The Ones To Watch At Indiependence
First-time festivaller? Stuck on some unfamiliar names? Let us ease your fears with a no-fail guide to some of the best new and upcoming bands on the bill at Indiependence Fest this weekend. All pic credits to the respective photographers.
If you’re like us, and not entirely aroused musically by the lightweight likes of the Coronas, festivals in Ireland can be a bit of a minefield. One need only look at the way Oxegen has gone in the past year or two to see that bigger acts doesn’t necessarily mean a better festival – at all, at all. Fear not. Your big pals at the D have a couple of sweet tips to steer you right sonically over the course of the weekend. Of course, there’s enough gunpowder in the headliners to keep you going, with ASIWYFA, Therapy?, Ash, Bats and The Whipping Boy enough to keep anyone entertained, but here’s what you could be missing out on…
GATCHAIOCHT – Friday, Cyprus Avenue Stage, 5.45
Unreasonably funky p-funk from the Cork/Illinois group that, in a short space of time, have established themselves on Cork’s gigging circuit, with appearances on UCC’s Battle of the Bands, and our own night at our dearly departed Quad to their name, and are growing like weeds. This should prove to be the eye of the storm.
DEAD SCHOOL – Friday, Cyprus Avenue Stage, 7.30
Cork’s heavy indie lads march stridently into Indiependence off the back of their triumphant double-A side single release Frailties/Standing at the Edge. Driving, strict and tight, these boys should be high on your to-do list for the early part of proceedings.
ENEMIES – Friday, Cyprus Avenue Stage, 8.30
Another early highlight, woefully overlooked math-rockers Enemies make their way to the Cyprus Avenue stage, as the campaign for 2,000 Facebook friends continues, with the promise of newest album We’ve Been Talking being made available for free. So far, so good, and if you haven’t, you should. Brilliantly tight and effortlessly blissed out.
CASH AND FEEK – Saturday, Silent Stage, 7.15
Cork’s resident poet laureate/rockumentary hero Grandmaster Cash and his illiterate buddy Dr. Feekenstein have taken to the road. With Steamin’ and Dreamin’ 2: Cashback on the way, will success and certain mega-millions go straight to their Cork hedz? Better catch them now before they fill stadia.
LAMP – Sunday, Main Stage, 4.00
Two-man prog? Surely not. But behold. Ted and Shane of LAMP bring forth angular riffs, strange timings, and a handsome spray-painted SG for your audiovisual pleasure. A must-see if you haven’t done, and while you’re at it, download their free album, free, here, for free!
SLOW MOTION HEROES – Sunday, Cyprus Avenue Stage, 5.30
The band that does what it says on the tin – a mellowed-out, matured and generally not-so-loud amalgam of lads from all over Cork’s indigenous and unreasonably fertile music scene, including members of [R]evolution of a Sun, Hope is Noise and Rulers of the Planet. And it just so happens that the whole thing stands alone wonderfully in its own right. Check it out for yourself.