FMC Tour brings strong line-up to Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK rockers Dead Red Light are set to open the FMC Tour 2011 this Friday night in Dolan’s Warehouse, with the exciting line-up also featuring Adebisi Shank, Heathers and O Emperor on a top class bill.

LIMERICK rockers Dead Red Light are set to open the FMC Tour 2011 this Friday night in Dolan’s Warehouse, with the exciting line-up also featuring Adebisi Shank, Heathers and O Emperor on a top class bill.

The ‘First Music Contact’ tour - funded in part by the Arts Council’s ‘Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme’ - aims to bring three of Ireland’s finest talents around the country in an effort to enable Irish audiences to have access to Irish headline acts for the reasonable price of €15. This is the second time the FMC tour has come to a Limerick audience, with Jape, And So I Watch You From Afar and Fionn Regan featuring in November of last year.

On that occasion rockers Last Days of Death Country were selected to open the gig, while local three piece Dead Red Light have been selected on this occasion, an indication of the Limerick band’s growing stature - in line with their undoubted talent.

The rockers recently released single ‘We Waste Ourselves’ - an attempt to “capture in words the feeling of unease and uncertainty that surrounds Irish culture today”, recorded in Limerick with Irish super producer Owen Lewis at Noel Hogan’s studio in the city.

That single, mixing dashes of Editors and Bloc Party along with the freneticism of local compatriots Walter Mitty and the Realists, is from a forthcoming EP that we are anxiously looking forward to.

FMC host the annual Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in Dublin, and know their stuff, hence the varied line-up they have selected for the six-date national tour, which covers all bases of interest, from the acoustic pop of twin girl duo Heathers - well known in these parts from their regular gigs in Dolan’s and playing at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony last year - to the frantic post-rock weirdness of Adebisi Shank, whose frontman performs in a red mask, hiding his identity from the audience. The three-piece instrumental experimental rock trio from Wexford were deserved nominees for the Choice Music Prize last year for their excellent “This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank”.

Completing the line-up are the exceedingly talented and popular O Emperor, the Waterford band who released one of the album’s of last year in Hither Thither, and who are set for big things this year.

The FMC Tour 2011 takes place this Friday in Dolan’s Warehouse, doors at 8pm.