I’ve spent every free moment of the last week getting through Grant Morrison’s comic book series The Invisibles – bloody amazing stuff. I’m on the last book of seven and I still don’t have a clue what’s going on. If you like The Matrix, conspiracy theories and chaos magick then head down to SubCity on Exchequer Street and get the first book Say You Want a Revolution – you’ll be hooked.
I did manage to find some time out from my nerdy comic book obsession to go down to the Anna Livia studios on the glamorous East Wall Road to talk to Stagger Lee on Thursday the 7th of June.
I had heard good things from a few people about Stagger Lee’s live set, as well as reading a few favourable mentions in the music press. They released their debut single Bad Shoes last Friday 13th of April after getting quite a bit of attention from audiences and critics alike.
Singer Donna and guitarist Grum were the band’s representatives on the indie hour, and were a pleasure to have on the show. Their music is a strikingly dark, emotive affair – in particular, the B-side Misery River – and it almost sounds like it’s coming from a place a long time ago, and not from Dublin in 2007. It deifnitely evokes some of the old Delta Blues sadness, with a bit of the attitude of a punk flicking snot at the Queen, as well as the tortured soul of an outlawed cowboy, drunk on cheap whiskey in a bar on the wrong side of town. Or something like that.
We spoke about their single Bad Shoes, the inspiration for their name, Venus in Furs and asked when was Grum going to get his own radio show? He’s a natural! Donna and Grum also played two live tracks for us, and we heard Bad Shoes and Misery River.
We also had a chat with Mike Cleary about the upcoming State of Mantua music and arts festival on the 13th and 14th of July in Roscommon, with shit loads of great acts heading down – The Sultans of Ping, The Skatalites, 65 Days of Static, Jinx Lennon, Super Extra Bonus Party, Decal, Thalamus, Jah Shaka, 2-bit… the list goes on. Weekend tickets are a supremely reasonable 65 euro, and can be bought from Road Records, Big Brother Records, Spin Dizzy Records, Abbey Discs, as well as on-line through The Mantua Project website.
Mike was also talking about the Mantua stage at Life Festival, taking place in Lough Cutra Castle in Gort, Co Galway, from the 15th until the 17th of June. “A 3 day international electronic and acoustic dance gathering”, it promises to be a festival catering for varied tastes in dance music – the extensive line-up spread over four stages is quite impressive. Weekend tickets are 95 euro and are available from Spin Dizzy Records, Red Eye, WaV Ticket Box and Freebird Records, as well as on-line from Acces All Areas or GTickets
On this show, we also heard the Corrugated Tunnel remix of Noise Control’s Steel, Crayonsmith’s Unnatural from debut album Stay Loose, and nialler9 recommended Stagger from Dubstep’s wonderboy Skream, from young Skream’s eponymously titled debut album. We finished up with Everything Flow’s from Super Extra Bonus Party – definitely my favourite track on a brilliant album. The lads are playing at both Life Festival and The State of Mantua. Nice one.
Now this is what I call a face for radio:
Big thanks to Ian Oliver for the great pics every week.