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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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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Gillian McGee is wowed by Marlene Enright’s Coughlan’s show
Apr21

Gillian McGee is wowed by Marlene Enright’s Coughlan’s show

A month after the release of her debut album Placemats & Second Cuts and ahead of her last performance in St John’s Church, Listowel, Marlene Enright brought her live show to the home crowd in Coughlan’s, Cork on April 13th and Gillian McGee was there to witness it. Marlene Enright’s debut album Placemats and Second Cuts is a piece of pure magic and completely addictive listening.  I’m clearly not the only one who thinks this judging by the enthusiastic reception at her sold out gig in Coughlans Cork where Enright brought us her tunes at a whole other level.   Ailbhe Reddy opened the evening playing support.  A Dublin based singer-songwriter Ailbhe treats us to her pure voice and heartfelt lyrics accompanied by her lone electric guitar lending a sharpness to her sound.  Songs such as ‘Distrust’ and ‘Relentless’ are very special and draw the crowd in – she’s back in Coughlans in a few weeks and is definitely worth catching.   As soon as Marlene Enright and full band take to the stage,  the now nicely packed living room type venue really comes to life.  Opening with  ‘Alchemy’ we are all immediately hooked in and everything sounds so so wonderful. Gemma Sugrue on backing vocals blends perfectly with Enright’s voice and they create a perfect melodic counterpoint together. The combo of Davie Ryan on drums with Walshy on bass gives everything a big polished sound and Hugh Dillion’s lead guitar is just flawless. Throughout the gig though it’s Marlene’s beautiful floating vocals and rich sound from the keys that truly shine bringing a brilliant light to Enright’s perfect alt pop folk songwriting. The impressive production you can hear on Enright’s album is even stronger live and every single song sounds like a little masterpiece.   Stand out songs on the night are an incredible acapella version of ‘When the Water is Hot’ which sees the whole band singing harmonies clapping and foot stomping, and a spine chilling version of ‘Sadness’.  Enright also treats us to a cool cover of Taylor Swift/Ryan Adam’s ‘Shake it Off’  which leaves you in no doubt that she really has a truly original sound. A nod is also made to Enright’s previous musical life with band ‘The Hard Ground’  with the excellent ‘‘Pucker’ a song Fleetwood Mac would be proud to steal. For me though, ‘We were in Trouble’  is utterly stunning and even more perfect than the album.   Throughout the gig Marlene is so naturally charming and enjoying all the magic she is creating with lots of relaxed chats with the crowd making everyone feel part of this – a very...

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Indiependence Reveal Day X Day Breakdown
Apr19

Indiependence Reveal Day X Day Breakdown

Indiependence Music & Arts Festival has announced its Day X Day breakdown for this summer’s festival, taking place at Deer Farm Mitchelstown, Co Cork, on August 4 – 6.   The festival is also delighted to announce a new partnership with IMRO that will see the Irish Music Rights Organisation host the IMRO Big Top Stage at INDIE17.   Tickets have been selling fast for what looks to be another 10,000 capacity sold out event at Deer Farm with headliners Tom Odell (Friday), The Coronas (Saturday) and Manic Street Preachers (Sunday) proving a massive hit with INDIE lovers. The line-up also features some fantastic live acts in All Tvvins, Sigma (DJ), Frank Turner, Hermitage Green, Brian Deady, The Riptide Movement and We Cut Corners also featured on the bill.   “Indiependence’s reputation as one of Ireland’s leading music festivals continues to grow year on year, attracting music fans from throughout Ireland and beyond. We are delighted to be sponsoring the IMRO Big Top Stage this year which will showcase some of the finest new talent from Ireland and we look forward to welcoming an exciting line-up of musicians to Mitchelstown this coming August”, says Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO.   Long-regarded as the Irish music festival most in touch with rising Irish artists, INDIE17 is also set to host acts such as Raglans, Ryan Sheridan, Coumbia Mills, Stomptown Brass, Overhead the Albatross, Stephanie Rainey, Fangclub, Talos, Craig Gallagher, MindRiot, Jack O’Rourke, Hope is Noise, Orchid Collective, Hawk Lion, Barq, Le Boom, Jonny Rep, Eve Belle, Super Silly, Dagny and many more.   Set in the foothills of the spectacular Galtee Mountains, Indiependence has steadily grown in size since 2006, attracting festival goers from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe and seeing the festival increase in size to a sold-out 10,000 capacity event in 2016,   In addition to some of the best Irish and international music acts, INDIE17 will soon be revealing a strong Comedy, Spoken Word and Dance line-up to Deer Farm, while the recently added INDIE VIP Garden and Mitchelstown Music Trail are set to return in 2017.   Early Bird Tickets for INDIE17 sold out within 24 hours and subsequent ticket tiers – which remained at 2016 prices – also sold out in record time. Tickets currently on sale are:   3-DAY WEEKEND CAMPING – €119 VIP INDIE GARDEN UPGRADE – €50 Day tickets priced €52.50 on sale Friday April 21st at 9am   Tickets are available online at www.tickets.ie with a limited amount for sale at Mitchelstown Post Office.   Further line-up announcements will be coming soon, so check out www.indiependencefestival.com and www.facebook.com/INDIEPENDENCEFEST/ for updates and further information.   See INDIE16:...

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