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Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward. Photos courtesy of artists.


CANCELLED 8.30pm (90 mins), ​Saturday 03 March
Main Stage, NCH

New Music Dublin is proud to present THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT, featuring Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen, the two surviving members of legendary art rock band This Heat. Performing with Daniel O'Sullivan from Grumbling Fur, plus Merlin Nova, Frank Byng, Alex Ward and James Sedwards, the Guardian described their show at Cafe Oto in London as a "rousing reunion from an unstoppable force". Not to be missed!

It does feel like we've been witness to something special. A fine body of work has been brought to life with energy and vitality that seems improbable nearly 40 years after the fact

The Wire

This doesn't feel like nostalgia but a new beginning

The Guardian

Charles Bullen. Photos courtesy of artists. Charles Hayward. Photos courtesy of artists.
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Having turned post-punk upside down in the late seventies and exactly 40 years to the day of their first gig in 1976, the two surviving members (Bullen and Hayward) of the experimental rock band This Heat came together with a large group of collaborators to play under the project title of THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT. In a matter of hours, the consensus was unanimous that all present had been witness to something of cultural significance. Flooded with invitations from around the world, 2017 saw THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT take to the road.



Within their two albums and an EP, This Heat perfected a strange and volatile new strain of avant-garde rock that time has proved to be massively influential, a blueprint for much that would follow: post-rock, math rock, homemade musique concrète, experimental electronica.

Although widely considered to be Post-Punks finest they actually began performing their music in the early days of London's punk era. Ahead of their time, their music sounds as startlingly original and relevant, live and on record, as the day it was created.

This Heat's music has had a huge influence on generations of musicians in the decades following their break-up. Hot Chip included the song "Radio Prague" on their DJ-Kicks: Hot Chip album with Alexis Taylor commenting that the band "were truly committed to experimentation in the studio, and making a highly-charged music of great originality and dynamics." Dan Snaith of Caribou fame noted that the band "sounded like the future then and still do now". Avey Tare of Animal Collective revealed that This Heat "are one of those bands that (as a person wanting to be in a band) I aspired to be like". Damon McMahon of Amen Dunes called them "the Beatles of modern experimental music". Both Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Oneida covered the track 'S.P.Q.R.'. Robert Del Naja, one of the founding members of Massive Attack, covered '24 Track Loop'. Danny Brown sampled Horizontal Hold on the track 'Adderall Admiral' off the album XXX. The band were mentioned in LCD Soundsystem's 'Losing My Edge'. Viet Cong cited the band as a huge influence with bassist/vocalist Matt Flegel claiming in an interview that he was trying to 'ape' Deceit.

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Header: Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward. Photos courtesy of artists.
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Charles Bullen. Photos courtesy of artists.
Charles Hayward. Photos courtesy of artists.

The Guardian

Read a four star review of TINTH live at Cafe Oto, London

Louder Than War

Read a rave review of TINTH live at Barbican Hall, London