Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

The debut album from The Murder Capital in a the rather nice looking rust marbles vinyl pressing. ‘When I Have Fears’ .There’s a whole raft of very decent bands heading over from Ireland at the moment who are, we hate to pun ‘gonna be big’. Dublin’s The Murder Capital are, at the moment in the same whisper as Fontaine’s DCJust MustardThumper and Inhaler.

But they’re by no means all the same in sound. We first saw The Murder Capital on a very cold night at The End Of The Road Festival in September, not knowing what the band were about. They instantly resonated, coming on to sirens blaring and the audience didn’t know what hit them. Live, their sound is big, it’s captivating and it stays with you. And we weren’t disappointed

We eagerly looked forward to their debut “When I Have Fears”. Even though we’d discovered them in January, by August there were still only a couple of songs on Spotify to listen to so an air of mystery remained.

The result has been just as huge as the hype surrounding Fontaine’s DC’s Dogrel. But this isn’t about all these Irish bands sounding the same.  The Murder Capital have made something much more dark, harrowing and passionate. More Is Less begins like Sonic Youth’s Tom Violence.Not a bad thing indeed.

A similarly distorted guitar, dripping with sadness and chilling. Pounding the lyrics ‘more more more, more is less’ give vibes like a protest song but with more amped up romance. Always the song that stood out in live shows, Green and Blue makes an apocalyptic sound of romantic devastation and destruction with Interpol style guitars bass and drums, but darker and more post-punk -if you can imagine that.

It’s as if everything is going on around us but somehow it’ll all be ok. The haunting ‘I failed you’ makes us imagine a camera drawing out of an unlit room as someone is left alone and devastated in the darkness. It all builds up to Slowdance I and Slowdance II. The meat of the album and a duo of songs to get completely lost in. In a live setting these two songs play as one single entity; one half with lyrics (Slowdance I) and one
half instrumental (Slowdance II).

Slowdance II is where it really kicks in. Dark and dreamy, this is the fulcrum where you immerse yourself in layers of sound. The most melancholic memory of romantic fuzz. It’s dramatic and hazy and seductive and epic and takes your breath away. You wonder how on earth they can top it.

Feeling Fades is a track that’s been available to listen to since we first discovered them. It ends with a dry shouted la la la la la la la la la and seems to poke fun at the song as it disintegrates, like light falling into a black star. Final track Love Love Love is already a personal favourite. Dark and moody, lurking and devastating, alarms sirens, cinematic and lush. ‘In the rain the romance lay, maybe in the rain, the romance will say goodbye’

When I Have Fears is such a raw record, both emotionally and sonically that we don’t want to be controversial or opinionated or seen as rooting for the underdog but it’s just knocked Dogrel from among our Album of the Year spot. It really is that good.

With When I Have Fears sees The Murder Capital have released an insane debut album which will only open doors for the band. The Dublin post punks are seriously a band to keep a close eye on, as with the release of their debut album it’s almost certain that 2020 is going to be massive for them.

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Just Mustard have revealed a new single, with a visual accompaniment. ‘Seven’, out on their DIY label Pizza Pizza Records, was produced by the Dundalk band and Chris Ryan, whilst the video is a collaboration between vocalist Katie Ball and guitarist David Noonan alongside Graham Patterson. “Through the imagery we explored themes of perspective, perception and faith, taking inspiration from the lyrics,” says Ball on the video. “Most of the props in the video are things from my bedroom that we made into villains. We were interested in using mixed media in the storytelling so we included some paintings and made some stop motion animation too.”

Occupying the most blistering and jagged end of the sonic spectrum, Just Mustard have been treading the razor sharp cliff edge between light and dark sounds with their latest releases ‘Frank’ and ‘October’, but on ‘Seven’ this dichotomy comes into its own. Katie Ball’s transcendental vocal takes you to seventh heaven, while the rumbling bass and smoky grinding guitar haze anchors you in some kind of deeper underworld.

To let the light in, you must first confront the dark head on – there’s a sense of being pulled between the two, with her tone perfectly poised somewhere between sinister and saintly, with themes of religion, belief and perception threading throughout the lyrics.

Just Mustard have also just announced a UK headline tour, starting in Edinburgh on October


Originally teenage friends from Limerick in Ireland, the trio moved to London a few years ago to pursue their dreams of living life like The Velvet Underground. Now under the watchful guidance of Florence and The Machine’s former manager, with a string of striking and instant indie-pop belters under their name and a live show that’s as short and sharp as it is acutely addictive, whenyoung are ready to grow up.

“The Others” is the second single from whenyoung’s debut album ‘Reasons To Dream’, out Friday 24th May. The Others was written after the Grenfell Tower fire in London. At this time Aoife was working for a gardening company that served clients in this area, some of whom were influential politicians. The juxtaposition between the safe homes of these politicians and the burning towerblock streets away were startling and upsetting. Living in safety should not be a luxury.

