Finally sorted out my Internet connection and should be back to regular blogging after a prolonged absence. I have contributed a little to Pop Culture Monster over the last few weeks if you want to check out my review of the fantastic White Fox by Ham Sandwich, as well as my look at Kid A ten years after its release.
Anyway, I had hoped to give a run down of the best acts playing HWCH this year but as the whole event kicks off tonight, I won't be able to give a full post to each act but rather compress it all in here. So here are my recommendations as to who should not be missed!!
Autumn Owls. (The Button Factory, Thurs @ 8.30) A hotly tipped Irish act who are set to release their debut next year. The few tracks I've heard from them are not wholly dissimilar to Eels. Could be a real breakout band in the next year to eighteen months if the album stands up to the standard of lead single Raindrops in the River.
Nouveaunoise (The Grand Social, Thurs @ 11.30) One of the countries best electronic acts at the moment. Think that all we put out is quality singer-songwriters? Guess again!
At Last An Atlas (Mercentile, Thurs @ 10.30) Postal Service-esque in approach, At Last An Atlas have supported MGMT and create a really sweet indie-pop/electronic fusion. Well worth checking out.
Brad Pitt Light Orchestra (the Button Factory, Friday @ 8.00) Wonderfully expansive alternative sounds. These guys are fantastic, and even better live so do not miss at any cost! actually just stick with the Button Factory for the night because it also has the fantastic Valerie Francis @ 9.30, Sweet Jane @ 10.15 and RSAG @ 11.00. That's a fantastic run.
BPLO song Grace Jones
Valerie Francis "Slow Dynamo"
RSAG "Stick to Your Line"
Friday also sees Cloud Castle Lake (Twisted Pepper @ 9.00), Windings (Sweeney's 10.55), John Shelly And the Creatures (The Grand Social @9.30), Our Little Secrets (Mercantile @ 8.15) and Deaf Joe (Mercantile @ 9.45) all taking to the stage around the capital.
Our Little Secrets doing "Naturesway" from a kitchen.
Saturday, finally, has less that appeals to me that Friday, though you can still catch the following: The Cast of Cheers (Workman's @ 11.45), The Holy Roman Army (Twisted Pepper @ 8.45), while the Grand Social plays host to Eleventy Four, Funzo, The Gorgeous Colours, Sounds of System Breakdown and Bitchs with Wolves from 8.50 onwards.
The Gorgeous Colours "The Rails"
A mind-blowing collection of music around the city, some venues certainly coming out on top above others. I'd be sticking to the Button Factory Friday and the Grand Social Saturday myself.
Aside from all the above, however, I urge you to check out my number one selection of the weekend (just edging out RSAG, the BPLO and the Holy Roman Army): The Lost Brothers. They bring their gorgeous, aloof folk sounds to Twisted Pepper on Friday at 10.30 and should not be missed.