Category Archives: New Single

Listen – Grainne Hunt, Lilacs

Lilacs by Grainne Hunt is officially out in the open today. I’ve been bending my ears around the tune for a few days now, and it is definitely an emotional roller coaster.

Grainne’s voice is soothingly soft and mellow, complemented by the strings running throughout. It this were a one word review it would be simple – Gorgeous.

Watch/listen below now.

Listen – Transmission Club, A Weak Heart

Transmission Club are an interesting and enticing band from Cork (yes another!). They first hit my radar when it was announced they were supporting one my favourite White Line Fever at this.  I did a little bit of research beforehand so had an idea of who they were and what they were like, but nothing beats that feeling of hearing a new band live. The goosebumps. We’ve all been there – I live for that feeling.

Transmission Club @ The Workman's
Transmission Club @ The Workman’s

Currently recording the new EP, Transmission Club’s newest tune Weak Heart  is on Soundcloud for all you aural pleasure. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing them before, this single is a great introduction, and only the tip of the iceberg to their complete madness live.

I love the mix of violin and piano throughout – used very delicately indeed, it gives unique warming feeling to the song. I’ve always been a fan of strings in songs, so I’m instantly bias and I don’t care! Lyrically it’s deep and purposely understated – it’s quite a sad song, but like any great sad song, it has a catchy riff, a sing-a-long chorus and the ability to put the listener in a good mood.

Well worth a listen here now. Keep an eye on them here and make sure you catch them live. I’ll be first in line when they’re back in Dublin.

 

Listen Now – MINDRIOT, New Release

A couple of months ago I was introduced and reviewed the track ‘Low’ by the Corkonian rock band MINDRIOT.  A fresh Seattle sounding tune which filled me full of nostalgia, it’s well worth a listen and I’m not the only one who thinks so – the EP itself is nominated for ‘Best EP’ in the Pure M Awards 2015. Full details here.

Today sees the Mitchelstown group release another two songs ahead of their upcoming album later this year – ‘Angel Town’ and ‘Billy Ray’. Working alongside their favoured Producer/Engineer Ciaran O Shea at WhiteWell Studios in Cork, the new tracks do not disappoint in quality or immediate catchiness.

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MINDRIOT mt

The forthcoming album name and artwork have yet to be released – as soon as I get my grubby hands on them I’ll let you know. In the meantime feast your ears on the tracks using the links below. If the likes of Therapy? Kerbdog, Alice in Chains etc are your tipple, you are going to enjoy these. I, for one, can’t stop listening.

Spotify

iTunes (available Monday 6th)

MINDRIOT play Fibbers on the 18th July. Go see them. You will not be disappointed. Have a goo at their latest video below too!

Band Spotlight – MKAI

What’s in the water in Cork lately eh? There are so many great bands dawning my horizon lately – too many to even mention here. The bulk of the bands come from Dublin, but in recent weeks, Corkonians are gracing my ears more and more.

MKAI, the brethren duo (quartet when playing live), are the most recent Cork band to make me raise and eyebrow with their mix of Sigur Rós, Radiohead, early Coldplay (Parachutes), Muse, Editors and even the 80’s sensation Talk Talk, to name but a few. A mixed bag of talent there, but MKAI have managed to blend the mix in to a very edible cookie dough chock full of tasty tunes.

There’s no denying the power of their sound either as they gained significant publicity in November 2014 by knocking Taylor Swift’s 1989 from its comfy number three spot on the iTunes chart. No mean feat.

The EP that did the damage, with help from Rob Kirwan, was Waiting.

Moving down the genre of alternative, electro-rock, their latest single Loop sets darker tones in both melody and lyrics – it’s a clever name too as you will find yourself playing it on loop.

Having already played Hard Working Class Heroes, headlined Guinness Amplify live stages Cork, The Grand Social and Electric Picnic, things are moving fast for these guys. You can catch them at Indiependence later this year.

Impressive stuff, and one band I will certainly be watching in 2015.

 

 

 

 

Album Review – Fiach Moriarty, The Revolution

Using his full name this time around for his sophomore album, The Revolution, Fiach Moriarty bravely takes on the current state of world disparity and unrest as the central theme.

Fiach The Revolution
Fiach Moriarty, The Revolution

I applaud any musician (or anyone) that has the balls to speak out about past and present events that could potentially cause friction or blast opinion from listeners. With titles such as Revolution (the current single) and Freedom and Resistance, emotion and opinion will most definitely stir listeners indeed, and the album is the better for it.

Sound wise, the production level is through the roof when comparing to his debut So I. His debut was great mind you, but now with a steady fan-base and a firm standing in the Irish music scene, you can hear he has put his all in to this record.

