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Maria Kelly – Small Talk

Maria Kelly tackles the issue of mental health in her new song ‘Small Talk’. The song is full of subdued beauty. From the earthy quality of the acoustic guitars to the warm vocal delivery, this song is personal and intimate. The track is Kelly’s second release of 2018, the first being her excellent collaboration with Ailbhe Reddy on ‘Threads’.



THUMPER seem to have found their feet recently, sonically speaking. Following a stint touring with The Strypes, the group sound tight and their new track ‘AFL’ is testament to that fact. The song shows more signs of maturity and a more cohesive approach to songwriting. Coming in at just under four minutes, ‘AFL’ is a thrilling noise-pop number.


XO-MO – Sweat

XO-MO have gathered considerable media following recently, due in no small part to their affiliation with producer Mike Dean. Hype aside, ‘Sweat’ is an excellent debut single. Praise must be given to the layered production on the track, reverb soaked percussion hit add depth and character to the mix. XO-MO sound like a group who know exactly what sound they’re aspiring toward and, for the most part, succeed in reaching it on ‘Sweat’.


T.E.D – Shawty

T.E.D are the newest addition to the burgeoning trap scene in Dublin. The trio recently released ‘Shawty’, an undeniably superb trap track. Half-time drum beats with analog sub bass underneath make up the relatively simple, but effective, instrumental track. The auto-tuned hook repeats with the trio taking turns rapping over 16 bars. With a gorgeous video shot in Dublin city to accompany the track, ‘Shawty’ is a vibrant and exciting new Irish release.


Sleep Thieves – Aching Bones

Electronic trio Sleep Thieves seriously impress with their new track ‘Aching Bones’. The song is moody and atmospheric. The group seem to have drawn influence from the surrealistic lyricism of artists like Bjork and the pop idiom of the early Bat For Lashes material. The song is founded upon a throbbing synth bass, over which the vocal and synth hooks are added. The finished product is a thoughtful and nuanced electro-indie track.


Reuben James – Shoelace

BIMM graduate Reuben James has been gigging and releasing music since 2012. His new track ‘Shoelace’ is a summery hip hop track perfect for the sunny days. The track blends elements of hip-hop and R&B with its West Coast inspired flow and flamboyant backing vocals. With a reggae-inspired instrumental track, ‘Shoelace’ is an excellent song to soundtrack the oncoming summer.


Deaf Joe – And He Opened His Eyes And Looked Skyward

Waterford-based composer and producer Deaf Joe released the most unique piece of new Irish music this week with ‘And He Opened His Eyes And Looked Skyward’. The 14 minute track is an evolving ambient piece concerned with the experience of war, specifically the composer’s Grandfather’s own experience of the first World War. The track pulls elements from post modernist composers like Philip Glass as well as contemporary musicians like Nils Frahm with its mix of grand piano and analog synth textures. Emotional and evocative, ‘And He Opened His Eyes And Looked Skyward’ is a stunning piece of art music.


Fia Moon – The Fall

Fia Moon, an independent singer from Dublin, has just released her debut single ‘The Fall’. The song seems inspired by the current wave of R&B artists, with the organic instrumentation being overdubbed over a synth bass line. The beauty of the track lies in the excellent vocal delivery, with Moon’s warm voice glistening over the mix.


Melts – Skyward

Melts are a brand new group from Dublin comprised of members from Ghost Estates, The Things, The Mighty Stef and The North Sea. The psych rock group have drawn from their collective experience to deliver their excellent debut single ‘Skyward’. The song seems to fall somewhere between The Brain Jonestown Massacre and Interpol, a driving bass guitar keeps the intensity high while the vocal line verges on the surreal with it’s echo chamber quality. Having played their first few gigs supporting Fontaines D.C. , Melts are a welcome addition to the already rich Dublin rock scene.

Posted on March 29th, 2018


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Sleep Thieves returned with the noir soiree track ‘Is This Ready’ and now there’s a Spiceburger-directed video for the track out in the world.

The video is set in a dystopian world taking inspiration from movies like The Lives of Others, where art, music and creativity are carefully monitored and sometimes forbidden. The songs lyrical content was inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Posted on July 27th, 2017


The Dublin electro three-piece Sleep Thieves have been quiet the last while since 2014’s full-length You Want The Night but their pulsating synthesiser electronica is very much in tact with their returning track ‘Is This Ready?’.

