Aiken Promotions presents
“We Are The Way Forward” 10Year Anniversary
_ Main Venue _
Tickets priced €15 (incl booking) on sale Monday August 10th from www.whelanslive.com, www.ticketmaster.ie & Outlets nationwide
In November 2005, Limerick, Ireland, duo giveamanakick unleashed We Are The Way Forward. It was their second album. It came out on CD. It was not available on iTunes. Spotify did not exist. The album received a fair share of acclaim at the time for its swashbuckling assault on the senses (in a good way). Rock critics fawned over it, saying stuff like:
“We Are The Way Forward combines the ugliness of brute force with the beauty of invention…A classic” 9/10 – Hot Press
“We Are the Way Forward will surprise you with its knockabout skills, unlikely hooks and wild sense of abandon… A ton of fun”, 4/5. – The Irish Times
“One of the best noisy albums to come out of Ireland in recent times… They did it – two sly f**kers from Limerick and their brilliant album”, 4 ½/5. – Foggy Notions
“…manages to capture their visceral live energy and wash of distorted guitars without taming the effect” 4/5. – The Sunday Tribune
“A big two fingers up to the world… without a doubt the best band in Ireland right now. There really is no competition. We Are The Way Forward is just that.” – Limerick Leader
Because it sounds good to say so, and because it’s kind of true, the album garnered cult status in the years that followed, and became a firm fan favourite.
giveamanakeith and steveamanakick travelled up and down the country, played with a host of musical luminaries (there were loads, can’t remember ’em all), and toured across Europe, Canada, and USA. gamak sadly called it a day in 2009, playing a one-off show in 2013 to mark their former label Out On A Limb Records’ (that’s us) tenth birthday party.
This is all useful information because to mark the tenth anniversary of We Are The Way Forward, giveamanakick are getting back together to perform the album in its entirety this autumn. Four gigs will happen. No more, no less.
Go see them at Roisin Dubh, Galway (September 24th), Dolans, Limerick (September 26th), Whelans, Dublin (October 10th) and De Barras, Clonakilty (October 23rd). Special guests for all these shows is turntablist/production hero of the west, Naive Ted.
To celebrate this news, Out On A Limb Records will be releasing We Are The Way Forward for the first time ever on a very Limited Edition 180grm Heavyweight Vinyl LP, which can now be pre-ordered here. People have actually been asking us to do this for years, so here it is. If for some bizarre reason you have never actually heard the album, take a Cornetto out of the freezer, sit back and listen to it here
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Naive Ted is a turntable fondler and surrealist hip-hop producer. You might know him from his involvement with the Community Skratch collective. You may also have heard of his cult rap group Flying Buttresses. He loves GAMAK and is stupidly pleased with himself to be doing these gigs.
“heavyweight beats which smack you around the chops and make you stand up straight before capsizing you all over again”
(Jim Carroll, Songs of the Week, Irish Times, June 2015)
“The whole thing is an alternative audio riot”
(Nialler9, Album of the week, Irish Times, July 2015)
ON SALE MON 10th AUG, 9am: €15 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)
– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.
Strictly over 18’s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).