MP3: Alarmist - 'Giraffe Centre'
One of our tips for 2011, Dublin instrumental quartet Alarmist are set to unveil their self-titled debut EP next week through local label Eleven Eleven. Five tracks of surging, polyrhythmic post-rock, Alarmist is the latest in an ever-lengthening line of Irish releases to adhere to a strict 'no singing' policy. Tracks like 'Carpark Showdown' and 'Clapper' sound all the better for it, however, as somersaulting time signatures and an abundance of hidden grooves do all the talking necessary. EP-closer 'Bathtime for Squid', meanwhile, showcases the band's more poignant side, before eventually collapsing into a wall of fierce riffage.
Nialler9 has the whole thing streaming right now, but you can grab a free download of the hyperactive 'Giraffe Centre' below, as well as a cheeky listen to the EP's previously-available opening track 'Vitamin Saturday'.
We spoke in our profile of the band of their "tight-as-fuck live show", and Dubliners will have a chance to experience just that when the guys play an EP launch gig tomorrow week (Friday, August 19) at the city's Block T venue. Support comes from fellow locals The Dying Seconds, admission is a mere €8 and it's a B.Y.O.B. event (full deets here). Alarmist are also set to play a brief in-store set the previous evening as part of Tower Records Dublin's 18th birthday celebrations, with further live dates to be announced soon.