Dublin experimental folk-rock band The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock expand to a 9-piece electric guitar orchestra to play music their new album Lockout in DeBarras on Friday June 15th.
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 matches Irish traditional sounds with a powerful wall of electric guitars, creating a dramatic spectacle which climaxes with Larkin’s immortal call to arms: “The great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let us arise!”.
For a special track Suffrage, the Spooks are joined by Katie Kim on vocals as they celebrate the 2018 centenary of the women’s right to vote. The song tells the story of how Markievicz and the Suffragette movement fed the starving workers and families in the kitchen of Liberty hall.
Lockout gives insight into the state of the Ireland today in the decade of centenaries. It strives to reflect the anxiety and anger of then and now, and the cynicism and hope of these times of upheaval.
“They prove themselves masterful musical storytellers. From start to finish, a remarkable piece of work.” The Irish Times
“In their transformation into this hydra of guitars, what The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock have done with ‘Lockout’ is create a sonically literate, textured and diverse ensemble piece that moves deftly through genres and time signatures, enriching its characters and enlivening an era.” Golden Plec
“Lockout proves to be a serious and often extremely powerful artistic statement about a a crucial moment in Irish history” Hotpress
“Lockout is as far from easy listening as you can get, but it’s a seriously impressive piece of work that pushes the boundaries of what music can achieve” Sunday Business Post