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

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

Glimmermen album release


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.


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。


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。

– 武田信幸 (LITE)
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