ADEBISI FUCKING SHANK

Eoin Beglin's illustration of Adebisi Shank for the first TN2 (out Tuesday).

So Nialler9 is five, and he celebrated his birthday with a State vs. Nialler9 night in the Mercantile. The Low Sea, Squarehead and TOP SECRET BAND played. Who attended? A veritable indie rock underground Hello magazine of band members, bloggers and generally recognisable faces. Who’s that pogoing down the front left? Why, Conor J. O’Brien of Villagers! And who’s that crowd-surfing like a mad yoke? That’d be Loreana.

Who were the secret band?

Well, if it wasn’t given away by the fact that @statemagazine tweeted something along the lines of ‘send us your set up’ to @adebisishank during the week, then it was given away by the idle chatter of basically everyone. It was Adebisi Fucking Shank.

The EP was good. The first album was really good. The second album is great. And the live show is fucking ridiculous. Standing outside in the sadly unpedestrianised Dame Lane, the crowd is called (or so it seemed from outside) with those few now-familiar blips and bloops. It speeds up. I get in. Then it explodes, Adebisi go nuts and the crowd do too. International Dreamboat. Sweat starts to pour, the vaguely hardcore-looking guys who are at the front of most Richter Collective events start punching air and snapping their necks, and everyone else gives it their best shot.

Some guitarists, you look at them and think ‘how the hell does he do that?’ With Lar from Adebisi Shank, that’s not the first thing that springs to mind. It’s more along the lines of ‘what the hell is he even doing? like he’s just holding the neck up in the air and there are 64 notes per beat coming from somewhere, I’m really confused.’ They set off loops at the beginning, but they’re tight enough to drown them out, then drop the guitar and bass and still be in sync.

They melt faces with some enthusiasm and no shame. It’s not something it’s even possible to represent in writing. It’s just a full body experience that makes you want to say things like ‘they ripped the arse out of the Mercantile’ or ‘they tore that shit down like the Berlin Wall’. They played maybe two off the first album plus International Dreamboat, Genki Shank, Masa, maybe something else and finally Europa. Nothing was less than wind-tunnel levels of great. You get the impression that it could be the Lower Deck or the O2 and Adebisi Shank would play the same.

They are the best band in Ireland at the moment.

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  1. Pingback: State Vs Nialler9 in photos | Nialler9 Music Blog

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