"Sl@nted and Ench@nted" is no more. The free-sheet has decided to call
it a day after three years and 38 issues and which, according to the
Irish Times, was "the best Irish example [of a free-sheet] ... an
exuberant and highly entertaining look at the urban Dublin zeitgeist
without any of the mainstream hyperbole to distort your vision". Its
final issue was celebrated, if that's the right word, with a gig in
The Funnel, a favourite S@E hangout. Judging by the turnout they'll be
More than 250 people squeezed into the second floor, for a great value
night. For a mere £4.50 you got to hear two bands, two DJs, entry to
the club "Fear" and, if that wasn't enough, a CD that is far more
representative of the Irish underground than Sony's commercially
driven release ever could be. That doesn't mean it hasn't got its fair
share of boring and ripped-off beats but it still gives nobodies their
chance in the sun.
Palomine was the first band to go on stage, featuring a share of
melodious sounds that exudes potential but went downhill before they
decided to rock out and change to male vocals. A bit of work on the
set-list should resolve such problems of tedium. The Chillage Idiots
of XFM were up next with drum and bass that didn't fall into its usual
introspection and thus got people moving.
Das Madman on the other hand are Mogwai wannabes with an amazing eight
members. They deserve credit for getting that many people on-stage.
Toffee Crisp would have fewer problems fitting an extra crispy bit
into one of their bars. It was good to see a female vocalist with
rhythm and melody but Das Madman as a whole don't get the balance
between melody and noise quite right. Ultimately they got too boring
Power FM's Maeve, and formerly of Venus Envy, couldn't get the crowd
going again but had some interesting things going on at some points
without ever setting the world alight.
"Fear" is an ongoing club night at the Funnel, with a small group of
spaced out people attending it on a regular basis. The music is fucked
up drum n' bass, and you have to be pretty out of it yourself to be
able to enjoy it or dance to it. Luckily that was the case for most of
the sardines packed in upstairs.
So S@E's final session ended on a high just like most of the people
by Katrin Oddsdottir and Neil Callanan