ROC chats to Paisley Promotions

If you’ve been in store recently I’m sure you’ve heard me playing the tunes loud! First time I listened to them I thought “Serge Gainsbourg meets Brian Jonestown Masscare” – what’s not to like about that! That was enough for me to want to hear more and I wasn’t disappointed. I caught up with James from Paisley Promotions ahead of The Limiñanas Dublin gig in the Grand Social on Friday 8th February.

James Collins

What’s currently on your turntable?
I seen “Hand Habits” at Desert Daze in California in October, she’s Kevin Morby’s guitarist. She played a set before him and I was blown away, listening to her a lot since. Two other acts I’m really excited about are Irish bands, Just Mustard and Tribal Dance. I recommend anyone to listen to Just Mustard’s album “Wednesday”, I’ve listened to it almost everyday for weeks now. I’m sure fans of My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive would love it. Tribal Dance have a few singles on Spotify with a few more in the pipeline, they recently put up a live session for their track “Mapa Fiji” which can be found on their facebook page. Oh Sees-esque. They’re the best live band I’ve seen for a long time, they absolutely blew the roof off the The Grand Social a few weeks back. Both bands are playing The Workmans on Feb 16th so I highly recommend people to head along, I’m doing sound for Tribal Dance at the show too so very excited!

Tell us a bit about Paisley Promotions
I kind fell into promotion really, I’m production manager in The Grand Social so I’m around gigs quite a lot. If I remember correctly a promoter pulled out of an event so I put on a free-in funk night with Fever Solstice (great band) at quite short notice. I really enjoyed it so kind of caught the promotion bug. I then went on to book Versatile’s first show in The Grand Social which done really well. Next I had The Viper from Hardy Bucks which also done great. That was the first show I done under “Paisley Promotions” as I thought if I was to do it regularly I’d best put a name on it! Since then I’ve focused primarily on psychedelic bands which is what I’m into most. It’s great to able to put on shows for bands who maybe haven’t played Ireland before, the main reason I do it is to see bands I’m a fan of who otherwise may not come to Dublin.

Who have you brought to Dublin in the past?
The first international band I booked was The Underground Youth in May last year. I was a fan of the band for years so I was delighted to get them over a show and they didn’t disappoint. I have them over again on April 25th in The Grand Social and I highly recommend checking them out, amazing band live. Next I had Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings over. Matt was in The Brian Jonestown Massacre for years, probably my favourite band. Was an honour to work with him as I’m a big BJM nerd! I also had a copro with Retro Revival Indie Club in October. We had Magic Shoppe from Boston (who sport Dubliners Staf and Dave from The Orange Kyte as members) in Drop Dead Twice which was another great night. Next up is The Limiñanas on Friday, very excited and honoured to be able to host their Irish debut.


What can we expect from The Limiñanas? 
I’ve been a big fan of the band for quite some time and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them in the flesh. I have a few friends who seen them in Europe and they tell me they’re absolutely incredible live. I presumed they were from the 60’s when I first heard them (which is a compliment), they have such a great sound of 60’s garage/go-go and psych. Their last album “Shadow People” which was produced by Anton Newcombe of BJM is arguably the best album of 2018. They play The Grand Social this Friday so don’t miss your chance to see them!

Fave tune: “Je suis un go-go girl”-first tune of theirs I ever heard and I was a fan instantly

What’s in the pipeline for Paisley Promotions?
Next up after The Limiñanas is The Underground Youth in April, it’s the second show I’m doing with them and if it’s anywhere good as last year’s the crowd are in for a treat! I also have Kikagaku Moyo, a psychedelic band from Tokyo in The Workmans on May 23rd. I’m putting the show on with the help of U:mack (who book the likes of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees) and it’s great to have them on board. I caught Kikagaku Moyo at Desert Daze and they were one of the stand out acts from the festival. They’re quite similar to CAN with a bit more emphasis on the psych! I recommend checking out their KEXP session for those who aren’t familiar with them.

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