CorkLovesMusic presents Head in Clouds a documentary
Oct04

CorkLovesMusic presents Head in Clouds a documentary

 CorkLovesMusic presents, in association with IndieCork Film Festival and Gobstar Film the screening of the documentary “Head in Clouds” based on Cork Indie/Rock outfit Hope is Noise, October 12 in The Poor Relation, Cork City.  This is not a story of success. It’s the story of a band. It’s the story of four friends, together through thick and thin over nearly twenty years, and in many ways, of the scene that give rise to their existence and longevity.   From that one offhand, seemingly cryptic musing, came an unlikely spark, one that brought four childhood friends together and give them a singular purpose: music that moves you. Moves you to sing, to dance along, to get angry, to identify with it and get immersed in its world and muses. Since bringing their body of work under the banner of Hope is Noise in late 2004, the Cork four-piece have built a dedicated following, drawn equally to their ability to construct a winning pop tune with seemingly little effort, and their incendiary, hardcore tendencies.   The result is a sound that in places resonates with a more considered take on Husker Du & Foo Fighters’ knack for a tune, and burns with a rage comparable to Hot Snakes or At-the Drive In. It’s a seemingly odd dichotomy, but over the course of two E.P.s and four critically-acclaimed full-lengths), it’s one that has formed the basis of something very special indeed, keeping fans and critics alike, across a wide cross-section of genres, hanging on.   It’s brought them gigging all over Ireland, at European festivals, and on two tours of the West Coast of the U.S. It’s seen their praises roared from the pages of Rock Sound (UK) and Hot Press among others. It’s seen them fulfill life-long ambitions, being called to share stages with the likes of Jello Biafra and Mudhoney among others. It’s seen them move from angry youngfellas to a bona fide pillar of Cork music, and one of the Irish underground’s best-loved bands.   This is the restless sound of a band with a sense of purpose, unwilling to settle and be pigeonholed. A band born of lifelong friendship, whose disparate elements are brought together by a passion for creation and performance, regardless of broader trends and fads. This is Hope is Noise.   WHO: Veteran Cork alternative rock four-piece Hope is Noise WHAT: Premiere of documentary film and career-spanning live set WHEN: Thursday October 12th @ 9pm WHERE: The Poor Relation, Parnell Place, Cork City (€5)...

Read More
Bobby Green builds anticipation for The Black Atlantic tour
Oct04

Bobby Green builds anticipation for The Black Atlantic tour

Review by Bobby Green Now that the nights are drawing in and autumns gentle chill starts to slowly conquer late summers clemency we begin to desire more heart-warming pleasures to fire our souls for the long winter nights ahead. We need diotic beauty to complement the colourful autumnal surroundings and I can think of no better companions than Emma Lohan and Anna Mullarkey to accompany our senses during my favourite time of year. These two natives of Galway are about to embark on ‘The Black Atlantic Tour’ playing dates in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Roscommon. They are touring together to launch their distinctive sounds to new audiences across Ireland. Atlantic-folk meets electro-pop in this unusual but astoundingly complimentary pairing for a night of nostalgia and beautifully unique music. To mark the launch of ‘The Black Atlantic Tour’, Anna Mullarkey and Emma Lohan will both release a single from their forthcoming albums. Anna’s Baby Dragon is her first solo release and is a heartfelt track written on piano with a blend of electronics giving it an underwater disco feel. Emma’s Wander Free will be her second offering from Black Atlantic that takes you on a nostalgic dream, a laidback soundscape across the Irish Sea. Emma will be backed by a stellar 6-piece band comprised of horns, strings, synths, percussion and Gregory Sanders-Gallego on lead guitar; her natural, carefree approach to performance is infectious, putting people at ease to let go and enjoy the moment. To experience Black Atlantic live is to be taken on a whirlwind musical trip that embraces her audience from the first note. With upbeat guitar licks, rich harmonies, honest lyrics and beautiful arrangements Lohan invites her audience to forget everything and just dance… and they usually do! Anna Mullarkey brings her new electronic project to the stage. Her music is a fusion of multiple genres with roots in folk, jazz and minimalism. Anna has been touring and composing with My Fellow Sponges for the past five years whilst also composing soundtracks for multiple documentaries. Her current project explores dance music as a solo performance artist intertwining retro synthesizers with a modern house edge. But don’t worry Sponge fans, they are still going strong. The 2 singles released to support the tour are of exceptional beauty, Anna’s style and grace that shapes so much of My Fellow Sponges sound is still at the forefront of her solo project but with an electronic edge so subtle so as not to take over the sound allowing her voice to dictate the mood. Emma Lohan’s Wander Free is as sweet as candyfloss and equally as soft. Just close your eyes...

Read More