Bobby Green finds his groove with new single from Siomha
Jul17

Bobby Green finds his groove with new single from Siomha

Review by Bobby Green One of the perks of writing for musician.ie is that I often come across music I would never normally come across. I’m not going to sit here and lie about how long I’ve been into certain bands or singers and I hope my honesty comes across in my reviews. For instance, Friday evening after ‘one of those’ weeks I came home and sat by my back door to write about an artist I’d not heard before by the name of Siomha and her latest track “July Red Sky”. I poured myself a glass of wine, put on my headphones and clicked on the link for the video. For the next 4 and a half minuets I was at one with the world and all my surroundings. As the beautiful video played away I had the breeze of the open doors gently caress my brow while my own July Red Sky provided the backdrop as I fell in love with the music that was absolutely perfect for that moment in time. Perhaps it was the wine, or the fluke of having a perfect sunset while the video for “July Red Sky” showed Siomha and the band playing live in the Burren to their own perfect July Red Sky that made me fall head over heels for this track. So I closed the laptop to see how the music would stand up in the morning. So the next day as I sat down to write this review, I pressed play on the link again and once more I was taken somewhere beautiful. This jazzy soulful infusion played live on the edge of the unmistakable limestone slabbed landscape of The Burren, in her native Co. Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way is a stunning way to show a live performance. The video highlights the rocky grey of The Burren and is offset by the stunning backdrop of the sun rising across the sky in a blaze of red. All the while Siomha’s vocal strides across this beautiful landscape, owning it, her voice belongs there. “July Red Sky” is the second in a series of live videos by this emerging new Irish talent. ‘FLY!’, filmed and recorded live in a beautiful converted cottage in Feakle in East Clare, was released earlier this year and racked up 25,000 views in the first few days of its release. If you’re looking to be transported somewhere beautiful this July then click on the link...

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Columbia Mills reveal new single This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me.
Jul14

Columbia Mills reveal new single This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me.

  Review by Bobby Green It seems like forever that I’ve been waiting for The Columbia Mills album to arrive, with every single I get a little more excited with their sound and with “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” I can smell how good this album is going to be. I’ve already got it in my top 5 albums for this year and I’ve not even heard it yet. But with The Perfect Day EP & Battles you had the sense something special was happening with these lads from Bray. Then they deliver “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” and you just know this album is going to be a belter. As the single started I was reminded of Joy Division and the way they used atmospheric soundscapes with strong pronounced vocals to create a mood of serious intent, but as the single progressed you fall head first into their trademark multi layered diotic bestowment Columbia Mills are becoming known for.  “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” is a glorious track and a perfect launching pad for the bands forthcoming debut album, A Safe Distance To Watch, which is scheduled for release in October. Columbia Mills are on the festival circuit over the summer, and you can see them at Indiependence in Mitchelstown on Sunday August 6th, Groove Festival in Bray on Saturday August 19th, and Electric Picnic in Stradbally on the first weekend in September....

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Bobby Green tracks the evolution of The Strypes on their new album
Jul11

Bobby Green tracks the evolution of The Strypes on their new album

Review by Bobby Green I’ve waited for a while before reviewing this album. I make no secret that The Strypes are one of my favourite bands, and when one of your favourite bands release a new album it’s always the best album you’ve heard that year. There’s so many superlatives I wanted to throw at this album, so much I wanted to say about the band themselves. I’ve been a fan for ages and watched from debut album explosion to impressive second album and again I find myself debating with my friends their sound for the next album and what we would like from them. I’ve never known a rock n roll band to have so much exposure in my generation, and with social media and the musical landscape as it is right now there has never been a time when a band has been as close to its fanbase. But what we want and what we get can be to very separate things. Spitting Image kicks off with a Dr Feelgood feel but then unravels into a sound reminiscent of so many influences but never plagiaristic. They are still raw, still energetic and exciting but at the core still fantastic songsmiths. Where Spitting Image doesn’t push any boundaries it is a joy to hear The Strypes at this stage of their journey delivering some quality tunes. I’ve heard and read some critiques suggesting that it’s not as good as Snapshot, but you never forget your 1st kiss, and I like my romances to mature a little bit over time. This is the sound of a band enjoying where they are right now and confidently striding along in their career.  But this game moves pretty fast and now they are established their next move will always be their most important one, while all the time being only as good as your last album. And with Spitting Image I think we may be getting the last of this type of album from The Strypes for a while, the experience, experiments and lifestyle will soon be their influences. They will have to reinvent themselves as they grow as a band, like all great bands do, and I believe The Strypes to be a great band. They have the most exciting years ahead of them, both as young men and as musicians and it’ll be hard for them to ignore these things when writing good honest rock n roll, and they are true believers in the art form....

