Song of the Day: Stoat “Try Not To Think About It”
May23

Song of the Day: Stoat “Try Not To Think About It”

  Review by Bobby Green Stoat are back again, this time to let us know that things didn’t quite turn out the way they hoped with this beautiful honest look at adult male life today. The single has a punkish reggae feel to it that gives the song an energy that draws you in and holds you down while you dismantle the bitter sweet lyrical journey Stoat are bringing you along. “I never get to see my wife naked anymore. We’re just partners in chores.” As with all of the singles from the forthcoming album you don’t have to dig too deep to find the charm encapsulated within franticness of Stoats delivery. There’s layer upon layer of emotions within their songs, none more so than with “Try Not To Think About It”. It’s witty and charming, but in typical fashion the humour hides a disappointment that men sometimes feel unable to address. It’s nice of you to offer sympathy When I’m feeling sorry for myself – But frankly I was hoping for advice That might be a bit more practical. But this isn’t a cry for help, it’s an insight into the norms of life for a lot of 30 / 40 somethings who are a bit confused about how things turned out. But as the song reminds us ‘Try Not To Think About It’ The album, also called Try Not To Think About It is out in a few months and can’t come soon enough for me. Because with album releases comes live shows, and Stoat are a band to be experienced. But until then the single “Try Not To Think About It” is out now....

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Bobby Green reviews Che Horgan debut album “When The Rivers Rise Again”
May16

Bobby Green reviews Che Horgan debut album “When The Rivers Rise Again”

  Review by Bobby Green Che Horgan is a songwriter from The Peoples Republic Of Cork embarking on a journey evoking images of rivers and seas that permeate this debut album as Horgan navigates the uncharted waters of new and old relationships. This independently released album would normally be a brave step for some but when you hear the quality sprinkled across these exquisitely arranged and perfectly delivered songs you’ll understand that it’s a no brainer. On first listen I was taken aback by the jolly beauty of this little gem, but on further listens I’m astonished that this is a debut album. These songs sound like a seasoned troubadour in full stride. I fell in love instantly when I heard the melodies and arrangements, the sway and flow from track to track over this complete album, because this is an album that needs to be heard as a whole like all great albums should. There’s no low points along this journey that is heavily influenced by Lennon/McCartney, Harry Nilsson and David Gates, but the highly individual approach which runs through track after track transcends any influence to reveal a uniquely personal vision and sound. When The Rivers Rise Again should introduce Che Horgan and his music to an audience way beyond these shores and I believe that his star will ascend to glorious heights. These delightful songs will flirt away with you every time you hear them and you’ll be seduced by their charm as you drift along the rivers with them as they rise to meet you and take you through the nine turns along this journey you’ll remember for a long time to come. When The Rivers Rise Again is available from June 1st...

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Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”
May15

Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”

  Review by Bobby Green Every question that has been asked of The Strypes so far in their already industrious career they have answered with great aplomb. Their debut EP’s and debut album were killers, but were they a fad, a flash in the pan? Then a glorious 2nd album with continuous live performances around the world putting some more established acts to shame with their attitude and energy. Yes, there were hints of it being a difficult 2nd album during the creation process, but the finished result was a polished sound of a band who knew what they wanted and where they wanted to go, and like nearly everyone I know, we all wanted to go there with them. For us older fans, we’ve seen a few bands come and go, but The Strypes have always been the real deal. Their honesty and intent from day 1 has always been true. When you see them live you’re reminded of how exciting rock n roll can be, and with album number 3 on the way my friends and I are all excited about what are they going to sound like now. To be honest some of us are looking forward to album number 5 and 6 and there are multiple scenarios we’ve been playing around with. But putting our imagination aside for a while there is a third Strypes album on the horizon and “Behind Closed Doors” is the lead single from it. As always they fail to disappoint, this has all the vibes of a 45rpm single, it’s close to perfect. With a late 70’s early 80’s post punk feel to it, you’ll be reminded of Secret Affair with a hint of The Vibrators, but overall you’ll be left with this stomping tune going round and around in your head. It has all The Strypes attitude and swagger you’d expect with a faultless vocal delivery. If this is a taster of ‘Spitting Image’, their next album, then look out anyone who stands in their way. They can move away from the shackles of being the next big thing and take their place among the bigger boys who could learn a thing or two from one of the most exciting bands on the planet right...

