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I don’t feel self-conscious saying that Adebisi Shank are the best band in Ireland right now. In, fact what I feel about that statement is something bordering on certainty. I would put forward to you that saying Adebisi Shank are the best band in Ireland right now is comparable to saying that although yes, truth is relative, and essentially our experiences of it, subjective, I think we can all agree that the world is round. And that Adebisi Shank are the best band in Ireland, right now. You know how it goes, if Carlsberg were making Experimental Math Rock…

Having left mouths agog and salivating with their first album, imaginatively titled ‘This is the First Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank’, the trio have moved onwards and upwards with their follow up record ‘This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank’. Let us follow the trains of thought that stitched those two titles together.

This is the Best Album You'll Hear All Year by a Band Called Adebisi Shank

What I love most about this album is that it never tiptoes into self-indulgence. It’s as restrained as it is monumental. And on its epic scope it is crammed full of variety. None of the tracks sound exactly like each other, and none of them sound like anyone else either. These ideas are inventive and ambitious and their execution is immaculate. The entire album feels like a wave that is constantly threatening to break and split you in two, but never quite does. It just leaves you edgy and wanting more, and if you are as ridiculous a post-pubescent cliché as I, then probably smashing your fists in the air as you dance around your bedroom to ‘Micromachines’ which is thus far, for me, the standout track.

There are also a few interesting guests on the record; Previously blogged and currently thriving Conor O’Brien of Villagers features on ‘Europa’, being his, ya know, deadly self, while the album’s closing track ‘Century City’ sees Jape throwing electric bricks in our faces on synth.

For you lucky people, the legend that is Nialler9 is streaming the full album on his blog all week. Seriously, I’d get on that. This is a band that never fails to make me feel pure, pulsating excitement. You can buy the album from August 20th onwards, and catch the launch on the same day in Whelans. Tower Records are also hosting an instore on the 23rd, with wristbands limited to the first 150 enthusiasts to arrive into the store this Friday. Go forth and do the robot.

The one word review says: Immaculate