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Kicking back with 93 Bulls; press photo courtesy of the artists.

RO GANG

The weird & righteous lo-fi world of RO GANG; press photo courtesy of the artists.

The weird & righteous lo-fi world of RO GANG; press photo courtesy of the artists.

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RO GANG (formerly Mr. Rosso) recently released their brand new Little L Records album H.E.R. & presented us with the world premiere look at their music video for “Oisin Goes to the Dogs Alone” from Stephen Sorensen (who you might know as the incredible Stephen Star). The mercurial group continues to oscillate their approach to recording where fidelity constraints & reins are thrown out the window along with most conventions that make for some of the more peculiar varieties of prideful primitive sound. Celebrating the sub-cultures of shamble-core pop and the like, the RO GANG creative compass is an ever spinning top that will delight, amuse, entertain & more likely than not, down right irritate many after excessive spins. Following up Doom On Denton from 2014; the South Dublin duo of Issac Clarke & Henry Ernest (oka Dr. Duloc) keep their strange musical brews simmering that share their local cult-future classics with the inquiring, surrounding world at large.

“Oisin Goes To The Dogs Alone” matches the electronically altered vocal-pop track to an event that follows the protagonist Oisin to an outing at the races where life’s harsh lessons in loss & futility is mulled over & over. Pensive streams of reflection are cycled through the strums that churn thoughts of relatives that are missed & all the life thoughts that are made in between glances at the betting books where the act & art of counting one’s losses is placed amid a backdrop chorus of mocking jesters & a lonely bleakness. The melancholia warbles with the delivery that sings of wins & gains to be made where perchance success awaits perhaps at another track or trip to a favorite casino that may (or more likely maybe not) provide that recourse to get that new lease on a brand new life. The duo introduced us to the video with the following insights from the director:

We forwarded the question of what this video is meant to be about to Stephen Sorensen who made it. He said the greyhounds symbolize one of the many forms of the rat-race, analogous to the human experience. Run Dogs, run! But at what cost? Who will win??? The banality of beauty, the beauty of the banal!

RO GANG’s Little L Records album H.E.R. is available now.

Stephen Star & Arthur Shea also presented us with a view of the Noah B video for “You Turn Me On” involving an inside look at the creations of prosthetically developed dummies. Stephen Star with Arthur Shea’s own unique eccentric lo-fi stew is supplemented with visuals of mannequins in the making being manufactured in time to the Dublin band that continues to serve up savory DIY pop-art morsels for your pleasure from the southside of town.

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