U:Mack’s 15th birthday is set to be a banging affair in Tripod on December 10th with huge favourites Battles heading the line up.
Battles have played 4 or 5 gigs in Dublin over the past three years, each time to a bigger crowd, bigger venue and with more energy than the gig before. They quickly won over the minds of the Irish music lovers with the release of the debut EP's and anyone in attendance at the U:Mack birthday will be in for a treat when they launch into monster tracks Atlas and Ddiamond. In short, they are a prog force to be reckoned with. Most importantly though, this gig will see previews of their new material due out next year.
Also on the bill are, the masters of instrumental rock, 65 Days of Static. For those unfamiliar with the Sheffield group, imagine the most beautiful Mogwai-esque soundtrack mixed with a heavy dose of electronic instruments and stunning visuals.
One of Europe's respected outfits The Ex, shall be definitely one the birthday highlights with their unrivalled reputation as an electrifying live band that hypnotise their audience with plenty no-wave/post punk offerings. Their body of work includes around 20 studio albums and as many EP's to boot making them a fantastic addition to the bill.
Local heroes Adebisi Shank are also lined up and should satisfy the Battles fans in attendance. These guys have been garnering huge support in Ireland with their critically acclaimed punk rock album This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank released earlier this year and are an excellent choice for opening proceedings on Thursday next.
Dance/pop ensemble !!! or Chk Chk Chk DJ set pad out the evening. For those of you there purely to dance these guys will be just what the doctor ordered. Allan Wilson and Tyler Pope shall be on hand to spin some well placed tunes and speaking from experience these guys know how to ensure a party keeps going until the wee hours.
The Skinny Wolves DJ's are also onthe bill to balance out the right kinds of tunes on the night so expect to hear your favourite kinds of Krautrock, Dance, New Wave and Punk plus a whole lot more.
To be part of this momentous occasion just head over to tickets.ie and grab yourself one.
It is going to be one of the most talked about gigs of 2009 and with good reason too.
Preview by Liz Duffy & Danielle Graham