The Workman’s Club is an intimate space, among the music or club regulars, they will all tell you the possibillities for unforgettable nights here. When A Place To Bury Strangers announced a show here, the possibility was almost a certainty in many fans dreams.
September Girls opened, a band with a strong reputation on the Dublin scene, fitting the bill perfectly. There is that post-punk vibe in the room, and the Dublin based outfit are at a level now that they could probably have played a sold out show here by themselves. Great noise-pop with tracks from their début full-length album on display here. Sleek.
For such a medium-sized venue, the sheer intensity from the outset rocked the walls and anything that stayed on them. The distortion is hard-hitting but not in your face, unlike bassist Dion Lunadon, who ended up in the crowd and nearly clearing band member Oliver Ackermann with the bass upon return to the stage.
As expected, we got a lot from “Transfixifation” on tonight’s setlist. An album in fairness, worth the ‘noise-rock’ label. The show ended in a surprising manner, the band pushed aside an encore for a more intimate approach, by setting up at the sound desk and continuing with their set. Was it welcome? well if you ask anyone at the back who could not make their way through to the front, then certainly yes.
The definition of A Place To Bury Strangers’ ‘noise-rock’ is recognisable on the album, but on the live front, some tracks were lost in some wave of madness or just sheer distortion. Despite this disappointing note, it is nice to see a band not lose touch with wanting to be as close to the crowd with a nice, laser lit, technique. Rare opportunity where a band wants to be beside you rather than just awkwardly looking at you from afar.
Unique and interesting, half-requisitions for any good you would assume.