We Raise Bears, I Am Niamh, Hawklion & The Ground Will Shake
Thursday November 12th 7.30pm
The Workmans Club, Dublin (www.theworkmansclub.com)
Gigonometry event: http://www.meetup.com/gigonometry/events/226190696/
Gigonometry “Where lovers of live music meet”.
The November Gigonometry Presents…show is proud to host the increasingly brilliant We Raise Bears, playing their first Gigonometry full band appearance, the unique talent that is I Am Niamh, ‘ones to watch’ guitar driven indie act Hawklion, and literalliy making the place rock will be the pumping sounds of The Ground Will Shake.
We Raise Bears
Fresh from playing this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes, We Raise Bears return to Gigonometry with their new full-band line-up. Garnering early attention for their intense live performances, lyrical prowess and compelling arrangements, they have been described as “beguiling” (Jim Carroll, The Irish Times) and attributed with “stand-out live performances”(TLMT), while also making The Last Mixed Tape’s “Emerging Acts of 2015”. Recent gigs have seen the band support Irish acts such as We Cut Corners and make festival appearances that include Other Voices, Ones To Watch 2015, Electric Picnic and Vantastival.
I Am Niamh
i am niamh, comprises primarily of Dublin based solo project artist, Niamh Parkinson. Her musical style is considered Avant-garde, shown through her classically trained voice with idiosyncratic tendencies in her music. i am niamh is a multi- instrumentalist, she uses her voice, cello, digital piano, percussive instruments and skillful intertwines them together with a loop pedal to create a complex palate of sounds. Her music takes unexpected interesting turns in each song. Her debut album, Wonderland released in May 2015, brings her electronica tendencies into successful focus alongside her continued quirky sounds. The 14 track album is a testament to i am niamh’s creativity from her colourful string arrangements to her hypnotic beats and most of all, her vocal versatility. Wonderland was named ‘Album of week’ by The Irish Times (Nialler9) and The Alternative RTE 2FM (Dan Hegarty).
3½ /5 – “A brave and delightfully offbeat record.” – The Sunday Business Post
Album of the week “very contemporary classically-informed chamber pop” – The Irish Times
4/5 – “Avant-garde mix…delightfully assured” – The Daily Star
“pleasing slice of vocal-lead orchestral pop.” – Nialler 9
6½/10 “an exciting and experimental debut….electro driven goodness” – Hot Press
” Showcasing Dubliner Niamh Parkinson’s incredible voice, classical training and penchant for curious production. ” – BBC Radio Ulster
“It’s quite exciting actually to have an act like I Am Niamh coming through in the Irish music scene. She’s talented beyond belief.” – Goldenplec
4½ /5 – “ the most invigoratingly unique compilation that anyone is likely to have heard in a very long time. Its flawless fusion” – Pure M Magazine
9/10 “Wonderland is beautifully brought to life by i am niamh’s off-kilter take on songwriting” – The Last Mixed Tape
Album of the week “Let’s not name-check or list potential influences here. ‘Wonderland’ is simply that, wonderful.” – RTE 2fm ( Dan Hegarty)
“i am niamh’s challenging yet ultimately rewarding sound is something quite unique. Her debut EP is a good taster of that soprano voice and quirky, endearing style of hers, as well as an introduction to her classical roots- this is one well-trained musician….A multi talented artist for the future.” Hot Press
“Classically trained soprano Niamh Parkinson cites everyone from Debussy to Deerhoof as an influence, and it shows. Her eerie, modern piano riffs and bold string arrangements make her one for Regina Spektor and Kate Bush devotees.” TIME OUT LONDON
Formed from the ashes of Dublin indie guitar crunchers The Looks, Hawklion set out to combine the grooves of Metronomy and delicate musical shifts of Foals fussed with the pop beauty of Duran Duran.
The band hid out in their makeshift studio, trying any instrument they could get their hands on (including ones they salvaged from skips) crafting the Hawklion aesthetic that was first revealed in 2013 when the band released their debut EP Gold & Silver.
The EP was well received with UK airplay on both BBC Radio 1 and XFM.
Having toured their debut almost immediately after it’s recording, the Hawklion wrote and recorded the Pressure EP during a 6 month break from live performances the band is has recently revealed it’s creation.
Boasting monstrous hooks and more subtle, soulful songs, the EP is a real step forward from last years debut. And while it builds on what went before, Hawklion have maintained the pop sensibilities that saw them receive such great reviews.
“A near-epic fusion of old and new that happily echoes Friendly Fires, Fenech Soler and Two Door Cinema club” (Hotpress Magazine)
“really impressive EP…perfectly pitched, rabble-rousing angular poise” (Jim Carroll, The Irish Times)
“pop sensibilities of Duran Duran..custom made for major labels…nothing short of superb” (wearenoise)
The Ground Will Shake
Hailing from Dublin and formed in 2013 The Ground Will Shake are Gavin Healy, Paul O’Connor, Joe Rodgers and Adam Smith. They released their début single –‘MISS SERENE’- followed by ‘MELMOTH THE WANDERER’ in 2014. Following a successful appearance at Electric Picnic in 2014 THE GROUND WILL SHAKE entered the studio in November last year to begin recording their début album. The eponymous titled album was recorded and mixed with the joint production crew of Irish Punk pioneer Pete Holidai and Gavin Glass. The album blends the bands much loved music of the late 1950s and late 1970s with a modern twist to form a queue of infectious earworms armed with killer hooks, riffs, melodies and boundless energy.
“The songs are strong, the performances confident. ‘Engine Heart’ combines the propulsive rhythms of The Jam’s ‘Going Underground’ with an infectiously irresistible tune that doesn’t waste any time hanging around” HOT PRESS
“The Ground Will Shake is a constructed record. All the pieces fit and all of them have a purpose for one reason or another. The album’s pop sensibilities shine through and compliment the rockier elements, resulting in an old-school new wave sound that feels natural to both the here and now, and isn’t that what music is really about? THE LAST MIXED TAPE Rating: 8/10”
“All the band members are showmen, with lead singer, Paul O’Connor, bringing a refreshingly cocky air to the proceedings. This is what you want from a lead, he is here to entertain you, but he also wants to have the craic. He had a great rapport with the lead guitarist, their back and forth was genuine and never strayed into the dreaded banter zone. The bass player held his instrument at knee length, I thought this was a really interesting style, I couldn’t take my eyes off it… The crowd really got behind the band, and they were shouting ‘One More Tune’ at the end.”
LIVE REVIEW THE WORKMANS CLUB SEPT 2015 – VANGUARD MAGAZINE
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