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Inside Out, In Motion, Mexican Pets – Dublin 1991

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June 22 1991

Inside Out, In Motion, Mexican Pets

Charlies Bar

Ian from Meantime Records was organising a tour for American band Inside Out. They were an all-female band and they seemed interesting so it was great to be able to say they could play in Dublin. In June 1991 it was rare to have women in bands in Dublin. If Inside Out could be used as an influence for more women to get involved  then great. Doing the main organising of ‘Hope’ gigs at this stage were 4 people – 2 men + 2 women. Quite a few women went to the gigs but it seemed they played a less active role (if doing more than listening makes one more active of course).

Unfortunately, this is something that hasn’t changed too much. Mexican Pets had a woman who played guitar and wrote songs, so hopefully Jill proved influential for others. A question often asked has been why women aren’t more involved in music. Normally I pay no attention to the gender balance of a band but faced with an all-women line up it gets me thinking as to why more men are involved. I really don’t know and I hope that we never discriminated at our gigs for whatever reason

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Luggage, Wormhole Dublin 1993

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Jan 14 1993

Luggage, Wormhole

The Fleet

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This weeks news March 25

The Middle Ages + Easy Tide, Thomas House – April 1

The Middle Ages, that’d be Anthony and ChrisD who are thumped regulars with Carroll and Greg, will play a rare live gig this April 1st. This is the band that was formed by Anthony Mackey to play his solo rock music but he lacked the ego required to play as a solo artist so the band became known as The Middle Ages. The album that Mackey released, Still Metal, was rebranded as a TMA album. No sooner had the band learned those songs Anthony had written another album. The Middle Ages will record those as a band next.
Also playing are a band called Easy Tide. They are a three piece rock band that look about 12. They spent a few months recording their debut album and released it at the end of February 2016.

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this weeks gigs

March 26 – At The Drive In + Le Butcherettes, Vicar Street

March 26 – Blood or Whiskey + trouble pilgrims, Workmans Club

March 27 – The Ramonas + The Craic, Fibber Magees

March 27 – Jeff Rosenstock + Great Cynics + Chewing on Tinfoli + Empty Lungs, Whelans

March 28 – CRAIG GALLAGHER +FIACH MORIARTY + KILA + LISA O’NEILL + MICK FLANNERY + ORLA GARTLAND + THE SPOOK OF THE 13TH LOCK, Lower Fitzwilliam Street open air gig

March 31 – Protomartyr, The Workmans Club

March 31 – Riot Tapes + Chris Haze, Whelans

April 1 – The Middle Ages + easy Tide – The Thomas House

April 1 – Freedom doesn’t fall from the sky, Theo Dorgan + Lynched + Liam Ó Maonlaí + Declan O’ Rourke + Niall & Caoimhín Vallely + Karan Casey + Aoife Ní Bhriain + Kate Ellis + Cora Venus Lunny + Lisa Dowdall + Louis De Paor + Mick O’ Brien + Aoife Scott , Liberty Hall

April 2 – Peter Hook and the Light perform New Order’s Low-Life and Brotherhood, with
opening Joy Division Set, The Academy

April 2 – The Meatboides, The Workmans Club

April 2 – The Winter Passing + Stairwells + Over being UNder + January, Tenterhooks

April 2 – Colonel Mustard + The Shades + Mannequin Sex Drive, Wehlans

April 5 – ExMagician, Whekans

April 8 – THE Defects + SFU +The Nils + Spaz Attack, One The Rox

April 8- Toby Kaar, The Workmans Club

April 8 – Reverberation Festival featuring The Cosmic Dead + Twinkranes + Woven Skull + Wild Rocket + I Heart The Monster Hero, Grand Social

April 9 – Reverberation Festival featuring The Cult Of Dom Keller + The Black Tambourines + Beach + Fabric + Sun Mahshene

April 9 – Overhead, The Albatross, Workmans Club

April 13 – Giant Sand + Jason Lytle, Whelans

April 14 – Lynched, Traditional Music Archive

April 15 – Rews, Whelans

April 15 – September Girls + Fierce Mild + Spines, Whelans

April 17 – Basia Bulat, The Workmans Club

April 18 – Mission of Burma + Opium Rooms, Whelans

April 19 – Flamin Groovies + Female Hercules, Whelans

April 19 – Kimya Dawson + Little Wings, Workmans Club

April 21 – King Khan and BBQ Show, Workmans Club

April 23 – Red Alert + Takers and Users, the Kluster fux + Suckin’ Diesel, On The Rox

