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“Resonant and rapturous, the band finds a way to channel their thoughts on the world around them through precision indie rock songwriting that builds into swelling, cathartic choruses” – KEXP

In Waiting. Waiting for futures to be carved out, for missions to be complete, for communities to be solidified, for the security denied to a generation to return. Waiting for the empathic revolution. Waiting for the end of capitalism, and the start of something real and fair. Waiting for spin to die and authenticity to be valued. Waiting for lost loves to return and fumbled relationships to form, for small cracks in families to heal and bigger cracks in inequitable systems to break.

You’re in waiting a long time. And then you just have to do it yourself.

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In Waiting is Pillow Queens’ debut album, the result of four years of brotherly love in a sisterly unit from Ireland’s most urgent, yearning, rock band. Crafted from our lives, and honed in a studio in rural Donegal in the northwest of Ireland, this is a record by queens in waiting and kings in the making.

It’s an album about love; self-love, queer love, the anxiety-inducing faultlines of romantic love, and the love for a city and a country that simultaneously has your back and is on your back. It’s an album about the in-between; the transitionary period of an adulthood that never seems to arrive, while you wait for that lightbulb moment when everything makes sense, even though part of you knows deep down it will never come.

It’s an album about the purgatorial aspect of late-stage capitalism, where the systems conspire to burden and punish; job insecurity, housing crises, income inequality, and social inequity. It’s an album about family; chosen, given, received and earned. It’s an album about spirituality; from the engrained confines of religion, to the expanding borders of spirituality, and the iconography and ritual that populates the emotional interior of anyone who grows up in Ireland.

It’s about resilience of the politics of the self and belief in the power of art. The wounded deers leap highest. 

released September 25th, 2020

All songs written and performed by Pillow Queens.

Irish rockers The Murder Capital have been building quite a bit of momentum overseas both back at home in Ireland and in the U.K. as well. They released their debut album “When I Have Fears” last year to mass critical acclaim (it was one of our best-albums-of-2019>favourites of the year and now it’s time for the band to have their moment here in the U.S., where they are about to embark on their first-ever North American tour. The Murder Capital released their debut album When I Have Fears on their own label Human Season Records to much critical claim in August of 2019.The band played a string of headlining shows around Europe and the UK and this 45rpm 12″ highlights the broody “Love, Love, Love” and “On Twisted Ground” from their show at The Dome, Tufnell Park in London from October 2019.

The band’s drummer Diarmuid Brennan told us one day before they played their biggest hometown show to date. We talked about the early days of the band, their process, how they bring it live every night, and how grief helped shaped their debut album. You guys are currently in Dublin preparing for your biggest headlining show to date. How are you feeling before the show?
Yeah that’s right. Good! Just landed back in Dublin, we flew over from the U.K. So we are just at Grogans now on South William Street, just meeting up with some mates. But yeah, just staying relaxing about it to be honest. It’s obviously a big one as it’s a Dublin show, Dublin shows are always big, they get us very excited. But yeah I’ll get excited maybe a couple of minutes before we go on.

New album When I Have Fears available 16th August

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Bitch Falcon; a name you won’t forget and a band who won’t let you forget them. This trio from the vibrant, much-hyped music scene of Dublin was formed by front-woman Lizzie Fitzpatrick with her friends in a small kitchen in the city in 2014. Since these freshman days, the line-up has galvanised around the rhythm section of Barry O’Sullivan on Bass and Nigel Kenny on Drums, Here’s some behind the scenes footage of the making of Gaslight. It was shot in Dublin over the course of a very quick day at Mill Studio, Dublin 8.

Dublin alt-rock trio Bitch Falcon exploded onto the Irish music scene in 2014. They quickly established themselves on the live circuit through the intensity of their performances, with the snarling vocals and pulsating riffs of lead singer and guitarist Lizzie Fitzpatrick announcing a new sound in Irish rock. Hard-hitting debut single ‘Wolfstooth’ encapsulated the raw energy of their live shows and brought the band to a wider national audience. During 2015 and 2016 Bitch Falcon’s evolving sound fused together the strongest elements of rock, grunge, metal, hardcore and melodic electro-pop. Follow-up singles ‘Syncope’, ‘TMJ’, ‘Clutch’ and ‘Of Heart’ registered this development and garnered increasing critical acclaim for the band in Ireland and the UK.

Bitch Falcon have honed the frenzy of their live show over the past few years, completing several headline Irish tours along with performing at all the major Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Other Voices, Body&Soul, Castlepalooza, and Sea Sessions. The trio have shared the stage with an impressive array of international acts including Fucked Up, Torche, Girl Band, Sleeping With Sirens, The ZZZ’s, Glen Hansard, Fontaines D.C. and Les Butcherettes. Their increasing popularity meanwhile has seen them begin to make an impact in North America, with the band recently packing rooms in Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles but it is the UK that has developed a serious appetite for the band. They have travelled the length and breadth of the country and most recently have begun their assault on UK festivals such as The Great Escape, Y Not, Teddy Rocks and 2000 Trees.

Releases November 4th, 2020
Band members:
Vox/Guitar – Lizzie Fitzpatrick Bass –  Drums – Nigel Kenny

In a deft move of self-mythologizing, Fontaines D.C. provided the manifesto for their ascendant 2019 right out the gates, an already oft-quoted line from Dogrel’s charging opener “Big”: “My childhood was small/ But I’m gonna be big!” Ireland might be a small place, but it’s often the people from the smallest places, the people hungry to see the rest of the world, that make the biggest sounds. Accordingly, Fontaines’ prophecy is already coming true: Dogrel and their visceral live show have earned them feverish hype, fervent fans, and a Mercury Prize nomination. It’s one of the least likely and most fascinating rises for a young rock band in recent memory, but more importantly it’s a testament to the will for self-invention.

