The Grunts release new single ‘Heal Your Heart’
Dec13

The Grunts release new single ‘Heal Your Heart’

  “When life turns on you and you are squashed into the ground by slow, endless, formless, unrelenting blackness, you fight back”   In response to the relentless destruction and cruelty of mankind in recent events across the world and closer to home, The Grunts released their new single ‘Heal Your Heart’ on December 8th 2017.   Together for over 10 years, core members of the band, Liam O Shea (songwriter & guitarist) and James Spillane (drummer) maintained their influences from early 80s and 90s bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen and the Pixies, creating their own brand of raw energy fuelled indie rock. Bringing in new blood more recently with the addition of Eugene D’Arcy (vocals) and Jay Fowley (bass) to the lineup, has given the The Grunts a new impetus adding a more subtle melodic flavour, The result is a fusion of alt rock, new wave and punk.   “Love is only a kiss away” sings Eugene D’Arcy on the raw choral rallying cry of the single, ​Heal Your Heart. Driven by the uptempo rhythm section, ​accented with shimmering guitars ‘​Heal Your Heart’ ​is The Grunts most mainstream single yet and with sharp production from Kevin Power and mastered by Fergal Davis, it’s sure to drag anyone from their stupor. Magic Hour Video have also filmed a fantastic music video for the up and coming single Heal your Heart. B-side track ‘Shake Babylon’ was forged in the dark heart of the city of London, on the anvil and fires of corruption and parasitic capitalism. Melding Asian infused music with a Velvet Underground style disconnect, ‘Shake Babylon’ unfolds an eerie​ soundscape beyond the flesh and bones of reality. To date The Grunts have released 7 Ep’s and 2 albums including the acclaimed Reflections in my Mirror Shade and Cult Before Country with the track ‘Cult Before Country’ featuring on the global release of Orion / Maurice Carroll’s production ‘Dead along the Way’. Their track ‘Party Weirdo (dance with me) ‘ has also appeared on the Tae Talk, a black comedy about roles of the sex’s. (Mary McEvoy, Sinéad O’Riordan, Jenn McGuirk & Conor Clear).  The Grunts have also appeared on Dead TV playing a live show at the Boogaloo, London. Live Dates Sun – Dec 17    Fibber Magees , Dublin (IRE)   www.thegruntsband.com   Buy the single...

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Jack O’Rourke and freezerRoom join forces for Pieta House
Dec13

Jack O’Rourke and freezerRoom join forces for Pieta House

Jack O’Rourke brings 2017 to a close with an intriguing electro pop interpretation of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s classic, ‘The Power of Love’. Released as part of A Co-Present Christmas Album,featuring tracks from 15 Irish artists in aid of Pieta House, Jack’s version of ‘The Power of Love’ was recorded with production maverick Graham White of freezerRoom. 2017 saw recognition for Jack O’Rourke’s live prowess scale new heights, following the release of his debut album Dreamcatcher. Jack performed the album in its entirety with a full orchestra at Cork Opera House, while appearances on the Other Voices Stage at Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Groove and Sea Sessions have cemented his place as one of Ireland’s rising songwriters and live performers. Jack also collaborated with the likes of Wallis Bird, Tracy K and Joe O’Leary (Fred) with Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode ) on drums on Freezer Room’s Fire on the Ocean album, which was also performed live at Electric Picnic. ‘The Power of Love’ is a further collaboration with White, bringing a classic 80’s track to a new audience with a perceptive slant. “’The Power of Love’ is such an amazing song, to attempt to copy it would have been futile,” says Jack, “so myself and Graham approached it from a different point of view, trying to do the melody, the message and Holly Johnson’s vocals some justice. We’re delighted to have it included on such a superb compilation of music like A Co-Present Christmas, among some very talented musicans and brilliant songs. We hope people will buy the album and support a very good cause.” Jack begins the new year with shows at the Dublin Trad Festival on 25th January  and also in Paris with Roisin O, while writing and recording tracks for his second album due out later in 2018. A Co-Present Christmas Album can be purchased here: https://thecopresent.bandcamp.com/album/a-co-present-christmas-3 Animation and video was designed by D!VE Live Dates: 15th December – Live at St Luke’s, Cork (with Marlene Enright) 20th January – Trad Fest – Dublin – Saint Werburgh’s Church, Werburgh Street, Dublin 17th February – Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick 15th February –  Le Centre Culture d’Irlandais, Paris – with Roisín O...

