Ooh, we did have a giggle on the show last night. I was delighted to be joined by Cara and Emily, 2/3s of Dublin’s premier alternative punk-tastic rockabilly-tinged band, Party Weirdo.
You may remember from my previous post that I was won over by Party Weirdo’s infectiously merrymaking live show, when I saw them a few months back in Seomra Spraoi. But I’ve also featured them on the show before, playing a few of their tracks last year, after the release of their single Chart Your Cycle in 2007.
And so, I was very happy indeed to have them on as the first guests of 2008. Bodes well for another year of the show methinks.
The two girls joined us for the show, while the third member, Therese, was at work. We did ring Therese halfway through the show for a bit of chat anyway, which completed the Party Weirdo jollification of the indie hour. We also played through four tracks in total, some released and some yet to be released, some tracks more on the Party side of the band, and some more on the Weirdo side of the band. Ian Oliver was also there taking some great pics of the two ladies, so have a look at them here.
We also spoke to Sinead Corcoran from Seomra Spraoi, who told us about the importance of a non-commercial social centre in Dublin, and how Seomra Spraoi aim to fill the void by re-opening their centre in a new home after the closure of their last venue. Check them out on their blog to find out how you can get involved or give them a hand in the search for a new space. Apologies for the crackle in part of the phone interview, I’m afraid I couldn’t do anything about it when I was editing the show afterwards. Sinead’s points still come across loud and clear, and I think she expressed the ethos of Seomra Spraoi very eloquently indeed.
We started the show with Cathy Davey’s Moving from the Choice Music Prize nominated album Tales of Silversleeve. Then we heard Mumblin Deaf Ro’s What to Learn and Where to Learn It his album The Herring & The Brine, which caused quite a few mumblings of disappointment when it did not make the Choice shortlist. I was also disappointed for Hybrasil, So Cow, John Hegarty and Gavin Glass & The Holy Shakers, although the list is a broad representation of what went on last year in Irish music.
Nialler9 was back with us again, recommending Nouveaunoise’s remix of Super Extra Bonus Party’s Propellor, which will be released on the 12″ (blue) vinyl Everything Flows, featuring remixes from Jape and CANADA’s Cadence Weapon. On the show I said Cadence Weapon was American. I’m so, so, so sorry Rollie P. Please forgive me. Anyway, that vinyl will be released in February, with a show in Whelan’s on the 9th of February, and a coinciding on-line release too. Check out the full tour details on the boys’ website.
We finished the show with an Estel track from their EP, or rather, mini album (it’s pretty long!) called The Bones of Something. The track we heard was Journey to the Centre of John’s Ma. Now, unfortunately, the track is 7 minutes and 43 seconds or so long, and we only got to squeeze in about a minute and a half before handing over the reins to The Moshpit at 10pm, but I included the full version on this mp3 podcast.
Estel are playing tonight in The Lower Deck at 2008’s first Ballroom of Romance, which is a benefit for Seomra Spraoi, with a cover charge of €10. Also playing are Hounds, Large Mound and Party Weirdo. I’m just going to have my tea now and head down to The Lower Deck in Portobello for 9pm or so.
Here you are anyway, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!