Humanzi on form at Ireland's newest indie night
Club NME exploded onto the Irish indie scene last night (October 20), with crammed dancefloors and a frantic set from Humanzi at Dublin’s Voodoo Lounge.
With scenes of carnage similar to those that marked their triumphant Psychofest headline slot last June, local heroes Humanzi marked the occasion by previewing two new songs. However, the band also saw one of their over-eager fans hospitalised, following an altercation with singer Shaun Mulrooney.
Appearing to step on the frontman’s guitar pedals during an explosive ‘Tremors’, the stage-diving fan was given a slight nudge aside by the Humanzi singer and accidentally fell into the front row, breaking his ankle.
Speaking to NME.COM afterwards the band were sorry the fan was injured by said that was the danger of being a stage-invader.
“If ya get on stage with us we can’t be responsible for the outcome,” explined Mulrooney. “We hope he’s alright. We’ll pay his hospital bills if he wants.”
However the incident was the only low point in a ferocious set from the Donaghmede four-piece, which was watched by The Thrills‘ Conor Deasy, Padraic McMahon and Kevin Horan, along with local bands including Mainline, The Immediate, Stagger Lee, The Things, The Chapters and The Flaws.
With the show being filmed for a future DVD, Humanzi opened with a raucous version of ‘Get Your Shit Together’ as Mulrooney and co were greeted with the sort of welcome normally reserved for the likes of U2.
The new songs were ‘What A Pity’, which Mulrooney introduced as being “pure rock’n’roll”, and ‘Shorter’, which saw the frontman swapping his guitar for an ’80s-style guitar-keyboard.
‘Get Your Shit Together’
‘Diet Pills And Magazines’
‘Out On A Wire’
‘What A Pity’
‘Long Time Coming’
‘Fix The Cracks’
‘Get Your Shit Together’
Earlier on the Voodoo Lounge saw equally explosive sets from Waterford’s Dae Kim and Dublin’s DC Pakt.
Both bands also aired a slew of new tunes, with Dae Kim sending the packed the crowd into a frenzy as frontman Terry Cullen gave a rare airing to ‘Your Demon Heart’, a song by his previous band Ten Speed Racer.
Moving to The Hub in Temple Bar, Club NME: Dublin returns on November 2, with The Mighty Stef and Stagger Lee set to perform.
The night will continue at that venue on the first and last Thursday of every month. For more information go to NME.COM/clubnme
Meanwhile, check out NME which now features a weekly eight page NME Ireland supplement including news, live reviews and a full gig guide.
This week’s issue is on newsstands now in Eire and features Simple Kid, The Blizzards and many more.