‘Hurricane Laughter / Winter In The Sun’ on 7″ vinyl

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Dublin 4-piece Inhaler their second single of 2020 ‘Falling In’.  The track was released at the beginning of the year following ‘We Have To Move On’ but unfortunately it got pushed back due to lockdown and the ongoing pandemic, as did their Irish tour and plans to play some of this summer’s festivals like This Is Tomorrow and Neighbourhood Weekender.

Fortunately, they dropped noisy new track ‘Falling In’, which is taken from their upcoming debut LP and provides some insight into the bands approach to keeping their egos in check with all of their new found glory and success. This theme is showcased in the tracks honest and straightforward lyrics, as well as frontman Elijah’s distinct and familiar voice which shows off his range nicely.

“A shot in the chest / Couldn’t wake you up / You need a human touch / It’s never enough” The track’s sound is more mature, intricate and elaborate than some of their previous releases. ‘Falling In’ starts off simply with Elijah’s powerful voice over a lively drum beat, then jumps into life with electrifying guitar synths and a muffled chorus. ‘Falling In’ sounds pretty influenced by U2 with its 80’s grooves and euphoric vocals, which is definitely a good thing. The track shows Inhaler’s maturity as they grow together as a band and push the boundaries of guitar lead indie rock.

The soaring single marks another step in the right direction for Irish breakthrough act Inhaler, who have proved their talent and success as a young band without yet releasing a debut album. ‘Falling In’ is infectious and catchy but also proves that Inhaler are evolving with every release, personally I can’t wait to hear what they do next!

Music video by Inhaler performing “Falling In”. Universal Music Operations Limited

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Yet another mighty fine discovery from Dublin, Pillow Queens new single Handsome Wife comes from their upcoming debut album In Waiting (due 25th September). Very excited to announce that we’ve signed a deal with Stargazer Records who will co-release our upcoming album, details of which will be released very soon. We’re super excited to work with Stargazer and we can’t wait to share the album with you.

Powerful, emotive indie rock can all too easily stray into the territory of the overwrought and the over melodramatic, and while this is the arena that the four-piece walk in, they tread carefully and confidently imbuing the single with a bruised tenderness and some crunchy grungy guitar lines that steer it well clear of any false steps.

The Band:Cathy, Pam, Rach & Sarah

‘In Waiting’ the debut album from Pillow Queens is out September 25th –

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Aoife Nessa Frances’ debut album Land of No Junction, one of the few good things to come out of 2020, doesn’t feel like a first record. With her breezy early ’70s sound, the rich timbre of her voice and atmospheric production, she possesses a world-weariness that few other newcomers can evoke. Frances recorded the LP at Oxford Lane Music Society Studio in Ranelagh, Dublin, accompanied by Brendan Jenkinson (keyboard, engineering and mixing), Brendan Doherty (percussion) and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (strings). Land of No Junction actually gets its name from Frances’ mishearing of Nugent’s boyhood trips to Wales, she says, “passing through a station called Llandudno Junction… Land of No Junction later became a place in itself. A liminal space – a dark vast landscape to visit in dreams.”

Blow Up’ by Aoife Nessa Frances
Directed by Anna McCarthy

‘Geranium’ by Aoife Nessa Frances
Video by Cáit Fahey & Anna McCarthy

Taken from the album ‘Land of No Junction’ released January 2020

The new album from Fontaines D.C.  ‘A Hero’s Death’—arrives July 31st. Available on deluxe gatefold 2x 180g vinyl, limited edition stormy blue vinyl, standard black vinyl, two pocket wallet CD, limited edition cassette, and MP3, lossless or 24-bit WAV digital album. Each album purchase comes with an instant great download of “A Hero’s Death” (the single), and the full digital album to be delivered on release day.

Barely a year after the release of their hugely acclaimed debut album ‘Dogrel’, which earned a Mercury Prize nomination and Album of the Year 2019 at both BBC6 Music and Rough Trade record store, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have returned with an intensely confident, patient, and complex follow up album. ‘A Hero’s Death’ arrives battered and bruised, albeit beautiful – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world, and its great uncertainty.

Releases July 31st, 2020, “A Hero’s Death” taken from the forthcoming album out 31st July on Partisan Records.

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Taste (originally “The Taste”) was formed in Cork, Ireland, in August 1966 as a trio consisting of Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals, Eric Kitteringham on bass, and Norman Damery on drums. In 1968 Taste began performing in the UK where the original line-up split up. The new line-up formed with Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums. The new line up of Taste moved permanently to London where they signed with the record label Polydor Records. In April 1969, Taste released the first of their two studio albums, the self-titled “Taste”, with “On the Boards” following in early 1970, the latter showing the band’s jazz influences with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks.

Taste recorded three sessions for John Peel’s Top Gear programme between 1968 and 1969. Nine songs from those sessions are featured on this disc. In addition, two live recordings broadcast on Dutch television on 22nd August 1969 are also included.

TRACK LISTING
01. Blister on The Moon / 02. Dual Carriageway Pain / 03. Norman Invasion / 04. Sugar Mama / 05. Leaving Blues 06. Born on The Wrong Side of Time / 07. Wee Wee Baby / 08. Same Old Story / 09. I’m Moving On / 10. Blister on The Moon (live) / 11. Sugar Mama (live)

Here’s a small EP of old demos we’ve put together for your listening pleasure. The EP will be up for a limited time only.

All money received from “Woh Nelly Demo” purchases will go to The Irish Cancer Society, who had to make the difficult decision to cancel all Daffodil Day events for 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Bandcamp are doing a great thing in supporting independent artists and musicians and we’re big fans of everything they do. Please go support your local bands and artists in this difficult time for everyone.

released March 20th, 2020

All music written and recorded by Silverbacks.