April 23 – Slow Readers Club, Workmans Club

April 24 – Ought + Fierce Mils, Whelans

April 27 – The Gories, Whelans

April 28 – Lake Street Dive, Whelans

April 29 – Hookworms, Whelans

April 30 – Dublin Ska Festival , The Grand Social

April 30 – frau + Sissy, Tenterhooks

April 30 – Duncan Reid and the Big heads + the Lee harveys + The Divils + Steven VX

April 30 – Shonen Knife, Whelans

April 30 – Jeffrey Lews and Los Bolts, Whelans

May 1 – Grant Lee Phillips, Whelans

May 2 – Ryley Walker, Whelans

May 7 – frank and Walters, Whelans

May 8 – Long Ryders, Whelans

May 13 – Pretty Beast, Grand Social

May 13 – The Mighty Stef, Button Factory
May 16 – Day Wave, The Workmans Club

May 21 – God Is an Astronaut, Whelans

May 28 – Robert Forster, Whelans

May 29 – High Cornwell, Whelans

May 27 – Bollock Brothers + Hooligan – On the rox

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This Weeks News March 18

eileenGogan_holding_bigEileen Gogan is launching her debut album this week after spending years fronting and guesting for many Dublin pop bands. – The launch is Thursday March 24 in the Grand Social

Her powerful, unaffected singing style has been compared with Sandy Denny and Kirsty McColl but her sound – a blend of glistening guitar and vintage keyboards – draws on a range of influences such as Richard and Linda Thompson, Neil Young, Can, Patti Smith and Yo La Tengo.

Her song writing blends astute observations with razor sharp lyrics and a highly attuned pop sensibility. This collection is an enthralling and winningly confident debut from a songwriter who is in full control of her craft, Eileen has sung for some of Irelands finest bands, (The Would Be’s, The Revenants, The Drays).

The Spirit of Oberlin is the first ever collection of songs penned by Eileen herself.

Upcoming gigs

March 18 – The Mariannes, Workmans Club

March 19 – International Day Against Racism – Anti War Zone, an anti war cultural night – Joyce and the sonic gypsies + Evelyn Campbell + Sisterix, Workmans Club

March 22 – Battles, Button factory

March 23 – Benefit for Peter McVerry Trust – Grassroots project + Oisin Furlong + Joey Gavin, Whelans

March 24 – Skinny Living, Whelans

March 24 – Eileen Gogan and The Instructions, Grand Social

March 26 – At The Drive In +Le Butcherettes, Vicar Street

March 26 – Blood or Whiskey + trouble pilgrims, Workmans Club

March 27 – The Ramonas + The Craic, Fibber Magees

March 27 – Jeff Rosenstock + Great Cynics + Chewing on Tinfoli + Empty Lungs, Whelans

March 28 – CRAIG GALLAGHER +FIACH MORIARTY + KILA + LISA O’NEILL + MICK FLANNERY + ORLA GARTLAND + THE SPOOK OF THE 13TH LOCK, Lower Fitzwilliam Street open air gig

March 31 – Protomartyr, The Workmans Club

March 31 – Riot Tapes + Chris Haze, Whelans

April 1 – Freedom doesn’t fall from the sky, Theo Dorgan + Lynched + Liam Ó Maonlaí + Declan O’ Rourke + Niall & Caoimhín Vallely + Karan Casey + Aoife Ní Bhriain + Kate Ellis + Cora Venus Lunny + Lisa Dowdall + Louis De Paor + Mick O’ Brien + Aoife Scott , Liberty Hall

April 2 – Peter Hook and the Light perform New Order’s Low-Life and Brotherhood, with
opening Joy Division Set, The Academy

April 2 – The Meatboides, The Workmans Club

April 2 – The Winter Passing + Stairwells + Over being UNder + January, Tenterhooks

April 2 – Colonel Mustard + The Shades + Mannequin Sex Drive, Wehlans

April 5 – ExMagician, Whekans

April 8 – THE Defects + SFU +The Nils + Spaz Attack, One The Rox

April 8- Toby Kaar, The Workmans Club

April 8 – Reverberation Festival featuring The Cosmic Dead + Twinkranes + Woven Skull + Wild Rocket + I Heart The Monster Hero, Grand Social

April 9 – Reverberation Festival featuring The Cult Of Dom Keller + The Black Tambourines + Beach + Fabric + Sun Mahshene

