A new night called Sweet Nothings is coming to Drop Dead Twice in the heart of the Liberties, Dublin next month. The night is based on the idea of collaboration, from collaborating with other independent music business in the area, to artists collaborating with each other and the audience on the night.
The night is inspired by the scene momentum in New York in the 00s, which birthed the Strokes among others, aiming to create a space where music lovers and the artists themselves will want to come back to.
“A few months ago I got given Lizzy Goodman’s book Meet Me In The Bathroom, and the similarities I found in it with my life in Dublin for the last few years made me think ‘why don’t I just push it a bit more? and try to get some of the amazing artists that Ireland is packed with in the same room, attract music lovers to this room, and make something happen?'” says Carlos.
Bitch Falcon give us their new track ‘Of Heart’, a Nialler9 favourite. Fans will recognise this one as a stand out from live shows giving a slow dirge of rock that creeps across its running time menacingly.
Paddy Hanna’s father’s illness lead him to write a song inspired by American singer Mario Lanza. A very upbeat and joyful track with an underlining sorrowful tone as it reflects his emotions relating to a illness that left his father in a coma for two weeks.
Sligo producers Brame & Hamo are back two years on from their last release with a new 3 track EP. ‘Hurt You’ off the new EP is a hard-hitting track with trance flavours and vocal samples that deliver a deeper tone in comparison to their earlier work.
Galway electronic pop artist Laoise’s new track is deeply atmospheric and shows off her powerfully haunting vocals. Laoise continues to develop her visual aesthetic too via the new video by Christian Tierney.
Nefera- I Dare You
Egyptian/Irish R&B artist Nefera third single ‘I Dare You’ has a catchy beat with soulful vocals. You may find yourself singing along to this one after a few listens.
Sonja Sleator- Mia
Belfast-based singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator reminds me of a Irish version of Courtney Barnett. This song has a very catchy upbeat melody with narrative lyrics about the titular character.
Darce – Valhalla ft Eve Clague
Alt-hip-hop rapper Darce has teamed up with fellow Cork native Eve Clague on a track that captures the essence of youthful antics in rural Ireland with backing vocals that enhance the song’s emotion.
New Portals – Chasing Shade
The prolific Belfast couple Ruth and Michael Aicken are back with new track ‘Chasing Shade’. They say: “it’s a song we wrote about that one person we all know who is just happy with their lives no matter what happens. We’re off busying ourselves, trying to make the world a better place or build a better or more fulfilling future for ourselves and some people are just happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. This song is about how envious we are of those people and how we wish we could just get away from the compulsions that drive us.”
Dublin-based singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna has released a new track ‘Mario Lanza’ off his forthcoming album set to be released next year.
The song is very upbeat and joyful with an underlining sorrowful tone as it reflects his emotions relating to a illness that left his father in a coma for two weeks.
My Father, not too long ago, went through a terrible illness which left him in a coma for two weeks. The emotional strain of this event really beat me down, I repressed it in some ways, particularly in my writing. While struggling to deal with the strain I began listening through some rough demos I had, one of which was a minute-long ditty about Mario Lanza, an American Tenor from the early 20th century. I decided to finish it off and realized very quickly I was channelling my pain through this particular track. Mario Lanza, in essence, became my Dad, and through him I could express all of the emotions I had repressed, which is why the song is tinged with a sorrowful joy.
Paddy plays a number of Irish dates this November and December accompanied by a live band featuring Adam Faulkner and Daniel Fox (Girl Band) and guitarist Paddy Ormond.
With a run of singles that established the band’s primary influences as those from ’80s rock and post-punk, Autre Monde’s debut EP, which is released Friday on Popical Island, digs deeper on those sounds and brings in new tricks and treats.