Fresh off the back of a Europe wide tour in support of Soak, Dublin indie-punks Pillow Queens are on a lap of the Irish festival circuit. Blending punk leaning instrumentation and raw vocals with melodic pop chops, Pillow Queens’ catchy anthems are the perfect mosh-along festival fare and their always charismatic and engaging stage presence is a live treat.

With Irish bands having a serious moment, with acts like Soak and Fontaines DC making their mark on the global stage. Pillow Queens are a four piece band – made up of vocalist, guitarist and bassist Sarah Corcoran, from Dublin, fellow vocalist , guitarist and bassist Pamela Connolly, guitarist Cathy McGuinness and drummer Rachel Lyons have been together for two years, but in that short time, have rocketed to become one of the most exciting bands not only on the Irish scene, but the indie scene at large. Taking inspo from US DIY indie and punk, Pillow Queens have a lot of ways of describing themselves. Sarah told us ‘We’re a four-piece from Ireland, half of us from Dublin, half from the outside of Dublin. We make music that’s been described, rather delicately by Blindboy, as a mix between Sonic Youth and Dolores O’Riordan’, with Pamela adding in: ‘We’re serious musicians.’ ‘I was trying to fill out a grant proposal earlier on and I was trying to describe our music, and I wrote, people describe us as lo-fi.’

Gay Girls. Their breakthrough hit, an infectious indie track with a killer chorus, was accompanied by a video showing Irish schoolgirls running riot in their Communion dresses which brought the song to a whole new audience and gained critical acclaim.

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Belfast’s Kitt Philippa has spent a career refining their craft before releasing this year’s “You” EP, a beautifully atmospheric and emotional collection of sleek but hauntingly intimate numbers. One of the more introspective acts on the line-up, Kitt Philippa’s live sets are hypnotising and feel like seeing someone on the cusp of something fantastic. The production is majestic and totally spellbinding. And then she starts to sing…wowzers.

‘𝐘𝐎𝐔’ EP is out now; I hope this music brings you joy, I gave my best to every beat, this is my first release with Paragon Records; it houses singles ‘Human’ and ‘Grace’ and also includes ‘Lion’ and the title track of the EP, ‘You’. ‘Human’ is like a dear friend to me now — the refrain of the plea remains. ‘Grace’ is close. ‘You’ imagines. ‘Lion’ questions. I have worked so hard on these tracks and feel privileged to let them now be known by you. I am so fortunate to have worked with additional musicians to give the music its sound: ‘You’ is scored for horns and ‘Lion’ is coloured in by a string quartet.

thank you to Matt Duke who drummed, co-produced and recorded these tracks with me; to Jon Moorehead for mastering; and to my manager Charlene Hegarty. thank you for supporting, it means so much to me. KP.

Northern Ireland multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kitt Philippa knows how to bare a soul and strip down to the raw fears and emotions inside. Channeling this brutal but gripping strength in their latest EP, You, they create a sonic oasis for burdened feelings and spirits in need of polishing. The title track, “You” is an electrifying piano ballad, coupling themes of loss and space in a fiery declaration of love. The just released visuals for the track are hauntingly beautiful, capturing the most human emotion of them all- pain

The camera wistfully hones in on the protagonist through intimate scenes of emotional distress and suffering. Philippa’s moving lyrics provide all the context needed for these scenes, with a brief moment of introspective clarity during the hushed confession “And I can’t stop loving you”. A turning point in the song’s composition, the video mirrors its slow build-up into a cathartic emotional release through the protagonist’s desertion of their car, into the accepting arms of loved ones. “You” feels like it’s been holding its breath until then, exhaling with a rush of thundering drums and longing harmonies. When speaking about the themes reflected in the video, Philippa shares that “absence, through the process of grieving, can seem like it is living: it gives way to love and care from other humans and adds to a complex infrastructure.”

Philippa poignantly sings from the heart of every lost, confused, or simply searching person. Making the emotional connections we sometimes can’t bring ourselves to make, they provide the context to every heart-wrenching moment.

“sparse, graceful, elegantly pitched wonder. There’s a beautiful mimimal soulfulness to her.”
– Jim Carroll, THE IRISH TIMES –

“one of the most interesting new Irish voices we’ve heard in aeons.”
– Celina Murphy. HOTPRESS MAGAZINE. –

“acoustic musings treading a genuinely charming balance between melancholy and optimism…”
– Brian Coney. AU MAGAZINE journalist. –

“I’m not sure there’s a music analogue to this. Out of time, not conventional, entrancing.”

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Irish post-punk rockers God Is An Astronaut, Fronted by twins Niels and Torsten Kinsella, God Is An Astronaut’s sound is epic instrumental rock that puts in mind Tangerine Dream and maybe The Cure . There is stunning depth of emotion in their creations – some have been written in periods of immense grief after family losses – the result is a wall of sound that insists on breaking your heart.

God Is An Astronaut are a 3 piece band who hail from Glen of the Downs, Ireland.

