Cahir shot to our hearts somewhere around 2005, as the newly installed riff hero on Jetplane Landings seminal 2nd record, Once Like A Spark. He helped push the band on from almost indie into the almost post-hardcore scene with his huge, fun riffage. As that band relentlessly toured for a few album cycles and begun to slow down, Cahir continued forging riffs with Fighting With Wire, (FWW) who *almost* made the big time with their 2nd album, Colonel Blood. That wasn’t to be & these days Cahir finds him-self globetrotting with (and occasionally standing in for) Frank Turner, as his guitar tech.
So much anticipation will be forthcoming with the news & release of any new music featuring the guitar work of Cahir. So it goes without saying then that yes, the guitar licks & riffs are all present & correct. There’s something familiar yet new about the bands sound. Track “Bloody Soil” has an early FWW feel to it, while the latest single “It’s Darker” comfortably nestles amongst the Sleater Kinney scene.
New Pagans will be new to a lot of people given this is their first UK tour, but the Northern Irish 5 piece will already have the vast Xtra-Mile shaped scene waiting to greet them, especially after the success of friends and fellow scenesters, Brand New Friend having cut a groove in the UK scene in the last 12 months.
Opening the show will be South Wales trio Stay Voiceless, who first played for us a few years ago in Frome. The band come with more inevitabilities, being that they’re Welsh and make rock music, The Manic’s are bound to be mentioned. It’s a comparison the band wear on their sleeve with pride. It’s anthemic rock with a policial nouse. Check their latest single in the link below…
Tickets £6 adv, £8 otd. WeGotTickets // See Tickets
Sun 8th —Bristol—Crofters Rights