The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock are exploring visionary lyric and instrumentation with their compositions. Music that speaks to our times from the deep well of human history yearning for justice. And those guitars! Just brilliant work. www.youtube.com/watchFavorite track: Lockout - Movement I.
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock expand to an 18-piece electric guitar orchestra on their third album “Lockout”.
“Lockout” is a grand departure for the The Spook, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s unique sound and a sharper, more political voice.
The album tells the story of the 1913 lockout, the struggle of Dublin workers against exploitative working conditions led by Jim Larkin and James Connolly’s ITGWU union. At its height over 100,000 Dubliners endured food scarcity, with employers refusing to follow government recommendations for a fair compromise. They successfully broke the strike, starving employees back to work, and refusing to reinstate those whose jobs were taken by ‘scab’ labour.
Inspired by the recent centenary, “Lockout” combines elements of Irish traditional music with a powerful wall of electric guitars, creating a dramatic sound which climaxes with Jim Larkin’s immortal call to arms: “The great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let us arise!”.
On “Suffrage”, the band are joined by Katie Kim on vocals as they mark the 2018 centenary of the women’s right to vote. The song tells the story of how Constance Markievicz, the first British female MP, and the Suffragette movement fed the starving workers and families in the kitchen of Liberty Hall, the iconic Irish union building.
“Lockout” gives insight into the state of Ireland today in the so-called decade of centenaries in which it defined its independence. It strives to reflect the anxiety and anger of then and now, and the cynicism and hope of these times of upheaval.
Movement I: A Debt That Must Be Paid / A Fair Wage For A Fair Day's Work / William Martin Murphy's Midnight Mass
Movement II: The Trams Are Stopped / From A Window At Liberty Hall / Ringsend Riot / Larkin in Disguise / The Batons
Movement III: Church Street Collapse / James Nolan Laid To Rest / The Asquith Inquiry / A Rose With The Loaf / The Hare And The Fraternity
Movement IV: A Storm Driven Wave / Suffrage / Larkin At The Prison Gates / The Decade Of Centenaries
released March 16, 2018
Produced and mixed by Enda Bates
Engineered by Les Keye, Liam Caffrey & Enda Bates
Recorded at Arad Studios
Additional recording at Frederick Lane and Liam’s house
Mastered by John Flynn at Balance Mastering
Music by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock/Lyrics by Allen Blighe except
Movement IV: “A Storm Driven Wave”, based on description of Larkin by Constance Markievicz and on research and performances of Larkin speeches by Jer O’Leary
THE SPOOK OF THE THIRTEENTH LOCK:
Enda Bates: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Allen Blighe: Vocals, Guitar
Liam Caffrey: Guitar
Ronan Hayes: Bass
Brian O’Higgins: Drums
Electric Guitar Orchestra: Albert Baker, Marc Balbirnie, Eamon Brady, Rossella Bottone, Susan Callaghan, Mary Carton,
Bill Coleman, Mark Jordan, Hugh McCabe, David McDonald, Lynn Millar, Colin Morris, Patrick Wall
Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock match Irish folk sounds with modern
experimental rock sounds. With their new album "The Brutal Here and Now" they have refined their craft, creating folk rock with with a dark, modern feel. They veer away from their peers in tracing a line from the Irish 60’s folk revival through prog, kraut and post rock....more
Lankum, as they are now known, don't just touch a nerve, they press on it. Listen to Radie Peat sing Liam Weldon's Dark Horse of the Wind or the whole band perform Peat Bog Soldiers and you will feel the presence of the past. It's all around us. Ursula's Crow