The cream of indie for Strange Brew

THREE OF the most exciting Irish indie bands - one from Dublin, one from Tuam, the other from Donegal - play Strange Brew at the Róisín Dubh on Thursday March 7.

Dublin trio Squarehead - Roy Duffy (singer/guitarist ), Ian McFarlane (bass ), and Ruan Van Vliet (drums ) - play an infectious brand of indie full of the kind of vibes and vocals that scream surf rock, but which is offset by a rough around the edges garage rock, which allows the guitars to growl but never compromises the catchy and upbeat melodies and choruses.

Rural Savage - Farren McDonald (vocals/guitar ), Mosey Byrne (drums ), and Hob Junker (bass ) - are Galway based, but featuring two Donegalmen in the line-up (Hob is a Corkonian ), their songs are located firmly and unapologetically within the Ulster punk tradition of Rudi, The Outcasts, The Undertones, and Rufrex, shot through with a contemporary vision.

So Cow is a trio led by Tuam singer-songwriter Brian Kelly who plays music that ranges from short, sharp ‘77 punk, to clever, melodically inventive indie-pop. The band have performed at the Primavera Sound Music festival in Barcelona and been favourably reviewed in Pitchfork.

Doors are at 9pm. Support is from OH Boland. Tickets are €5. For more information see www.roisindubh.net

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