8 Ball are one of the more interesting acts to emerge from Dublin in recent times. Their stage shows askew the standard indie prototype in favour of an updated Altern8 psycho’s in white masks routine among others. Bursting with 7 members their music is invigoratingly experimental, sometimes a little difficult to absorb but repeated plays reveal a giant labyrinth of satisfying detours. Take ‘The Big Blue’ with its creeping Sound Team rhythms and a singer with an uncanny vocal resemblance to Kele Okereke and you’ll see why 8 Ball are revelling in a magical corner of the musical spectrum. They even have a song called ‘The Whoop Whoop Song’, a line that could perfectly footnote much of what they produce. 8 Ball are due to play the Hard Working Class Heroes showcase next weekend and will doubtlessly be plugging their debut album which is on release through Lakota Records. KD
8 Ball – The Big Blue
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