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No Monster Club, Land Lovers & Great Apes – 14th May 2016

09/05/2016

Saturday May 14th at the Pine Lodge, Myrtleville we have a 3 band lineup featuring local favourites Great Apes followed by two acts from the Popical Island roster both of whom are releasing new albums – Land Lovers and No Monster Club. Proceedings kick off at 8pm.

This May, Land Lovers release their third full-length album, The Rooks Have Returned. Founding members and key contributors to the Popical Island collective (Paddy Hanna, Tieranniesaur, Squarehead, Ginnels, No Monster Club, etc.), they are in their own right central to much of what has been good about Dublin’s independent music scene in the last 5 years. The Rooks Have Returned departs from the polished pop complexity of 2011’s Confidants: the songs are more concise, trimmed of excess – it is an exercise in economy and urgency, with a darkened lyrical palate. The band is captured live by producer Mark Chester in the treasure-trove of Dublin’s Orphan Studios, with some measured later additions.

Having begun as the solo project of Cooney on the album Romance Romance, Land Lovers became a 5-piece band for the Immovable Feet EP and the acclaimed Confidants LP. In the gap between that album and The Rooks Have Returned, the band collaborated with Limerick’s Windings on a split LP. Meanwhile, Cooney released two albums as Skelocrats and bassist Shane Murphy made music with Switzerland and No Monster Club. Drummer Maggie Fagan (Grand Pocket Orchestra) and keyboardist Conor Deasy (Biggles Flys Again, Tomorrows) joined the band in 2015. Guitarist Ciaran Canavan is a mainstay.

No Monster Club is the cartoonish art-pop brainchild of Dublin’s Bobby Aherne – a project that has already produced around a dozen albums containing “the kind of tunefulness that makes a joke of so much contemporary pop music” (The Irish Times), and a slew of summery singles that have been compared to “a stripped-down, sugar high Pet Sounds” (NYLON Magazine).

Aherne and his bandmates (members of the ‘Popical Island’ collective) have also toured across Europe & The USA, released records with several prestigious indie labels, and shared a stage with the likes of The Polyphonic Spree, Wavves, HEALTH, Jeffrey Lewis, Ariel Pink & Jeff the Brotherhood.

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