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Video of the Day: Anna Mitchell’s ‘All These Things’
Nov20

Video of the Day: Anna Mitchell’s ‘All These Things’

‘All These Things’ is the opening track off Anna Mitchell’s self titled second album which has already been released through Tonetoaster Records in Germany and will have an Irish release show in Coughlan’s on February 8. ‘All These Things’ holds on to Mitchell’s bluesy roots but is a departure from her debut album. It has left the Americana behind and brought in something darker, richer and shows a new side to Mitchell and her songwriting. The accompanying video directed by Robin Guiton with direction from Anna Mitchell depicts this new direction as it explores the self. Check it out...

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Video of the Day: Penrose “Better Man”
Oct24

Video of the Day: Penrose “Better Man”

Penrose are a 5 piece band put together by Darragh Mc Grane and can now be described as a solid Indie Pop band with catchy uplifting indie songs and anthems that have “attitude” and stick in your head. Mixing the pop sensibilities & harmonies of The Beatles / ELO, the snarling vocals of Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of Oasis. The band mixes their 60’s and 90’s influences bringing them together and putting a modern feel and attitude to the music they create. Penrose have just released “Better Man” with a single launch in Whelan’s November 18th. The video shot by Anthony White sees the band make some dubious life decisions and ultimately face the consequence of their actions. Lead singer Darragh Mc Grane says he wrote the song “directly after a long night of being out till all hours and I had a realisation looking at my new born baby girl that I needed to sort myself out and be a better father to her.” Live Dates: 18th Nov Whelans  – BETTER MAN Single Launch 9th Dec Powerscourt Shopping Centre – Simon Community Charity Gig 29th Dec Vicar Street – Supporting...

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Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration
Oct20

Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration

  Review by Bobby Green The wondrous beauty of Duke Specials creative muse can sometimes bring a man to tears with its genius. But to also be gifted with a voice so delicious there could have been no other life for him but to do what he does. And with Hallow we have Duke focus his creative spark, dare I say fire, entirely on the poetry of Belfast poet Michael Longley. The seemingly effortless manor in which Duke translates these poems frames an already alluring work of beauty and delivers them with such a sweet kiss it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. Duke has set up a website called Advocate (www.advocateduke.com) where fans can pre-order the album in their preferred format: CD, vinyl or digital download. There will be a limited run of exclusive signed and numbered CD and vinyl releases which are only available on pre-order. Every pre-order on all formats will include a special ADVOCATE PASS which will give you access to exclusive content online through the Advocate website. This will range from behind-the-scenes videos of the recording process and video messages from Duke on how the album is progressing, to snippets of demos and exclusive previews of Hallow. Fans can see ‘Hallow’ being performed live on Duke Special’s October tour, commissioned by The Strollers Touring Network and he has just added new dates in February 2018 in Belfast, London & Dublin.  (Dates and venues below. Check venue websites for ticket details.) Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’ Duke Special is an artist to be celebrated in todays creative world where we are awash with the mundane. Where the creative genius behind the music is the units shifted and not the art itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good campaign, and clever marketing today is itself at best artistic in its delivery. But when you have truly great art, the glittery shine from everything else on offer becomes dull reflections of just ‘stuff’ we’ve been sold before. Hallow is out now and Duke Special is on Tour promoting it.   Weds 25th October            Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. Thurs 26th October            Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. Fri 27th October                  Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare. Sat 28th October                 The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. Sun 29th October                Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. Thurs 22nd February         Bush Hall, London Fri 23rd February               Empire Music Hall, Belfast Sat 24th February              Unitarian Church, Dublin www.advocateduke.com ...

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Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”
Oct13

Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”

Returning to the foot stomping gypsy folk that has already won them an army of fans, All Good Men is a full on, big band, swing sounding romp, snarling and growling its way through three and a half minutes of roaring brass and crowd harmonies.   This is the first single from the band’s anticipated new album, And Don’t Spare The Horses. Recorded at Orphan Studios in Dublin earlier this year, the new album leaps from genres as vast and varied as folk, klezmar and yiddish to rock, swing and blues. And it’s content? As eclectic as their sound according to the band – “Melodramatic tales of woe, betrayal, conflict, upheaval, rebellion, love, loss, fear and anger,” says the band. “All wrapped in tongue-in-cheek irreverence and self-deprecation, occasionally giving way to a flurry of triumphalism or whisper of introspection.” Renowned for their raucous live shows and fiercely passionate support, the band have been busy touring the far and wide since their 2015 debut After The Sherry Went Round. They’ve played mainstage slots at both Glastonbury (Field Of Avalon) and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as an outing at Dutch centrepiece Eurosonic Noordeslaag and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. They’ve also appeared on RTE’s Saturday Night Show, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ with Clive Anderson and BBC Radio 3’s ‘Essential Classics’.   The Eskies UK & Ireland tour kicks off on 4th October in Manchester. For full dates please visit...

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