Live Reviews

The (International) Noise Conspiracy @ Whelans, Dublin

2 December 2004


That one of the few existing true punk revival bands, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, would be playing such a small venue was an added excitement for many in the crowd.

They, however had to wait as first The Sound Explosion, a crazed rock quartet, took to the stage. They did well to distract the attention of anyone in the venue so early on, and with a flamboyant performance from their front-man/guitarist Kit Endean they stirred more than a few spilled pints.

Next up were thisGirl. Another borderline emo-come-punk outfit fighting with instruments in order to cause havoc. However, the only havoc caused was by drummer Ryan Jenkinson who held it all together, and put on a great show.

But, at last, the highlight of the night, and without further ado: enter The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Dressed in matching red tops and black trousers, just like homeland label mates, The Hives, and with matching antics.

Fronted by the man who used to make young boys cry with the crunch of his voice, Dennis Lyxzen, former frontman of influential post-hardcore punk act Refused. This time round Lyxzen has got a new band behind him, and a much tamer sound to communicate his extreme left-wing views.

The band kick straight into the ‘Noise’, and judging from the bewildered faces on even the most stand out fans in the crowd, this must be off the new album Armed Love. T(I)NC fire into one of the highlight tracks, Up For Sale, from 2001’s New Morning, Changing Weather.

The antics from the group on stage proved no less than amazing, given the square footage the five members had to play around with. Bassist, Inge Johansson, does a great impression of a ‘Hive’ from start to end with his animated grooving. By the time the band get half way through the set they have the crowd chanting the words to Let’s Make History, the third song on the new album. At this stage, T(I)NC had the packed venue convinced at this point that this was the new sound of punk rock, and this was how to play it.

Closing on the end of their set, die-hard fans were getting restless for arguably T(I)NC most stand-out anthem Smash It Up. So as the last song of the set took its course, it was clear that there was an encore on its way, in the form of ‘Smash it up’. No surprises there. ‘Smash it up’ finally established to anyone present who wasn’t aware, that this is the new shape of punk to come.


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