Live Gallery: Bitch Falcon & Horse @ Cyprus Avenue, Cork 11 Mar 2017

Bitch Falcon
Photograph by Shane J Horan

Dublin alternative rock trio bring their thunderous attack to Ireland’s second city.

It has been a tough time in Cork recently in relation to live venues. Closures and the prominence of venues such as Dolan’s in Limerick and the Roisin Dubh in Galway have meant that despite its population, Cork has been passed over by bands quite regularly in recent years. However, Cyprus Avenue, with upcoming gigs by the likes of Honeyblood, Mitski, Therapy? and a slew of others, seem to be doing their utmost to buck this regrettable trend.

The visit of one of Ireland’s finest live outfits, Bitch Falcon, to the venue last Saturday night is a case in point. Fresh from the release of their stellar recent single ‘Clutch’ and a gig at the legendary Connollys of Leap along with appearances at Other Voices and Hard Working Class Heroes late last year, the group are finely tuned live act of increasing power and ferocity. To say that their visit to Cork is a welcome one would be the highest of understatements.

Their approach is to pummel the crowd into submission with their savagely fierce and yet melodically conscious take on alternative rock. Led by the magnetic presence of singer/guitarist Lizzie Fitzpatrick, the group have taken a more traditional approach to building a fanbase since their inception three years ago. Focusing on their mesmerising live show instead of releasing all their music online, they have developed a reputation that they must be heard in the live setting to be fully appreciated. It is a reputation that is richly deserved.

Without doubt, anyone who is lucky enough to catch them live is bound to be won over by their no holds barred approach and a set that slowly builds before the band unleash the absolute gems of their repertoire in the form of ‘Syncope’, ‘Wolfstooth’ and the aforementioned ‘Clutch’. Personally, if they played a gig in Cork every week, I’d be there every time. They’ll be supporting noise rock quartet Girl Band at Garbo’s in Castlebar on April 7th. That’s two of Ireland’s most incendiary live acts in one night. Don’t miss it. This Friday they’ll be in The Windmill in Brixton, followed by a gig in the Amphitheatre in Camden Market on the Saturday. Get on it Londoners.

Horse, one of Cork’s premiere hardcore acts, are the perfect accompaniment to the Dublin trio. On the night, a number of people suggested to me that their aggressive groove bears a resemblance to Deftones at their must aggressive. I must say I am inclined to agree. Having said this, at times they also incorporate an intricate riffing that touches on Gojira and Mastodon. The result is a sound that is right on the cusp of being something truly unique. In fact, the new song they play as they close their set displays a dynamic nuance that hints that their next set of releases will fully realise this potential. On March 31st Horse will be at the Bello Bar in Dublin with No Spill Blood and Jogging before hitting Fred’s in Cork on April 1st with the same line-up. Do it.

Photographs by Shane J Horan.

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