Harmonic Presents tUnE-YaRdS, Vicar Street
- Harmonic Presents tUnE-YaRdS, Vicar Street
- Sun, July 15, 2012
- 19:00 h
- Vicar Street - Dublin
- Find Tickets
+ Micachu & The Shapes
+ Last Days of 1984
Doors 7pm / show starts 8pm
Tickets on sale now priced €20 (including booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. 0818 719 300 - Republic of Ireland customers 0844 277 4455 - Northern Ireland customers 00353 1 456 9569 - International customers
Following her recent sold-out show at the Button Factory in Dublin tUnE-YaRdS – aka powerhouse performer Merrill Garbus & friends – make their Vicar Street debut
“Ms. Garbus has a ferocious voice, somewhere between Aretha Franklin and Yoko Ono. At times it’s a roar, and at times it’s coy, but her ability to modulate it show off a rhythmic and artistic intelligence that echoes Bjork, and even to a degree M.I.A.” - New York Times
The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs began life as dictaphone recordings which were then painstakingly mixed down on GarageBand to create the opening gambit, her debut album BiRd-BrAiNs. Initially released on a limited LP run through Marriage records with screenprinted sleeves recycled from thrift store bargain bins, it wasn't long until others took notice and she soon signed a worldwide deal with 4AD. The album was formally released in late-2009, having been remastered and with four more tracks added. The Guardian, whilst awarding it 5/5, called her "the find of the year." In 2011, that rings as true.
Alongside the record, she also started to build quite a reputation for her live performances. Using loop pedals, two mics, a snare drum, a ukelele, her distinctive voice (she's spent time teaching singing in Kenya) and crucially, a second band member, Nate Brenner on bass. Together, things started to happen when they took to the road with kindred spirits, the Dirty Projectors, on both their US and European tours. As word of mouth spread, the venues they were playing in were filling up earlier than usual as people heard of their genius. Anyone who has seen them live will attest to them being nothing short of incredible live. It comes as no surprise then that at this year's SXSW, they were one of the biggest draws.
The new album, w h o k i l l, was released on April 18th on 4AD and marks a time when everything came together in to one cohesive whole. Recorded in a studio and influenced heavily by her moving to Oakland, California, she and Nate have made an album that delivers on her early promise. Lyrically Garbus explores constructs of femininity and sexuality with the threat of violence that lurks on the streets where she now lives, while the energy of their show has been translated perfectly to record.
"whokill overflows with hip-hop, reggae, Afrobeat and funky noise freakouts — plus ukulele riffs, fluttering doo-wop vocals and what sounds like a percussion orchestra composed of pots and pans. It all hangs together thanks to Garbus' voice, which slides seamlessly from Joplin-esque howls to delicate coos." - Rolling Stone
Now confirmed to join the line-up:
Micachu & the Shapes
Comprised of Raisa K, Marc Withasee & Micachu, the band began in 2009 halfway through the making of Micachu's debut release 'Jewellery' (Rough Trade) which she worked on with Matthew Herbert, resulting in half that album being recorded with The Shapes and half her own electronic solo work. Since then the band have toured extensively in the U.S., Europe & Australia.
Micachu & Raisa remix under the guise 'M.A.T.H.E.S' for artists including The XX, Metronomy, Roots Manuva, Konono No.1 and Jamie Liddell. Micachu has also released four mixtapes available for free download: 'Filthy Friends', 'Kwesachu vol.1 w/ Kwes', 'Kwake Bass VS Micachu - Meat Batch' and 'Chopped&Screwed' mixtape, hosted by Brother May which samples from the London Sinfonetta & Micachu & The Shapes 'Chopped & Screwed' album.
Last Days of 1984
Last Days of 1984 are a two piece band from Dublin, Ireland.
They are Influenced by afro-beat, chill out music and tropical electronica. Their music features
elements of surf, afro-beat and 90's dance mixed with waves of nostalgia for 80's childhood movie
soundtracks.They have played with such international acts as: Dan Deacon, Civil Civic, D/R/U/G/S, Ital and
Django Django. In August 2011 they played at Berlin Festival and at the Poppkomm 2011 -
European music showcase festival in Berlin. Their album launch was released in May.