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Adebisi Shank

Touring Japan for the fourth time, being handpicked by Mike Patton to support Faith No More in the Olympia, writing and recording their second album – it’s been a hell of a year for Wexford based lightning punks Adebisi Shank. Long been the darlings of the underground scene and after countless tours of Ireland, UK and mainland Europe the band prepare to release their eagerly awaited follow up to the J. Robbins produced debut album, “This is the album of a band called Adebisi Shank.” That debut, which AU magazine was to declare 11th best Irish album of the decade and Hot Press 74th best Irish album of all time (Voted for by Irish Musicians), was a 25 minute runaway tornado of euphoria that left listeners dazed, confused, and hungry for more. This new full length somehow manages to expand the bands musical horizons to incorporate a host of different influences and yet focus their songwriting chops even further than on their 2007 EP and 2008 LP. “On the first album, our mission was get in, tear it up, get out” explains bassist Vin (Who also produces under the name “The Vinny Club” in his downtime), “The whole thing is over in about 24 minutes, which is really cool, but this time we wanted to make something that you could really spend a bit of time with, get a bit lost in. This one’s 40 minutes, which might not sound a lot, but to us that is almost like a double album. There’s a real sense of geography to the songs, you can really feel the places we’ve been and to an extent, the people we’ve met as we’ve travelled around.It seemed to make sense to bring in as many of our friends as we could to give the album the party vibe we felt it deserved.” He continues, “It’s a big glorious mess.” Adebisi Shank are mostly known for their explosive and energetic live performances, NME describing it as,“baffling, terrifying and utterly riveting” and Rock Sound exclaiming the band are “…one of the most exciting live bands in Ireland right now.” “This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank” features contributions from Mercury prize nominated Villagers frontman Conor J O Brien and Choice Prize winner Richie “Jape” Egan among others, and sees Adebisi Shank broaden their sonic palette beyond the trusty formula of bass drums and guitars to incorporate electronics, marimba, horn sections, vocoders, percussion ensembles and an arsenal of vintage synthesisers while still using the traditional three piece lineup to experiment with sounds as much as possible. The album was recorded and produced by the band and Stephen J. Caffrey in various locations around Ireland and mixed and mastered by TJ Lipple (Aloha, MGMT) at his home in Washington DC.

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