The two Neils from Hybrasil came down to say hello on the indie hour on Thursday the 21st of June, the night before the launch of their insanely catchy new single God Bless The Devil. It was kind of cool to have the drum and bass section this time around, as back in 2006 we were joined by Joe and Spud from the band, giving us the story of Hybrasil so far from the vocalist and synth-dude point of view.
The lads have been through a lot in their time as a band together. The last three years have seen two EP releases, a split from a label, a formation of a new label, Manazo Records, on which they released God Bless The Devil, and will also release their debut album The Monkey Pole on the 7th of September.
Not only does the single display the pop-tastic brilliance of Hybrasil, but I can vouch for their live set, and their ability to get more than a few booties moving in a crowd. I can also say that The Monkey Pole, after being given a pre-view listen, will be sure to launch the lads into the Irish consciousness, if not beyond our wee isle. If it doesn’t, we’re all tone deaf and shouldn’t be allowed to listen to music. Strong words. But I mean them.
Also on this show we heard from Vincent Salafria, live from the Hill of Tara to celebrate the 2007 Summer Solstice. Vincent is with Tara Watch, and he filled us in on the forwards and backwards steps of the campaign to stop the proposed M3 motorway being built so close to Tara since we last spoke to him. He was also welcoming everyone to not only head down to Tara over the weekend to catch some of the great music happening through til Sunday, but also to contact the organisation to find out more information and to get involved in the cause.
On this show we also heard Postcards from Italy from Beirut’s Gulag Orkestar, Albyno Rhino’s Masks, Red Light Cock Fight from Thinguma*jigsaw, and nialler9 recommended Rainin In Paradise from Manu Chao – that track is available for free download on his website.
Until then – here’s Hybrasil!