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Stoat, Underground, Dublin

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It's been about 15 years since I last saw Stoat playing live. After a lengthy hiatus, and over a decade since their debut album, Future Come And Get Me, the follow-up is released today. Located down a dark and foreboding, rubbish strewn alleyway, Dublin’s newest music venue, the appropriately named Underground, is rammed tight with fans old and new. It's a long, narrow, airless room that exists in its own microclimate; 25 degrees warmer than the February weather outside. In other words, it's exactly the type of venue that would have existed 15 years ago.

Stoat's tall tales and witty lyrics, accompanied by sophisticated mathpunk instrumentation was an inspiration to a generation of underground bands. At a time when guitar music is incredibly unfashionable, Try Not To Think About It is exactly what Irish music needs right now. They introduce themselves with a keyboard and soprano saxophone instrumental before hitting the ground with an oldie in the shape of nonsense poem ‘Acunamanacana’. The kick pedal breaks during comeback single ‘Talk Radio Makes Me Feel Alone’ but is swiftly replaced and take-two passes without a hitch. The intertwining riffs and vocals sound more grungy and scabrous live.

Album opener, ‘Trampolina’, has the room singing along like The Saw Doctors doing a song written for them by Jarvis Cocker. The swagger of ‘Don't Play No Game That I Can Win’ is offset by the punk pathetique of ‘Oh Happy Day’ while ‘Try Not To Think About It’ encapsulates the creeping dread, ennui and rationalisations of midlife. Current single ‘Dog King’ closes the main set with a gypsy punk stomp. It's the quickest hour of 2018 so far and despite vociferous demands, and in proper punk style, the band decline an encore. Welcome back, Stoat, you have been missed.


The Stoles Herald The Age Of Deception

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Dublin Alt Rockers The Stoles have announced their new single, ‘Age of Deception’. It’s the third single, and title track, from the band’s upcoming debut album, which is due for release in February. The track will be out on iTunes, Spotify and other major digital stores on December 1 on US label Spectra Music Group.

The track was written by The Stoles and recorded at Red Lake recording studio, produced  & mixed by Modest Prophet, and mastered by Masterlab, with artwork by Massimiliano Veltri.

Coinciding with the release, the band will headline Dublin's newest music venue, Underground, on Friday December 1. The three-piece band with hit singles ‘Getaway’, ‘Evelyn’, and new release ‘Age of Deception’, will be supported by fellow Dublin acts Elga Fox and Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra on what promises to be a great night for music lovers.


Doors open at 8pm, €5 entry on the door.

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