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Art can’t fix anything. It can just observe and portray. What’s important is that it becomes an object, a thing you can see and talk about and refer to. A film is an object around which you can have a debate, more so than the incident itself. It’s someone’s view of an incident, an advanced starting point.
Here’s just one of the AMAZING reviews that our friends, September Girls, have been getting for their album Cursing the Sea which was just released today. Make sure you have a listen and try and catch one of their shows!
September Girls - Heartbeats (from the album Cursing The Sea)
Like some kind of sonic junkie, I have been going cold turkey over the Christmas with the lack of new music, It seems like ages since a new album was released and my craving was heightened by having to read all the positive review of ‘Cursing The Sea' without hearing. Thankfully September Girls debut LP finally hit the world today so I had its dark jangly charms to accompany me on my journeys in and out of work today.
If you haven’t been paying attention September Girls are Paula, Caoimhe, Lauren, Jessie & Sarah who have been doing their thing in and around Dublin for the last two and half years. After a string of well received single they singed to Fortuna Pop last year and have today released their twelve track debut album ‘Cursing The Sea.’ In the pieces I have read they reviewers have name checked everyone from The Bangles to Phil Spector to the Jesus and Mary Chain as influences on the ladies sound. I guess elements of those bands are there in the girls fuzzy, layered delivery but they still manage to thread their own path.
On my first few listens the tracks I has heard previously like ‘Heartbeats, ‘Green Eyed’ and especially ‘Talking’ with its incessantly familiar guitar riff, stood out, so I am expecting the whole thing will have me hooked on a few more run throughs. My only concern would be the rather murky mix which tends to bury the vocals too deep and promote the low end, like the toms and distorted bass, over the sinewy guitar leads and harmonies. A minor criticism for what is bound to be one of the stand-out Irish releases of the year.
The have plenty of tour dates coming up with the Dublin date on 17th doubling as the official album launch. See you there?
9th January 2014: London, UK - The Lexington - FortunaPOP! Winter Sprinter
10th January 2014: Leeds, UK - The Brudenell
11th January 2014: Bristol, UK - Start The Bus
17th January 2014: Dublin, Ire - Bellobar
18th January 2014: Cork, Ire - The Pavilion
24th January 2014: Limerick, Ire - Bourke’s Bar
1st February 2014: Belfast, UK -
8th February 2014: Waterford, Ire - Geoffs
Happenings and Le Cool in association with Future Shorts present the Future Shorts Festival Autumn Season 2013 in The Freemason’s Hall on Thursday! Looks amazing!
The current exhibition in The Gallery of Photography looks well worth popping in for. Mayo born, Tom Wood, or the Photie man as he became known locally, takes us through 4 decades of portraits of strangers and friends and family.
Check out The Works on RTE One tonight, John Kelly interviews Tom Wood about his work and the ‘Men and Women’ exhibition at the gallery
NEW SHORT FILM CONTEST!!
This Sunday marks the very first Firehouse Film Contest in MART, Rathmines. The contest is hosted by comedian Conor O’Toole (and his mate Simon!) and they are inviting filmmakers to submit films of any level of production value that have been made in the last month to the competition. There’s a awards on the night and entry is free to everyone. So come along! This Sunday 1st December at 6pm!
This promotional short film for Dublin’s new tiny department store Makers & Brothers & Others made me a bit giddy. I see SO many of these types of vids on vimeo that sometimes I get weary of them but this one is so effective & well made (by Albert Hooi) with music by the gorgeous Lisa Hannigan, it’s a pleasure to behold.