- 17 Feb 03
Not so long ago mavericks and experimentalism were thin on the ground in Ireland. But with the growth of an independent scene, all of that has changed. for confirmation, look no further than the rise to eminence of The Jimmy Cake.
“Somebody told me that they always had a hole in their soul because at the end of the Evel Knievel movie he goes off that massive ramp, but you never find out whether he made it or not. And basically that hole was filled when they discovered an accordion in a rock band. That’s my favourite thing anybody’s said to us yet.”
So says John Dermody, drummer in the Jimmy Cake and one of three siblings who make up the spine of not just that band, but the ever-morphing web of independent quasi-experimental musical ensembles breeding like vermin in the city of Dublin in this year of our lord 2003.
Indeed, the band’s multi-instrumentalist Diarmuid MacDiarmada (‘D’ to his friends, resplendent at soundcheck time in a Misfits t-shirt gleaned on a recent Mexican recce) seems intent on staging a single handed revolution of sorts: besides working with The Jimmy Cake, The Tycho Brahe and David Kitt, he has also been involved in a whole plethora of releases including Chokchai 3K Battery and the recent Orang Utan album on Goppa Records.