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berkeley emerge from their winter hibernation which they spent building their own studio and head out on a short Irish tour (see dates below) The Dublin show sees a fantastic bill of Ulster's finest in Dublin for St Patricks Weekend. berkeley will be joined by Element and Torgas Valley Reds who both have terrific new singles out soon.
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Friday 19th March
berkeley + Element + Torgas Valley Reds
DUBLIN The Hub Mezz 23/24 Eustace St, D2
Doors 8pm
Tel:+3531 6707655
Tickets: €10 / € 8 with flyer/student i.d.

berkeley IRISH TOUR March/April 2004

NEW NOISE presents:
Thursday 4th March
berkeley + giveamanakick +fuktifino
GALWAY Richardsons

Friday 5th March
berkeley + giveamanakick + Sanskrit
DUNDALK The Spirit Store
Tickets €9

Saturday 6th March
berkeley + giveamanakick
MONAGHAN The Brewery
Tickets €5

Friday 12th March
berkeley + Element
ARMAGH Keady Arthurs Bar

Friday 19th March
berkeley + Element + Torgas Valley Reds
DUBLIN The Hub Mezz 23/24 Eustace St, D2 Tel:+3531 6707655
Doors 8pm
Tickets: €10 / € 8 with flyer/student i.d.

Fri 26th
berkeley + support
CORK Cypress Avenue (Old Oak Bar)
Tickets: €10

Sat 27th March
berkeley + support
CORK DeBarras, Clonakilty, Co.Cork Tel: +35323 3381
Tickets: free

Sun 28th March
berkeley + support (Afternoon all-ages show)
CORK DeBarras, Clonakilty, Co.Cork Tel: +35323 3381

Fri 2nd April
berkeley + Otranome + Violet Sky
MULLINGAR The Stables Tel:+353 (0)44 40251

Happy and surprised after their Hot Press winners poll results (thanks for voting!),
berkeley road test the new material which will make up their second album. Come along and give the new material the thumbs up or down.

Support slots will be shared by the cream of new Independent Irish acts including:
Element (see biog below)
Torgas Valley Reds (see biog below)
Violent Sky


Element was formed in February 2000. Mark joined in 2002 and accompanied the band on a self funded trip to Melbourne, Australia during the months of July and August. They played a total of 9 gigs across the city, gaining some local TV coverage and drawing comparisons to Sparta, At The Drive In and Jeff Buckley.

The Portadown four-piece, trading in jagged EMO grooves and bludgeoning
riffage, had sweat running down the walls of Auntie Annie's at their last sold-out
headliner in early February. The 2003 EP 'Pariah Tales' received widespread critical
acclaim and led to the band signing to Speaker Records of London. They have since supported such high profile acts as Muse, Cave-In, Feeder, Million Dead and the legendary Frank Black.

Element recently recorded their debut single 'Wake From This' (produced by
Chris Sheldon, whose credits include Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro and Feeder)
in London's Westside Studios.


Torgas Valley Reds are a three piece based in Belfast. We could tell you
that in the mid 90's, as Backwater, they released several singles and an
album on Che Records and Fantastic Plastic. And maybe it would make some
sense to point out that around that time they gigged with Radiohead, Ash
and Idlewild. But we'd rather you just listened to their new single "Torgas
Valley Blue" which will be released in April on HOWL records. Or you could
come see them play live. We're hoping that the Ba Ba's, the handclaps, the
fuzzy bass and the sing-a-long choruses will be enough to make you love TVR
as much as we do.

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Berkeley are a sonorous hybrid of their influences, Fugazi, Nirvana, Radiohead, Idlewild and Jeff Buckley. Their live show is a blast of full-on punk rock energy laced with soul-searching dynamics. Music is everything to berkeley, no gimmicks, no manifesto and this has enabled them to play to very diverse crowds.

The dynamic 3-piece rock band formed in Donegal, Republic of Ireland in January 2001. Their first year was spent writing material for their debut album and playing throughout Ireland. An early decision to find someone who could capture their live sound without studio trickery was realised in November 2001 when the band travelled to Chicago to record their debut album 'Hope, Prayers and Bubblegum' with the legendary Steve Albini at the controls at his Electrical Audio Studio. 15 tracks were recorded and the first release from this session, 'New Star', saw its release on Monday 11th November 2002.
Upon returning from Chicago, they set about building a reputation for themselves as one of the best live bands in Ireland. They started 2002 well by supporting Jimmy Eat World at their debut sell out Dublin show. Since then they have supported a number of visiting International acts including Rival Schools, Sparta, Cave In and The Frames. Their impressive performance at the 2002 Witnness Festival T.V Tent (after almost missing out on playing at all after the Upstage was flooded out) was followed up with an Irish tour with the D4 and two UK tours at the end of that year.
'Hope, Prayers and Bubblegum' was released on the 24th of March 2003.

'Hope, prayers and bubblegum' reviews
'It's powerful, emotional hardcore with well-thought-out lyrics and the influences of Fugazi and Buffalo Tom are nicely tempered with smouldering songs reminiscent of early Radiohead' THE INDEPENDENT 4/5

'Near perfect debut from Donegal-based post-rock trio, both a contorted, complex reworking of post-hardcore rock and a raw, bloodied, ear-busting slab of emotion. It's a dynamic that recalls US post-hardcore henchmen Fugazi and one that Berkeley, with an average age of just 21, have already developed to epic proportions' KERRANG KKKK

'Specialising in a brand of rock that's urgent and gloriously rough around the edges, if opener 'New Heavy' kicks and screams it's way to imperfection, 'Follow Through' and 'Explanations' pin down the infectious chorus, while 'New Star' claims the award for earth-shattering unpredictability. Striking the balance between wildly intense and memorably melodic is no easy task, but Berkeley are doing it with their eyes closed' ROCK SOUND 7/10

'Hope, Prayers and Bubblegum is a beauty. The quiet/loud melodic path has been well trod in the past, but in these six hands it still sounds fresh, thrilling and genuinely exciting, as they move effortlessly from the bludgeoning riffs of 'Follow Through' to the more measured 'All I Want' and 'Colour Me In'. one of 2003's most important domestic releases' HOT PRESS 8/10

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