Even ten years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a Dublin band with roots as diverse as International Racket Squad – a motley crew of Brazilians, Irish & Polish who have a love for dance, rap reggae, ska, rock, popular Brazilian music, funk and Afrobeat.
The band have a residency at one of Dublin's best live venues – The Globe Bar on South Great George’s St, where a full house and dancing on the tables are likely occupational hazards. They are also regular guests at the Grand Social at the Ha'penny Bridge and the Turks Head in Temple Bar. Their song "Radio Revolution (The Government Wants to Take All of My Money!)" was by far the most voted for song in the "Rising Stars Competition" which was run as part of the Dublin City Soul Festival.
The accomplished Brazilian-Polish rhythm section provide an interesting foundation for the guitar and vocals of two rather excitable Irish frontmen – while it's also hard to ignore the less subtle influences on band members of The Clash, Primal Scream and even James Brown.
The live setting is a natural habitat for this band with music that feels tailormade to fill the dancefloor. Although their performances are upbeat and energetic, the subject matter also gives expression to deeper personal themes, and socio-political commentary.
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