My Fellow Sponges release new single The Schlieffen Plan
Dec08

My Fellow Sponges release new single The Schlieffen Plan

  Review by Bobby Green In a world where so many things that are abhorrent to us are normalised and served up to us on ever increasing regularity it’s beautifully refreshing to find something to love. It was ‘A Cold Hand’ that turned my head and my heart last year when I first encountered this Galway collective, and since then My Fellow Sponges have danced around my consciousness with such glee and gay abandon. I find their music uplifting and a delight to listen to. You can feel their genuine affection for their craft seeping through their charming melodies as they encapsulate your soul with every note. ‘The Schlieffen Plan’ is a gentle affair that effortlessly floats its way into your heart with its undemanding inflection, the horns will carry you along a gentle ride from verse to chorus and back again in a gentle dance that’s not too fast but certainly enough to make you dizzy. But this old fool could just be high on the fact that amongst all the shit that normally gets released at this time of year there’s a flower that grows from heart of Galway that will blossom in the lives of whoever welcomes them in. ‘The Schlieffen Plan’ is out now....

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Bobby Green reviews the debut album from The Grey Merchant
Dec07

Bobby Green reviews the debut album from The Grey Merchant

   Review by Bobby Green  When I first heard ‘Spotless (The Protecting Veil)’ and following singles ‘The Last Transmission’ and ‘Convenience’ I was genuinely excited about this Cork collective. Their use of samples may not be groundbreaking but when samples are used well they bring a track to life as effectively as a guitar sound or bass line does. But there’s more to The Grey Merchant than a few cheeky samples thrown over an awesome alternative soundtrack.  This multi textured debut album highlights the possibilities that The Grey Merchant are only starting to scratch. It’s bursting with ideas and will restore anyone’s faith in the album as an art form. Don’t get me wrong, this album isn’t groundbreaking but Avenue De Rennes certainly delivers a knockout punch and is so much more than an introduction to their sound. Their full on flavour has the maturity of a fully seasoned band. The lead single from the album that shares the same name is a glorious stomper of tune but there isn’t a tune on this album that isn’t a riotous treat. Even the slower tempo numbers have a mischievous feel to them with edges so sharp you’ll be in danger of slicing your ears open if you’re not careful. This is highlighted in the difference between the stomping attack of single ‘Avenue De Rennes’ and the anthemic album track ‘The Exchange’. To bridge the gap between these two glorious examples of their sound you need great tracks in-between so the album doesn’t sound disjointed or just a collection of songs, but as I said at the top of this review, this is a great album full to the brim of great ideas woven together so well that as an album it’s refreshing to know that bands can still use this art form to the best of its ability to create what is my favorite mode of transport.  The Album. And Avenue De Rennes  will certainly take you places.   Avenue De Rennes is out Dec 15th   Pre-order Avenue De Rennes on Bandcamp here: https://thegreymerchant.bandcamp.com/album/avenue-de-rennes...

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Reviving Bobby Green’s faith in the album meet The Crayon Set’s new release
Oct23

Reviving Bobby Green’s faith in the album meet The Crayon Set’s new release

  Review by Bobby Green It’s not often I’m lost for words, but after hearing Lost Languages I’m finding it difficult to summon up worthy praise for this delicately beautiful album.  It plays upon your heart strings early on, laying you down and lulling you into a tranquil sense of ethereal warmth with glowing embers lighting up your soul. And just when you think it’s safe to just – let – go ‘ATTACK’ slaps you about your face and wakes you up reminding you that your full attention is needed. There’s been so much nonsense written by modern journalists about the death of the album, but I believe that these lazy blaggers honestly have no love for their job because Lost Languages is very much alive and with so much diversity flowing from my speakers it’s impossible not to fall in love with The Crayon Set, but ultimately fall in love with this album. “Closed Lines”,  “I can’t say No”, “O’Connell Street” are songs that tell a story together, on an album. In a world where even the people we are supposed to trust with our art are telling us we don’t have the attention span to appreciate the creative beauty of an album, Lost Languages reminds us of how wonderful this art form is.  This isn’t a wake-up call, far from it, but never underestimate the power of a gentle whisper. This is an album of real beauty, something not only they should be proud of but an album that Dublin should be proud of. I only wished it was on vinyl because something this good deserves it. My problem with CD’s or MP3’s is you don’t build a relationship with the art, perhaps this is where my earlier complaint about journalists has its roots. With vinyl you commit to the music because of the ritual of how you listen to that format. Because this is an album you want to get to know better, you want to spend more time with it and have a connection beyond the digital play button. Lost Languages lives, breathes, and has a pulse. It holds your attention as well as your...

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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 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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