Here’s a reprint of my NI music news column that runs in Hot Press every fortnight.
Words: Edwin McFee
As it’s that time of year where seeing ghoulies on every street corner is a common occurrence (steady now) this issue your humble correspondent has decided to kick off my latest missive with some news about a suitably spooktacular Hallowe’en hootenanny happening in Auntie Annie’s, Belfast on All Hallows’ Eve. Featuring a line-up full of some of the north’s most loveable misfits, the monster bash is headlined by those hell-raising head the balls Mental Deficiency and also on the bill (at the time of writing) are newly formed horror punks Little Miss Stakes, underground rap anti-hero/bikini-brief wearing deviant Roysta, sleaze rockers Filthy Angels and the Unprotected. There will be various tricks and indeed treats all night too and some Samhain-based sounds through the night courtesy of DJ Tramp Corpse and the cover charge for Shizznigh Presents Halloweeny is a mere £5.
Next up, I’ve got some good news and bad news for you all. Word reaches us of the sad demise of two of the north’s most consistent bands-namely In Case Of Fire and Swanee River. In a statement issued on their Facebook site, ICOF mainman Steve said: “I’ve loved every second of being in ICOF. It’s been an amazing seven years, but the time feels right to bring it to an end. Thanks so much to every single person that bought/downloaded our music, came to a gig and spread the word about our band-it was because of you that we got to do what we love and for that I am truly thankful.”
While Swanee River posted: “Yes folks the rumours are true…Swanee River are closing business…for good. It’s a very sad time for the entire band; however there have been a number of factors contributing to this decision. Some factors were internal band tensions and others were external, though they are totally irrelevant now! In any case we are all very gutted and feel bad for our fans who have supported us continually. I personally have given everything in these last eight years, though now it is time to realise when to walk away.”
Keep your peepers peeled here for further info on what happens next for the members of both groups.
And now the good news, the mighty Here Comes The Landed Gentry have reformed. Yes readers, one of Derry’s best bands are coming out of retirement to play two charity shows (Oct 18, Sandino’s, Derry and Oct 20, the Cellar Bar, Draperstown) so if you’ve never seen the gin-soaked blues-roll boogie woogie merchants now’s your chance. Spoiler alert: they’re fucking awesome.