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… Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2017

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Fresh from The Great Escape, The Belfast three piece Beauty Sleep return with a new single ‘All In’ showcasing Ryan McGroarty, Cheylene Murphy and Aimee Williamson’s dream-pop aesthetic and the lead track from debut EP Nature Will Eat Me. ‘All In’ has some sonic toughness beneath its sweet surface. Previously: ‘Living It Right’ / ‘The… Read more »

Posted on May 24th, 2017

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The Fontaines are a Dublin band who are unmistakably Dublin. Captured outside the Parliament Street pizza joint that almost bares their name, the video for ‘Liberty Belle’ also features the band in various streets, the pub thatbares the song’s name and the Workman’s venue, where they launch this single this weekend. ‘Liberty Belle’ is a… Read more »

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

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Remember when Russia used to be the mortal enemy of the west and now US and Russian presidents are sleepover-buddies? It’s all a bit ‘Animal Farm’, isnt it? Kevin Brannigan and ‘David Thomas Smith made this Russia-related video for Stefan Murphy’s new project Count Vaseline which feels extremely pertinent right now. It’s taken from the… Read more »

Posted on May 18th, 2017

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Silverbacks are a new Dublin-based band whose music is in the field of slacker indie and noise-pop. Sink The Fat Moon, the band’s debut EP establishes the new band: brothers and songwriters Daniel and Kilian O’Kelly, bassist Emma Hanlon, drummer Gary Wickham and guitarist Peadar Kearney. These five songs channel noise-rock elders like Sonic Youth… Read more »

Posted on May 18th, 2017

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Armagh band Silences last caught my attention with the dynamic song ‘There’s A Wolf’ last March and ‘Before Ten’, earlier this year. Since then, the band started by the singer-songwriter Conchúr White has solidified into a five-piece unit with Christopher Harbinson, Breándan White, Jonathan Downing and Michael Keyes. ‘Red Dress’, their latest single moves their… Read more »

Posted on May 10th, 2017

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Is there any way two new songs, even in abrupt fashion, could live up to expectation? James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem are the soundtrack to memories shared, a sly wink to the passage of time, of relationships in and out of focus as the world bounds on. Last year’s reunion shows rekindled those memories in gloriously… Read more »

Posted on May 5th, 2017

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Come On Live Long are set to release their second album In The Still on May 19th and ahead of that date, they’ve announced a Whelan’s gig on June 17th and shared the title track and a video for the song by Albert Hooi with dancing by Robyn Byrne. This one was written out west… Read more »

Posted on May 5th, 2017

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Dublin soul rockers The Hot Sprockets have returned with a new single called ‘Right Spots’, the first from an upcoming album. Hear it below as a first listen. The band are increasing their activity in time for summer with a headline show at Opium Rooms on Saturday May 13th. The gig will also feature a… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2017

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Why just this day last week, I featured a sturdy track from Autre Monde, aband formed from a lot of Dublin-based Popical Island-related bands. 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… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Dundalk band We, the Oceanographers are off to Toronto for Canadian Music Week next week where they are record new music with Dave Newfeld who is known for working with Broken Social Scene. Before that though, they’ve released a brand new song ‘I Can’t Give You Both’, a song of both lo-fi ends and sweeping… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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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… Read more »

Posted on April 11th, 2017

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It was a pleasure to have Come On Live Long play a rare live set at our recent Future Proof night with Homebeat and O’Haras in Bello Bar (next one is April 19th). The band have remained a band who make music that skirts the obvious even when creating music that could be labelled ‘indie’… Read more »

Posted on April 5th, 2017

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Dublin band Beach have so far released songs of disparate styles that could be psychedelic, experimental and alternative rock. Running through their music is a thirst for exploration in sonics and in shows with A/V a big part of their performance. New song ‘Bram Toker’ brandishes those characteristics on a song that pulses with dark… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2017

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“A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see.” That’s how the Derry band Touts, Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan and Luke McLaughlin like to introduce themselves the their byline. Of course, the city they hail from his a history of punk with the Undertones the most notable… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2017

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