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.

Posted on April 11th, 2017

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Having recently revealed some of the smaller goings on at the festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle including Wonderlust, Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns Theatre, Body Holidays 1970’s style holiday camp, Pagoda Stage, Port Royal Jamaican village and more, today Body & Soul revealed Tree Haus, a new stage curated by Homebeat for the festival on the summer solstice weekend of June 19th to 21st.

Focusing on the best of contemporary Irish music and culture, you can expect performances from My Tribe Your Tribe, Buffalo Woman, Carriages, Planet Parade, Liza Flume, Ghosts, Slowplacelikehome, Hilary Woods, Skelocrats, Little Xs For Eyes, Elephant, Hare Squead, Bantum, Nubus, Justin Grounds & Pearse McGloughlin (Idiot Songs), Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery x Ryan Vail), Hare Squead, Nova Collective, Feather and Ben Bix, Participant, I Have A Tribe, Nubus, Margie Lewis, SignA, Idiot Songs, Skelocrats, Tomorrows, Taste DJs, Somadrone, Lyttet, Leo Drezden and Lasertom.

Also featuring on that stage, kicking off the Saturday and Sunday will be Vinyl Love, where DJs and musicians alike will be playing selections from their 7″ collection.

Posted on May 28th, 2015


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Skelocrats will return with a new album Bella Bella later this month with a stronger melodic swing to their music. In January ‘Lyin’ Eyes‘ gave us our first preview and ‘Zirconium Heart’ further cements it which the band say is akin “new-wavey robo-pop that manages to evoke both Talking Heads and a Eurovision entry from another dimension”.

Bobby Aherne of No Monster Club, who himself had an excellent video yesterday made a video for the track which centres on a lo-fi robot/human Blind-Date style TV show.

Tour dates

17th April, Bello Bar, Dublin (Bella Bella launch party with Ginnels and Switzerland)
9th May, Sweeney’s, Dublin w/ Cruising and Cave Ghosts
14th May, Roisin Dubh, Galway w/ Paddy Hanna

Posted on March 11th, 2015


The Popical Island band Skelocrats will return with a new album. The band, made up of Land Lovers’ Padraig Cooney, Grand Pocket Orchestra’s Bronwyn Murphy-White and Paddy Hanna, Groom’s Michael Stevens will release an album Bella Bella in March and the excellent ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ is a Belle And Sebastian-style indie track that suggests the band have something great on the way.

Bonus: From last year’s Eardrums Pop single, this is Skelecrats covering Serge Gainsbourg.

Posted on January 13th, 2015



Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.

500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).

Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.

The bands

A Lazarus Soul
Benny smiles
Brian Casey
Buffalo Sunn
Buffalo Woman
Carried By Waves
Ciaran Lavery
Cloud Castle Lake
Color Sound
Columbia Mills
Conor Walsh
Deaf Joe
Dear Desert
Death In The Sickroom
DVO Marvell
Eamon bode
Elaine Mai
Elastic Sleep
Eoin Dolan
Fallen Rule
Floor Staff
Florence Olivier
Frankenstein Bolts
Ghost Estates
God Knows + mynameisjOhn
Hare Squead
His New Atlas
Hugh Hick
I have a tribe
I’m Your Vinyl
Imploded View
Jet Setter
little xs for eyes
Liza Flume
Low Sea
Maija Sofia
Maud in Cahoots
Me & My Dog
Me Auld Flower
Mere Moths
Myles Manley
Neon Atlas
Old Hannah
Paddy Hanna
Planet Parade
Red Queen Contest
Satori Je
Sleep Mc Evox
Tell No Foxx
The Academic
The Bedroom
The Black Sea Fleet
The Boxing Plot
The Clameens
The Debutantes
The Hard Ground
The Late David Turpin
The Loafing Heroes
The Magpies
The Pale
The Run Ons
The Shaker Hymn
The Statics
The Vincent(s)
Tino Ras
Val Normal
Vann Music
Walpurgis Family
Wild Promises
Yes Cadets


The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.


Weekend Tickets €45 + fees, Nightly Tickets €20

HWCH is also supported by The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.

Posted on August 13th, 2014


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Earlier this year, A supergroup of Dublin-based Popical-related musicians  calling themselves Skelocrats impressed many with their debut Whip Crack Away EP. Today, Land Lovers’ Padraig Cooney, Grand Pocket Orchestra’s Bronwyn Murphy-White and Paddy Hanna, Groom’s Michael Stevens are adding the Hot Yoga EP to their 2012 discography. The two EPs make up the physical release The Complete Skelocrats which is released today on Bandcamp.

The Hot Yoga EP clocks in at a sweaty steamy 20 minutes over 8 muscle-flexing songs of bright and bashful guitar-lead indie-rock music with harmonies aplenty and a multitude of voices providing them. As with the previous EP, the main vocal is handled by a different member which varies from the sweet (Bronwyn Murphy-White on ‘Insant Mummification’) to the spooky (Paddy Hanna on ‘Beat Your Buddies’).

You might have already seen Bobby Aherne’s music video for ‘Baby Reappraisal’ chronicling how the band got together today. That track is an immediate highlight but hroughout the EP, there’s a vim, a jauntiness, and a jangliness coloured with organ and fuzz pedals. This EP zips along.


Posted on December 5th, 2012


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The Popical Island universe is expanding once again. Actually, it’s kinda getting incestuous but in a good musical way. After bringing Dott on board for their debut release, the latest Popical group sees Land Lovers’ Padraig Cooney, Grand Pocket Orchestra’s Bronwyn Murphy-White and Paddy Hanna, Groom’s Michael Stevens combine as Skelecrats. Their free-to-download Whip Crack Away EP is not radically different from other bands on the label but it is equally as sweet with boy/girl harmonies, different singers taking the lead on songs and lo-fi production.

The songs were written by Padraig while recuperating from an operation earlier in the year. These two are my to standout tracks. Download the whole thing from Bandcamp or Soundcloud. Enjoy their “grotty pop” take on things:

Another EP will be released later in the year. The band make their live debut at Popicalia #14 this Saturday in Tavern On The Green alongside No Monster Club and So Cow.

Posted on April 23rd, 2012


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