Premiere: Ten Past Seven – Turf War


Since 2002, Kerry trio Ten Past Seven have peddled a singular brand of instrumentalism, striking an equal parts nuanced and face-melting midpoint between alternative, math rock and self-proclaimed “bog prog”.

On November 27th, the band – comprising Rory O’Brien on guitar, Matt Shallow on bass and drummer Ger Mangan – will release their second full-length LP, Long Live the Bogwalrus, via pre-eminent Irish indie imprint Art for Blind Records. Recorded by two-thirds of TTA favourites Percolator, John “Spud” Murphy and Ian Chestnutt, at Guerilla Studios in Dublin, the album features guest vocals by Landless, fiddle by Lankum’s Cormac MacDiarmada and various other notable guest appearances yet to be revealed.

Today, we’re pleased to preview the album’s lead track, ‘Turf War’. Melding a slew of caustic textures with tumbling rhythms à la Hella-era Zach Hill, it’s a serpentine four-minute salvo that promises special things from LP number two. Colm Walsh’s accompanying video goes some distance to capture the song’s darkly and disorientating course.

Pre-order Long Live the Bogwalrus here.

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