April 9 – Overhead, The Albatross, Workmans Club

April 13 – Giant Sand + Jason Lytle, Whelans

April 14 – Lynched, Traditional Music Archive

April 15 – Rews, Whelans

April 15 – September Girls + Fierce Mild + Spines, Whelans

April 17 – Basia Bulat, The Workmans Club

April 18 – Mission of Burma + Opium Rooms, Whelans

April 19 – Flamin Groovies + Female Hercules, Whelans

April 19 – Kimya Dawson + Little Wings, Workmans Club

April 21 – King Khan and BBQ Show, Workmans Club

April 23 – Red Alert + Takers and Users, the Kluster fux + Suckin’ Diesel, On The Rox

April 23 – Slow Readers Club, Workmans Club

April 24 – Ought + Fierce Mils, Whelans

April 27 – The Gories, Whelans

April 28 – Lake Street Dive, Whelans

April 29 – Hookworms, Whelans

April 30 – Dublin Ska Festival , The Grand Social

April 30 – frau + Sissy, Tenterhooks

April 30 – Duncan Reid and the Big heads + the Lee harveys + The Divils + Steven VX

April 30 – Shonen Knife, Whelans

April 30 – Jeffrey Lews and Los Bolts, Whelans

May 1 – Grant Lee Phillips, Whelans

May 2 – Ryley Walker, Whelans

May 7 – frank and Walters, Whelans

May 8 – Long Ryders, Whelans

May 13 – Pretty Beast, Grand Social

May 13 – The Mighty Stef, Button Factory
May 16 – Day Wave, The Workmans Club

May 21 – God Is an Astronaut, Whelans

May 28 – Robert Forster, Whelans

May 29 – High Cornwell, Whelans

May 27 – Bollock Brothers + Hooligan – On the rox

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Bands That Changed a life – The Pleasure Cell

Bands that saved a life
The Pleasure Cell

Picture the scene. A boy with an attitude. Wanting to change a world be believes is coming to get him. Him and his punk mates. Only. Everyone over 21 is out to get him. Noone understands. Only when his music is playing is he happy. It’s 1985 and Dublin is grey. School means nothing. There’s very few jobs anyway. As a kid this boy loved sport. Played all day. Then punk rock became his training sessions. Bass guitar and plectrums replaced footballs and boots. Writing letters became his passion. Writing to people in bands. Waiting for those postal deliveries. Twice a day.

Of course the distraction of school existed. One day there was a small piece in Hot Press magazine about a band called The Pleasure Cell. It seemed interesting. The band were singing abut life in Finglas and listened to English counterparts like new Model Army. The lead singer was a recovering heroin addict and was happy to discuss it. They were giving some lunchtime talks in Bolton Street College. School attendance would be a problem, Of course that turned into no problem as a walk into town on the day of the Bolton Street gig was the only wise thing. Worry about school afterwards.

And so I trooped into Bolton Street and was blown away by the honesty of the three playing members and 1 non playing member of the band. As someone who didn’t drink swimming above water in a sea of alcohol that was my community I wanted in. Then the band played a set. I was rooted to my set. I wanted to go up and hug the 4 lads. Thanks, I’ve found what I’m looking for.

After that I went to see them play ahenever and wherever. They were so inclusive and encouraging in all I did. The band I was in at the time, Kill Devil Hill, played a mutated psychobilly sonud. It was fun but I was never really part of it. When the Pleasure cell were going to appear on Irelands biggest tv programme (most tv sets in the country had this show on every week) Noel was going to sing proudly wearing his homemade Kill Devil Hill t-shirt. I hadn’t the heart to tell him the night before when he finished it that we had split up that day. I did tell him and he wore his shirt buttoned over iot on the night.

They fused the Clash and new Model Army and had some rousing songs. Whether singing about police violence, changing your world or screaming for a brighter future they ploughed an independent route. Their self-released New Age single came out in 1988 on their own Statement label. With the single they issued a brick when sending it to the press. Do with this as you will.

Grey Dublin held little allure for people wishing to play music in the 80’s and the band headed to London, saaadly for me. When I travelled to see them in Hammersmith Clarendon they seemed to think that image might help them obtain some sort of record deal. As they squatted around Hammersmith they practiced and played wherever possible but never quite made that breakthrough. When they left Dublin they played to a packed Teachers Club, that was their highlight. Sold it out on their own merits.

After that they became one of the many thousands who emigrated, lost in the dreams of a better workd outside green and grey Ireland. They left a huge mark on me and when we were putting things together as Hope Promotions / Collective I endeavoured to emulate the Pleasure Cell philosophy at their gig. Greet people as they come in, treat them as you would wish to be treated. That way we can all be in this together

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