This weeks news September 7
The Winter Passing release their debut album, A different Space of Mind on September 18 on 6131 records
The launch gig for their pop punk emo mix in Ireland is in Grand Social on the 26th, the band will then cross the Irish Sea for a UK tour in October
Another good release this week is from Scotlands Make That a Take Records. They are releaseing the Dark Days EP from Perth band PMX . “Dark Days” is a mission statement that combines the pop-punk sensibilities of their earlier material with razor-sharp guitars, massive harmonies and a pervading darkness wrapped up with a super-speedy technical and progressive skate punk edge. Bursting with passion, frustration and a healthy dose of existential angst, “Dark Days” takes classic skate punk/melodic hardcore and adds an undeniable Scottishness with an injection of thrash metal, like classic Fat Wreck meets early 00s UK punk rock, never a dud release on that label.
Of course this is UMack Week – Two classic gigs on the way in Dublin. Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine with two of the best bands from the Dublin punk scene – Paranoid Visions and Sissy on Wednesday night
To celebrate the gig I dedicated my radio show to songs sung by Jello this week. Spanning all the Dead Kennedys records as well as collaborations with the Melvins, Al Jurgenson, NO WTO and a solo track as well as some songs from GSM who are playing this week
And then when you’ve had Thursday to recover we see the ex coming to Whelans.
For anyone left in the punk scene who don’t know about the Ex
“THE EX is a punk, industrial and experimental band from Amsterdam, Netherlands. They formed in 1979 at the height of the original punk explosion and have released over twenty full-length albums since, making them one of the longest-lived and most influential underground bands (along with The Fall) still in existence. THE EX just celebrated its 33⅓ year anniversary with a series of festivals. Not merely retrospective but primarily forward-looking and adventurous.
The Ex have defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion, when anything and everything was possible, the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as ther starting point THE EX have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: the early 1980s saw collaborations with industrial, experimental and jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band. In the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical backgrounds including Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia, which eventually led to two CD recordings and hundreds of concerts with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria.
After 33⅓ years, more than 25 albums and around 1800 performances the band continues to work as they did in when they began, completely independent of record companies, managers or roadies. Because of this ‘do it yourself’ work ethic The Ex is still a great example for other forward-thinking bands and musicians.
The Ex debuted with a single titled “Stupid Americans” on the Utregpunx vinyl 7″ compilation released by Rock Against records in Rotterdam. The release of their first 7″ All Corpses Smell the Same came shortly thereafter in 1980. Through the decades they gradually developed into their current form of highly intricate, experimental punk/post-punk/no wave-inspired work. Always involved in a large number of projects, both in and outside the band, its members have been able to keep their music fresh and exciting, and, some opine, constantly better.
Breaking from the relatively narrow confines of punk rock, The Ex has incorporated a wide array of influences, often from non-Western and non-rock sources. Some include Hungarian and Turkish folk songs, and more recently music from Ethiopia (including collaborations with Ethipian saxophonist Gétatchèw Mèkurya, Congo (shown in their tribute to Congolese street band Konono Nº1 and Eritrea (whose independence song is covered on Turn). Other examples of branching out stylistically include the improvised double album Instant and a release under the moniker Ex Orkest, a 20 piece big band assembled for performances at the esteemed Holland Festival.
The band has had successful collaborations with many disparate artists, including UK anarchist band Chumbawamba (sometimes using the name Antidote), Dog Faced Hermans, and with the late avant-garde cellist Tom Cora in the early 1990s, resulting in the watershed album Scrabbling At the Lock in 1991 and the follow-up And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders in 1993. They have also collaborated with members of Sonic Youth, Dutch improvisers ICP Orchestra, and released a collaborative EP with America’s Tortoise.
In January 2009, front man and founding member G.W. Sok announced on the band’s website he quit the band. Arnold de Boer from the Amsterdam band Zea replaced him.”
And after that, if you have any energy left you can go see Vic Goddard and Subway Sect in Fibber Magees
Workmans Club 5th Birthday Celebrations – Sept 8th – 12th
Al Porter – Sept 8th
The Hot Sprockets – Sept 9th
Little Green Cars w/ guests Other Creatures – Sept 10th
Little Green Cars w/ guests Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Sept 11th
Eternal Summers w/ guests Pleasure Beach – Sept 12th
Tickets to all shows just €5
Jello Biafra + Paranoid Visions + Sissy – Hangar September 9
The Ex plus guests – Whelans – September 11
Vic Goddard and Subway Sect + The Dubtones + Gakk – Fibber Magees – September 11
Eternal Summers + Pleasure Beach – Workmans Club – September 12
Dope Body – Whelans – September 12
August Wells – Workmans Club – September 13
Sleaford Mods – Hangar – September 19
XSLF + Hooligan – Fibber Magees – September 19
La Misma + Disguise + Overbite + Surge – Dublin September 20
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Whelans – September 26
The Winter Passing + Chewing on tinfoil + Kates party + Driveaway – Grand Social September 26
Wheatus – Whelans – September 28
B Dolan – Wormkans Club – September 29
We Shall Overcome – Dublin – October 2-4
Hard Working Class Heroes – Dublin – October 2+3
Juan Wauters + No Monster Club – Whelans – October 4
The Lemonheads – Academy – October 5
Hey Rosetta – Workmans Club – October 9
Giveamanakick – Whelans – October 10
Nothing Clean – Tenterhooks – October 10
Cockney Rejects – Grand Social – October 10
Inner Terrestials – Fibber Magees – October 16
English Dogs – Fibber Magees – October 23
dAVID kITT – wHELANS – oCTOBER 24
Litovsk – Dublin – October 25
US Girls – Whelans – October 25
Liturgy – Whelans – October 26
Dragster + Angry Itch + Stop start Again + Black Pitts + Jobseekers – Fibbers – October 30
Deer hunter button factory – November 1
Slaves – The Academy – November 5
Girl Band – Button Factory – November 7
Stiff Little Fingers – The Academy – November 13
Coitus + Paranoid Visions + Coldwar + Liberty – Fibbers – November 14
Mercury Rev – Button Factory November 22
Chelsea Wolfe – Button Factory November 25
Peter Hook and the Light – The Academy – November 27
OM – Button Factory – November 28
Therapy – Button Factory December 11
The Selecter – The Academy – December 11
Bad Manners – The Academy – december 28