Tonight Enemies launch their debut album We've Been Talking at the Quad Bar, Cork. Local heroes Elk are supporting and this evening's event kicks off Enemies' month long tour. With shows scheduled for the UK and France, June is shaping up to be a hectic month for this four piece. The album (recorded at The Hive Studios and mastered by TJ Lipple) goes on official release on the 11th and this evening we get something of a preview here in Cork.
Elk mount the stage and appear completely unfazed by the lengthy day of recording that they've just put behind them. Seemingly they are in the process of recording a sophomore album and tonight's performance displays a more mature, somewhat abrasive sound. Their new material is quite reminiscent of Jesus Lizard, Les SavyFav and at times even Shellac. Some may miss the synthpop element provided by Barry O' Sullivan (IEYF) on the first album but it's absence here proves to be more of a virtue than a hindrance. So current line - up sees Matt Hedigan on vocals and bass, Lewis Hedigan (drums) and Shane O' Sullivan (guitar) and as a three piece Elk seem tighter than ever.
From the start, Enemies appear organised and enthusiastic. Their set list concentrates on the new album with Nag Champa generating a wonderful buzz about the audience. Drummer Oisín Trench delivers sonorous Morse Code with an exactitude that speaks volumes of the kind of preparation Enemies devote to their live sets. Enemies strive for excellence and achieve it. Two drum kits set up and they use them simultaneously to give thunderous number Piano that extra bit of heft. It must be said that there is something quite mesmerizing about Enemies live. One gig goer is spotted climbing up on a stool to get a better look and sure enough others follow suit. It seems their inventive and high energy live show has the Quad crew fixated on their every move.
When bassist Mark O' Brien wraps up the evening with a warm thank you, he receives a massive cheer there even seems to be air of disappointment surrounding the end of this show. Tonight the quartet successfully showcase their music might tonight earning them a multitude of new fans. They exit the stage leaving Cork gig goers eager for more. Mission accomplished. Enemies have a sound that is akin to post rock heavyweights The Redneck Manifesto and tonight they demonstrate potential to be just as influential.
Enemies are currently on tour in Europe and We've Been Talking is now available via Richter Collective.
Hudson Mohawke - Joy Fantastic from sputnika on Vimeo. HUDSON MOHAWKE
A few months back I started an artist of the month feature (the first one being Tiny Vipers) and it just occurred to me today that I never actually followed up on it. So here you go! My second attempt at making Artist of the month a regular feat, and June is dedicated to Hudson Mohawke. A friend of mine is off traveling and we've been swapping tunes while he's away. He sent me Hudson MohawkeRising 5 and it blew my mind, hailing from Glasgow he's just 24 years old and already signed to the reputable Warp Records.
Anyone lucky enough to have tickets for Sonar (Barcelona) will catch him there tomorrow, he's also playing this year's Field Day (London). http://www.myspace.com/hudsonmo http://fielddayfestivals.com/
On this week's Pieces of Quiet (CCR 98.3FM) Popical Island's Ruan talks to me about the launch of Popical Island #1 at Whelans (June 19th/Free in!). The compilation showcases artist currently contributing to the label and you can stream it for free via their bandcamp http://popicalisland.bandcamp.com/album/popical-island-1
1 Hit The City (Feat Pj Harvey) Bubblegum/ Mark Lanegan Band
2. Total Life Forever/Total Life Forever/ Foals
3. Margie/ Here, Not there/ Heathers
4. Set The Tigers Free/Becoming A Jackal/ Villagers
5. Saw Saw Hammer Hammer/ Elk
6. Fake Blood/Squarehead
7.Creamist/We've Been Talking/ Enemies
8. Iodine/ Logikparty
9. Manatee/Alcopopular 4/ Talons http://www.ilovealcopop.co.uk/
10. Intimate/Crystal Castles ( II )/ Crystal Castles
12. Armament/ Dry Land/ A Whisper In The Noise
13. Angel Echoes (Caribou remix)/ Four Tet Interview w Popical Island by BeeBoid
Realise that I've been I tiny bit neglectful lately, but for a few good reasons.
RichterPod # 03 went up last Monday and this one has interviews with Lewis (Enemies) and Vinny (Adebisi Shank). Lewis talks to me about the latest Enemies' offering We've Been Talking while Vinny shares his thoughts on the forthcoming Adebisi Shank album. Massive thanks to the lads for taking the time to speak to me, and for answering all my awkward questions!
Here's a link, should you find the time to listen: http://www.richtercollective.com/?page_id=534
On that note the Enemies' Cork launch of We've Been Talking is scheduled for the Quad this Thursday the 10th. The awesome force that is Elk are supporting and it's free in. This will be my first time seeing Enemies live so I'm really looking forward to the show. New Noise will go ahead as usual at the later time of 12 -ish and I shall be spinning tunes 'til close. http://www.myspace.com/enemiestheband http://www.myspace.com/elkgilbertino