Harmless Noise are teaming up with Dolittle to present WIFE‘s first Dublin headline gig at The Workmans Club this weekend, along with Lurch and Lust Lost.
This is the first of what will hopefuly be a long list of Harmless Noise events happening at The Workmans Club.
25 year old multi-instrumentalist James Kelly is until now best known as the sole permanent member and writer behind black metal outfit Altar Of Plagues, who have released two critically acclaimed albums on iconic labels Profound Lore and Candlelight. Using found sounds, homemade instruments and field recordings as a base, Altar Of Plagues create music “Full of radical tangents and alien-to-black metal elements, more focused on frailty and struggle than majesty and grandeur” (Pitchfork).
These ideas transfer to James’ solo debut on left_blank as WIFE. Embracing his long standing passion for electronic music, the tracks on ‘Stoic’ showcase a diverse range of influences and are built to endure. The A-Side moves from the mournful, hypnotic opener ‘Bodies’, through the cold mantra of ‘Trials’, to the shuffling trickery of ‘Circles’. Side B contains the Gothic 2-step beauty of ‘Shards’ and the epic, industrial crescendo of ‘Endings’.With an uncompromising vision – and an remarkable live show – to back up these initial offerings, WIFE is a truly unique talent. WIFE will release further material through Tri Angle Records in 2014.
Lurch are a new three piece from Dublin, formed in February 2013, who play sludged-out heavy dirge rock, as melodic as it is heavy. Might be up your street if you like later Godflesh, Harvey Milk, or like the idea of an early Sub Pop band tuning to A or something. Lurch is the end result of three people who’ve spent a long time playing shouty hardcore in other bands rediscovering their collective love of pop songs, but not being able to get over their even bigger love of massive down-tuned guitars. Changing moods with the frequency many people change their jocks with, sometimes they’re slow and creepy, sometimes they’re faster but still slightly creepy. I suppose that’s what happens when you name your band after a character in the Addams Family though. They are, in all honesty, positively ookie after all.
Lust Lost is David Balfe and Peter Ashmore’s dark pop project that began when David was studying in Norway, and communicating ideas with Peter in Dublin via Skype. Their EP ‘Antiscians’ is free to download from Bandcamp.
Harmless Noise & Dolittle Present Wife Lurch Lust Lost The Workman’s Club Saturday 12th October €12