Sea Pinks, the Belfast guitar pop trio spearheaded by Neil Brogan, on guitar and vocals, Steven Henry on bass and Davey Agnew on drums continue their forays into creating good time guitar vibes with flecks of surf-rock and specks of outsider power pop. But as Neil says, those references aren’t the whole story.
“We’re often typecast as being a particular thing, be it surf or jangle-pop or whatever, which can be reductive. The songs are the thing with us.”
Watercourse is their sixth album in seven years since 2010, and is a game of two halves, from bright to more urgent sounds.
“The songs on side one are all about movement,” says Brogan. They are dreamy and more upbeat. Side two is more about being static, whether it’s a fixed place or a moment in time. They are more urgent sounding and a little more bittersweet.”
25 May – Rosin Dubh, Galway
26 May – The Grand Social, Dublin
29 May – Bush Hall, London
31 May – Supersonic, Paris
1 Jun – Bar Hic, Rennes
2 Jun – DIY Cafe, Lille
3 Jun – De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam
4 Jun – Coin Aux Etoiles, Mons
5 Jun – Gruner Jager, Hamburg
6 Jun – Internet Explorer, Berlin
7 Jun – Kunstkeller, Furth
8 Jun – Schuur, Lucerne
9 Jan – Hirscheneck, Basel
10 Jun – Le Salopard, Biel
11 Jun – Handmade Festival, Guastalla
17 Jun – Black Box, Belfast
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Cruising, whose members are split between Dublin and Belfast and contain members of bands Sea Pinks, Logikparty, Girls Names & September Girls, are to release their debut EP on Tough Love Records on August 14th.
‘Safe Corridor’ is our first taste from the five-track EP, built on a razor-sharp bassline and sharper guitars with former Logikparty singer Benni Johnson providing the vocals.
The band’s name is inspired by the film of the same name by William Friedkin starring Al Pacino who spends his time going undercover in gay S&M clubs to hunt a killer.
The EP coming in August will be available on 100 hot pink vinyl 12″. it was recorded in Guerilla Studios in Dublin and and mixed at Start Together in Belfast.
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Neil Brogan returns with some news of a new Sea Pinks album today. Dreaming Tracks is the latest album coming from him on September 29th, on shell-pink vinyl and digitally on CF Records. It’s the first Sea Pinks album which was recorded in a studio with a full-band, at Start Together in Belfast.
The band consists of Davey Agnew on drums and Steven Henry on bass. Jonny Agnew also plays cello on this first single ‘Dream Happening’, a superior jangle-pop track.
His last album as Sea Pinks was 2012’s excellent Freak Waves.
Sea Pinks is Neil Brogan’s main concern now that he’s stepped away from Girls Names. That means more sun-kissed indie guitar-pop on the way after last year’s excellent Freak Waves album. First up is a new double A-sided single ‘Exploded View’/’Magpies Eyes’ limited to 100 copies on 7″. The digital EP expands to an EP with four tracks in total. The 7″ on CF Records also comes with a screen-printed artwork by Lucy Jones. Great deal, great track. Buy the 7″.
A roundup of 14 tracks not previously featured here that have been getting the new music veins pumping in the last seven days. These tracks are the besttracks not already featured on the site in the last week that popped up on my radar and left an impression in the last week or have appeared elsewhere. The Best New Music Weekly playlist will be posted every Wednesday.
We promise a podcast every month in 2013. It’s our new blog resolution. Here’s the first of the year and the forty-second Podcast in the series. Aoife Mc and I talk about, and play some of my favourite tunes of the last few months. Artwork inspired by Frank B’s ‘Chain Of Fools’ as heard on this episode.
A jangle-pop lyric video introduces us to ‘A Pattern Recognition’, the first song taken from Sea Pinks (Girls Names’ Neil) third album, Freak Waves released on 3rd September on CF Records on 12″ vinyl.
The drummer in Belfast’s noise-pop band Girls Names Neil, has a solo project called Sea Pinks which will release an album on cassette tape (so hot right now) through Cass/Flick in September. ‘Japanese Knotweed’ is the debut single and and is ’60s jangletastic (also, so hot right now). It’s also a free download.