Raine to launch debut EP in UCC
Oct05

Raine to launch debut EP in UCC

“Raine” is the latest creative project from Cork artist and songwriter Lorraine Hogan, who will premiere her 4 track EP at this exclusive listening event including an exclusive first look at the accompanying film project in the stunning surrounds of the Aula Maxima at University College Cork on Wednesday October 11. The Cork songwriter will be accompanied by her band on the stage of the Aula Maxima with Sam Barker on guitar and Stephen O’Brien on drums in a performance that will see them juxtapose a live instrumental performance with electronic production elements that is sure to be an exciting and dynamic exhibition as they endeavour to bring to life this new creative enterprise from Raine. Joining Raine on cello on the night is Christopher Marwood, a former member of the internationally renowned Vanbrugh Quartet and lecturer at CIT School of Music and The Royal Irish Academy of Music. The four tracks from the self-titled debut EP Raine journey through the songwriter’s life as an artist, as well as exploring themes of sensuality, tragedy and loss. “Wake Up” follows the aftermath after a personal friend fell into a coma and Raine’s attempt to process this. The ethereal “Breathe Me In” is a tale of falling in lust while “Honey Babe” breaks free from a toxic relationship while rediscovering her inner strength. Closing out The xx and London Grammar inspired Extended Play is “Burnt”, a track that is unapologetically gritty and sexual. This debut EP was recorded, produced and mixed at Monique studio with Christian Best and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty. Raine will also premiere a first look at a video project to accompany the single “Breathe Me In”. The video is a collaboration between Raine’s vision of the single and the cinematic eye of the Cork Film Centre and will be projected in the grand hall of the Aula Maxima on the evening. There will be a special guest as MC on the night yet be to revealed. Admission is free to this exclusive premiere event and is sponsored by Goldbergs Bar and The Leaping Salmon Bar...

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Bobby Green reviews new offering from Ape Rising
Oct05

Bobby Green reviews new offering from Ape Rising

Review by Bobby Green I never in a million years thought I’d enjoy anything closely resembling Synth progressive music, it takes itself far too seriously for a start and it’s normally the sound of rich kids musically wanking. So why do I like Ape Rising so much? For a start, there is a huge element of fun about this album, I fell in love with the influences from the start. If you grew up playing computer games in the 90’s you’d be in heaven figuring out where these influences come from, you can tell there was great enjoyment in the construction of these songs and this really does come across in the arrangements. I really got the references here, but this isn’t the only reason I like this album. It’s a great body of work as an introduction for me to Ape Rising, a band I’m only just getting to know. Johno Leader, Peter Donohue, Peter Denton, Fran McDonnell & Jimmy Deface are an experimental five piece alternative / Indie /Retro /Synth / Rock band from Co.Cavan and Co. Kildare. They formed in 2015 when Johno and Peter of energetic acoustic act ‘The Radioactive Grandma’ required new arms and legs and so three new lads entered the line up in the guise of Bass (Jimmy), Synth (P.Denton) & Drums (Fran). But don’t be fooled by the enjoyment of this review, Ape Rising is a serious album of exceptional quality. It could also be considered a concept album but I’d hate to put anyone off who runs a million miles away from tags like these because there’s great tracks within this album. And perhaps that’s another reason why I love Ape Rising because it’s AN ALBUM, a work of art that modern critics are trying to kill off because their attention span can’t handle more than 140 characters. Well I’m delighted that I’m still reviewing bands that can keep my attention for 12 tracks. Ape Rising is out now....

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