If really good alternative rock is your thing then Bobby Green recommends Deep Sky Objects
Oct21

If really good alternative rock is your thing then Bobby Green recommends Deep Sky Objects

  Review by Bobby Green Alternative Rock has become a bit of a dirty phrase over the last few years with so many bands not quite knowing where they are or where they are going, knocking out mediocre music hoping for mainstream attention. At the core of any great music, be it folk or pop or rock with the many sub genres within each category there has to be truth. And for quite a while now there has been nothing much to believe in. But as transgloble underground told me, ‘Watch The Sky, Keep Looking’ Deep Sky Objects are a Cork based 3 piece consisting of Kevin and Thomas O’Brian providing guitars, drums and vocals while DD Foley thunders in with the bass so sharp you’ll be in danger of slicing up your ear drums if you play them too loud. This impressive EP came out last month but is getting a ‘hard’ release on CD so much has been the demand. The 5 tracks on offer here could all have been lead singles, if this is the quality they are delivering at this moment in time then an album should launch these lads stratospheric. This music is for a mass market, but unlike a lot of the stuff on offer right now these songs have meat and bones on them that’ll make your balls tingle. I love the production here, it’s so crisp and defined. When the album is ready, and with the right campaign Deep Sky Objects should have no bother achieving even greater...

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Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey
Oct20

Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey

Review by Bobby Green As the days turn into nights on these autumnal months the darkness brings with it a chill that needs to be kept at bay. Fires are lit, and soundtracks are chosen to accompany the soft crackle of the fire while the burning embers dance their way up the chimney.  On these long cold nights we sometimes call upon some old friends for company. Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane’s Love Supreme alone has kept me warm for a whole winter such is the strength of its magic. But now there’s a new Magic, a voice from Dublin based singer NC Grey that takes me back to old loves so much so that it feels like I’ve known her voice all my life. This debut EP will have you swaying just like your mamma used to. If you love old school jazz and R&B swathed in soulful beauty with a voice as crisp as a summers morning then Magic is the must have EP this autumn to keep you warm on these long cold nights, It feels like NC Grey has poured everything into these 4 tracks showcasing her vocal talents and song writing ability. She seems to have a Sade like ability to tell a story so beautifully that she could sing the phone book and you’d still think it was a wonderful story. Magic is out now. NC Grey is most certainly one to look out for in 2018, but I fear these tiny shores wont be able to hold her for much longer afterwards.  Catch her while you can, this star is about to...

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Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration
Oct20

Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration

  Review by Bobby Green The wondrous beauty of Duke Specials creative muse can sometimes bring a man to tears with its genius. But to also be gifted with a voice so delicious there could have been no other life for him but to do what he does. And with Hallow we have Duke focus his creative spark, dare I say fire, entirely on the poetry of Belfast poet Michael Longley. The seemingly effortless manor in which Duke translates these poems frames an already alluring work of beauty and delivers them with such a sweet kiss it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. Duke has set up a website called Advocate (www.advocateduke.com) where fans can pre-order the album in their preferred format: CD, vinyl or digital download. There will be a limited run of exclusive signed and numbered CD and vinyl releases which are only available on pre-order. Every pre-order on all formats will include a special ADVOCATE PASS which will give you access to exclusive content online through the Advocate website. This will range from behind-the-scenes videos of the recording process and video messages from Duke on how the album is progressing, to snippets of demos and exclusive previews of Hallow. Fans can see ‘Hallow’ being performed live on Duke Special’s October tour, commissioned by The Strollers Touring Network and he has just added new dates in February 2018 in Belfast, London & Dublin.  (Dates and venues below. Check venue websites for ticket details.) Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’ Duke Special is an artist to be celebrated in todays creative world where we are awash with the mundane. Where the creative genius behind the music is the units shifted and not the art itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good campaign, and clever marketing today is itself at best artistic in its delivery. But when you have truly great art, the glittery shine from everything else on offer becomes dull reflections of just ‘stuff’ we’ve been sold before. Hallow is out now and Duke Special is on Tour promoting it.   Weds 25th October            Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. Thurs 26th October            Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. Fri 27th October                  Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare. Sat 28th October                 The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. Sun 29th October                Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. Thurs 22nd February         Bush Hall, London Fri 23rd February               Empire Music Hall, Belfast Sat 24th February              Unitarian Church, Dublin www.advocateduke.com ...

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Bobby Green takes a look at the new EP from  Atlas Zero
Oct18

Bobby Green takes a look at the new EP from Atlas Zero

  Review by Bobby Green The peoples republic have a knack of raising the bar when it comes to great music and Atlas Zero are aiming to raise standards yet again with their debut self-titled and self-produced EP.  Formed back in 2013, they were all introduced to one another through mutual friends. As of early this year they all decided to pursue the band full time and have certainly set the marker down in delivering this EP. Atlas Zero blends atmospheric rock with epic orchestral symphony’s and electronic elements. Speaking about their sound they say that their approach is to create anthemic, over exaggerated soundscapes yet retaining beauty in their melodies. One thing that really impressed me was the overall look of Atlas Zero, it’s an easy mistake to think that ‘a look’ doesn’t matter but lead guitarist Cian who is also a photographer has really put the work in to create a look, something so many bands don’t even think about, and ultimately why so many bands never get past the 1st hurdle. A simple band logo could be all that’s needed to get ahead today and Atlas Zeros is beautiful in its simplicity. The EP was recorded in Dan’s (vocalist / rhythm guitarist) family home in Monkstown in a small 8x10ft room in the house. The goal of this was to emphasise the fact that artists can create and produce professional sounding music without the need for expensive recording studios. Atlas Zero are a creative force to be reckoned with and it’s a joy to see a band come along who have an idea about the look, feel, smell, touch of their art. Atlas Zero is out today  ...

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Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”
Oct13

Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”

Returning to the foot stomping gypsy folk that has already won them an army of fans, All Good Men is a full on, big band, swing sounding romp, snarling and growling its way through three and a half minutes of roaring brass and crowd harmonies.   This is the first single from the band’s anticipated new album, And Don’t Spare The Horses. Recorded at Orphan Studios in Dublin earlier this year, the new album leaps from genres as vast and varied as folk, klezmar and yiddish to rock, swing and blues. And it’s content? As eclectic as their sound according to the band – “Melodramatic tales of woe, betrayal, conflict, upheaval, rebellion, love, loss, fear and anger,” says the band. “All wrapped in tongue-in-cheek irreverence and self-deprecation, occasionally giving way to a flurry of triumphalism or whisper of introspection.” Renowned for their raucous live shows and fiercely passionate support, the band have been busy touring the far and wide since their 2015 debut After The Sherry Went Round. They’ve played mainstage slots at both Glastonbury (Field Of Avalon) and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as an outing at Dutch centrepiece Eurosonic Noordeslaag and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. They’ve also appeared on RTE’s Saturday Night Show, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ with Clive Anderson and BBC Radio 3’s ‘Essential Classics’.   The Eskies UK & Ireland tour kicks off on 4th October in Manchester. For full dates please visit...

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