MusicTown & 12 Points Festival Supergig: Alarmist, OKO & RedivideR

Posted March 5, 2015 in Music

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Three of the city’s best musical trips are coming together for a unique – and free – night of collaboration and experimentation as a part of MusicTown this April in collaboration with 12 Points Festival. At the gig, the members of Alarmist, OKO and RedivideR, themselves all 12 Points alumni, will be joining forces to create that most magical of experiences: the super-group.

Alarmist are known for the deft post-rock shapes as well as their spectacular visual presentations, referred to Totally Dublin once by Ensemble Music’s Rob Farhat as ‘Ireland’s answer to Battles’ which is high-praise indeed. Most recently they have released the single ‘Morning, Kepler’ this month ahead of a full-length record later in 2015, and if the single is anything to go by, we’ve a treat to look forward to.

OKO‘s I Love You Computer Mountain was one of our favourite albums of 2014, ripping up the script of what you might expect from an album by a collection of Dublin’s premier jazzers. Joining Shane Latimer on guitar, Shane O’Donovan on drum kit and Daragh Kelly on keys (the trio at the core of Rhythm Method also) is Djackulate, bring his turntablism to the trio’s already outlandish skill to create grooves unlike any other band in Ireland, or possibly even the planet. They don’t call themselves “T1000’s favorite experimental jazz/funk science outfit” for nothing you know?


ReDiviDeR first came to our attention playing in an empty office space on Smithfield, where their tense, visceral jazz ricocheted around the strange post-Celtic Tiger space with a particularly enjoyable sense of menace. Fond of both tUnE-yArDs’ disapproval of spelling conventions and with a certain palindromic sensibility, ReDiviDeR describe themselves as “Free Improv Two-Horns No-Chords Quartet”, which actually doesn’t begin to unpack the detail found in their sound. Despite operating more in the jazz world, their sound is likely to find fans of skronky no-wave madness from outside the tradition savouring for more of their mayhem.

The gig on the Friday 17th April will take place in the salubrious confines of one of the city’s most distinguished venues, The Smock Alley Theatre at the Old City end of Temple Bar. Tickets are available on at the following link:


12 Points have also put together an outrageous playlist for those willing to dip their toe into jazzy waters and listen to the sound of improvised Dublin:

Watch out for more 12 Points coverage both on and in the April issue of Totally Dublin in the lead-up to the festival which takes place in Project Arts Centre over 15th – 18th April.


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