The Spook Of The 13th Lock have announced a gig at The Workman’s Club on Friday July 27th with Melodica Deathship.
Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock match Irish folk and traditional sounds with more modern experimental rock sounds. With the release of their new album “The Brutal Here and Now” they have refined their craft, creating melodic folk rock with with a modern dark feel. They veer away from their peers in tracing a line from the Irish 60’s folk revival through progressive, kraut and post rock.
Lyrically springing from English and Irish folk song, the songs deal with complex themes of personal and national identity, alienation, Irish history and mythology, revolution and the cynical cyclical nature of greed and power. Live they are a powerful 5 piece, overlaying intricate folk melodies with swirling squalls of feedback, delay and soaring three part harmonies.
First coming together in late 2005 in Dublin the band was formed by Allen Blighe with the aim of writing songs in the idiom of Irish folk. Gathering friends Enda Bates, Donnchadh Hoey and Brian O’Higgins the band recorded their self titled debut which was released on Japanese/ Irish label Transduction records in 2008. Since then they have played all over Ireland and Japan. After recruiting fifth member Ronan Hayes they have returned with their sophmore album “The Brutal Here and Now” in 2012, which widened their sonic palette, taking in Italian and Indian folk influences and sees them singing in English, Irish and Italian.
Dolittle presents… The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock Melodica Deathship + more tba The Workmans Club Friday July 27th,