News From The North Week 68

4 12 2010

Here’s a reprint of my NI news column that runs every fortnight in Hot Press and as I led the piece with news about Gacy Threads I’ve also included their video for the immense ‘Sieving Secrets’ below. The clip was made by Red Cap Productions and looks fucking ace.


Words: Edwin McFee

Avid readers of this very column will already be aware of this writer’s love for the mighty Gacys Threads and with that in mind it gives me great pleasure to let you all know that the riff juggernauts are about to embark on a tour of Ireland and (quite possibly) beyond in the near future. Having just released their ace ‘Wolf Bridge’ EP (which is available via alongside a plethora of lovely T-shirts designed by Chris from White Dragon tattoo studio) the boys bring the noise to the likes of Limerick, Derry, Dublin and everywhere in-between from this Dec and the exact dates on where they’re performing are up on their website as we speak.

Possibly the north’s best party band Here Comes the Landed Gentry get the Crimbo vibe started early with the news of a Yuletide show in Gweedore, Derry this Dec 23 (or Christmas Eve Eve as Zig and Zag used to call it). The so-called “Annual Xmas Explosion” is sure to be a fun night and the venue of choice is the handily named Gweedore Bar. The band are planning to make copies of their debut album available on the evening too, so if you’re in the area make sure you check them out as they’re one of the best live acts in the country bar none.

Those lovely (and charitable) people at Common Grounds café in Belfast are once again on the lookout for acoustic performers for their Friday night gigs. At the moment there are a couple of dates free this month and next, so if you fancy letting your inner singer/songwriter free for the evening email the organisers at for more details. As all proceeds go to charity you won’t be paid, but we’ve been assured that you’ll get fed and hey, a free meal is the best kinda meal, right?

Sludged up heavy types Slomatics have just re-emerged from Start Together Studios in Belfast with five brand new tracks under their arms. If rumours are to be believed the new songs feature accordions, moogs and bicycle wheels so it should sound interesting if nothing else. Two of the cuts are ear-marked for an up-coming split cassette with Comply or Die and the other three are for a split 12”/CD with Liverpool band Conan and both will be released early next year via Head of Crom Records and Aurora Borealis. For more news of Slomatics check out their MySpace ( for future gig dates and a sneak preview of ‘Hold The Skull.’