Song of the Day: Pine The Pilcrow “Dahlia”
May12

Song of the Day: Pine The Pilcrow “Dahlia”

After stunning Irish media and fans alike with their self-titled debut EP in 2016 Pine The Pilcrow return in 2017 with a new agenda and promise of a second EP in May. “Dahlia” is our first taste of their new music. As we saw last year Pine the Pilcrow make their own rules and the hypnotic, dreamlike quality of “Dahlia” calls on folk traditions but it’s their unorthodox approach to these traditions that make them such an exciting Irish act. Combining classical and pop elements into “Dahlia” we find Pine the Picrow at their most innovative and a reminder of why they created such a buzz when they emerged onto the scene. Catch Pine THe Pilcrow on the following dates June 2nd YouBloom June 3rd Vantastival, Louth June 23rd Civic Theatre June 25th Body and Soul July 21st Ballinamore Fringe Fest July 28th The Tin Church Laragh, Monaghan Aug 5th Arcadian Field, Dundalk Aug 6th Feile Beag, Thurles Sep 3rd Electric Picnic Watch the video for “Dahlia”...

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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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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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Mad About Music – Featuring The Felonies, The Engineer, Clare Sands, Brian Lalor and The Elation Band
Apr10

Mad About Music – Featuring The Felonies, The Engineer, Clare Sands, Brian Lalor and The Elation Band

Inspired by 90s rave and Drum N Bass Phil Dunne, AKA The Engineer, set out to find an outlet for some guitar ideas that didn’t suit a live band. With these in mind his project quickly grew and embracing the freedom offered by programming beats, processing found sounds and focusing on rhythm, texture and atmosphere he became The Engineer. Listen to his self-released EP First Principles on Bandcamp. Recommended listening “Ice Point” http://theengineer4.bandcamp.com/album/first-principles Wicklow four-piece The Felonies have hit the road running with their debut single release “Repetition” from their EP “Impossible, Impractical”. The single is brimming with Brit Indie goodness, an addictive bass line and anecdotal lyrics “Repetition” and proves why Felonies already have a loyal fan base and caught the ear of the music industry. In case you haven’t heard it The Elation have already been added to more than one summer festival lineup and this new version of the Irish boy band embrace their pop sensibilities and groove sounds. The Cork quartet worked with Andy Whitmore on this follow up to debut single “XO”. Clare blues songwriter Clare Sands has released the title track of her debut EP “Join Me At The Table”. Referencing a host of well known writers and with the strong influence of Janis Joplin Clare Sands is part of a great emerging Blues scene in Ireland and “Join Me At THe Table” is the embodiment of all she represents; sultry, wise, and highly addictive. Brian Lalor has been making music in one way or another for over a decade and has just released his new single “Somehow”. Fans of Damian Dempsey will find something to like here....

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Song of the Day: Jack O’Rourke ‘Naivety’
Mar10

Song of the Day: Jack O’Rourke ‘Naivety’

It really should read “Songs of the Day” with this double sided single release from Jack O’Rourke deserving their own individual attention. While they are simply different versions of the same song they both speak so differently to the listener they may as well be from different eras. Releasing ‘Naivety’ on February 24 Cork Musician Jack O’Rourke is rounding off a phenomenal year. His debut album soaring high in the charts, his singles winning international songwriting awards and his name being dropped by all kinds of music superstars Jack is making a name for himself. The radio edit for ‘Naivety’ is hook laden demonstrating O’Rourke influences from Bowie to Kate Bush with a beat that doesn’t quit and will have you humming it for the rest of the day. The acoustic version (the video of which I have included below) demonstrates minutely Jack’s wit, his transcendental baritone and a undercurrent of double meanings glossed over in the radio edit. Have a listen for yourself below. ‘Naivety’ is out February...

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