Squarehead and So Cow’s split LP has already spawned a one-minute music video and a cool camera video session and here, you can listen to Out Of Season which sees the two Irish bands contribute five new tracks each to the 30 minute record. For So Cow, it’s the first batch of songs written not just by Brian Kelly but the band ahead of the album coming up which was recorded with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier.

Squarehead, for their part, go harder than they’ve gone ever before, their five songs bite with more distortion, energy and more raucous vocals. A fun stopgap record.

Popical Island #3 – Listen to Side B

Side A of Popical Island #3 appeared for your streaming pleasure on Monday. 48 hours is just enough time for you to fit in a big digestable listen so Side B is now ready for your indie-pop gluttonous ears and it relies more on distortion pedals, singalong choruses, broken drumsticks, bass and drums being best mates, in-band disagreements and agreements; and a big squeeze of lo-fi rock dynamics.
Listen to the stream and see Saturday’s stage times…→

Posted on July 4th, 2012


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Popical Island
Popical Island

The bockety indie pop collective of Popical Islanders will officially complete their compilation series with #3, released on July 7th with a whopper distinctly two-sided 23-track extravaganza featuring contributions from a host of Popical regulars like Land Lovers, Tieranniesaur, Groom, Jonny Fun and the Hesitations, Yeh Deadlies, Big Monster Love, Ginnels, No Monster Club and first-timers Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, The #1s, little xs for eyes and Biggles Flies Again.

It’ll be launched on July 7th on CD, cassette and download with a free day and night party in Whelan’s, Dublin with every act on on the compilation lined up to play. Wowza.

Here’s Squarehead’s track from the comp, the uber-catchy ‘I Love You':


Here we are. The end of the sixth year of the Nialler9 poll. Thank you all once again for voting. We had about 100 or so votes that made up the results in songs, new artists, EPs and now, the big one – albums. Our ultimate winner has topped the poll before that doesn’t negate the indisputable fact that there’s plenty of superb Irish music contained within this list…

Top 25 Irish albums of 2011 as voted by you…→

Posted on December 23rd, 2011


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Two years ago, I ran a series of guest posts from people involved in Irish music featuring their top 5 Irish acts at that moment. This time around, I thought I’d shift the focus to international and ask a similar question – “Who are your top 5 new artists of 2011?”. Musicians, bloggers, record shop owners, journalists, bookers and radio presenters will all be answering that question.

Last year Squarehead triumphed in the Nialler9 Irish song of the year reader poll, this year they released their excellent Yeah Nothing debut album. Then, they released two of the best Irish songs of the year in collaboration with Patrick Kelleher. They play Richer Collective’s Xmas bash on December 16th. Here are the Roy, Ruan and Ian’s five essential new artists of 2011:

Read Squarehead’s top 5 new artists of 2011…»

Posted on December 7th, 2011


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A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend gigs in the comments as this post gets a lot of eyes every week.

Highlights: Sam Amidon, The Handsome Furs, Squarehead album launch, Eleven Eleven label showcase Chris Thile, Twisted Pepper Saturday night.

Ticket giveaways:

Email [email protected] with your full name, your choice and phone number before noon of the day of your chosen gig to be in with a chance to win.

Tuesday September 13th

  • Ruby Sessions: Rams Pocket Radio, The Brilliant Things, The Gandhis, The River Fane @ Doyle’s (9pm)

Wednesday September 14th

Chris Thile – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground by Sugar Hill Records

Thursday September 15th

Handsome Furs “Memories of the Future” Live at KDHX 8/24/11

Mora Minn by thedyingseconds

Friday September 16th

the only way through is the music by Spilly Walker

Colour by SOSB

Saturday September 17th

Sam Amidon – The Needle And The Damage Done by sam-amidon

Bloom – Blawan RMX by Radiohead

Sunday September 18th

Monday September 19th

Daniel Martin Moore – Dark Road

Posted on September 13th, 2011


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You know the story by now, a string of super singles, a number one in the Nialler9 Irish song poll of 2010 (which turned them into temporary jerks *kidding*) and a constant string of live dates around the country have made Squarehead one of the better bands in Ireland and now, we’re finally at the debut album chapter.

It’s been a long time coming. Squarehead initially recorded their debut album back in September and December last year with Shane Cullen in K9 Studios and save for a couple of extra tracks and re-recordings of old favourites ‘Mother Nurture’ and ‘Fake Blood,’ the band have patiently been sitting on it since.

Yeah Nothing is a dozen tracks of no-nonsense slacker indie pop, a fuzzy collection of lo-fi rock ‘n’ roll inspired by surf-pop, old school rock ‘n’ roll and bright guitars.

It’s released on Richter Collective digitally TODAY and physically on September 16th. Pre-orders for Vinyl and CD come with a T-shirt and they will be shipped on September 5th. A launch gig for Yeah Nothing takes place on September 17th in The Workman’s Club with support from Logikparty.

Listen to the album:

Squarehead – Yeah Nothing [RIC027] by Richter Collective

Posted on August 15th, 2011


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