Tadgh Lipton – Inaudible [Album]
Aug20

Tadgh Lipton – Inaudible [Album]

With vocal delivery and lyrics that straddle an imaginary border between the realms of Mike Scott, Tim Wheeler and Wreckless Eric, Tadgh Lipton doesn’t appear to be overly concerned with confining himself to genres. Twenteen features angsty vocals over a polished punk pop backing with agressive guitar sounds. It’s the justaposition between the polish of the rhythm section/ backing vocals  and the in your face guitars/ lead vocals that makes the sound refreshing. Ekoli breaks out the Cellos and a marching snare beat, as Tadgh tries on shoegazing for size, half crooning, half ranting. He makes it his own, and moves on. Closwer features Husker Du guitars playing Television riffs, supported by a Tom Verlaine-esque snarled vocal. Tadgh tells us that “This album is about the struggle with mental health, how not looking after yourself can negatively warp your perception of the world.”, and these songs accurately convey a sense of paranoia, and a struggle to keep it together, with the change of pace between relatively convenional ballads like Pretty serving as a brief respite before we’re plunged again into the depths of a troubled mind,  with Auto Piolet (yes – the song title misspellings appear to be deliberate). The lead single, Nervious, opens with “I know you’re going to weep, ‘cos I’m going to hurt you” over an almost jaunty acoustic backing. The effect is rather sinister. This is an album that lulls you into a false sense of security with soothing melodies, and then shivs you in the back when you least expect it. For those of us who like music to challenge us, this is a good punt. It’s an album you need to live with for a week or so, before you get the full picture. “Do you understand what you’re accusing me of”? he demands in True. I’m accusing you of wrecking my head, but in a good way, Tadgh. inaudible is released on August 30th. http://tadhglipton.com/...

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Aoibhin Redmond – Drifting [Single]
Aug10

Aoibhin Redmond – Drifting [Single]

Review : Bobby Green Aoibhín Redmond is a name that we need to be familiarising ourselves with. With the release of the second video from her forthcoming Ep ‘Don’t Look Down’ she is showing that all the attention she has been getting lately is very much deserved. Sometimes described as quirky she shows with Drifting that tags are easily shaken off with her contrasting compositions. Undoubtedly her debut single ‘I Want To Live In Norway’ was extremely quirky but Beck’s Looser was hardly a blueprint for what followed. Aoibhin has been preforming since she was a young teenager and was chosen to feature on the No.1 charity Twitterxmas single. Aoibhin, plays, writes and records with her brother Oisin who plays the bass. They started performing together a year ago after Aoibhin won a local song writing competition, which gave her the opportunity to play on the main stage of the Sea Breeze Festival; they also won the busking competition. Aoibhin has also won awards for her charity work raising funds and awareness for Arklow’s homeless and has appeared and numerous charity events up and down the country. The official release of their EP ‘Don’t Look Down’ will be in the Workman’s Club on 3rd October. It will be available on ITunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other Platforms. Their Single ‘I Want to Live in Norway’ was released on 8th July and is available on ITunes and all other platforms. The Video for Drifting is available now and can be viewed on youtube via her Facebook page...

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The Dandy Horses – Tales From Hard Luck Town [Album]
Aug10

The Dandy Horses – Tales From Hard Luck Town [Album]

Review: Bobby Green Folk music by definition is a traditional way for musicians to pass on stories that can be about the merriment of a joyous affair with the times we live in, or it can heed a more serious warning. Either way the element of story telling is at its very core and vital to the genre. Harmonies and musicianship are vital components too, but without the story everything else is just padding. With Tales From Hard Luck Town, The Dandy Horses excel in all of these colours and use their palette to paint such beautiful pictures, sometimes about some quite dark subject matters. It’s easy to forget the subject matter with such beautiful harmonies dancing in and out of this wonderfully woven album making it a diotic delight, bringing the listener on a selection of very colourful journeys. But Belfast does have a rich tradition of great story tellers and colourful characters. This debut album certainly makes you aware of the quality that lies within The Dandy Horses with such well sculptured folk songs that flirt with country from time to time. It’s more than an introduction into their world, it’s a guidebook to the world that surrounds them. The Dandy Horses will be launching Tales From Hard Luck Town at the Belfast Barge on 13th August (BYO, £10, 8.30 doors.) and the busy quintet will play a number of dates subsequently in Bangor, Ballaghaderreen, and Derry to promote ‘Tales from Hard Luck Town,’ with further venues to be...

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Attack The Day – Felons [EP]
May04

Attack The Day – Felons [EP]

  Review: Bobby Green If you like your music to punch you in the face then Felons is the EP for you. I remember reviewing their 1st EP and thinking that there was something about these lads from Fermanagh. There was no way I expected their 2nd EP to be such a leap forward. Perhaps Donovan leaving the band forced the remaining members as a four piece to fill the gap with more aggression and attack – well… they are called Attack The Day after all. Felons is a full frontal assault Connor M’cGreggor would be proud of, a well calculated attack that is full of surprises. Part To Play even breaks down into a little skank halfway through before it kicks your teeth in again. Shadows was a great introduction for Attack The Day and my fear for them was that they might just be punching above their weight, but Felons really put me in my place and puts them on the map as serious players in this game. I loved Shadows for its personality, and Felons is Attack The Day honing their sound and growing the personality that makes them a bit different from all the others. They’re starting to walk tall and have definition within their field. If they continue on this trajectory of improvement and quality, their debut album could see not only them but the Irish heavy rock scene come of age again. Felons is out now… https://attacktheday.bandcamp.com/releases...

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AboveDat – Addicted [Single]
May02

AboveDat – Addicted [Single]

Review: Bobby Green I’ve been thinking about writing a feature on Stevie G for a while now. As much as I think DJ’s are the unsung heroes of so many music scenes I also think that a vast amount of them are meat hoops. I can count all the DJ’s I respect and admire on one hand, and Stevie G just happens to be one of them. I’ve been DJ’ing for 30yrs now and I’m always surprised (Still) when a DJ thinks they are bigger than the music, and with a lot of faceless twaddle being played in so many night spots this might be the case, but is also no big accomplishment if we’re being honest. But you can tell that Stevie G loves the music, his passion and enthusiasm for the multi genre music scenes he is a part of puts him head and shoulders above nearly every other DJ in Ireland today. That coupled with his talent and unsurpassable work ethic makes him one of the best and best loved around. For me to write a feature on the guy I’d have to take a week of work just to catch up with him, and I’d be too busy enjoying the music to get any serious work done. So when I found out he was putting out another single I was delighted that at least I’d have a starting point. But it isn’t all Stevie G. aboveDat are a Cork based DJ / Production duo Comprising of DJ Stevie G and Ian Ring (one half of electronic-pop duo Young Wonder ) they have worked together before when Stevie G’s label Soul Jamz released a track worked on by Ian Ring and featured the vocal talents of Christina Underwood. Deep Down South was a delightful jam and Christina’s vocal was a beautiful sunkissed soundtrack for the Peoples Republic of Cork and beyond. Addicted sees all three reunited for this soulful summer rubberknecker. It has an 80’s soul vibe that reminds me of the parties we used to have in Cathall Flats back in the day when we were care free and had the world ahead of us. The beauty of Addicted is that it doesn’t demand your attention or try and imprint itself on your psyche, It’s more like that kiss from a stranger at that summer party that you’ll never forget. Christina’s vocals are again beautifully crisp and you can’t help but wonder what else she has in her locker. Addicted by aboveDat is out May 6th on Soul Jamz and available to download on...

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