Dick Purdy was a member of one of the most legendary of Dublin bands, the Skank Mooks. They didn't last long but they made a mark on the local music scene with their punk attitude of 'why can't we do it?' They played in the very legendary gig at Anthony's Hall in November 1978. A … Continue reading Punk for Life: The Incredible story of Dick Purdy and the Dublin punk/DIY/new wave scene.
https://youtu.be/aTnIHDFNzGk This weeks gigs - November 4 - 10 There will be some amount of noise around Wexford Street as Portland Black metal exponents Wolves In The Throne Room who have us a selection of tunes last week bring their sound of a landscape to Dublin. Eclectic American indie rocker Karl Blau will bring the intensity … Continue reading This weeks gigs – December 4 – 10
George Purdy: The behind-the-scenes spokesman for Ireland's punk/new wave generation. This was a particularly thrilling interview for me to do. I had heard so much about George Purdy from the people who were there......the people who were ready for new sounds and new styles in 1977 Dublin. I had seen him at so many … Continue reading George Purdy: The young Dubliner who championed punk, and young Irish bands, in the early years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8mSHVjA8OM Little Rocket Records announce a new single by Lost Avenue and UK Tour Dates! Lost Avenue are a three piece, Alternative Punk band from Derry, Northern Ireland, a powerhouse of an outfit, with distinctive vocals, throwing out such memorable hooks. The band have recently become part of the Little Rocket Cosmonauts Punk Squad and release … Continue reading Derry’s Lost Avenue heading on tour
Friday Favourites - Aaron Weaver This weeks tunes come courtesy of Aaron Weaver, drummer in Portland Black metal band, Wolves In The Throne Room. The band are playing in Dublin on Monday night. Theirs is the sound of paradox, ambiguity and confusion, Catharsis is the objective, not a lilly-white and guilt free existence. Death and … Continue reading Friday Favourites – Wolves In The Throne Room
My favourite DJ on the Dublin scene is Jen Healy. I am always amazed by how she combines old and new, mod and punk, funk, pop and even a bit of rock. I've seen her pack dancefloors in many clubs, although she seemed to have hit her stride in the Saturday night spot in the … Continue reading Interview: Dublin D.J. Jen Healy
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’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 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
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