Robert Green writes about new single ‘The Last Transmission’ from The Grey Merchant
Feb09

Robert Green writes about new single ‘The Last Transmission’ from The Grey Merchant

Review by Bobby Green The last transmission is the 2nd single from the Cork based recording collaborative The Grey Merchant. Their 1st single was a sample based vocal using the excellent and still relevant speech from Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator but with The Last Transmission we get a more traditional vocal, giving the listener a better feel of what The Grey Merchant are capable of. With an album being formulated as we speak the first two releases are an indicator of the overall feel of what we could be in store for. There is a conscience to the vocal that I like and an atmosphere that links in with Spotless (The Protecting veil) their debut release leading you to believe that they take their music, and the world around them very seriously. This is by no means a dour criticism, it’s about time bands started pointing out principled thought through their art, there is a place for it along with the drugs and shagging, it’s been a while since an interesting band have come along. There’s been plenty of exciting great Rock n Roll over the past few years, and some great shoegazing intimate stuff too. The Grey Merchant bridge that gap perfectly, but fill their space with samples of social integrity and interesting lyrics. I’m only 2 songs into this band and I want to see them live, I want to hear more and I’m genuinely interested in what they are about. They have shown with these first two tracks that they do have something to offer and are not just another faceless collaboration that sounds nice. The Last Transmission by The Grey Merchant is out February 23rd. Listen to The Last Transmission...

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Nationwide search for Ireland’s next undiscovered musical talent as  Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest  returns for 2017
Jan12

Nationwide search for Ireland’s next undiscovered musical talent as Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest returns for 2017

Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Contest is back for a fourth year in the search for Ireland’s greatest cover version. Super healthy apple brand Le Crunch from France have teamed up with JOE to launch the search for Ireland’s next undiscovered musical talent with the chance of winning a share of a €2,500 prize fund. Over the last few years, thousands of aspiring musicians and singers all over Ireland have entered the competition with fantastic interpretations of well-known songs. The competition has also seen a number of those shortlisted gain huge recognition within the music industry and public domain, as well as perform at a number of top festivals around the Country including the Indiependence Music & Arts Festival and Electric Picnic. Amongst the success stories are last year’s winners Brave Giant from Longford, who proved a big hit with online voters across the country with their video for Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Digital Love?’ receiving 88.5k+ views within the last ten months. Cork songstress Stephanie Rainey, semi-finalist from 2014 has been signed to East West Records (Warner Music) and Galway group, The Amazing Apples, shortlisted in 2013, released their critically acclaimed album the following year, supporting the likes of Ryan Sheridan, Mundy, Paddy Casey and Walking on Cars. This year’s panel of music industry judges are Niamh Farrell (HamsandwicH), Paddy McKenna (RTE and JOE) and Peter Dunne (Bare in the Woods Festival Director), who will select the top ten tunes to go through to a National Semi-Final, open to public vote for short listing down to a final five. The shortlisted five contestants will perform at The Final, which will take place at Dublin’s iconic music venue, Whelans in front of a packed live audience on Thursday March 23rd for their chance to walk away with the prize money and a guaranteed slot at the Bare in the Woods Festival 2017. Musicians are asked to record their favourite cover version (on video or MP3) and to enter the competition through JOE.ie For more information www.ouitolecrunch.com Deadline for entries is Friday, February 20,...

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Single of the Week: Blaming Hannah ‘I’m Alive’
Jan06

Single of the Week: Blaming Hannah ‘I’m Alive’

Blaming Hannah are a four piece rock band from Kinsale, Co. Cork and with Artic Monkey vibes a plenty they have released their debut single ‘I’m Alive’ ahead of their debut EP due out this spring. With more than a passing resemblance to Alex Turner lead singer Fionn Turner unleashes a torrent of self aware angst. But Blaming Hannah has much more up their sleeve, check out that glorious classic rock guitar bridge at 2 minutes, and the punk edge to the rhythm section. Listen to ‘I’m Alive’...

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Top EP’s of 2016
Dec22

Top EP’s of 2016

It is a time of musical exploration, invention, and creation and the EP is a bands way of introducing themselves, their craft, and their intentions. Some on this list declared their intentions clearly, following up with an album. Others introduced themselves to us for the first time. Others still revelled in creativity and showed us just how music was evolving and how they were part of that evolution. It has been a healthy year for the EP and in no particular order here are my favourites from 2016. Daithi – Tribes Hillary Woods – Heartbox Tanjier – Sunrise Wyvern Lingo – Letter to Willow All Tvvins – Unbelieveable Orchid Collective – Courage Thumper – Magnum Opuss Meltybrains? – Kiss Yourself Aibhe Reddy – Hallowed Out Sea Hvmmingbyrd – Know My Name In The Willows – Fallen Bird Pine The Pilcrow – Pine The Pilcrow AE MAK – I Can Feel It In My Bones Rocstrong – SOWYG Variant Sea – Fable Kobina – Sentinel Island CLU –...

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Youth Mass Announce Release Date for Next Single “Somebody Help Me”
Nov29

Youth Mass Announce Release Date for Next Single “Somebody Help Me”

Youth Mass have announced the release of the first single, Somebody Help Me, from their anticipated new EP, on the 09th December 2016. The single, which follows on from the critically acclaimed 2014 debut album “morning run / evening sun”, will be available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify and usual outlets. The 4 piece will mark the release by playing The Midnight Hour in Whelan’s Dublin the following night, Saturday the 10th of December, with support coming on the night from Almost Ghosts....

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New Music: SPYFU
Nov27

New Music: SPYFU

Galwegian band SYPFU are going to be your newest guilty pleasure once you get your ears onto their super catchy new single “Burning out” “Burning Out” was released November 18th and the 5-piece have a passion for creating big sound, and creating a foot thumping melody to go with it. They melt gritty guitars with thumping rhythms, sizzling synths and soaring vocals to create their musical offering. “Burning Out” is available now and you can watch the video...

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