There’s no doubt that Fiach can pen a great tune too. This was evident with previous hits Every Single Day and You Dear lauded by the likes of Hot Press, Paul Brady and Eddi Reader, but I did not expect such passion, complexity or anger in this album I’ll admit. With songs like Confession, Freedom and Resistance and The Mother, I was drawn in by Fiachs passion for the Ireland we live in today, and the history that shaped it.

You’ll be reminded of The Cranberries, Paul Brady, Damien Dempsey, Sting, The Wallflowers and even the Doors.

Varied and eclectic, but utterly rewarding.

Kevin Casey – Grand Social tonight!

Hard working Kevin Casey headlines The Grand Social tonight, celebrating the launch of his new single ‘I was wrong’ before grabbing a flight and heading off to Germany for a pit-stop tour.

Kevin Casey, I was wrong
Kevin Casey, I was wrong

Known for his expressive lyrics and strong vocals, ‘I was wrong’ doesn’t disappoint with it’s flowing melody. reminiscent of slower version of Kula Shaker’s Hush at times. Not a bad comparison, and sure to be a good night of quality live music.

Building up quite a following online and at gigs, grab a listen to some of his great songs here, you won’t be disappointed.

Supporting Kevin Casey and his band are Deco Greene and The Sex Beasts. The night is being curated by Radio Nova’s Pat Courtenay – Doors open @ 8pm – tickets are a great price of €5 each!

Spotlight – MINDRIOT, Low

I was 11 when I first set ears upon the Seattle sound I was about to fall in love with. My introduction was, and still is, one of my favourite albums to date – Pearl Jam, Ten. It has been a whirlwind romance with Pearl Jam for me throughout their album releases, but invariably, I always end up listening to ‘Ten’ as the fond memories of childhood flood back. Everyone has that kind of album I’m sure.

Imagine my amazement when I discovered an Irish band was able to evoke the same reaction in my sub-consciousness. Enter MINDRIOT and their recently released ‘Low’.

These guys have been around for a significant amount of time – two decades, this is enough time for any well-oiled machine to break down and stop working. Truth be told, these guys have been through their share of breakups and varying career breaks, anybody would after two decades, but their music has prevailed, just like many of their Seattle influenced bands still rocking our stages and arenas today.

The above mentioned influences are evident the moment you press play on any of their songs – Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Metallica, Alice in Chains and Mother Love Bone, to name but a few. It’s very easy to see why these bands are influential from great lyrics to melodies to soulful guitar solos, and MINDRIOT really have played homage to their forefathers here – Raw gritty vocals, a very catchy and radio friendly chorus, and well positioned guitar solos you can hum along to.

Perhaps we are seeing our very own Seattle bubble of rock in Ireland – I’d certainly like to think so. And if we are, MINDRIOT has not just kicked it off, but also set the standard.

MINDRIOT
MINDRIOT

Rocking Whelans on the 9th April, MINDRIOT will definitely put on a show worthy of you hard-earned cash. Tickets available here.

Sounds like: Seattle infused awesome rock

Find them: Reverbnation, Twitter, Facebook

Keeping it regular

If you have never seen or heard of Shamir before, you are in for a real treat with his new banger Call it Off’, a follow-up to last years hit ‘On the Regular’ which soared his unique androgynous countertenor voice in to the ears of many surprising listeners.

Shamir muppet 'Call it off'.

With a unique electronic pop feel, the trademark cowbell, phone calls, bright colours, dancing muppets, and a voice that is straight from the love child of Prince and Kelis, you can see why Shamir is doing quite well for himself.

His debut album Ratchet is due to drop mid May on XL. Nice.

|Tune Tuesday| – One Horse Pony, Staring Blues

One Horse Pony

Tune of the day goes to ‘Staring Blues’ by One Horse Pony. We have been listening to it all day since it dropped by the inbox in the early hours. Nothing like a bit of Blues, and there is nothing like the Blues these guys introduce you to – cool, soft and understated, but with an obvious and unique European feel.

Staring Blues uses the old addage of love lost in a cool and fresh way; revamping what you thought you already knew about the genre.

With unique videos like the one below, and a collection of quirky handles that include a badger, a meerkat, a Reverend, a King and Germany (!), these guys are certainly enjoying making the music we enjoy listening to – seeing them currently top the iTunes Blues chart. Well deserved in my opinion.

You can get the single on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play, or catch them singing it live at their monthly slot in Whelans – free entry! I know where I’ll be this weekend……

 

|Music Monday| White-Line Fever, Anomie EP

Cork based White-Line Fever has hit the nail on the head with their offering in to the progressive folk/folk genre. Formed in 2014 by brothers Abbas and Ali Bracken with the aspiration to make thought-provoking and experimental music, their influences are evident throughout.

