Noise Annoys: Irish tour by Protomartyr, new music from Slomatics, Axis Of and Jim Bob, plus a special charity show at Oh Yeah…



Protomartyr is currently on tour in Ireland. Photo by Trevor Naud


:: Protomartyr Dublin and Belfast shows

EVERYONE’s favorite post-punky Nick Cave and indie rockers The Bad Seeds-y Protomartyr are currently in Ireland and have shows at The Button Factory in Dublin tonight and Ulster Sports Club in Belfast tomorrow night.

At the time of writing (Tuesday, just before lunch), overwhelmingly positive reports of the Detroit outfit’s recent live engagements in Brighton, London and Leeds were spreading across social media like positive scourge, so if you’re about to go see them why not give your butt a break already and grab a ticket now via bandsintown.com.

As a bonus, the mighty Kelley Deal is currently part of Protomartyr’s touring line-up, with comments like “Kelley brings so much to the band” being quite the vibe of those who surprised Joe and company at their live shows. more recent. , so there’s really no excuse to miss them – especially with Galway’s Oh Boland opening for it.

Be there or regret it forever.

:: Slomatics/Domkraft – Ascend/Descend (split LP, Majestic Mountain Records)

FORWARD to the first and heaviest outing under the rusty knife this week – the newest split from the doom meisters/maestros of Belfast Slomatics and like-minded Swedish guys Domkraft.

Released today, Ascend/Descend features two new tracks from each band as well as a cover of a favorite by the other band. So, Slomatics rumbles through a superb atmospheric slow-motion rendition of Domkraft’s aggro-sludge anthem, Dustrider, with aplomb, adding a lovely outing that allows drummer/screamer Marty to channel his inner Freddie Mercury, while psycho- Stockholm stoners successfully supercharge the Belfast trio. classic heavy And Yet It Moves, turning it into a grungy, mosh pit-friendly brute.

Both bands make the tunes sound like their own, which is exactly what you’d expect from a good cover. As for the quartet of rookies on offer, Domkraft’s eight-minute marathon The Core Will Pull You Home opens the proceedings with a winning combo of haunting wink and psychedelic space antics before The Brush Descends The Length does not increase the voltage. with its slower, moodier fuzz-dirge.

Slomatics “goes that long” with their first new track, Positive Runes, a Sabbath-y riff slowly dragged through a swamp of molasses-thick doom metal with added synth-fueled atmospheres for a horror movie vibe slightly gothic.

There’s some great vocals from Marty towards the end of it, too – a trend that continues on Buried Axes’ highlight moment on Regulus Minor, a smartly dynamic one (quiet bits can be just as effective as anything up the ante). ‘to ’11’, soha know?) and a thundering sci-fi/fantasy tale infused with extinction-level events on a distant star. The Slomatics drummer shifts from a chilling whisper to a jaw-dropping howl on the ominous/intriguing chorus as the mud briefly drops completely under his space boots.

This one will be a ‘moment’ when played live, that’s for sure – check it out during their May 22 show at Voodoo in Belfast, which also features their former split-release pals Conan, as well as Elder Druid and Grief Eater.

Appropriately, all of these tracks have been entombed in a selection of beautiful, colorful vinyl for your listening pleasure/collection, although there are also CDs for the dead types within: pick and perish now on slomatics. bandcamp.com/album/ascend-descend.





:: Jim Bob – Beach Ready EP (Cherry Red)

SPRING may have only just arrived, but Jim Bob is already looking forward to summer with Beach Ready Boys, the catchy title track from his latest EP – an all-killer-no-filler four-track affair. clad (virtually speaking, as it’s ‘download only’) in artwork that flips the classic nihilistic imagery of Jamie Reid’s Pretty Vacant single sleeve. It is even being sold at the very 1970s price of just 99p.

You get a lot of pep/pop here for your not-quite-a-book, especially from the pleasantly bouncing main number/guitar/bass/drums/piano/synths title number about the “teenagers who go to the seaside for the first time “.

