The Bonk and Percolator announce co-headline tour

The Bonk and Percolator announce co-headline tour

Improv psych-pop outfit THE BONK, have just announced a string of dates co-headlining an Irish tour co-headlining tour with kraut/drone trio PERCOLATOR.

The Bonk is a broad-based musical project headed by Waterford songwriter and improviser Phil Christie (O Emperor). Gathering influences from 60’s garage, jazz and experimental pop, the band's arrangements bring recursive rhythms and improvised melodies together in loose minimalist song forms.

Their first record, The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb, released through Drogheda-based tape label thirtythree-45, is a collection of one-off live studio recordings patched together from various sessions over an 18 month period. Since its release, recordings have been continuing apace with the bands live appearances with another collection of tracks planned for release later in 2018.


“Incorporating textures as diverse as indecipherable growling vocals, washboards, shimmering synths and improvised melodies, TBSTBAV is dynamic, addictive and exceptional.” (Totally Dublin)

“The Bonk use slinking and jagged rhythms, as well as a complex, melodically dynamic push & pull to create one of the most singular Irish records we’re likely to hear this year – and they’re equally captivating live.” (The Thin Air)

 

 

Percolator is an experimental rock band whose blend of hypnotic kraut techno and wall of shoegazing guitar drones has been compared to Swans with a leaning towards NEU!’s krautrock driven rhythms.

Percolator’s mix of hypnotic kraut techno and wall of shoegazing guitar drones has been compared to Swans with a leaning towards NEU!’s krautrock driven rhythms. Formed in Waterford in 2007 as a drum and guitar duo mainly influenced by the electro infused noise pop and shoegaze bands of the 80’s and 90’s, the banad released a number of 7” singles and EPs.

In 2012, having gone through several line-up changes, the current and longest lasting line-up was formed. Consisting of John ‘Spud’ Murphy (Bass, Synths), and founding members Eleanor Myler (Drums, vocals) and Ian Chestnutt (guitar vocals), the trio have spent the last 5 years transforming themselves into one of the most intriguing and melodically arresting bands in Ireland at the moment.


‘A staggering collection of eight tracks packaged as ‘Sestra’, electronically charged experimental standards drenched in poly-rhythmic kraut rock connotations underscored with subtle flourishes of shoegaze, prog rock & resonating noise.’ - Primal Music
 

May 4th The Bonk + Percolator, Pharmacia, Limerick with Tayne, 9pm, 5e

May 5th The Bonk + Percolator,  Spailpin Fanach, Cork, 9pm, 10e

June 28th The Bonk + Percolator, The Menagerie, Belfast,

July 5th The Bonk + Percolator, The Bello Bar, Dublin

July 21st The Bonk + Percolator, No.58, Letterkenny  

 

For more details/buy tickets for shows visit www.merakindie.com / for further press enquiries email emma@merakindie.com

 

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Spekulativ Fiktion & Transmission Club

Merakindie is very proud to present a double header gig - Speakulativ Fiktion & Transmission Club at The Roundy, Cork on August 4th at 9pm. Entry is 5e. 

Spek is a Cork based rapper and beat maker working in the doomy side of hip hop. He has performed on the Irish festival circuit and warmed up for interntaional heavyweights such as Danny Brown, Immortal Technique and Shabazz Palaces.

‘A poet with no fear when it comes to pushing boundaries and mixing genres, and that’s what makes his sound so unique.’ - BBC Across the Line

‘One of Ireland’s most honest, intelligent and forthright lyricists.’ - The Thin Air

‘Clever no bullshit rapping.’ - Rabble

‘Represents prolifically for the underground.’ - Nailler9/Stevie G

‘One of Irish hip-hops cornerstones.’ - Broadsheet

Releases: 
Slave Labour with Naive Ted (Unscene Music, 2014) 
Deathly Words (self, 2013) 
48 with Naive Ted (self, 2012) 

Features on: 
Mankyy - Character Development (Unscene Music, 2017) 
This Side Up - Full Fat (Tabletop Records, 2016) 
Danny Deepo - The Gentle Art of Sampling (self, 2015) 
Mikey Fingers - Palimpsest (Unscene Music, 2014)


Transmission Club is a band from Cork, Ireland.
The band's diverse sonic palette combines elements of indie, folk and grunge, textured with harmonium, violin, keyboards, guitars, drum machines and loops. 

