Cyprus Avenue Tues. 10th April 9pm
FIGHT LIKE APES
Adm: €5 / Students €4
Free Four Star Pizza!!
Since the successful debut single release of ‘Monster’ in July, The Spikes followed up with the critically acclaimed, ‘In Love No More’ in November. They are now set for their most daring release to date with 'Ninja Girlfriend'. The Spikes have successfully set about re-establishing the niche for the rock ‘n’ roll four-piece.
With three singles under their belt The Spikes are not to be taken lightly, their live show has been turning heads since they began over a year and a half ago. Frontman Tom Dunne is the epitome of their live energy roaming around onstage with a performance that is guaranteed to entertain. Tom Dunne delivers not only the outfit’s drive but also ‘a vocal performance that puts one in mind of a stripped-down The Zutons, with more than a hint of Joy Division.’ – Hotpress. With each member coming together after different experiences they are one of the most polished bands you will see, as The Irish Times have noted, ‘The Spikes…show the rest how it’s done’!
The Spikes return to Cork for their second Drop-D show as well as playing in the Old Oak last November.
FIGHT LIKE APES
After a hugely successful Drop-D gig in February, which marked their first Cork gig, Fight Like Apes will return to many a new fan. Their high energy and vocal performance simply cannot be missed. “Giving us a quirky new-wave punk with equal cut of humour and aggression, Fight Like Apes are emerging with tempestuously bolstered songs built on synth and digitised fuzz over driving bass lines and tight punk beats, and are easily one of the most promising punk bands to come out of Dublin for quite some time” – www.frequency-ireland.blogspot.com. Singer MayK runs the show in a manic fashion as she roams around stage as if crazed; “the moment lead vocalist MayKay opens her mouth we knew we were in for quite a ride. Fight Like Apes smack you so hard in the kidneys that your jaw drops to the floor and eyes bulge in amazement” – Drop-D.ie
The band were recently awarded, along with Duke Special and The Frames, the opportunity of having their video for ‘Lend Me Your Face’ made courtesy of the students of The Tisch School of Arts in New York. Surely, even after a short period of time together, Fight Like Apes are going places.
Cork progressive rockers Sideproject launched their debut EP Take Shelter From The Stars just two months ago to a packed Cyprus Avenue. This is no mean feat on it’s own but if you consider the fact that Murphy’s Live was full to capacity in An Bróg then it is exceptional. ‘Take Shelter From The Stars’ was recorded with Ross O’Donovan (Waiting Room's ‘Catering for Headphones’, Ten Past Seven's ‘Shut Up Your Face’ and Cars in Wall's ‘Seven Cars In A Room’) and mastered in Suite Studios in Dublin (Muse, JJ72, Frames). Sideproject then went on to support Rest for their album launch in Cork and Galway to sell out crowds.
While leaning heavily on influences such as Biffy Clyro and Mogwai there is a considerable instrumental vibe carried throughout. The band seem on the fastrack to success; "If the songs on their debut EP ‘Take Shelter From The Stars’ are anything to go by, Sideproject could well be one of the success stories of 2007." – Downtown.
Vocalist Tom Kavanagh nurtures a sweet rock based voice and delivers the quiet/loud vocals exquisitely. The dynamic they have in their line-up shows there is a lot going on with Sideproject; “a band with a firm grasp on the quiet/loud dynamics laid-out by the indie rock fraternity yet also tilts their collective hat towards slow-burning post-rock overtones aswell as offering impassioned vocals” – Cork Independent.