NO MEANS NO
Existential punk rock party legends No Means No return to Dublin for a gig in Whelans on Thursday may 23!
NO MEANS NO
Starting as a half piece band NMN quickly blossomed into two, two halves that is, equaling one band. Go on, do the math. They are one band, banded and then released into the wild. Rock and Roll baby, yeehaw! On a journey spanning the decades, NoMeansNo has thoroughly and consistently been on the edge of something akin to a tall mountain made up of, primarily, rock. Oh you might find them resting in the groves in the shadow of a fallen giant, punky in it’s decay, rustling up some huevos con fusion, amigos, but with the release of their tenth full length cd, they surely know the value of a hearty breakfast. Familiar with dips…. bends, peaks and valleys in the road, NoMeansNo looks forward to going back. 23 years, you say and still more to come.
Stretching to three pieces and still remaining one band, those crazy Canucks ventured forth from the basement in 1981. The rest is history…until now, when the future is a past that hasn’t happened yet and the Wright brothers, Rob and John, with that firecracker Tom Holliston begin anew and start another long journey home.
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”.
‘Take Courage’ is Jogging’s follow-up to the much-acclaimed Minutes (2010, Richter Collective) and sees Jogging dealing with constantly rearranging social structures, the aging process, and the effects of living out an extended teenhood throughout one’s twenties, all served up with a hefty dollop of malice and spite (albeit mostly directed towards same selves). The composition and collaboration is a marked progression on Minutes, where no part overstays its welcome and every transition is seamless yet startling. Sonically, it is worlds apart from the first record, as drums thunder their way through each turn, the well-rounded yet distorted bass rumbles and drives the melodies and the guitars cut though like ice-picks. The band’s trademark call-and-response vocals are barked with authority and conviction down to their last breath, and every word has resonance. A rare thing for an Irish record in 2012.
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).