The four all-new songs on the EP have a “murkier” way about them, suitably darker in tone for the eve that’s in it. Bands such as Can, Total Control and John Foxx are the references. ‘Moonlight’ judders with a nervous cavernous energy and is apparently ” a revenge fantasy for Ireland’s submerged classes”. ‘Leuctra’ doesn’t give up the ghost with synth ambience, ‘Your Name’ piles on the dirge-like guitars and low-end and spooked synths while ‘Interpretive Centre’ softens the mood somewhat with a metallic guitar-lead denoument.
The EP is launched in Dublin launch with support from Postcard Versions and Invaderband on Saturday 4th November at the Bello Bar. The EP will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, as well as on Bandcamp. A limited-edition CD with artwork by drummer Eoghan O’Brien, encompassing the EP and the band’s first 4 singles will be available at the Dublin launch gig.
Autre Monde consists of Paddy Hanna, Padraig Cooney, Mark Chester and Eoghan O’Brien.
Autre Monde are a new band formed from a lot of Dublin-based indie pop bands associated with Popical Island, which is currently in hibernation mode.
Featuring Paddy Hanna on vocals, Mark Chester on guitar (Ginnels), Padraig Cooney on bass (Skelocrats, Tieranniesaur) and Eoghan O’Brien on drums (No Monster Club), their new band is inspired by “an early Brian Eno, John Cale plus post-punk kind of seam,” with references to ESG, Television, Suicide, The Slits and Pere Ubu.
The band’s first song, recorded with Daniel Fox of Girl Band, ‘Customs’ is a delight of loose rock proportions. In other words, it’s a lovely jam.
For a musician who started out in the toy-bashing indie pop band Grand Pocket Orchestra, Paddy Hanna is a songwriter whose music has taken on a more serious grandiose tone in recent years and it’s a sound which really suits him.
Coming after ‘Camaradie’, ‘Underprotected’ and ‘Austria’, ‘Bad Boys’ continues this classic pop songwriting vibe with stirring strings, piano tinkles, horns and Hanna’s idiosyncratic vocal delivery.
“We all have one of those in our life” Paddy said of the title before getting a bit more serious about his art:
“I allude to mental illness in my work. It’s considered by many to be a neurosis that spurs on creative work, however it is nothing but a crutch on my own creativity. My time in a depressive haze is spent in complete emptiness, weeks will go by, my beard will have grown out, my pen dried up. So when indeed I allude to mental illness it would usually be during a happy period where I can function. One of the most important days in my life came when I finally opened up about depression and was not met with jeers but rather acceptance and understanding – it’s the first and most significant step you can take.“
Paddy Hanna plays Dublin’s Whelans on Friday 5th May.
The song is released accompanied by ‘Sunday Milkshake’, “a tale of realisation, of sleeping on a dirty couch knowing some mistakes cannot be undone”.
Kelly-Anne Byrne is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests itself in a monthly club night called Burnin’ Up in The Grand Social and a nationwide show on Saturday and Sunday night on Today FM called The Beat Goes On.
This record blew my mind the first time I heard it, it sounds exactly like something from the 70’s, something I’d expect DJ Harvey to play- Koze’s production is unreal. I think I played it about 20 times in a row when I was first sent it. Lapsley has a beautiful voice, even though it’s about rejection, it has such an upbeat tone & the lyrics are so quirky.
Faze Action feat. Zeke Manyika – Mangwana
I picked this up back in the summer & played it at a number of festivals, it’s different to the other stuff that Faze Action have done (although I like almost everything they do), more of an afro-beat feel, in many ways it reminds me of a William Onyeabor track and I love William Onyeabor.
Anderson Paak – Am I Wrong?
Malibu is one of the best albums of 2016 for me, Anderson Paak is like Q Tip meets Marvin Gaye, there are so many layers to the album & this is my favourite track on it, you can’t help but groove to it.
This is a stunning, soulful record by Dublin-based singer Emma Garnett, aka Feather. I love this track because it takes you on a journey, ending in a completely different place to where it started. I happened to be djing at a wedding during the summer for two people who listen to my show, Feather sang their first dance song, ‘At Last’ by Etta James, she has an amazing voice & I hope to hear a lot more from her.
