This weeks gigs – November 27 – December 4

https://youtu.be/llzMM4fSs44 A busy way to end November and enter Christmas party season. Amongst other things there is something special every night - Pieta House benefit night tonight with Bell XI, Lisa O'Neill and Jape in what is bound to be a sell out night. Tomorrow is Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes in Tivoli. On Wednesday, … Continue reading This weeks gigs – November 27 – December 4

Thursday Tunes. Guest DJ: Paddy McPoland

Thursday’s Tunes Guest DJ: Paddy McPoland You want some folk with your punk, punk? When Paddy McPoland was asked to list his five favourite Irish singles, naturally he delivered a list of 15! We like rulebreakers here at the Hope fanzine, so here is Paddy’s list in full. What is interesting is how it spans … Continue reading Thursday Tunes. Guest DJ: Paddy McPoland

This Weeks Gigs – November 20 – 26

This weeks Gigs Nov 20  - 26 I remember the Redskins "You've never had it so good. The favourite phrase of those who've always had it better". That lyric has stuck with me so I will just say it's a great time to be living in Dublin and interested in punk or alternative music. There's … Continue reading This Weeks Gigs – November 20 – 26

Sect – Interview

As I mentioned in my review of Sects new lp on Southern Lord "The band carry a straight edge message that resonates with me. As someone involved in the punk scene for over 30 years I still get asked about my choice of liquid. It still seems to mean something to people that I don’t … Continue reading Sect – Interview

Album of the Year. Trouble Pilgrims ‘Dark Shadows and Rust’

        Dublin 1976-’77. Bleak, uncompromising and unpromising. The price for looking even a little bit different is getting your head kicked in. Conform, conform, conform was the motto of the time. A motto so ingrained in us that it didn’t have to be spoken out loud. Then came the early angry shouts … Continue reading Album of the Year. Trouble Pilgrims ‘Dark Shadows and Rust’

Paddy McPoland from Carlow RTC Ents Officer to World Tours

In the 1980s Paddy McPoland made an impression on the Irish music scene. He brought bands including Something Happens!, Aslan, A House and Light A Big Fire to Carlow for some of their first gigs outside Dublin. As such, we has responsible for giving opportunities for these Dublin bands to develop a national audience. Later … Continue reading Paddy McPoland from Carlow RTC Ents Officer to World Tours

Thursday tunes – Goodstock comes to dublin

In what must be one of the most positive moves from the Dublin alternatvie girlfriend the band have put together a great line up for Goodstock on Thursday. This was initially set as an antidote to the "Brand New" gig that has since been cancelled but was scheduled for the olympia on the same night. … Continue reading Thursday tunes – Goodstock comes to dublin

Quicksand – Interiors

Quicksand Interiors Epitaph So let’s pretend you’ve read a review I’ve written before. You know I place emphasis on memories. I pay homage to an Irish era that was discovering the rest of the world. An ireland pre Celtic tiger. An ireland where our nations confidence was only starting to build. The grey streets were … Continue reading Quicksand – Interiors

Angelic Upstarts – Bullingdon Bastards

Angelic upstarts Bullingdon bastards Boss Tuneage Like any angelic upstarts record this is not just music. It’s a reflection of society and a request for those not happy to do something about it. Musically it’s sing along mid tempo punk rock but the upstarts are still trying to smash the system. Or, failing that, those … Continue reading Angelic Upstarts – Bullingdon Bastards

This Weeks Gigs – November 13-19

Demented Promotions put on a lot of good stuff around Dublin, teetering on the edges of punk and hardcore. Every Time I Die are from Buffalo in new York, they are on the rockier side of hardcore and they released their eight album, Low Teens, on Epitaph last year. They are playing in Whelans on … Continue reading This Weeks Gigs – November 13-19