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Tanjier dazzle with new single “Yu”
Jun23

Tanjier dazzle with new single “Yu”

Currently, Tanjier are holed up somewhere in the West of Ireland recording their 2nd EP, due out in September and many of our regular readers will remember their debut EP “Sunrise” was one of our favourites from 2016. “Yu” is the debut single from this new EP and is set for release June 24 with a show in Whelan’s, DUblin. After finding each other in Tanjier, Morocco in 2015 the band have been creating dark broody electro pop since. “Yu” sees a slight change in lineup and with it their sound is more heightened, stripped back, and raw. Tanjier have always looked beyond the shores of Ireland, their sound definitively international and it is no more apparant than with “Yu” where influences like London Grammer, 1975 and Jack Garrett are evident. I would include James Vincent McMorrow and his American influences in that list as there are RnB elements to “Yu” as well. Maybe their music lends to it but Tanjier in their writing focus on mental health allowing the listener to wallow in their own preoccupations while simultaneously reaching down and pulling you up and offering you hope. Tanjier have grown up and are showing their stripes with “Yu” and I can’t wait to hear the rest of what they have to offer. Check out Tanjier when they play: 24 Jun Whelan’s,Dublin, Ireland 15 Jul JJ Harlow’s,Roscommon, Ireland 21 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 22 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 23 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 29 Jul The Hole in the Wall,Kilkenny 05 Aug Arcadian Field Festival, Dundalk 06 Aug Cottage Festival 2017,Cavan 11 Aug Secret village...

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Bobby Green gets summery with new music from SIIGHTS
Jun22

Bobby Green gets summery with new music from SIIGHTS

Review by Bobby Green You know it’s summer when you’re driving around town with the windows down and sweet female vocals are filling the airwaves. “Nobody Like U” is the next single from the dynamic female due known as SIIGHTS. Mia hails from from Dublin and Toni from Glasgow, both were accomplished musicians and songwriters in their own fields when they met by chance in summer 2016 in a house studio hidden away in LA writing tracks for other artists. The girls worked so great together that SIIGHTS was born. Their first collaboration scored over 18.5 million plays on Facebook and launched their music onto an adoring fanbase and with “Nobody Like U” sounding like the smash of the summer it’ll be a worldwide audience these girls will soon be playing to. It’s pop at its finest and most pure. In an era when the genre needs substance and credibility. SIIGHTS could just be the remedy that puts pop music back in the spotlight. Watch this space, there’s a lot more to come from SIIGHTS, their sound is what summers were made for. SIIGHTS will release their new single “Nobody Like U” on Friday, 23rd June 2017 on iTunes and...

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Get the punk band you deserve by listening to Touts “Political People”
Jun21

Get the punk band you deserve by listening to Touts “Political People”

Review by Bobby Green If you like the sensation of a punk rock jackhammer whacking you straight in the face then the new single ‘Political People’ by TOUTS will make your dingles dangle. TOUTS are a three piece punk band from Derry, Ireland. A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see. They have just released their debut EP Sickening and Deplorable, which contains their next single “Political People”, through Hometown Records. Their delivery is on point and they sound like the band Babyshambles always wanted to be but were never good enough to achieve, there is no false hype about TOUTS. TOUTS say of the single.  “Political People” is a two minute sub culture anthem looking at how politics, the parties and the manifestos are so far removed from today’s youth.’ These teenage upstarts will be playing to ever greater audiences with Paul Weller having them as support on both Irish dates of his tour next year and a support slot for Kasabian in August in Belfast. If the video for ‘Political People’ is anything to go by both Weller and Kasabian need to bring their ‘A game’ otherwise they’ll be in serious trouble of being blown off the f**king stage… Watch Political People”...

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