Tonight VOKXEN will be hosting a night of Ireland’s finest in dark, gothic and electro pop at the Sunflower Bar, celebrating the release of their new single bringing attention to a whole bunch of exciting announcements coming from the cosmic synth-pop Belfast trio during the month of October
Featuring performances from SYLK, VOKXEN, blxxd & Alice LA followed by Zool DJs – come hang out!
“I spent over a year writing, recording and mixing ‘SORRY” and if I’m being honest… I find it difficult to listen back to.”
Don Maple released SORRY on 16/08 this year – his first full album, self produced and released independently through his label YEAR SPACESHIP. I’d been intently following the singles and videos that were flowing on Facebook leading up to the album release and like the rest of his followers I was waiting eagerly to hear more. I asked him a couple of questions online and he very kindly and earnestly replied.
Belfast’s freshest DIY labels are teaming up again for the second instalment of Banjaxed X Zool – this time we’re taking over Ulster Sports Club for Sound Of Belfast 2019! Last time we put on a show together at our warehouse the place was packed so we’re stoked to bring this exciting lineup to a bigger venue!
This Thursday, Bicurious return to the Menagerie, Belfast as part of their European tour. I had the privilege of playing with these guys at their show in Dublin last week to kick this particular tour off and let me tell ya – their live show and new songs are fucking amazing. We’re also looking forward to giving our favourite local venue’s new & improved stage a good test drive. Don’t miss this one.
The time has come for the next Mosmo Strange celebration, where we’ll be debuting a set of unreleased material and bangers from the last four years of the strange. Zool legends WASPS will also be performing a comeback set of everyone’s favourite odd-time tunes, after a year hiatus. Not to mention steamy sets from our boys in Alpha Twin and Valium
Saturday 14th September MOSMO STRANGE & friends at Limelight, Belfast Doors 6pm . £6ticket / £8 on the door
This Saturday, we’re holding a pretty special private party – it’s the final show of Zoolhaus season, meaning it’ll be the last show in our warehouse for a while! Never fear though, we’ve only got bigger and better plans for the coming months. First things first – this Saturday’s show will be intrinsically linked with Mosmo Strange’s headline show at the Limelight in a couple weeks, meaning that if you buy a ticket for one show you’re automatically granted entry to the other! Two gigs for the price of one, we’re awful good to you, right? (£6 either way)
Saturday 31st August MOSMO STRANGE PRIVATE PARTY at the Zool Warehouse BYOB 8pm. £6
The night will feature a headline set from WASPS, an opening set from American Guinea Pig and of course, some surprises in between. Finally, I just want to say that these two shows are very important to us as we’re finally gonna be delivering a couple new songs we’ve been toiling over – they’re very good and we’re so proud and excited to give you a taste.
I want to tell you guys about a hardcore band from Dublin I came across recently, and have since had the pleasure to share the stage with – ORDER SIXTY SIX!
We properly got into the Belfast hardcore scene at the start of 2019, around the same time I met Gavin and the boys from local hype beasts NO GREAT LOSS. I was on the lookout for heavy bands and he strongly recommended Order Sixty Six – I just about managed to catch their set at the recent Menagerie show for NGL’s launch night (i say just about as i was mostly talking shite out in the smoking area, for shame). Anyway, the track in particular that I have been addicted to by O66 is ‘Sirens’ – its a real heavy hitter with an interesting structure – everyone who has hung out with me the past couple months will attest to how many times I attempt to recreate one line in particular:
“and everyday, I find myself wondering – is this what I get in return for suffering?”
Seriously. I have not fucking put this down. Thank god Spotify don’t limit how many times you can play a song cos I would have hit that limit on day one. And you best fucking believe we’re bringing them to Zool ASAP.
If you dig this track you’ll enjoy the rest of the EP for sure – around every bend you’re met with more emotionally charged one-liners that slap you around even more than the brutal riffs they accompany. Check out Sirens (Order Sixty Six) off their EP of the same name now on Spotify!
Tomorrow night, Zool will play host to a full lineup of acts from the Banjaxed Records roster. Currently building momentum with their fine taste in rap and hip-hop artists, Banjaxed are bringing some of their hottest acts to the warehouse – Leo Miyagee, Jack Bashful, GK, Youse.e and Afrobigums.
With the aim of bringing fresh Belfast music to a new crowd who might not have gotten a taste for it yet, this collab will hopefully be the first of many genre-defying showcases from Banjaxed x Zool!
Friday 23rd August Banjaxed x Zool Showcase at the Zool Warehouse BYOB 8pm. £5
PS. Hey, thanks for reading the first zoolnews post – gonna be using this part of our site to give you more info, news, music and shows that we’re interested in! Get stuck in – here’s some amazing tracks I’ve heard from >Leo Miyagee >Youse.e >Afrobigums – can’t wait to get more familiar with the rest of the lineup on Friday!