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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Video of the Week: Tanjier ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’
Mar02

Video of the Week: Tanjier ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’

Dark Synth-pop band Tanjier are back with new single ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’, released this February. Using personal circumstances of the unimaginable happening and finding inspiration in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’, as well as the valiant efforts of the Home Sweet Home campaign Tanjier have once again drawn on inner darkness to produce music that demonstrates a lightness of touch in its arrangement and production.   The beaty, morbid single looks at the search for redemption draws the band’s video series together. Tanjier for the past year have used their music videos to focus on mental health and ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’ connect themes and characters from this series. The single itself shows the evolution of the band and it’s hypnotic beauty draws you in willing or otherwise. With the introduction of strings behind main melodies on vocals, piano and percussion show a band that are growing and maturing and who not afraid of taking risks.   Watch the video for ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’...

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Single of the Week: Slow Riot with ‘Pink December’
Feb17

Single of the Week: Slow Riot with ‘Pink December’

With a whiff of The Smiths about them art-rock three-piece ​Slow Riot return with new track ​‘Pink December’,released February 13. ‘Pink December’ offers a tantalising glimpse of a new sound being forged in the band’s Limerick rehearsal space. The signature deadpan vocal delivery and motorik driving bass remain, but gone is the athletic, lean post-punk in its place we find layers of dense guitars, tribal drums, and half-heard backing vocals slowly unveiling themselves as the single progresses. Says vocalist Niall Clancy: “Sonically it’s our most satisfying Slow Riot track. At the core of a lot of our songs are some pretty intense themes and rather than just hint at those through the lyrics we wanted to drag them to the surface through the whole atmosphere of the song”. Regular producer ​Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s​ and ​Biffy Clyro)was again at the helm of this production, steering the creation of this intoxicating atmosphere. Slow Riot are now in writing material for their debut album, for release later this year. Check out their new website here Listen to ‘Pink December’...

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Video of the Week: Bitch Falcon ‘Clutch’
Feb16

Video of the Week: Bitch Falcon ‘Clutch’

Releasing their first material in a year Dublin trio Bitch Falcon enter 2017 unapologetically with new single ‘Clutch’. An introspective look at intrusive thoughts, this four-minute distillation of the band’s volatile-yet-hypnotic sound introduces new elements in the form of electronic textures and synth-based layers. Recorded at Orphan Recording Studios and Asylum Studios/Bow Lane over a two-day period, ‘Clutch’ was engineered and mixed by Robin Ball, who previously worked with the band on ‘Wolfstooth’ and ‘Breed’. Fergal Davis handled mastering duties, following on from his work on ‘TMJ’. Directed and produced by Allyn Quigly of Spice Burger the video contains 90’s references including Nirvana and Skunk Anansie utlising Lizzie Fitzpatrick’s energy and physical performance to capture the mood of the single. According to Quigly “For this, we always knew we wanted to do something performance based. Even though we’d never done anything like this before we felt Lizzie’s stage presence was just too powerful not to take full advantage of. From here we met with the band, chatted about some of the meaning and inspiration behind the song as well as 90’s music videos that had an early impact on them. We developed an idea based around two opposing forces. The first represents a kind of external pressure with various images that give a sense of suffocation and constriction; of pushing and breaking through a bond. We then mixed this with a second thread that communicated a kind of internal energy. A visual representation of that internal rage. In this world, Lizzie was able to move without resistance, just pure, uninhibited energy. As the video progresses these two things push and pull against one another more and more to give what we hope is a spin on a traditional performance piece that’s a little abstract and a little visceral.” Catch Bitch Falcon at the following shows February 10 – Central Arts – Waterford February 11 – Kavanagh’s Pub – Portlaoise February 16 – Roisin Dubh – Galway February 18 – Dolan’s Warehouse – Limerick (supporting Redneck Manifesto) February 25 – Workman’s – Dublin March 10 – Connolly’s – Leap March 11 – Cyprus Avenue – Cork Watch ‘Clutch’...

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Song of the Week: The Clockworks ‘You Are The Problem’
Feb08

Song of the Week: The Clockworks ‘You Are The Problem’

With comparisons to The Libertines, The Streets, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths and The Clash the Clockworks showcase their own take on Indie/Post-Punk Revival through wry, tongue-in-cheek, kitchen-sink tales of life as a young adult. Led by London born James McGregor, who joined Seán Connelly (Guitar), drummer Damian Greaney and bassist Diarmuid Prendergast in early 2015, The Clockworks have had a successful few months. Playing festivals all across the country, headlining gigs in both Ireland and London, and featuring in Hot Press magazine (“you’ll be hearing a lot more about The Clockworks”). The Clockworks have a definite mission for their future: to “write decent ‘band songs’ about everyday life” (Connelly), “and to headline Glastonbury with them” (Greaney). The Clockworks latest offering ‘You Are The Problem’ has angst dripping from it with Clash inspired guitars and early Artic Monkeys acerbic writing with a tendency to include ear-worm guitar bridges. Listen to ‘You Are The Problem’...

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