Bobby Green reviews The Grey Merchant’s new single ‘Convenience’
May12

Bobby Green reviews The Grey Merchant’s new single ‘Convenience’

  Review by Bobby Green Convenience is the 3rd release from the Cork based music collective ‘The Grey Merchant’ and is as focused and socially charged as you’d expect from these lads from the peoples republic. I remember hearing their 1st release, ‘Spotless (The Protecting Veil)’ and being really impressed and eager to find out how their sound would evolve without being so reliant on such an iconic vocal sample. But after ‘The Last Transmission’ and now ‘Convenience’ I’m now aware that The Grey Merchant aren’t just a collective with some talent and spare time on their hands, they really mean business. I’ve been getting bored of the bleeding hearts that are so commonplace in Irelands music scene, open up a blood bank and do something useful with all that spillage lads because at last there’s an Alternative Rock band with something to shout about on the horizon. It’s only Hip Hop nowadays that really has something to say on street level and even that’s getting a bit turgid and distasteful in some places. But The Grey Merchant are stomping down your street right now, shouting out loud and maybe waking a few people up. And if this is a flavour of their debut album  ‘Avenue De Rennes’ expected in late July this year, then I’m sure it’s going to be fucking tasty. Convenience goes on release May 31 2017 on Spotify, iTunes, and the usual digital platforms, but if you can’t wait that long then jump on ‘The Last Transmission’ & ‘Spotless (The Protecting Veil)’ while you...

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Townlands Carnival Launch Party. Win Tickets
Apr27

Townlands Carnival Launch Party. Win Tickets

Townlands Carnivals returns to Macroom for a third year of vivid performers and eclectic music acts. The festival are about to launch their Tier 2 weekend camper tickets on May 3 with an announcement of new acts added to the already tasty lineup.   To mark the announcement and new tier Townlands Carnival are bringing a taste of their SubAtomic venue to Limerick’s Social & Co with Skirmish and Output hosting a launch party  Expect big beats on a tasty sound system.   Performing on the night are two of Ireland’s most exciting DJ’s: P-Hocto & Warren Knowles. Dublin born DJ and producer Peadar Ó Brádaigh, AKA PHocto, had been circling the Irish electronic scene for a number of years but is now to be found across the pond in London city. A vinyl fanatic, Peadar separates himself from the masses by playing a killer selection of new and old tracks across the various styles of techno, electro and bass heavy music that most appeal to him. Dark and deep, weird and wonky, glitched out and sublime or simply pounding, one thing is for sure, you won’t find any filler here.  A regular DJ at Jerome Hill’s infamous “Don’t” nights, Peadar has supported some big names in the underground Techno and Bass circuits, both at home and abroad. Artists like: Neil Landstrumm, Paul Birken, Ancient Methods, Lakker, King Cannibal and Sunil Sharpe to name but a handful. He recently completed a degree in Sonic Arts at Brunel University and is now busy working away and refocusing on his own productions once again.   Warren Knowles is no stranger to anyone who’s been wearing the dance floors at techno gigs over the last 10 years. His first club experience like many other Cork dj’s was at the legendary Sweat nights in Sir Henry’s. His first break came when he got accepted for the Red Bull Music Academy in Dublin and got a set at in:flux’s famous techno night in the Kitchen Nightclub. Soon after they started a night in the Pav nightclub in Cork, and he was asked to be resident for the duration of their nights in the city where he warmed up for the likes of Umek, Justin Robertson, Darren Emerson and Billy Nasty to name but a few. Involved with setting up the Oil Baron’s Ball in the Pav, which had a nomadic existence moving onto Maas, and after that Sir Henry’s he then went on to became resident of Cork’s legendary Electric Underground. He’s also been nominated for best resident at the Irish Dance Music Awards twice! With EU he warmed up for acts such as...

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Kid Karate release remix of Redbone
Apr25

Kid Karate release remix of Redbone

  Review by Bobby Green Kid Karate originally played ‘Redbone’ as part of a live radio session, but after performing it live they went back to the studio to record this slick remake of the Childish Gambino hit. This is a perfect follow up to their pulsating single ‘No Way’ that brought about a sense of freedom for the band with the addition of bassist Ian McFarlane. There’s still chugging bass lines and propulsive drums that their fans expect, but at the heart of this new sound is honest song writing about how they interact with each other and a new sense of effortless groove to the music. This reminds me a lot of when Beck gets all soulful and funky and that’s no bad thing. ‘Redbone’ is dripping with charisma and style and will have you driving around town with the windows down nodding like a pidgin, this could well be your new favourite groove. Listen to ‘Redbone’ below...

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Ian Whitty & The Exchange return with new release and Right Here Right Now live show
Apr23

Ian Whitty & The Exchange return with new release and Right Here Right Now live show

  Ian Whitty & The Exchange follow up on the success of their recently released album Cash Crop with the double-A side single ‘Rodeo’ / Tattoo Rings’. They return to the live circuit after a storming appearance at Quarter Block Party, with a slot at the upcoming ‘Right Here Right Now’ festival at the Cork Opera House April 30. ‘Rodeo’ is a healthy thousand miles from country music yet is a fitting title for a single that unfurls a scathing, rapid-fire commentary on society brimming with witty imagery and intricate anecdotes. On the flip side, ‘Tattoo Rings’ is an inversion to ‘Rodeo’s cynicism where we find a tale of earnest idealised young love spun out over rippling guitar and shimmering piano. This double-A side is the follow up single to Bottom Line, a song that captured the imagination of Irish media whilst enjoying plenty of daytime airplay on national and regional stations, spending 8 weeks on the RTE Radio 1 recommends playlist. Released at the end of 2016, Cash Crop, saw Ian Whitty delve deep into his imagination drawing stories both personal and reflective to create characters for a body of work that not only reflected Whitty’s experiences up to this point but also Irish society.   Ian Whitty & The Exchange play Right Here Right Now festival on April 30 “Rodeo/Tattoo Rings” is released on Whimsical River records  May 5....

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Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly ‘Graceland’
Apr22

Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly ‘Graceland’

Marc O’Reilly is setting out on a limited tour in support of his most recent single ‘Graceland’. ‘Graceland’ is taken from his current album ‘Morality Mortality’ which is Marc’s first album on a major label ( Virgin Records Germany ) and showcases him as an incredibly mature writer with a stunning vocal talent. Marc will join a long list of rising Irish talent for the Right Here Right Now festival on April 30 in the Cork Opera House. Marc has a reputation as an exceptional live performer and has played many major festivals in both Europe and the US including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Eurosonic, Reeperbahn, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance, Greenman, Kendal Calling etc etc On ‘Graceland’ we find Marc’s brand of brooding indie rock and blues at it’s most mercurial, teeming with anticipation and expectation that bass lines gets me everytime. The accompanying video follows the band on tour across Europe and Russia. Marc has just announce an extensive European tour which including a couple of Irish dates and an appearance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Sun 30th April – Cork, Opera House ( Right Here Right Now Festival ) Thurs 4th May – Dublin, The Sugar Club Watch the video for ‘Graceland’...

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