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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Delving deeper into the hard rock sludge and coming out stronger, Bitch Falcon’s new single ‘Syncope’ heaves with a metallic edge, Lizzie Fitzpatrick’s heavy breathing and recalls the days of grunge more accurately than most. The song is a live favourite of the band, one that has helped gained them the rep they have for… Read more »

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

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Broken Social Scene are back with their first song in seven years, the first since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record. ‘Halfway Home’ was performed by the band on Colbert last night and the band featured Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Ariel Engle, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’… Read more »

Posted on March 31st, 2017

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Following on from ‘Ran’, Future Islands return with their signature bass-lead synth rhythm on ‘Cave’ the latest song from their album The Far Field, April 7th on 4AD. Look, this SHOULd be getting old by now, as there’s very clearly a formula at work here, yet through the genuine emotion and uplifting tune just melts… Read more »

Posted on March 24th, 2017

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