“Neighborhood kids with their first rock stick on a pier” sings Jim, evocatively, before offering plenty of cries for seaside towns: “Hastings, Bognor, Rhyl/Blackpool, Bournemouth, Deal.” Belfast and Cork are also mentioned – gigs there soon please? — and any track that manages to name both Slade and Dave (the rapper, not me) is surely worth your attention.

However, if the weight of the world has sagged your shoulders to the point that the thought of a beautiful beachside paddle seems like some kind of impossible dream, jump right into the Step Back (Take A Minute) anthem: close your eyes and start clicking your fingers as Jim imagines himself as a songwriting hero on a quest to dispense soothing anthems of self-care to the unease-ridden masses and knife-wielding “yoots” of sarf Lahndan.

You should feel a whole lot better after that one, but sadly while wise advice like “if you can’t move forward, you’re always moving back” could be tailor-made for us, and indeed the mad topic of clutter the Velvets -esque strummer who is track two, Angela Hoards, is of little use to the omnipotent star of the EP’s climactic epic If God Was a CCTV Control Room Operator Named Steve.

This poor bugger sees everything, but is powerless to help those who are beaten, exploded or broken, nor anyone on the verge of being infected by invisible viruses or swept away by a man-made disaster.

Jim says the latter is his favorite song from the EP and I can see why, while the lyrics of this memorably melancholic, piano-centric heavy ballad really get to you: “Like a wildlife filmmaker, it simply documents the pain / watching and remembering, over and over” and “right now he’s watching a small coffin being lowered into the ground / Steve knew where she was weeks before she was found” being particularly good.

Offering a carefully crafted counterpoint to the upbeat opening melody, this one’s chorus is literally just the word “shame” cried sadly and repeatedly, and it all builds slowly and masterfully to a surprisingly cacophonous final section. with sublime guitar abuse.

It’s pretty amazing that you can own these four new Jim Bob tracks today for just 99 pence just by visiting carterusmstore.com – although I for one would certainly pay at least 10 times that amount if someone able only pressed that like a nice seven-inch ice cream/cotton candy-colored single (hint-hint).



Axis Of releases their new album Bella Pacifica today


:: Axis Of – Bella Pacifica album launch

IT SEEMS like ages ago I was writing about Axis Of’s newly revived new album, Bella Pacifica, mostly because it was ages ago.

In fact, since they were last mentioned – a review of their excellent ‘comeback’ single Beach Light – the North Coasters have released another record quality single in the form of current single Blackcomber.

With Ewen’s typically melodic/anthemic “woah-oh” vocals (with a capable backup on the chorus hook courtesy of Niall) evoking self-doubt, hope, and mountain hiking, Blackcomber combines a punchy backbeat and fuzzy bass groove with layers of laser-like guitar action and even last-minute trumpet fun, just for the craic.

The song forms the centerpiece of Bella Pacifica itself, which is finally unleashed on the world this very day – grab it now via axisof.bandcamp.com/album/bella-pacifica – and which the band will celebrate with a show of out in Belfast at The Limelight on May 20 with support from Brand New Friend (who themselves should surely be working on a new album at the moment) and Big Daisy.

Tickets for this are £12.50 (plus the usual stealth fee) via Ticketmaster.ie – you can find out more about Bella Pacifica in the exciting next episode of Noise Annoys.

:: Aid For Ukraine charity show

FINALLY for this week, please know that there will be a special Aid For Ukraine charity show taking place at the Oh Yeah Center in Belfast tomorrow night.

Organized in association with the Stendhal Festival, this is a multi-band program featuring some of your local favorites who will offer their services to help raise funds for the Polish charity Stowarzyszenie Leubuzzi, which feeds refugees fleeing the ongoing Russian invasion.

There will be a track from Duke Special, as well as musical twists from Wood Burning Savages, Joshua Burnside, Sister Ghost, Dark Tropics and Lemonade Shoelace, while Radio One’s Phil Taggart will also DJ on the night.

Tickets are £15 in advance via Stendhalfestival.com or onsite, which opens at 7pm.



Duke Special headlines a charity special at Oh Yeah tomorrow night