The Grand Social in association with Heineken Ireland presents Reverberation, Ireland’s premier Psyche/Drone Festival, on the 8th and 9th of April.
Described as a “fusion of shimmering, mind expanding aural surrealism, psychedelic grooves with live bands, DJs & Visuals”, we once again welcome the festival back to The Grand Social this month.
This year will be no different as the guys have once again managed to gather an eclectic mix of artists from at home and abroad that epitomise the heart and soul of the Psych genre.
Taking the stage for the opening night of Reverberation on Friday, 8th April are:-
The Cosmic Dead (UK)
For anyone who hasn’t yet stood before The Cosmic Dead and their live homage to the cosmos, expect religious devotion to synthesized dreamworlds, subsonic grooves, guitaristic splendour and the vast, hypnotic sounds of Hawkwind and Popol Vuh eternally jamming in the Möbius strip of time and space.
Dublin’s Twinkranes (pictured above) create psychedelic progressive pop skillfully harassing drone and the motorik beats of Krautrock to create a hypnotic & visceral live show and a brief but noticeable rip in the space-time continuum.
Woven Skull create a contrast of minimal drones, repetition and psychedelic distorted riffs all layered in constant unconscious rhythms.
WILD ROCKET plays space metal. WILD ROCKET plays heavy psychedelic. WILD ROCKET endures. WILD ROCKET lives. ‘Nuff said.
I Heart The Monster Hero
The music I Heart The Monster Hero makes has been described as ‘fuzzed-up swirl of pop-laminated psych punk’. So, there.
The second and final night of Reverberation on Saturday, 9th April features:-
The Cult Of Dom Keller (UK)
Since 2008 this psych vessel from Nottingham redefines the parameters of psych music, spiking the fuzz laden nuggets with shoegaze and noise. Their music can be as dreamy as Spacemen 3, as harsh as Jesus & Mary Chain or as dangerous as Brian Jonestown Massacre.
The Black Tambourines (UK)
Falmouth’s Black Tambourines put in the best performance I saw at this year’s Great Escape (nme) Blissfully hazy garage flower-punk in the same vain as The Black Lips, the material is born from long days spent dreaming by the coast in their native Cornwall.
Beach are a 5 piece band based in Dublin. They have developed a unique blend of psychedelia infused with elements of electronica and slacker rock whilst expanding their live show by incorporating visuals to create a more immersive expression of their music.
Sun Mahshene is a collective of musicians from Dublin. Their melodic hooks mixed with fuzz and grit delivers a sonic wall of sound.
This duo started out in the summer of 2014, continuously writing and perfecting original material and live sets, striving to invent a new sound by exploring many different genres/artists and musical styles.
There will also be DJ sets each evening, both after the main gigs and throughout the evening in the Smoking Area.
Friday sees Ruairí Paxton (BUFFALO SUNN) and Jessie Paxton in the Smoking Area from 7.30pm – 11.00pm, with Ken Mooney (The Urges) and Michelle Farley there from 11.00pm – 2.30am. Del Kerton (This Other Kingdom) will be on the decks in the Main Room following the final act.
On Saturday, Andy Marke (Resident DJ Reverberation Weekend) will be on duty in the Smoking Area from 7.30pm – 11.00pm, followed by Kate Mc Quillan and Neil Gavin (Perfect Prescription DJs) who are on from 11.00pm – 2.30am. Dandelion is on the decks in the Main Room after the gig.
Reverberation takes place at The Grand Social on Friday 8th and Saturday, 9th April. Tickets cost €14 (incl. booking fee) for each night, or €22.50 (incl. booking fee) for a Weekend pass, and may be purchased online.
The Grand Social
35, Lower Liffey Street
Tel: (01) 874 0076
Lead image courtesy Twinkranes