The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will release their new LP Lockout on Friday
Lockout sees a The Spook of The Thirteenth Lock transmogrify into an 18 member guitar orchestra for their third LP. To mark the album’s release, the Spook are playing a special St Patrick’s Festival gig in The Pepper Canister Church on Friday evening.
Dublin experimental folk-rock band The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock expand to an 18-piece electric guitar orchestra on their third album Lockout.
Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock trace a line from the Irish 60’s folk revival through progressive, kraut and post rock, winning them acclaim from all quarters.
The band released their self-debut album in 2008, followed by The Brutal Here and Now in 2012 and have toured Europe, Japan and the US. Lockout is a grand departure for the The Spook, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s unique sound and a sharper, more political voice.
The album tells the story of the 1913 lockout, the struggle of Dublin workers against exploitative working conditions led by Jim Larkin and James Connolly’s ITGWU union. At its height over 100,000 Dubliners endured food scarcity, with employers refusing to follow government recommendations for a fair compromise. They successfully broke the strike, starving employees back to work, and refusing to reinstate those whose jobs were taken by ‘scab’ labour.
Inspired by the recent centenary, Lockout combines elements of Irish traditional music with a powerful wall of electric guitars, creating a dramatic sound which climaxes with Jim Larkin’s immortal call to arms: “The great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let us arise!”.
On “Suffrage”, the band are joined by Katie Kim on vocals as they mark the 2018 centenary of the women’s right to vote. The song tells the story of how Constance Markievicz, the first British female MP, and the Suffragette movement fed the starving workers and families in the kitchen of Liberty Hall, the iconic Irish union building.
The Spook of The Thirteenth Lock The Pepper Canister Church Friday 16th March