The Band: Torsten Kinsella – Guitar, Piano/Synths, Niels Kinsella – Bass, Lloyd Hanney – Drums,
Robert Murphy – Guitar/Keys (touring) / Gazz Carr – Guitar/Keys (touring)

Tracklist: 01. Fragile 00:00 02. All is Violent, All is Bright 04:33 03. Forever Lost 08:44 04. Fireflies and Empty Skies 15:05 05. A Deafening Distance 19:07 06. Infinite Horizons 22:55 07. Suicide by Star 25:20 08. Remembrance Day 29:53 09. Dust and Echoes 34:07 10. When Everything Dies 38:20

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Just Mustard are a band based in Dundalk, Ireland. Debut album “Wednesday” releases 2/5/18. In the past several years, a new wave of intriguing guitar bands have emerged from Ireland groups that are honing in on a particular kind of rushing-but-brainy punk-inflected rock, or groups that dismantle and implode structures and genres to locate their own unique sound. The Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard belong in the latter category.

Their sound  noisy, electronic-indebted, and often playing like a heavy and foreboding iteration of shoegaze — has already won them acclaim in their homeland, where their debut album Wednesday was nominated for a Choice Music Prize last year. It’s easy to imagine Just Mustard are garnering more international attention in the near future, too.

On the heels of album Wednesday, Just Mustard’s have returned this year with a double single. “Frank,” and its companion, “October.” While “Frank” was a loopy, unnerving track, sounding like images bleeding out of focus, “October” is harsher, and darker. Onstage, their waves of distorted and mutated guitar began to sound like a bunch of chainsaws tossed around in a hurricane. “October” skews closer to that; while its guitars linger like haunting images creeping up in the back of your mind, you can already picture the band unleashing this song live, letting their instruments take over.

Throughout, vocalist Katie Ball sounds like a ghost, a memory. When those guitars first screech in, it’s as if hearing a person erased in front of you. As the track goes on, she returns, fighting against the static that surrounds her. It’s a quietly intense track, suggesting both the tensions and the eruptions Just Mustard have already proven themselves capable of in their young career.

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Called out by the Irish Times as “Ireland’s best new rock band” and named as an one of nme’s “100 essential new artists for 2019,” when i have fears is the debut album from Dublin, Ireland’s the Murder Capital.

Produced by Flood (pj harvey, new order, foals) the album features both singles from the band so far, “Feeling Fades” and “Green & Blue”, as well as the first studio recording of breakthrough track “More is Less”. an exercise in both darkness and light, “When I Have Fears” only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band’s sound. from the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part “Slowdance”, to the tender, bruised confessional of “On Twisted Ground” and industrial pulse of closer “Love, Love, Love”, there’s a consistent intensity throughout that marks out the Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album. “surging like waves and creating the same nervous, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere that their live shows have been so well spoken of for…

beautiful chaos.” – neu pick of the day, diy “a brooding beat and a menacing bassline, the Murder Capital have delivered the goods.” – gigwise “not just a band primed to rip your head off, but to make you throw shapes.” – dork hype 2019 “furious, bellowing Irish punks who would beat you in a staring contest.”

Our debut album ‘When I Have Fears’ is out August 16th.

From the beginning of making this record together, the poem ‘When I Have Fears’ served not only as a structural pillar, but quickly became a set of ideals for us to live by.

Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Marbled Rust 12” Vinyl

We’ve recently mentioned our love for some of the bands coming out of Ireland at the moment like Fontaines D.C., Murder Capital and also the wonderful Silverbacks.

The latter who have released a new single, the propulsive, chugging Pink Tide, is another crackerjack of a tune brimming over with sardonic humour and sinewy twin guitars. It tells the tale of a slow unravelling of fashionable and futile revolutions in a land drowning in pomp and circumstance.


According to Silverbacks’ Daniel O’Kell  the origins of the track came from “another demo, poorly named ‘Mark E. Smith Eats His Purple Crayon’. In the end we realised that the riff deserved better, and we started writing what eventually became Pink Tide.”

Band Members
Daniel – Guitar, Vocals
Kilian – Guitar, Vocals
Peadar – Guitar
Emma – Bass, Vocals
Gary – Drums


With all the talk about Fontaines D.C. the Dublin band’s debut, album “Dogrel” pretty great reviews, the Dublin city themes and the PR narratives, The band keep on rolling right into the larger consciousness.

Some radio presenters, papers and publications are hailing the release of the group’s debut LP Dogrel as akin to a new chapter for Irish music. Paul McCloone labelled it the best debut in years . That’s a lot of expectation to put on any group and yet, the Fontaines D.C have found many champions internationally, with KEXP, NME, DIY Mag and lots more heaping praise on the group and album.

Last night, the band made their American TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon which used to be a crucial rite of passage in the life-cycle of any hyped-up young band. performing Dogrel standout track ‘Boys in the Better Land’.

Fontaines D.C. played two songs on Fallon: “Boys In The Better Land” on the broadcast and “Liberty Belle” as an online bonus. And they ripped both of them, riffing hard and looking intense and generally seeming like they were too cool to breathe , The Music guest Fontaines D.C. gives a bonus performance of “Liberty Belle” for the Tonight Show studio audience.

Dogrel is out now on Partisan Records.