KASBAH Social Club - Limerick, V94 KX51, Ireland
Benefits are an issues-based music collective from Teesside in the North East of England. They write songs about the urgencies that concern them, and they play them loud.
Forming in 2019 and consisting of Kingsley Hall on vocals, Robbie Major and Hugh Major on synths and noise with Cat Myers on drums, they quickly evolved from a fairly standard IDLES-lite shouty punk rock outfit to a highly politicised group that merges noise, hip hop, industrial rock, electronica, garage and an angry twitter feed to get it’s point across.
A resolutely DIY outfit and despite having little radio play (due to the nature of their lyrics), through their releases they have managed to gain fans as diverse as Sleaford Mods, Black Francis, Garbage, Billy Bragg and Elijah Wood as well as getting significant features in the NME, Rolling Stone, and the Quietus.
Now a formidable live outfit with numerous sold out shows and tours under their belt they aim to keep the momentum going into 2023.
“Benefits are something different, something primal and essential that needs to be heard.” NME
“A brutal but heartfelt wake up call.” NME
“We need Benefits more than ever.” Louder Than War
“Anger filtered through empowerment, defiance and hope for the future.” Louder Than War
“Polish and perfection are not things Benefits dwell on…” NME
“An urgent combination of noise rock and spoken word fury.” Rolling Stone
“…scorching, heavily politicised spoken word, roared with overwhelming intensity over punishing electronic noise…” the Quietus
“…cathartic, relentless, unifying, unmissable.” Narc magazine
“A mangled car crash of noise…intense, exhilarating and thoroughly absorbing. Utterly glorious.” Louder Than War
“I fucking love Benefits.” Steve Albini