Being crammed behind a desk with my fellow Flip It TV presenter Ali Daly, we were barely hanging onto to our laptops and mixer (we were Djing at the first ever DIE night), as the crowd swelled to an enormous amount in the smaller upstairs room of Dolans Pub. I wish I could say we were playing such great tunes that they were delirious with dance but no…they were in fact there to see the raucous Hip-Neck Blues Collective. This was my first introduction of the footstompin, high energy, and riotous band who hail from (that’s right) Limerick.
As a positively new band (these guys are only together a year) they have left their indelible mark on Limerick and Ireland with non stop gigging. They have a unique sound which incorporates a harmonica and a cello, as well as harmonies and rap, they have found a niche in a otherwise saturated market. They’ve had the pleasure of sharing a stage with Scroobius Pip, B Dolan, DJ Woody, and Sneaky Soundsystem, to just name a few. With six members in the band, they fill the stage with their “Blues and Folk tinged Hip-Hop”.
The boys have been busy with their debut EP Millie, recorded in Red Lake Sound Studios and released the 17th of April. Featuring five tracks; Post Apocalyptic, Devil’s Child, Going Down, Love Song, and Broken Man. Listening to the EP a few times, I can only conclude that these lads have old souls, singing about love, and a mans life which is in such a shambles, he wants to resort to drinking and violence. They weave intricate stories with every song and you are transported with the music and lyrics.
The Hip-Neck Blues Collective are not to be missed, as with every gig they are known to bring the noise. They are on tour right now around Ireland and will be playing in Baker Place on the 26th of April for their EP launch. You can check them out on their FaceBook and YouTube.
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