Camden Dublin Castle
Capacity: about 150
Nearest tube: Camden
Seemingly random bands are placed on the same bill most nights, so you'll get a nu-metal grunge thing, an electronic 'act', and some group of pissed neds playing ladrock.
The bar area is seperate to the gig room. There is also a small bar in the bit where the bands play.
The jukebox in the bar never has any new records on it, and 'London Calling' by the Clash will be played three times every night.
On Tuesday nights, the venue is whored out to Fierce Panda and Pointy Records for their Club Fandango night, which is always good for a laugh and general drunkeness and good tunes and seeing the 'regulars'.
The weekly Club Fandango was to bring the rock again this week (popsters The 45s headlining last week. Would’ve gone, but I was watching EMF). Kalico were first on and described to me beforehand as “Sonic Youth with a female singer”. A fairly accurate description though never been a ‘Youth fan meself. The guitar»
Isn't it amazing how things happen? The original plan was to leave at 9 but a chance meeting with the guitarist of G*Bug and we are guest list material... hurrah!!! For those of you who don't know here is the band in a nutshell. Called Glitterbug, got signed, got promptly dropped, changed name to G*Bug<»
Now that Hole seem to have disintigrated and Kittie just tend to embarrass themselves, its going to take another group of girls to fill the practically defunct gap in the music world. Hailing from Birmingham, Twist are four young girls who play like they mean it, look like they mean it and sound as hot as f*»
Terrashima are alright. I thought they were better at first but it’s not their fault the bands they’re followed by don’t leave much memory-space for what went before. To their credit they create a nice wall of sound (bordering on illegally) reminiscent of current noise terrorist dahlings the Icarus Lin»
Someone who isn’t me described their website and their music thusly: “The text is a ripoff of Godspeed, the name’s a ripoff of Add N to (X), the names for the pages are a ripoff of Mogwai and the music sounds like screaming yobbo football hooligan skinhead violence mixed with Simple Minds. I lik»
There are some bands who are just noise (eg. The Catheters) and some who are a beautiful noise. S.Rock Levinson happen to be the latter, which is very much a Good Thing, I’m sure you’ll agree. Especially good as you’d expect AC/DC fans, who describe themselves as sounding like “a bus filled with leopards crashin»
Oh my, oh my…. First up tonight are Purple Munkie managed by DiS’ very own Adie Nunn. A music-industry heavy queue flows into the Castle (it’s not actually a castle, castle, more a bar with a backroom) and the sound pouring from the stage, from 4 barely-started-shaving Elgin boys is one with a lot»
Aren’t you tired of garage rock yet? Isn’t scuzz punk grating your ears yet? Or do Hives still sound fresh and exciting to you? Still? Remember the Pixies? That was fresh. S.Rock Levinson remember the Pixies. Oh god yes, they do. And now so do I. I’m not implying that they were ever forgotten but eve»
Waiting for that new Strokes album? It's not going to be around for a while, so uh, go look at someone else. Perhaps you could try a band that have been accompanying them across the West Coast of the States recently; The Realistics. Set in the permanent sweatbox that is the »
The Dublin Castle on a Tuesday night is usually a fair place to go see
some quality up-and-coming bands, and so it proves once again tonight.
first up are Mavis (that's them in the picture up there); a four-piece from Sunderland who offer a selection of bitter-sweet Emo pop-tunes. If DiS we»
Project Abner are one of those bands that can cross barriers. They can appeal to an audience from completely different backgrounds just by sheer live energy, by simply LOVING to play. From the first note you're hit by 30-odd minutes of complete headrush. Dragged up and down and back again on an emo hardcor»
Good versus Evil: the eternal battle of justice where the pure wage war against the wicked. Everyone’s heard of that, right? Why are The Good merely good, yet The Evil are described in such a superlative narrative? This inequity is easily rectified. There are two options: 1) The Good be»
This is what your dad's talking about when he grabs your arm and gibbers about "the good old days". This is how your folks remember it. What you hear on Capital Gold, and even in some of the most glittering corners of their record collections, sound tinny, jangly - undeniably the foundations of your own record c»
The last few times Norfolk's Magoo have come to play in London, it's been in tiny venues like this and generally ill-attended after zero hype. There are about 40 people left in Dublin Castle's back room by the time they start at nearly 11. Most folks came earlier to see The Pictures, who were laughable»
As tunefully raucous as early Supergrass and as exciting as anything to come from, uh, anywhere else this year – on tonight’s set, Karmakops are an essential new British band.»
Get out that Interpol album and get in the mood! The rise of ‘80s overcoat rock and post punk continues, except this time it’s closer to home.»
And along come another bunch of fresh-faced gloomy ‘80s indie rock cherubs...»
Ramshackle Casio pop from Leeds. And no guitarist.»
Riding the wave of the newly revitalised London scene - despite being from, um, Hull - The Paddingtons are rocking to full houses of female admirers, while Amityville and The Go! Team are both in different worlds of their own...»
Apartment have died and gone to indie heaven. A single on Fierce Panda which is currently scampering off the shelves faster than the speed of hype and a rammed Tuesday night Dublin Castle crowd waiting for the chance to lap up their every move. Almost unbelievably they do not disappoint.»
Comanechi are, on a Polaroid, a marketing man’s sexiest wet dream. But when they play, any plans for calculated commercial enterprise are blown disastrously towards the rock.»
this was, for me, one of the performances of the year. so much energy from such a young group of lads. there were 6 people onstage with a variety of percussion instruments and keyboards and guitars etc... the end result was an immense sound, but the ha»
At the lake... Well I've been lucky enough to have been put on to these guys awhile back so I have seen them twice before this. I can say without a doubt, this gig was the bollocks. It being thier single launch this should be expected. »
Six toes were put on with a strange line up of bands but on a recomendation from a friend who saw them with the Mystery Jets a week or so before i thought i would check them out.
After a interesting warm up from the shaker heights six toes took t»
What is so vital about five haphazard, slightly shambolic indie kids from wintry Omaha? What’s so special about five cheeky smiles and a couple of outbursts of “thank y’alls for coming"?»
wow! what a band dirtymac are, they came on the stage and hit of there first song, something about the war, and it rocked! after only playing 6 songs the packed out crowd where going crazy, they even got on stage at one point. dirtymac showed they can »