Punk Punk Punk; Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies brings out the new movement of music.
Byline: BRENDAN McKEOWN & MARK WHYTE
If it seems like the state of Northern Ireland's rock and roll scene is decidedly febrile at the minute then there's plenty of nervous excitement going on down south as well. There is no hard border in music, of course, but the spark of rivalry between cities is universal. It's a good thing as long they don't become too insular.
Fontaines DC are at the vanguard of this politically charged, angry new movement and they've forged strong links to bands up here. But another, less well-known, act from Limerick are gearing up to burst into our collective conscious with a gig in Belfast next month. He should do well.
At first glance PostPunkPodge and the Technohippies might look like a satirical band inspired perhaps by fellow Shannonsiders Rubberbandits or Russian protest punks Pussy riot. He wears a mask fashioned from a manilla envelope - complete with An Post markings and a a PiL sticker front and centre - while bandmates sport balaclavas and clown make-up.
But there is more in his armoury than borrowed gimmicks. Much more. The music, which defies genre is not just a vehicle to carry a message - it is part of the message. One minute it's growling post punk, the next uplifting house, the next again heavy hip hop. It's perfect for the ever-shifting sands of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, a place where the Government tells people they're enjoying the benefits of growth while putting them on the street. A state wracked by crises, scandal and corruption Their styles catch our eyes where banks get bailed out but people get turfed out.
Post Punk Election Party "in a country that has no use or an army, it's enough too drive the whole place barmy" is an early song that invokes the spirit of the Dead Kennedys, a sneering dystopian vision of modern Ireland, in both sound and sentiment. The bassline is sinister and oppressive but the lyrics are whipsmart and funny - it feels important, much like Jello Biafra and Co in their day.
Latest single Heavenly Tones is a kind-of skewed dance track with nods to David Byrne that builds into a sprawling, chaotic crescendo while a collab with GavinDaVinci is grime - oddball-southof Ireland-style.
Government Security sees them back in DK mode - albeit with a pounding backbeat. It's a furious appraisal of Ireland's housing crisis in which Guards and hooded security guards evict protesters and families alike. The scenes were pretty disturbing at the time and PostPunkPodge nail it: "Garda an Siochana dressed like ISIS, making war Out of the housing crisis."
Strange times call for strange measures and PostPunkPodge and the Technohippies are just that. Rubber Bandits summed them up as "weird bastards, great people using music as a political force".
And that's good enough for us - let's hope their visit to Belfast inspires even more Nordies to get angry and get creative.
PostPunkPodge and the Technohippes play McHugh's Bar, Belfast, on September 28. Tickets PS7 from SizeableBear.com
FREEDOM Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies
BRIGHT NEON Their styles catch our eyes
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 26, 2019|
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