Gig of the week: Shellac at The Black Box, Belfast

Shellac play The Black Box in Belfast on Sunday night as part of their current Irish tour

SHELLAC arrive in Ireland tonight and, if you listen closely, you may just be able to hear their cacophonous clang and banging at Galway's Roisin Dubh (where support comes from Mike Watt's Il Sogno del Marinaio) all the way from Belfast.

If not, fret ye not: once the trio have dispatched their show at Dublin's Tivoli tomorrow night, Steve Albini, Todd Trainer and Bob Weston will be bringing their bruising take on the rock idiom to well within ear and eye-shot of northern fans.

Indeed, they'll be up at The Black Box for a Sunday evening performance: expect to hear favourite songs from Shellac's most recent LP, Dude, Incredible, plus evergreen classics like Prayer To God, Wingwalker, Copper, The End of Radio and My Black Ass.

But wait – before you commit to attendance, answer this important question: Do you like to rock?

That's the query posed in the official, just slightly tongue-in-cheek press release for the ongoing tour – which continues into Scotland and England after the Irish shows – with Shellac offering the following guidance to prospective gig goers:

"If the answer is 'yes', then we'd like to invite you down to these shows on these dates to participate in some of the aforementioned 'rock'."

:: Tickets £20 via

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