We’ve got tickets to give away for Messiah J & The Expert and Roses Kings Castles – but you’ll have to be quick…
We’ve got tickets to give away for Messiah J & The Expert and Roses Kings Castles gigs in Whelans this week – but you’ll have to be quick since the gigs are on this Thursday & Friday. Read on for details of how to enter…
MESSIAH J & THE EXPERT
Whelan’s, Friday 9th October, Doors 7:30pm
Tickets €13 including booking fee from WAV Box-Office (Lo-Call 1890 200 078), www.tickets.ie and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
Messiah J & The Expert make a triumphant return to Whelan’s on October 9th in the wake of the monstrous success of third album ‘From The Word Go’. This is the last chance to see MJEX on tour in Ireland before they are unleashed on the UK next year. From The Word Go is considered the band’s piece de resistance and it was no surprise that press and radio salivated so or that it was nominated for The Choice Prize and The Meteors for Best Irish Album. MJEX’s super-energetic show has become the stuff of legend so you would be quite daft not to get your tickets now.
ROSES KINGS CASTLES
(Adam Ficek of BABYSHAMBLES)
Whelan’s, Thursday, October 8th
Tickets €12.00 plus booking fee from WAV Box-Office (Lo-Call 1890 200 078), City Discs, www.tickets.ie, Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
Musician and DJ Adam Ficek is most commonly known to the general public for his day-job as drummer in notorious British rock act Babyshambles. As a member of the band fronted by Pete Doherty, the most talked- and written-about rock star of our time, Adam has seen the best and worst of life at the casualty-laden core of the music industry. What many people don’t know is that he is a blistering artistic talent in his own right.
Adam was born in Bletchley, Milton Keynes. “It’s an odd satellite suburban juxtaposition of a place,” he says. “It doesn’t quite know whether it’s farmland or city. I think due to it being built as the main overflow for the London spill, the residents are left wondering where they fit in – or maybe that was just me.” The estate he grew up on was notorious for housing the largest number of convicted criminals in the capital. “We lived on the edge of the city, so on one side we had acres of fields, trees and green. On the other we had sixties architecture, housing estates, and lots of grey. Although I love both equally.”
Over the years he amassed an impressive repertoire of musical skills, and plays the guitar, piano, vibraphone, accordion, flute, trumpet, harmonica, tin whistle, recorder, and – of course – drums. “All the hitting stuff.”
He knew Babyshambles’ former manager James Mullord and ex-guitarist Patrick Walden from the time the three spent together in and around London’s Old Street area. Both told Adam that they had a shared dream of him joining the band. “What else was I supposed to do?” Much of what followed (the albums, the gigs, the arrests, the tabloid scandals, the burnouts and triumphs and tragedies) is already modern pop history.
Roses Kings Castles is the moniker under which Adam performs and records his own unique catalogue of quixotic, chiming, and blissfully astute acoustic pop songs. Lost somewhere between Belle & Sebastian’s pastoral warmth and the hallucinatory six-string invocations of Syd Barrett, a typical Roses Kings Castles track is buoyed by the finest elements of classic British songwriting; by turns wry, beautiful, and bizarre.
Originally conceived as an outlet for Adam’s “need to create my own ideas when Babyshambles were on holiday,” Roses Kings Castles quickly became something more than a means of occupying himself whilst on hiatus. “I continually write, whether it’s big band arrangements, electro riffs or folk-pop songs. I just needed an avenue to walk down.”