Both band and EP name naturally raise questions and eyebrows – instantly summoning thoughts of monotony, instability, lack of purpose or ‘simply the concept of monotony and tedium of life‘ as drummer Evan Prendergast puts it. Interesting, so what’s it like?

White Line Fever

From the onset, ‘Sirens in the Distance’ immediately lulls you in with laid back vocals, soft percussion and acoustics, before blending in electric guitars and heavier percussion – it works quite well here as the vocals remain laid back throughout which keeps the pace of the song somewhere between Midlake and Pink Floyd. The song finishes with an encore of reverb, synth, birds, traffic and echo – a choice I wasn’t expecting at the end, but the more I listened to it, the more it worked. It will be interesting to see this played live.

The second song ‘I see Icy Figures’ is the better of the two-track EP. It introduces us even more to what these guys are capable of doing – pleasing the ear with understated vocals and simple guitar riffs. At times it will remind you of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Albatros’. Have a listen and you’ll know what I mean. Interestingly, the song works really well acoustically, allowing for more dynamic, stripped back folk sound.

Video from Virtually Acoustic

The production value of recording in Claycastle Recording Studios, alongside producer John Burke is evident, and shows that these guys are serious about continuing with their experimental, progressive folk. I hope they do and am looking forward to hearing more tracks in the near future.

Sounds like: Pink Floyd, Midlake, Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac

Winning track: I see Icy Figures

Find them: Reverbnation, Facebook, Soundcloud

ASIWYFA has a sting in its tail

asiwyfa sargent house

ASIWYFA has just premiered another track from the forthcoming album ‘Heirs’, (dropping in May) on ‘thefader.com‘ – the new track is called ‘Wasps’.

Speaking exclusively to thefader, ASIWYFA explain where the song title ‘wasps’ came from;

We then sliced and sanded it down to two-and-a-half minutes of the purest form of our initial idea. ‘Wasping’ became our word for ripping songs to pieces and throwing away all the bits that weren’t needed. ‘That’s good but it needs to be wasped,’ or, ‘Shit, we really wasped that.

Wasps is streaming now on ‘here‘ and is well worth a listen or 20!

Wheeler Dealers

Great news for those who got tickets – the June 7th date for Ash rocking Whelans is sold out! We got our tickets, did you get yours?

If not, don’t fret, we’ll keep you posted of the nights shenanigans. Wanna dress yourself accordingly for the impending epic night of Intergalactic Sonic Sevens? Head here to get your wears and pre-order the new album ‘Kablammo’ !

 

Crying out for a tour

One of our favourite acts from Vantastival 2012 was Cry Monster Cry – they had tweeted about leaving home without their guitar and needed one badly, so we knew we just had to catch their set and interview them!

Little did we know we would end up talking about the Mayan calendar, how the world was going to end in 2012, and where their name actually came from.

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We’re glad to see Richie and Jamie’s world didn’t end in 2012, and they have since been on the up and up and are releasing their debut album ‘Rhythm of Dawn’ on March 6th.

Check out their current single ‘Postcards’ below.

Showcasing the upcoming album they have announced an Irish tour which sees them sending us postcards from all four corners of Ireland and heading back to Vantastival later this year – Even if they forget a guitar, their set is sure to be a good one. Mark your Mayan calendars people.

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March 7 – Tower Records, Dublin

March 13 – Roisin Dubh, Galway

March 14 – Whelan’s, Dublin

March 14 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

March 15 – Upstairs at Dolan’s, Limerick

May 3rd – Vantastival, Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth

 

 

Kablammo! It’s Ash Wednesday

Ash fans rejoice – the Northern Irish group are back! With no date pinned down yet for the release of the new forthcoming album ‘Kablammo’, we finally have a taste of what it will sound like with the release of the track ‘Cocoon’. True to form, the track is upbeat and immediately catchy with a strong baseline. Typical Ash at it’s best.

Tickets for their upcoming gigs and album pre-orders are available here. Grab ’em while they’re hot!

 

Royal Blood spills Out of the Black

Royal Blood

Royal blood have had a great few months. Ever since their crowd packed show at Glastonbury 2014, the hype of the Brighton duo has gone from strength to strength.
One of my favourite tracks on the self titled debut album is the opener ‘Out of the Black’, which is now the latest single to be released. Does the artwork of the album remind anyone of a Bjork cover??
The video is NSFW,  and flips over to animation a la Kill Bill style for the particularly violent parts. It works really well, and allows for more out of this world violence and great seedy animation.

If you have been living under a rock for the last few months and haven’t managed to hear anything from Royal Blood yet, maybe start off with their catchy and addictive Figure it Out.

The lads will hit our shores with their unique bass and drum sound on March 9th (sold out!) and 10th in the Olympia.