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TIMES: Jogging 00:00 – Blue Whale 01:00
Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight.
Doors: 11:45pm, Sign up for GUEST LIST
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/// BLUE WHALE ///
Blue Whale are a jazz punk quartet from Belfast, Ireland. Their aim has always been to veer away from the trappings of the traditional guitar-centric four-piece and in doing this have experimented heavily with unconventional scales and time signatures. Their cadenced, angular and atonal compositions tread fine lines between dance and discord, chaos and intricacy, with the resultant aural tension unique in its capacity to simultaneously provoke mental confusion and physical movement. Their sound has been compared to the likes of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Television, Swans, Sonic Youth and Slint.
The band has played numerous shows around Ireland, with recent highlights including the launch of Moving On Music’s Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival and a fully improvised set with Krautrock legend Damo Suzuki (CAN).
Their highly anticipated debut album Process, described by The Quietus as a ‘cunning triumph’, reins the satiating havoc of their live show into a slightly more ordered studio format.
‘Fierce and playful, chaotic and under control, Process is a cunning triumph.’ – The Quietus
“Irish album of the year” – The Thin Air
“The mathy, jazz-flecked brew hurtles through a thorny tunnel of riffs and percussive flailing – it should be utter chaos, but Blue Whale make it honeyed.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Disipline-era King Crimson on speed, punctuated by explosions of punkish anarchy. Potent stuff.” – All About Jazz
“I really like Blue Whale… they kind of remind me of Albert Ayler playing with a bunch of kids that grew up on Steve Albini records.” – Andy Cairns, Therapy?
“There aren’t too many “experimental party” contenders around…but even if they were ten-a-penny in Irish venues, we reckon Blue Whale would elliptically battle them off the dance floor with ease.” – Hot Press Magazine
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/// JOGGING ///
Jogging awakened in 2009 and quickly gained a formidable live reputation. They have toured Ireland and the UK, sharing the stage with Wire, Polvo, Ponytail, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and Themselves amongst others. Jogging’s music has been described as “an intense, raw blend of post-hardcore and gutsy indie rock”.
They will be debuting tracks from their 3rd album which they just finished recording and will be releasing later this year.
FREE ADMISSION BEFORE 10:30PM – GUEST LIST VIA FACEBOOK EVENT
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.