 28 – BE – HASSELT, Carpe Diem
Oct 29 – NL – MAASTRICHT, Muziekgieterij
Oct 30 – NL – UTRECHT, Ekko