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Bitch Falcon - Syncope

  • Written by  Marky Edison


A proper power trio in the tradition of Nirvana, Shellac, Budgie and Biffy Clyro, Bitch Falcon are regarded as the hardest rocking band in Dublin. Noisy and punchy, they've been on Annie Mac and Huw Stephen's 'Other Voices' show and are lined up for showcases at Canadian Music Week and in London on 18 March.

They’ve been compared to Ontario’s Dilly Dally and LA’s Bleached and have played with Fucked Up, Torche, The ZZZ’s, Glen Hansard, Fight Like Apes, No Spill Blood and Red Enemy. They’re just back from their first national tour coinciding with the release of their recent single, ‘Clutch’ and ‘Syncope’ is their new offering.

The song begins with a downtuned riff straight out of the bowels of doom metal. Two thirds of the way in, the tempo slows to a sludgy crawl as Nigel Kenny pounds out a deathly beat. Naomi McLeod's warm bass rumble fills the low end like Jason Newsted-era Metallica. “Fee, fie, foe, fum” go the lyrics as the music evokes the bone-shaking footsteps of Jack's legendary giant.

The song is lent another dimension by Lizzie Fitzpatrick's theatrical, impassioned vocal. She  strangles her guitar into submission until its final death rattle after three minutes of fighting for its life. Following on from ‘Wolfstooth’, ‘Breed’, ‘TMJ’ and ‘Clutch’ , 'Syncope' once again marks Bitch Falcon as one of Dublin’s finest and most extreme bands.

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