In November 2015, Transmission Club released Salt, an E.P. collection of demos. Salt gained airplay on The Alternative with Dan Hegarty (2fm), The Paul McLoone Show (Today FM) and on 8Radio. Transmission Club also recorded a live session for The Paul McLoone Show in January 2016. Salt was voted No.1 in The Last Mixed Tape's Reader's E.P of the Year 2015 Poll. 

Tranmission Club has played extensively around Ireland, garnering notable support slots with Otherkin, Cry Monster Cry, The Vincent(s) and Barry Sutton (The La's). They also featured at the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2016.

“Salt works as a solid introduction into Transmission Club’s music,” said The Last Mixed Tape, “but the most exciting aspect is how this sound expands in the future.”

Physical copies are available in Music Zone, Douglas, Alchemy Coffee and BooksBunker Vinyl &Studio and Tower Dublin, Dublin. 

"Indeed, there is a big warm sound to ‘A Weak Heart’ that finds it’s place between the stark emotion of Villagers and raw reverberations of SOAK"
- Stephen, The Last Mixed Tape

“They’re a five-piece from Cork, and they make damn good tunes”
- Dan Hegarty, 2FM

"I was not prepared for the level of sheer sexual energy oozing from their pores" - Skyrockit Music

 

 

The Bonk & Fixity Tour Dates Announced

The Bonk & Fixity Tour Dates Announced

Improv psych-pop outfit The Bonk joined on the road by experimental improvisers Fixity.
 

THE BONK are marking the October release of their debut album The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb with a string of live dates, inviting Cork’s Fixity to co-headline on the last leg of the tour.

 

The Bonk perform compositions by Philip Christie (O Emperor) that mix ’60s garage, jazz and experimental pop influences with recursive rhythms and improvised melodies, all rendered in loose, minimalist song forms.  The group launched their debut single Ancestor at Quarter Block Party 2016 in Cork; two further online releases followed. Cipher, their third single to date, was released in April 2017, when the band undertook their first comprehensive tour.

 

 

The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb will be available as a limited edition cassette release on thirtythree-45 from October 6th 2017.

“Unkempt feral rock music at its best, The Bonk’s debut makes a lasting impression and alludes to a new act on the scene making music on their own terms, uninterested in convention or the mainstream, and that is something to get excited about.” - The Last Mixed Tape

 

 

The music of FIXITY is composed by Dan Walsh and explored in collective improvisation with others, the music is driven by their involvement in time and the beautiful impossibility of stillness or repetition within it. The collective’s self-produced releases include Live In What Used To Be A Church, recorded in St Luke’s Church in Cork City. Their recent album The Things In The Room was recorded in Tambourine Studios, Malmö, and was released on the Cork-based label Penske Recordings as a double LP and CD in late 2016. An Irish tour followed in June 2017. The band personnel included Walsh, regular collaborator Emil Nerstrand, Carolyn Goodwin (Clang Sayne), Philip Christie (The Bonk/O Emperor), Kevin Terry (Sky, Horse & Death/Altered Hours) and Neil O'Loclainn (Ensemble Eiru/Cuar).

“We often think of the encounter of the mythical rhythm of Can or closer to us of Aluk Todolo with an inspired Archie Shepp. Their mix of Jazz and Kraut Rock is a total success. The musicians never pour into exuberance, tempering their interventions at the service of incandescent passages” – Kfuel.org

These autumn dates will feature new music which will be released later in the year.

 

 

 

Sept 29th    Thomas House, Dublin (Supporting CAT PALACE and STRENGTH NIA)

Oct 7th    The Living Room, Drogheda (Cassette Launch)  10pm 10e

Oct 12th    Bennigan’s, Derry (w/ COMRADE HAT) £8

Oct 14th    Top of The Town, Omagh £8

Oct 26th     The Sky and The Ground, Wexford (w/FIXITY)    8pm, 10e

Oct 27th    Bello Bar, Dublin (w/FIXITY)    8pm, 10e

Oct 28th    Rogue Gallery, Waterford (w/FIXITY)    8pm, 10e

Oct 29th    The Roundy, Cork (w/FIXITY)        10pm, 12e

 

 

 

 

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Merakindie Presents: Clang Sayne Autumn Tour

Merakindie is very proud to present an 8-date Clang Sayne tour around the country later this month, during which they will hijack the ears of all and sundry with renditions from their March album release, 'The Round Soul of the World'.

