The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock
Dublin, County Dublin
Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock match Irish folk and traditional sounds with more modern experimental rock sounds. With the release of their new album "The Brutal Here and Now" they have refined their craft, creating melodic folk rock with with a modern dark feel. They veer away from their peers in tracing a line from the Irish 60's folk revival through progressive, kraut and post rock.
Lyrically springing from English and Irish folk song, the songs deal with complex themes of personal and national identity, alienation, Irish history and mythology, revolution and the cynical cyclical nature of greed and power. Live they are a powerful 5 piece, overlaying intricate folk melodies with swirling squalls of feedback and delay and soaring three part harmonies
First coming together in late 2005 in Dublin the band was formed by Allen Blighe with the aim of writing songs in the idiom of Irish folk. Gathering friends Enda Bates, Donnchadh Hoey and Brian O'Higgins the band recorded their self titled debut which was released on Japanese/ Irish label Transduction records in 2008. Since then they ha played all over Ireland and Japan and after recruiting fifth member Ronan Hayes they have returned with their sophmore album "The Brutal Here and Now" in 2012, which widened their sonic palette, taking in Italian and Indian folk influences and found them singing in English, Irish and Italian.
1. The Tarantella
2. Suffer the Wait
3. Heave the Bellows
4. Sweeney's Frenzy
5. Black Diaries
6. Bóthar Crua Iarthar
7. Ríleanna na hIfrinn
9. The Brutal Here and Now (Part I)
10. The Brutal Here and Now (Part II)
11. Shudder in the West
12. The Rattling Hell
Recent press quotes about "The Brutal Here and Now"
"The Brutal Here and Now is utterly spell-binding...potential Irish album of the year" - Hot Press
"The most inventive, audacious and barnstorming Irish album of 2012...brazen, blazing and brilliant" - The Irish Times
"Powerful and defiantly unique" - Entertainment.ie
"Ireland’s finest example of a modern trad band" - Nialler 9
"This richly rewarding album suggests the spiritual heirs to Planxty and Horslips may have finally been found" - Sunday Business Post
Press quotes about "The Brutal Here and Now":
"'The Brutal Here and Now' is utterly spellbinding.. potential Irish album of the year"
"The most inventive, audacious, barnstorming Irish album of 2012... brazen, blazing and brilliant"
The Irish Times
"Powerful and defiantly unique"
"Irelands finest example of a modern trad band"
"This richly rewarding album suggests the spiritual heirs to Planxy and the Horslips may have finally been found"
The Sunday Business Post
Press quotes about the self titled debut album
"an album that combines vitality, bold vision and vivid imagination. Time to ditch those tired old Celtic-rock retreads. This is the real stuff" - Rock and Reel
"One of the best pieces of contemporary Irish rock music we've heard in an age" - The Irish Times
"The best album I have heard from Ireland since Fionn Regan's 'The End Of History' and like that masterpiece this a record that is exceptionally beautiful and inspired yet truly deeply disturbed" - Americana UK
"Haunted, rabble rousing folk" - Evening Herald
"the best tunes are wrapped in the kind of guitar blizzard mostly associated with Sixteen Horsepower or early Dirty Three" - Uncut
"Irish album of the year by a country mile (with hairpin bends every 15 yards), haunting doesn't even begin to describe it" - MP3 Hugger
"Heart-pounding Pogues-esque moments, My Bloody Valentine's fuzzy logic, indie guitar crescendos and Nick Cave's solitary confinement rock…wonderful work" - State.ie