Things are looking clearer for Sun.Set.Ships
Apr02

Things are looking clearer for Sun.Set.Ships

By Bobby Green If I can’t quite put my finger on it, it inspires my curiosity. Sun.Set.Ships are a three-piece electronic indie group from Monaghan, Ireland. ‘Grandad Glasses’ will be the bands 4th self-released single. There’s no way this sits comfortably in any genre, and this makes it oh so beautiful. Written by the hand of guitarist/vocalist Ciaran Curley, ‘Grandad Glasses’ is a nostalgic exploration of friendship and unchanging relationships. Like many previous Sun.Set.Ships tracks, ‘Grandad Glasses’ is personal, honest and an ode to the characters surrounding the band, and like any music of any worth, write about what you know. Musically, the song developed from an acoustic guitar line with catchy vocals to an electronic wall of sound over two months spent in the SSS studio. Various synth-lines reimagined the possibilities of how the track might develop from a singer/songwriter style to something a bit more unique. There’s an ever growing ‘Electronic’ scene growing in Ireland, nothing close to EDM, thank god, but more close to as a personal and emotional experience as you can get with electronics, and Sun.Set.Ships are amongst the bands further more closing the gap between man and machine with ‘Grandad Glasses,’ this is a beautiful single. Sun.Set.Ships play the upstairs venue in Whelan’s on the release date, Friday 6th April, supporting regular gig partners FIELDS. Tickets are €10 and are available from the Whelan’s website. For further information about the Whelan’s gig, Sun.Set.Ships music and updates, check out the links below. https://www.facebook.com/events/2031463780443275/ https://www.facebook.com/Sun.Set.Ships/...

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Deep Sky Objects get set to release new single
Mar07

Deep Sky Objects get set to release new single

Review by Robert Green Deep Sky Objects come thundering back with the impressive ‘This City’s At War’ due for release March 12th. All of the qualities that made you fall in love with them are in in a full frontal assault, well, they are at war after all. For fear of sounding like a bore, I love the production again on this, it’s not often you get an alternative band that are so radio friendly with a bass sound that’ll make your balls vibrate. There are elements of XTC / Smiths / Power Of Dreams about this single, and what elements to have. Its hook chorus will have you humming  for days, while the verses will stomp around your consciousness like an earworm wearing hobnail boots. There’s real depth to these guys and although their style doesn’t demand attention, their quality certainly keeps you watching the sky. 2018 promises to be another amazing year for alternative Irish music, Deep Sky Objects will make sure this genre has a bit of variation to it. ‘This City’s At War’ set for release March 12 Deep Sky Objects are set to play March 9 – Drop Dead Twice,...

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Third Smoke release new single Maya
Feb26

Third Smoke release new single Maya

  Review by Bobby Green Somewhere between the alternative and mainstream is a place where some artists drown in their own dreary self-worth of trying to be a bit…. different. But when a band naturally walk that path because you just can’t pigeonhole their sound then we sometimes get glimpses of true beauty. Third Smoke are a group of multi-instrumentalists from Dundalk that deliver a performance built on raucous gang vocals, sweat and the fluid swapping of instruments throughout.  Their sound is full and glorious and the video for Maya (directed by Greg Corcoran and Steve Mac Devitt ) gives Third Smoke a visual presence of a quality their music deserves. Maya is the second release from their critically acclaimed EP ‘Maybe In Time’ Third Smoke play live in the main venue in Whelan’s on March 10th, Expect  a live show built on controlled mayhem and precise vocal interplay.  Tickets are on sale now from...

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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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