The song has the foreboding noir atmospherics of their established work with vocalist Sorcha Brennan at her most dramatic.

Rian Trench mixed the track and there are more singles promised for later this year.

Sleep Thieves are Sorcha Brennan (vocals, synths), Wayne Fahy (Vocals, synths, bass, programming), and Keith Byrne (synths, guitar, bass, programming).

Posted on June 28th, 2017


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    [Flea market] Covered. SODA Dip from 6pm
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Posted on May 19th, 2015


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As Sleep Thieves told us themselves last month, they are optimistic about their future and here’s another reason – the band’s brilliant video by Mike P Nelson which comes across as sketches of a horror film.

Upcoming dates

May 21st – The Grand Social, Dublin
May 31st – Forbidden Fruit festival, Dublin
June 5th – Birthdays, London
JUne 13th – BARE In the Woods, Portarlington
June 27 – Killarney Festival, Killarney
July 5th – Just Like Heaven festival, Padua, Italy

Posted on April 21st, 2015

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This is a post written by Wayne Fahy of Sleep Thieves about the band’s largely positive experiences as an independent band with their music on Spotify. As it happens, they are playing RHA tonight..

Over the last few months, the issue of fair royalties for bands and how streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer et al help or hinder music’s new supply chain has intensified. At the top of the mountain, the battle rages as Taylor Swift and Spotify’s own CEO Daniel Ek attempt to convince the industry they are both crusading to stabilise and save it.

Much further downslope, on the low foothills where most bands operate, this battle above registers as little more than a low din, or does it? Taylor Swift is the only artist to sell over a million copies of an album in 2014, so the figures her label are fighting about are obviously colossal. f you’ll join me in casting your eyes downward from the heavens, here we are, Sleep Thieves, a prototype of the new normal – the Spotify millionaires.

A joyful slog

Our millions are sadly, not in dollar form (not even remotely close) but instead are made up of Spotify plays. We passed that milestone about a year ago, and sit at around 2.6 million plays in total today. As the main track to drive this, ‘Spirit Animal’ galloped towards 1 million plays in late 2014, we cheered for it with daily Spotify checks like a small time gambler might, cheering home the nag he has a fiver on – aware its not going to change our lives overnight, but still damn gratifying. It has been quite a unique experience though, we are equal parts flattered, invigorated, more confident, but also still living the joyful slog as Vinnie Dermody of The Jimmy Cake so aptly put it.

We have used this streaming success to reinvest (partially) in new equipment as we self-recorded the album and are staunchly DIY that way. It also helped us towards our trip to the US last year to play Culture Collide in LA and San Francisco, but like many acts like us (releasing through an indie label – Minty Fresh Records) taking a trip like this, did involve maxed out credit cards too. This Spotify success has certainly not made for a self-sufficient, career musician’s life.

“These are early days for the new online music model, it wobbles along on training wheels and for now, we wobble along with it.”

I know many reading this will look at 2.5 million plays, and the stark reality that monetarily, this (mostly) helps us tick along as a band but nothing more and think the gap (or chasm you might say) between plays and earnings here seems huge. Maybe it is. Alas though, a play is not a download, the investment (emotional, or financial) not quite the same as a purchase. Add to this the fact that over half of Spotify’s users are free users and the incremental royalty for one of their plays is much smaller than a subscriber – it’s a monetising minefield with two trenches dug at each side between acts/labels and the streaming companies. These are early days for the new online music model, it wobbles along on training wheels and for now, we wobble along with it.

On the flip side of course, we do step back and say to ourselves “Two and a half million plays??” That’s a lot of people we have reached, and this huge exposure to worldwide listeners and new fans has created great moments for us.

