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Watch: Glimmermen – Bang

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“With refreshingly intelligent guitar work evoking both Television and Maps and Atlases, the four tracks on Satellite People are perhaps best surmised in the title track, a tidy hybrid of Mission of Burma circa Signals, Calls and Marches EP, Pop Group and early Captain Beefheart.”

So read our time-confirmed verdict (in our previous guise of AU Magazine) of Satellite People, the debut EP by Dublin’s Glimmermen way back in 2012. Four years on – and three years since the release of their impressive debut album I’m Dead – the band have re-emerged with a new single, ‘Bang’. Taken from their forthcoming second album, Breakin’ Out, the track – a meditation on “the importance of being in the moment, the right now” – is a markedly more linear yet no less distinctive and ear-grabbing effort from the four-piece.

Recorded in ‘The Meadow’ in Wicklow by The Deaf Brothers at the start of the year, Breakin’ Out sees Glimmermen expand from their usual core of guitar, bass and drums to accommodate brass arrangements, which results in a wonderfully accessible release retaining the Gav Cowley-fronted band’s knack for ear-worming arrangement and melody.

Breakin’ Out is released via Transduction Records on June 17. Glimmermen launch the record at Dublin’s Grand Social on June 18.

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