This is not a story of success. It’s the story of a band. It’s the story of four friends, together through thick and thin over nearly twenty years, and in many ways, of the scene that give rise to their existence and longevity.
From that one offhand, seemingly cryptic musing, came an unlikely spark, one that brought four childhood friends together and give them a singular purpose: music that moves you. Moves you to sing, to dance along, to get angry, to identify with it and get immersed in its world and muses.
Since bringing their body of work under the banner of Hope is Noise in late 2004, the Cork four-piece have built a dedicated following, drawn equally to their ability to construct a winning pop tune with seemingly little effort, and their incendiary, hardcore tendencies.
The result is a sound that in places resonates with a more considered take on Husker Du & Foo Fighters’ knack for a tune, and burns with a rage comparable to Hot Snakes or At-the Drive In. It’s a seemingly odd dichotomy, but over the course of two E.P.s and four critically-acclaimed full-lengths), it’s one that has formed the basis of something very special indeed, keeping fans and critics alike, across a wide cross-section of genres, hanging on.
It’s brought them gigging all over Ireland, at European festivals, and on two tours of the West Coast of the U.S. It’s seen their praises roared from the pages of Rock Sound (UK) and Hot Press among others. It’s seen them fulfill life-long ambitions, being called to share stages with the likes of Jello Biafra and Mudhoney among others. It’s seen them move from angry youngfellas to a bona fide pillar of Cork music, and one of the Irish underground’s best-loved bands.
This is the restless sound of a band with a sense of purpose, unwilling to settle and be pigeonholed. A band born of lifelong friendship, whose disparate elements are brought together by a passion for creation and performance, regardless of broader trends and fads. This is Hope is Noise.
WHO: Veteran Cork alternative rock four-piece Hope is Noise
WHAT: Premiere of documentary film and career-spanning live set
WHEN: Thursday October 12th @ 9pm
WHERE: The Poor Relation, Parnell Place, Cork City (€5)