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Bobby Green is transported by Joshua Burnside
Apr14

Bobby Green is transported by Joshua Burnside

  Review by Bobby Green The simplicity of one voice and a guitar can sometimes be more powerful than a 30 piece orchestra, it’s what makes music such an intriguing art form. The beauty of the sensory pleasures derived from listening to music are far ranging and can calm and excite, even anger in equal measures. With ‘Blood Drive’ Joshua gently lifts your soul into a meadow of tranquility building to a gentle melody never getting past a canter. It really is a beautiful soundtrack to a sunny afternoon. The single comes with 2 remixes of equal beauty, Ryan Vail and Rachael Boyd providing the atmosphere for you to chill out to. ‘Blood Drive’ is taken from Joshua’s forthcoming album Ephrata set for release May 5th. There’s an apocalyptic theme running throughout the record and much of the album is about PTSD. Joshua explains; “How something as routine as getting your blood taken can set off a fight or flight style anxiety attack, all of a sudden it’s as if the world is ending. ”The whole album is more dramatic and songs like “Tunnels pt 2” is rockier than anything he has done before. The arrangements are bolder and more colourful and there’s a greater sense of urgency. It is balanced out by a lighter side, with upbeat tracks such as “Ephrata” and “Unrequited Kind” belying the serious lyrical themes. Blood Drive is out now – Ephrata is out May 5th https://soundcloud.com/quietarch/blood-drive-joshua-burnside...

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Video of the Day: Le Galaxie’s ‘Pleasure’
Apr12

Video of the Day: Le Galaxie’s ‘Pleasure’

  Review by Bobby Green When I heard that le Galaxie were giving us ‘Pleasure’ I looked up all my double entendres to see if I could give them one, it’s the least I could do after Le Galaxie giving some of the most pleasurable live performances of 2016. If you didn’t leave their shows without a huge smile on your face then you probably need to check into the nearest hospital to see if you’re still alive. With 2017 set to see the release of their third studio album Pleasure gives us a feel of what to expect. This luxurious brand of house music has deep grooves and fantastic builds but is a million miles away from the faceless 4 to the floor that was in danger of killing off the genre. Le Galaxie are the perfect soundtrack for a young fresh Ireland who want to dance till dawn because the music is so good rather than the drugs being so strong. Pleasure features to vocal talents of May Kay from Fight Like Apes and was recorded in their own studio with ultra producer Blende, “Pleasure” points to Le Galaxie’s evolution from purveyors of dance floor bangers to creators of well-crafted songs, and this is the reason they will continue to grow into 2017 and beyond. Pleasure shows they are so much more than a good time, they are a band maturing into a movement that will soon be influencing the future sound of Irish dance music. The Sam Hooper directed accompanying video in indicative of the change in mood in Le Galaxie. It’s sexy, it’s human, it shivers with purpose and opportunity and finally explodes in colour, glistens with glitter and promises one hell of a good party. Le Galaxie have just moved into a whole new stratosphere. Pleasure is available for download across all platforms from Friday 21 April 2017. Watch ‘Pleasure’...

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Video of the Day: Otherkin new single “Bad Advice”
Apr10

Video of the Day: Otherkin new single “Bad Advice”

  Review by Bobby Green 2016 was a huge year for Otherkin where they were building momentum with some highly acclaimed live performances across Europe and at home, and a support slot with The Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Belfast. They were the live act to catch last year and with the forthcoming album promised for this year 2017 looks like delivering much of the same. “Bad Advice” is the lead single from the album and it’s the kick in the face you need right now.  The single is self-produced by the band with David Prendergast and Jason Boland, and has been mixed in London by Jolyon Thomas (Slaves / Royal Blood / U2). It is accompanied by a superb video directed by Finn Keenan. If like me you have a few miles on the clock and can remember bands like Mega City Four and The Senseless Things than you’ll love Otherkin’s Bad Advice, it’s as catchy as fuck and as noisy as hell and only 2 and a half minutes long. It worked for The Clash so why change a winning formula. I can’t see anything stopping 2017 being another successful year for Otherkin, and I’m sure if anything gets in their way they’ll be kicking down those doors...

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