As we headed back to Sea Sessions’ small yet vibrant campsite Saturday evening, after a well needed nap and take-away, we arrived just in time to witness the earth rumbling twang of heavy bass at the fingertips of Naomi Macleod, the joining rising tones of Lizzie Fitzpatrick’s guitar and Nigel Kenny’s drums and the turning of heads in “What the fuck was that!?” response. That, boys and girls, was the start of Bitch Falcon‘s set on the North Shore stage.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this Dublin based grunge-tastic trio play live before but in the short 6 months between shows, their sound has tightened up, leveled out and is rocking harder than ever before. Its great to see unapologetic grunge-rock making a come back, and it being done oh-so well. After a relatively short set, we caught up with the band for a chat;
How are you feeling after your show?
Delighted! We brought sound engineers this time, so it went really well.
How did your gig in Sweeney’s go last night?
It went great, it was moshy and sweaty like always. Playing Sweeney’s is like playing a living room gig.
You released a new song ‘Clutch’ just over a week ago now, right? What’s the reception been like?
The thing about putting out a new song is that one day, only you know it and then the next, everyone’s singing it back at you. It’s mad! Everyone’s saying it’s different than our usual stuff because of the production, but it sounds like how we always wanted to sound. That’s what’s always been in our heads.
Do you have any plans to release a full length?
If we got funding to make an album we’d love to but we’re in no rush. We are moving in that direction though.
Tell us about recording for Other Voices?
We shot it in September and it aired in January. There’s another showing being aired soon but we’re not sure if it’s the same song again or a different one. It was a great experience and we were so happy to be asked to do it.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve had so far?
We did the Other Voices Music Trail last year, they really wanted us to do it which was nice. It was one of the stormiest day ever, the “don’t make any unnecessary journeys” day, so driving down to that was scary, but the entire weekend was great. It was at full capacity of 400 people. Glen Hansard pushed our show at his gig and then asked us to come on in his show in Vicar Street, and he made sure we had the craic. We played ‘Where Is My Mind’ with him. We’ll never ever forget that experience and he’s been a great support ever since.
Is there a particular producer you’d love to work with in the future?
We’ve genuinely been thinking about this lately! We’d love to work with some of the heavier producers. Maybe Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys) or Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot)? That would be amazing.
What do you have planned for the future?
We’re doing loads of festivals and trying to fit in some writing. We’re getting better with every gig so we don’t have to practice as much so we have more time for writing now – we’re nearly getting twice the amount of stuff done these days!
Bitch Falcon will hit up Indiependence July 29th – 31st, stay tuned for stage times!
Words by Aoife, Photos by Lissa ©