Clang Sayne was formed by Laura Hyland in London in 2008 to fuse myriad influences spanning folk song, sound art and literature into a soundworld she describes as 'songscape'. Reviewers have dubbed it an "an uncategorizable approach to songcraft" and "exhilarating in its refusal to conform".

Currently based in Ireland, the group features Laura on voice and guitar, Judith Ring on voice and cello, Matthew Jacobson on drums and voice, and Carolyn Goodwin on bass clarinet and voice. 

They independently released their new album, 'The Round Soul of the World' in March 2017. A live version of the song 'Blackbird' from the album can be found here.

 

September:
Wednesday 27th: Opening of Ergodos' new season of Santa Rita Concerts at The Little Museum of Dublin
Thursday 28th: The Sofa Sessions at Billy Byrnes in Kilkenny on Thurs 28th, followed by HWCH in Dublin again on Friday 29th.
Saturday 30th: Alice's Restaurant (Laura Hyland solo set).

October:
Thursday 5th: Moving On Music's Jam Jar series at The Black Box, Belfast
Friday 6th: The Happy Pear Cafe, Greystones Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/merakindie-presents-clang-sayne-happy-pear-cafe-oct-6th-tickets-38084381410?utm_term=eventurl_text
Saturday 7th: The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms, Waterford
Sunday 8th: Wexford Arts Centre featuring recent collaboration with the incredibly talented David Begley Artist. David has made a series of seven prints in response to the seven pieces on CS album. You can check out his work at www.davidbegley.com . The prints will be exhibited alongside the lyrics from each of the songs, and will be projected lifesize behind as they play.

"[Winterlands] revealed the spellbinding poetic lyricism of Hyland’s songwriting, together with the group’s innate ability to channel their diverse influences (jazz, folk, sound art, traditional) into their own distinct sound. Their captivating sound and thrilling lyricism continue to expand and flourish on the band’s follow-up, “The Round Soul Of The World”. Released in March of this year, the group’s second album is a stunning achievement in distilling myriad themes (chiefly those of mortality, death and love) in such a quietly breathtaking and poignantly moving way. "

Fractured Air interview.
Read full interview here: https://fracturedair.com/2017/08/08/central-and-remote-clang-sayne/

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3 Will Tour In The News

Golden Plec: https://www.goldenplec.com/paula-cox-paul-creane-and-the-man-whom-announce-combined-tour/

Broadsheet:http://www.broadsheet.ie/2017/02/16/touring-ireland/

Emma caught up with Paul Byrne of Greystone's Guide to discuss bringing music to The Happy Pear in Wicklow, full interview here http://www.greystonesguide.ie/its-only-rock-roux/

Merakindie presents: 3 Will Tour

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Merakindie is delighted to present 3 Will Tour - Three singles, Three aritsts, an innovative Irish tour

Merakindie is very proud to present: 3 Will Tour, a collaborative Irish tour

Paula Cox MusicPaul Creane and The Man Whom will be sharing a stage and playing on each other's tracks, promoting their three singles 'Let's Play A Game', 'I Need You Here To Love Me' and "Four Hurdles' respectively.

We are touring in very special venues across Ireland, some well known for hosting music events, others being a first time ever hosting live music. All sharing the same attitude as the artists - inspiring collaboration and community.

We're very excited for this one and hope you will come enjoy the magic with us.

Paula Cox is a highly-rated vocalist and songwriter. An early starter, she was lead singer in The Bush, The Tree & Me when only 14. Signed to Epic in 2000, they recorded their first album with producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). Following her move to Ireland she has performed and recorded with Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Cathey Davey and The Frames. Her solo album, to be released in 2017, will be mixed by Cenzo Townsend (Florence And The Machine, Snow Patrol). Its stunning lead track ‘Let's Play A Game’ is out now.

Paul Creane is a songwriter from Wexford. He has released two albums to critical acclaim with The Changing Band, Tommy Black & the Twelve Days of Lucy and The Clock, and has toured worldwide for the last decade. His new single ‘I Need You Here To Love Me’ features in the movie Staid, upon which he had a leading role. His first solo album 'One Trick Blue' will be released later this year.

The Man Whom, aka Ian Doyle, is a singer-songwriter, producer/composer and multi-instrumentalist from Wexford. In 2011 Doyle released his debut album The Greatest Event, described by Sunday Times as “a slick production with accomplished musicians, elaborate scores and scrupulous string arrangements”. His single ‘Four Hurdles’ is from his forthcoming album 'The Dancer From The Dance' which was recorded in New York, which will be released in May this year.