Saturday 24 March 2018

Music: This is the second album by a band called Adebisi Shank by Adebisi Shank * * * *

Dazzling instrumental from the beguiling Wexford post-rock trio
Dazzling instrumental from the beguiling Wexford post-rock trio
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Wowzers! Who would have thought? Irish power trio Adebisi Shank entered the official top 10 of the most blogged about acts in the whole world wide web.

Not too shabby work to be creating a bigger online buzz than Arcade Fire and Interpol on your second album.

This beguiling Wexford post-rock band have been chipping away for a couple of years now and have become big in Japan. No, this isn't a jokey cliché, as the band have already put in no less than three successfully tours way out East.

This is dazzling instrumental music that leaves the abrasive guitar template of their first album behind in favour of meaty electronica.

Guitars collide with vocoders and synths, and it's a brilliant, happy mess that leaves a lot of the chin-stroking jazz pretentious of much of the post-rock genre for dust.

On first listen, This is the Second Album By a Band Called Adebisi Shank is a barrage of entertaining ideas.

It takes a while for the full force of its sucker punch to strike. Masa and Genki Shank are thrilling statements of intent.

Apparently, Conor O'Brien chips in a distorted guest vocal on Europa, while Richie Egan of Jape/The Redneck Manifesto fame performs synth on the concluding track Century City.

Despite the presence of two such illustrious lights from Ireland's alt-pop landscape, Adebisi Shank are far too big and bold enough to ensure that nobody steals the show.

A marvellous achievement.

Burn it: Mama; Genki Shank; Logdrum

Irish Independent

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