We’ve been included on a list of Belfast artists over at Bandcamp: From his days fronting “un-pop” threesome Charles Hurts, to playing guitar in Girls Names, Philip Quinn has brazenly shape-shifted as a musician over the last 10 years. Originally begun as a guitar, bass, and drum machine collaboration with Derry’s Christian Donaghey (aka Autumns), Quinn’s solo project Gross Net arrived with the release of his debut album, Quantitative Easing, in late 2016. A 10-track effort tussling with depression, identity, and the interminable burden of financial struggle, it’s a bleak—yet, at times, brilliantly satirical—release that finds Quinn melding murky post-punk with industrial-soaked electronic vignettes, including the wonderful, wretched swagger of “Still Life.”
We’re in very good company, so read the full list here.
Oh Yeah Centre – Belfast – 03.02.2018 – Independent Venue Week with Ryan Vail, Jealous of the Birds, Cut in Blinks
Sandinos – Derry – 24.03.2018 – with Autre Monde, Invaderband
Next show in Belfast in the spiritual home, The Menagerie on 18th November.
The shortlist for this year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize has been revealed.
Set to take place at Belfast’s Mandela Hall on Saturday, November 11, the following twelve albums will vie for the annual prize, as voted for by more than 70 people from the Irish music industry and media:
Arborist – Home Burial
Arvo Party – Arvo Party
Bap Kennedy – Reckless Heart
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland
Gross Net – Quantitative Easing
Hannah Peel – Awake But Always Dreaming
Invaderband – Invaderband
Joshua Burnside – Ephrata
Malojian – This Is Nowhere
Our Krypton Son – Fleas & Diamonds
Robocobra Quartet – Music For All Occasions
Sea Pinks – Watercourse
More on this from: The Thin Air
At the Poetry Club for Spam zine’s new zine launch. £3 entry fee or £5 including a copy of the new zine.
Philip spoke to Noisey along with a host of other Belfast luminaries with some thoughts on Brexit.
Taken from a live session with “The Body” as an extra track on 27/03/2017 (recording of the live show and interview available here for a limited time: Gross Net in Session )
Listen to Violence and Still Life from the sessions along with some background info here.
These live session tracks were recorded as a two-piece with Sam Goodwin on synthesiser duties.
BBC Radio Ulster’s Across the Line broadcast a feature on the making of the album. Listen again from around the 21st minute.