Author: Mags Blackburn

Mad About Music – Featuring The Felonies, The Engineer, Clare Sands, Brian Lalor and The Elation Band

Inspired by 90s rave and Drum N Bass Phil Dunne, AKA The Engineer, set out to find an outlet for some guitar ideas that didn’t suit a live band. With these in mind his project quickly grew and embracing the freedom offered by programming beats, processing found sounds and focusing on rhythm, texture and atmosphere he became The Engineer. Listen to his self-released EP First Principles on Bandcamp. Recommended listening “Ice Point” Wicklow four-piece The Felonies have hit the road running with their debut single release “Repetition” from their EP “Impossible, Impractical”. The single is brimming with Brit...

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Song of the Day: Jack O’Rourke ‘Naivety’

It really should read “Songs of the Day” with this double sided single release from Jack O’Rourke deserving their own individual attention. While they are simply different versions of the same song they both speak so differently to the listener they may as well be from different eras. Releasing ‘Naivety’ on February 24 Cork Musician Jack O’Rourke is rounding off a phenomenal year. His debut album soaring high in the charts, his singles winning international songwriting awards and his name being dropped by all kinds of music superstars Jack is making a name for himself. The radio edit for...

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Circles release their debut E.P. with a launch at the Crane Lane Theatre on March 4

Cillian MCSweeney and Circles release their debut E.P. with a launch at the Crane Lane Theatre on March 4 in association with Music Generation Cork City 27 year-old Wilton musician Cillian MCSweeney has been playing music for the last ten years. He has cerebral palsy and relies on eye movements to communicate. Through using advanced technology, including ‘Eye Gaze ‘and ‘E-scape’, he has been able to write and perform his own music. Cillian developed as a writer and performer through the SoundOUT programme as part of Music Generation Cork City, where he was involved in a collaborative music project...

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Single of the Week: Slow Riot with ‘Pink December’

With a whiff of The Smiths about them art-rock three-piece ​Slow Riot return with new track ​‘Pink December’,released February 13. ‘Pink December’ offers a tantalising glimpse of a new sound being forged in the band’s Limerick rehearsal space. The signature deadpan vocal delivery and motorik driving bass remain, but gone is the athletic, lean post-punk in its place we find layers of dense guitars, tribal drums, and half-heard backing vocals slowly unveiling themselves as the single progresses. Says vocalist Niall Clancy: “Sonically it’s our most satisfying Slow Riot track. At the core of a lot of our songs are...

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Video of the Week: Bitch Falcon ‘Clutch’

Releasing their first material in a year Dublin trio Bitch Falcon enter 2017 unapologetically with new single ‘Clutch’. An introspective look at intrusive thoughts, this four-minute distillation of the band’s volatile-yet-hypnotic sound introduces new elements in the form of electronic textures and synth-based layers. Recorded at Orphan Recording Studios and Asylum Studios/Bow Lane over a two-day period, ‘Clutch’ was engineered and mixed by Robin Ball, who previously worked with the band on ‘Wolfstooth’ and ‘Breed’. Fergal Davis handled mastering duties, following on from his work on ‘TMJ’. Directed and produced by Allyn Quigly of Spice Burger the video contains...

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