Ireland’s vitalic rock scene has once again created musical alchemy in the form of No Spill Blood. A band formed from the much-loved, respected and established bands Adebisi Shank, Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk and Magic Pockets will release their debut EP Street Meat internationally through Sargent House.
Matt Hedigan (Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk) on bass and vocals, Ruadhan O’Meara (Magic Pockets) on synths and Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank) on drums took time out of their other bands to jam in Dublin in early 2011 after Matt had moved to the city from Cork. The trio’s shared musical influences, the agile post-rock electronic punch of Trans Am, the playful noise of Devo and the low-down post-punk of the Melvins can be heard melded into No Spill Blood’s spirited hurtling rhythms.
While their other musical projects contribute to the tempos, the tones and the textures of the music, No Spill Blood’s sound is unequivocally their own. Repetitive Kraut-esque rhythms are goaded by O’Meara’s buzzsaw vintage synthesizers, Kaye swaps his robotic guitar work in Adebisi Shank for incisively-charged drums and Hedigan provides the fuzzed-out low-end and beastly vocals. Or in their own words – “Heft, Heft, Synth, Heft, Heft”.
The lyrical subject matter on Street Meat is concerned with dark, recondite and toilsome subject matter – coal mining. “The lyrics are loosely based on a story I wrote in school about a guy who reluctantly starts working in his local mine,” says Hedigan. “I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination! It’s fairly apocalyptic.”
Street Meat‘s six tracks were primarily recorded with Dek Hynes in a derelict office block running on a petrol generator. Mixing was done by Vinny McCreith (Adebisi Shank/The Vinny Club) and James Eager from The Hive mastered the EP.
The albums artwork was done by Sonny Kay. “We just sent him a few images we liked, and he took elements from them, and came back with that awesome cover art. It’s so striking, we are all crazy about it.”
And as for the name No Spill Blood? “It’s an Oingo Boingo tune,” says O’Meara. “They got it from the [ H. G. Wells book] ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’, the same place where Devo got ‘Are We Not Men?’ It seemed fitting…”
NO SPILL BLOOD LIVE:
Street Meat Track list:
02. No Retreat
03. Good Company
05. Stang Gang
06. New Tricks
No Spill Blood
Label: Sargent House
Digital Release Date: July 31, 2012
CD / Vinyl Release Date: September 4, 2012
You can find the raucous, daring and abrasive exploration which is Street Meat streaming below-
A stunning debut- a true hardhitting record. The entire 6 track EP conveys the talent that each musician holds. Together they prove they’re an unstoppable force. The harsh compositions will captivate every listener, whilst you find yourself on a journey throughout the record its the final track ‘New Tricks’ which will leave you needing more. As the progression ends, the 7 minute track ferociously embraces the heightening of the harmonious orchestration.
Watch the live video for No Retreat -
No Spill Blood performing No Retreat live at Whelans One’s to watch 2012
Camera/Edit: Seán Zissou
Director/Camera: John Breslin
Audio Capture/Audio Post Production: Aaron McGrattan
Street Meat is now available everywhere digitally and on LP &CD on September 4th, 2012 via Sargent House.