Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Image may contain: 4 people

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

Image may contain: 3 people, people standing, sky and outdoor

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 –

Image may contain: 1 person, indoor

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.

Image of Taste 'Transmissions 1968-69 CD

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.

Image may contain: 1 person, night, child and closeup

Brigid Mae Power’s stunningly beautiful latest solo full-length – and Tompkins Square debut – is an album drenched in reverb-soaked emotion and lament. Enchantingly performed and produced, the record showcases a songwriter of immense talent in a soundscape that naturally merges itself to Brigid Power’s engulfing sound. The magic lies in the songwriter’s expression of raw emotion, in all its delicate beauty. Themes include transformation, change, motherhood, acceptance, strength, courage and trust. The album is about “trusting if you lose yourself or your way — you can come back.”

Such is the album’s timeless brilliance, the nearest parallels that can be drawn to Power’s quietly unassuming, divine artistry are those blessed folk spirits of bygone times such as Sibylle Baier, Tia Blake or Margaret Barry. As reflected in the lyrics of closing heartfelt lament of ‘How You Feel’, this deeply personal and intimate set of songs become a place of hope and solace where the path laid out in front you is filled with the light of day and sea of love.

Ireland’s Brigid Mae Power (fka Brigid Power Ryce) released her first album under her current name and first for the esteemed Tompkins Square Label last month. Brigid’s a new-ish artist, but her music recalls the type of forgotten-then-rediscovered ’60s/’70s folk artists that Tompkins Square often reissues music by, like Bob Brown and Michael Chapman. Brigid played accordion, baritone ukulele, piano and harmonium on the album, and her talents are even more fleshed out by the production work of Peter Broderick (Efterklang, Horse Feathers). She’d played shows with Peter and also collaborated with him live, and eventually ended up in his studio in Oregon to record the new album.

http://

All the arrangements give the album a gorgeous backdrop, but it’s Brigid’s voice that drives this thing home. She’s similar in approach to Jessica Pratt or earlier Angel Olsen, with a sound that really taps into what made that ’60s/’70s era so great without sounding retro. The album’s opening (and longest) song, “It’s Clearing Now,” nears eight minutes and never really drifts from its somber tone, and Brigid has enough command over it to keep it from ever getting boring

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.

Image may contain: one or more people and text

Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people sitting, child and indoor

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

Whenyoung

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.