January is Independence Month at Crawdaddy, and the first gig to be announced is a Smalltown America night on January 13th with LaFaro, Fighting With Wire, Former Monarchs & more.

INDEPENDENCE MONTH -Throughout January in CRAWDADDY Maybe it’s because everyone’s broke, maybe there’s just something in the water, but the music scene in Ireland hasn’t been this vibrant since the ’80’s.

Independent labels throughout the country have brought us some incredible releases throughout 2011 and The Pod are celebrating this throughout January with INDEPENDENCE MONTH – a series of live shows in Crawdaddy put together by the labels pushing Irish music forward. It will be a chance for each label to get together for unique nights showcasing the acts that we’ll no doubt be loving throughout 2012. Entry for each event will be €5 on the door.

LaFaro
From Smalltown America: ‘Touring partners of Helmet and Therapy? LaFaro’s riffs are forged in the musical fire of a nation still wrestling with it’s violent past and uncertain political future. Wall to wall, hardcore riffage; jostles intensely with the trenchant pen of chief songwriter and vocalist Johnny Black. Backed by one the greatest rhythm sections in the Irish hardcore scene – Black’s songs scathe, expose life and love’s injustices in sharp blasts of rhythmic noise.

Fighting With Wire
From Smalltown America: Fighting With Wire are a three-piece melodic post-hardcore act from Derry, Northern Ireland. The group formed in 2003 as a side-project for Jetplane Landing guitarist, Cahir O’Doherty, who also sings with the band, drummer, Craig McKean and bassist, Jamie King. Combining technical proficiency with pop smarts, the band’s melodic aggression invites comparison with British contemporaries Hundred Reasons and Funeral For A Friend.

More Than Conquerors
From Smalltown America: Dirty, rhythmic guitars under-laden with hard-hitting bass-lines and punchy drums in a catchy way that makes sure the audiences’ feet stay nailed to the ground. Amidst all the chaos, the melodic vocals grip the listeners emotions. More Than Conquerors formed in early 2009 and rapidly found community acclaim in the bosom of their native Belfast; the quartet’s charms also won them fans in acts such as: Jimmy Eat World, Feeder, Twin Atlantic, General Fiasco, Fighting With Wire and Mojo Fury – shaping a super-tight live show and garnering an enthusiastic, sing-a-long fanbase.

Former Monarchs
Formed in 2010 from the ashes of local cult acts, Former Monarchs’ draw influences from a diverse range of bands, including Irish stalwarts The Redneck Manifesto and the sadly-defunct Danish trio Marvins Revolt. Their sound interweaves edgy guitar lines and a thumping rhythm section, with strong emphasis on vocal and instrumental harmonies. In their relatively brief lifespan, Former Monarchs have toured Ireland with Birmingham based band &U&I, as well as playing with notable acts such as Maybeshewill, And So I Watch You From Afar and Axis Of in venues up and down the country. The band released their debut ep, “The Wisdom Of Crowds” in May 2011 to critical acclaim, and have toured all over the country in support of it.

Our Krypton Son
From Smalltown America: Chris McConaghy aka Our Krypton Son hails from Derry, Northern Ireland where he first cut his first musical teeth with psychobilly art-rockers Red Organ Serpent Sound. Having graduated unscathed from those rambunctious ranks, Chris established his songwriting credentials as an acoustic solo act sharing stages with David Kitt, Gemma Hayes, Jape and Cashier No. 9 around the Irish club circuit.

Wiltz
Wiltz are an instrumental indie-rock band based out of Wicklow, Ireland. Formed in late 2010, the four-piece (Mark, Robin, Peter & Dave) released their self-titled début EP in May 2011. In their first year together they have shared stages with such international acts as Lemuria, The James Cleaver Quintet and Alright The Captain.

Smalltown America Present
In Association with Independence Month
LaFaro
Fighting With Wire
More Than Conquerors
Former Monarchs
Our Krypton Son
Wiltz
8pm, Friday 13th January 2011
Crawdaddy, €5

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