Less swag, more swagger


On our travels, another band with international appeal remarked to us that a most gratifying thing about growing outside of their own market is the connection that they get to make with fans all around the world. This is definitely one huge positive of our listenership online – we get Facebook messages, tweets, emails every week explaining how they found our music, how it has affected them, finding out more about us. Radio stations in Chile, Portland, Japan, fans from Colorado, California, Hungary, Thailand, Australia, we have heard from people of all ages and races and it is really inspiring to us. When we played in Los Angeles last October for example, local fans came just to see us and insisted we pose for photos, one couple had their vinyl tucked underarm for us to sign. They went so far as to bring a silver marker with them (as the cover is black), thinking ahead of course, then telling us to keep said marker as “you guys will be signing a lot more”. Their vision of us, our stature, coloured by the huge numbers they see attached to us online. Perception creating reality at work here I guess? Great moments though, ones we want to repeat again and again in future.

At this point, our ambition and aim is to grow outside of Ireland – to perform more, to be written about more, played on radio more. Our Spotify milestones are a great barometer of the presence of a greater fanbase than our home market could provide so these plays have become a selling point, a badge of honour of sorts too. So we carry on, we play shows, we record, we release. Spotify won’t pay for us to put our feet up but it has made our life as a band a damn sight more colourful. Yes, it’s not perfect, but we’ll take it.

Posted on March 25th, 2015



The FMC Tour is kicking off this week around Ireland this week and across the month in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny, Dundalk, Dublin and Belfast.

The three main bands on the tour are Fight Like Apes, Kid Karate and Sleep Thieves and each stop on the tour not only will you get to see these three bands for a reasonable price but there’ll be local support too as well as masterclasses for bands during the day. I’ve got a special Elaine Mai remix of Sleep Thieves’ track ‘High’ from their recent You Want The Night LP to listen to as well as a pair of tickets to the gig of your choosing on the tour. Enter by leaving a comment below with your gig of preference and I’ll pick a winner for each tomorrow. Full dates below.

Limerick:  November 6th
Fight Like Apes (HL)
Kid Karate
Sleep Thieves

Galway: November 7th
Kid Karate (HL)
Fight Like Apes
Sleep Thieves

Cork:November 8th
Sleep Thieves (HL)
Kid Karate
Fight Like Apes
Neon Atlas: 

Dundalk: November 13th
Fight Like Apes (HL)
Sleep Thieves
Kid Karate
Youth Mass 

Kilkenny: November 14th
Sleep Thieves (HL)
Fight Like Apes
Kid Karate
Imploded View

Dublin:  November 15th
Kid Karate (HL)
Sleep Thieves
Fight Like Apes
Plutonic Dust

Posted on November 5th, 2014


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After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.

St. Vincent

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Foals crowd


Kelis dances during ‘Trick Me’


How to dance to Mogwai




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Posted on September 4th, 2014


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The Dublin-based band Sleep Thieves are a very different proposition from the one that appeared three years ago, so much so that their debut album Heart Waves seems, from cursory searches to have been erased from many of the online stores that once carried it, either by choice or by expiration.

Sleep Thieves in 2014 sound unlike that incarnation of the band, so much so that we can take You Want The Night, on its own merits. Starting with 2012’s excellent EP Islands, Sorcha Brennan, Wayne Fahy and Keith Byrne hit on a sound that they have since wrapped themselves in, a glittering canvas of disco-noir synthesizer and digital production.

Across ten tracks and 38 minutes on You Want The Night, the stylistic sound suits them well. The album can run a little too close to sounding too inspired by contemporaries like Johnny Jewel and Austra: artists who delve into the darkness through electronic arrangements that often come with an aural cue to look over your shoulder.

Brennan’s vocals have a sashaying celestial quality to them that wasn’t there before and it’s central to the album’s appeal – a bed of turbulent low-end anchors the feminine high-range she utilises, as on ‘City Of Hearts’ and ‘Oceans’ for example. Brennan isn’t a match for the operatic vibrato of Katie Stelmanis and while the vocal range is admirable, it does invite those comparisons.

Elsewhere, as on the title track, Fahy provides the voice of the mutated: pitched-down vocals add to the eerie feel, a technique plucked from Fever Ray and more recently, Purity Ring.

When the arrangements unpeel themselves from the template, Sleep Thieves add some depth. ‘Ishimura’ revels in the slow air of some hypnotic synth meandering as does the malevolent tones of ‘Tusk’.

