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– Album Fundraiser –


8pm til late

2012 is set to be an incredibly eventful year for So Cow. Already, the year has seen the release of the first in a series of 7” singles, the ‘GMT’ EP, released on Boston’s Ride The Snake Records. In the months ahead, they look to release their 3rd LP, a covers compilation and a plethora of singles on various international labels, making up time for a relatively quiet 2011.

The year also sees a change in band dynamics, with the one-man band recording approach of the first two LPs (2009’s So Cow and 2010’s Meaningless Friendly on Chicago’s Tic Tac Totally Records) put to a side, in favour of the relentless intensity and vigour of the three-piece’s recent live shows. Often described up to this point as a three-way marriage of The Television Personalities, Abba and The Clean, it’s clear that the group are taking inspiration from the rawer sounds of The Jesus Lizard and Thee Oh Sees.

Returning after what has probably been too brief a time to be called a hiatus, So Cow will spend 2012 maintaining their status as an incredibly hard-working live band. 2010 saw them play 170 shows, with the likes of The Wedding Present, Deerhoof, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Thermals, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Women, Frightened Rabbit, Maximo Park, Dan Deacon and Thee Oh Sees. All this in the midst of three North American tours, including appearances at SXSW, Manhattan’s Seaport Music Fest and Memphis’ venerable Gonerfest VII.

The year also saw them perform at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival, the only Irish group to appear on a bill featuring the legendary Pixies and Pavement.

2009 saw the release of the So Cow LP, also on Tic Tac Totally. A compilation of the best recorded moments from Kelly’s self-released CDs, it found favour with Pitchfork, the Washington Post and Maximumrocknroll, as well as positive write-ups in Italian music monthly Rumore and Spain’s Rock Deluxe.

7” singles Moon Guen Young (Almost Ready Records, Hawaii), Commuting (Going Underground Records, Bakersfield) and Ain’t No Fun (Tic Tac Totally, Chicago) soon found themselves out of print and Ebay-worthy.


So Cow – Shut Eye from Cian McGarrigle on Vimeo.


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).