Robocobra Quartet has a rule: “No Guitars Allowed”. Their unique sound, concocted and self-produced in Belfast, Northern Ireland sees that ‘middle’ space filled by other instruments such as saxophones, samplers, keyboards and sound effects swirling around the melodic basslines and powerful drum rhythms which prop up the core of each of their songs. On top of this music sits a single vocal from behind the drum kit amid a fury of rhythm, sometimes marrying perfectly with the pulse of the drums and occasionally at complete odds with it.
Experimentation is at the core of Robocobra Quartet, whether it be in the fluid line-up (six musicians tagging in and out to make up the live touring quartet) or in their unique self-produced records made in their hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. These juxtapositions are just the beginning of the complex world of Robocobra Quartet – a band serious about their music but humorous in their approach, including members with no musical training alongside members with music conservatoire pedigree. The result is a collective of musicians inspired by Stravinsky and Black Flag in equal measures.
On stage, the band are protons and electrons circling drummer-vocalist Chris W Ryan; meticulous arrangements and on-the-spot improvisations hang on every word spoken, sung and shouted by Ryan. These words and rhythms are what propel the music of Robocobra Quartet forward and concoct a sound that is groove-driven but cerebral too, invoking the likes of Fugazi, Talking Heads and contemporaries such as Black Midi, Squid and BadBadNotGood.
“A cunning marriage of jazz, spoken word, punk and avant-garde ”
Fears is Irish artist, musician and producer Constance Keane. Combining reflective electronics, acoustic samples, and haunting vocals with organic visuals, Fears invites the listener on an ethereal journey, blurring the boundaries between music and visual art. Her minimalist approach centres on emotive subjects, which are all-at-once deeply personal yet remarkably universal.
Fears has received acclaim across the world, with her music being covered by The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, Clash Magazine, i-D, DJ Mag Spain, Hot Press, Sunday Business Post, Irish Tatler, Noisey, Huck Magazine, BBC Arts, the Irish independent & Nialler9.
“The insistent, under-wrought melodies start to get stuck in your head, and the human warmth underlying it all starts to seep through”
– The Guardian Readers’ Top Albums of 2021
“Emotionally stirring, musically diverse and breathtakingly honest, ‘Oíche’ is a reflection on all that’s come and gone in the life of one of Ireland’s great creatives.”
– CLASH Magazine’s Top Albums of 2021
Tickets are €10 from Eventbrite.
This event is supported by Kerry County Council through their Arts Act Grant and Community Support Fund.