Whitney – No Woman
Taken from the brilliant album Light Upon The Lake, this track by Whitney really warms my heart. I remember reading an article with Damon Albarn in which he spoke about the power of the perfect pop song, mainly those written in the 60’s by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys etc, the magic of those songs was their simplicity, sincerity & subtlety, that’s what this track is like for me.
Pantha Du Prince – The Winter Hymn
There’s something about this song that really moves me, it’s like it has a heartbeat. The album The Triad is one of my favourite albums of 2016, when I put it on I drift away. I saw Pantha Du Prince at Primavera & Electric Picnic this year, both shows were excellent.
Paddy Hanna – Underprotected
This is my favourite Irish song of 2016, the guitar just grabs you from the start and what a voice, some of the lyrics are quite melancholic but I still find it hopeful, maybe it’s the ‘sha la la’ throughout.
Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair
I don’t know if there’s a finer record this year than Solange’s A Seat At The Table, in many ways it reminds me of Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill or Marvin Gaye’s What Going On in its subject matter. I get a lump in my throat every time I listen to this. I love the words and her voice is so soft but really what’s a magical about this record is how gentle it is, even though its subject matter is anger, that’s what makes it powerful.
Lauer – Antinat
Lauer is one of my favourite producers of now, I love almost everything he does. I’ve been playing this out a lot lately, always get a great reaction, it’s like Depeche Mode meets Inner City.
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
This track is so haunting, as ever with Leonard Cohen, I was hooked on the words when I first listened to it. What a way to leave the world, by giving us this incredible album and this song, which ironically throughout, says ‘I’m ready my Lord’.
Output is a Belfast conference and gig showcase taking place in Belfast on Thursday February 18th.
The conference part, which is free to attend with registration, will take place at The Mac during the day and will feature a keynote address from Steve Albini, Paul Hartnoll of Orbital on music composition and placement, singer-songwriter Bry, a co-writing panel with a direct-to-fan Q&A with artist Nadine Shah and I’ll be participating in a talk too.
At night, the focus shifts to nine live music showcases curated by different organisations including IMRO, Chord Blossom, Electric Mainline and a copresent between Nialler9 and The Thin Air that looks like this:
How to enter free entry comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
IMRO – The Business of Music Panel @ IMRO (5:30pm) [Panel] taking your music overseas from the line-up with Patrick Boyle (Milwaukee Irish Fest), Anita Daly (Daly Communications), Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Martin Nolan (MPI Bands & Essential Artists) and Paddy McPoland (Tour Manager for The High Kings).
Minimal Film: performed by Kirkos Ensemble @ Samuel Beckett Theatre (€10/€12) [Classical/contemporary] an audiovisual performance of celebrated minimalist film scores accompanied by visuals. Curated by Natasha Paulberg
Always worth a visit during the Christmas season, Young Hearts Run Free’s Yule! event has featured the likes of Villagers, The Strypes and Twin Shadow among its performers in recent years.
Taking place at the Co-Op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8, this year’s edition happens on Saturday December 5th with:
Land Lovers, Switzerland, The Mess Around, DJ Dandelion, Paddy Hanna, White Collar Boy, Women’s Christmas, Dónal Lunny, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, Stephen James Smith, Young Hearts DJs, Super Surprise Guests!
The gig is BYOB and cake is promised. It’s €22 on the door with all proceeds going to the Simon Community.
Paper Trail Records who have released the likes of Clouds, Beach Moon/Peach Moon and manage Slow Skies have released a compilation called Thanks For Listening featuring a mix of Irish and International artists like Paddy Hanna, Katie Kim, Eddi Front, Samyel, Simon Bird, Meredith Graves and Cloud Castle Lake.
It was released over the weekend to coincide with World Mental Health Day and all proceeds go to Console.