There is enough substance here to suggest that Sleep Thieves are heading in the right direction. There is atmosphere and cinema conjured in the arrangements of songs like ‘Sparks’, ‘Oceans’ and ‘Ishimura’. The three-piece have immersed themselves in a electro-noir sheen and You Want The Night has given them a necessary focus. Now it’s time for Sleep Thieves to find their own place in it.

The album is out now on Minty Fresh Records.

Posted on August 6th, 2014



Body & Soul have announced their lineup for the imminent Electric Picnic festival at the end of August and it’s another doozy lineup of acts across three stages. Only €229.50 weekend tickets are left but there is a serious lineup including the full list below.

Playlist of additions:

Body & Soul man stage

Young Fathers
Perfume Genius
Kate Boy
Francois and The Atlas Mountains
Oum Shatt
Glass Animals
Olof Arnalds
Alice Boman
Dermot Byrne
Florian Blancke & Brendan O Regan
Join me in the Pines
I Have A Tribe
Jon Gomm
Tommy KD
C.R. Avery
Girl Band
Altered Hours
Buffalo Woman
Donal Dineen
Ronan O Snodaigh & The Occasionals
Sounds of a System Breakdown
Viking Project
The Careers
Sleep Thieves
Grounds For Invasion
Youth Mass
Susan O Neill & The Low Standards


Shanti Celeste
P Disconaut
Chris Farrell
TR-One [live]
UNKNWN [live]
Ryan Vail
Shane Mannion
Donal Dineen
Adultrock [live]
Gilbert Steele
Sol & Louche
Mikey Joyride Soro

EarthShip Line Up

Maud In Cahoots
Ruff Chuff Live Crew
Come On Live Long
Leo Moran & Anto Thistletwaite
The Tav Jam Band
Joe Fury & The Hayride
Punch Face Champions
Willow Sea & Guests
Aindrais De Staic & The Latchikos
Attention Bébé
Stevie G & the Deep South Soul Soundsystem
The Eskies
Simi Crowns
Noelie McDonnell & Band
i am niamh
Polyphonic X
The Amazing Few
Sinead White
The Ground Will Shake
Floor Staff
Eileen Keane
Malcolm London
Symphonic Funk
Mikey and The Scallywags
Strange Boats
The Cold Draw
Louisiana 6
Shay Cotter and the New Blues
Analogue Wave
In The Willows

Posted on July 30th, 2014


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From Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th of August, The Grand Social is hosting an all-Irish lineup of musicians and DJs as an excuse to celebrate the summer featuring Lasertom, Sleep Thieves, Bats, Get Down Edits, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and more. Details:

Thursday Aug 7th

The Loft: Diatribe Records presents: Solo Series II
Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh/Cora Venus Lunny/Kate Ellis/Adrian Hart.
Doors: 6.45pm till 11pm, Adm: €10/8

Friday Aug 8th

The Loft: Bats. Magic Pockets. Val Normal
Grand Social & New Natives presents
Doors: 8pm till 11pm, Adm: €8 (€6 cheaplist)

Later in The Loft: Get Down Edits & T/A/S/T/E DJs.
Doors: 11.30pm. Adm: €5

The Ballroom: Shotgun – 1st Birthday Party
DJ’s Rob Gilligan & Michelle Farley playing 60’s pop, beat, mod, soul & surf.
Doors: 10pm. Adm: Free

Saturday Aug 9th:

The Loft: LaserTom. Sleep Thieves. Adeyhawke (Grand Social & Technoir presents)
Doors: 8pm. Adm: €5

Later in The Loft: Burnin’ Up
One year birthday of Kelly-Anne Byrne’s Disco night with Ruth Kavanagh of Mother DJs.
Doors: 11pm. Adm: Free

The Ballroom: Indietronic
DJ Eamon Barrett spinning indie & electro anthems and party classics.
Doors: 10pm. Adm: Free

Sunday Aug 10th:

The Loft: Saucy Sundays
Bitch Falcon, Punchface Champions, My Tribe Your Tribe & more…
Doors: 6pm. Free admission.

Posted on July 21st, 2014

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Dublin three-piece Sleep Thieves released the dark-sided ‘City Of Hearts’ along with the hypnotic GIF-style live action video below.

News has reached that the band’s second album You Want The Night will arrive on June 17th through Minty Fresh Records and the title track for it has been released. Like the night-time music first heard on the Oceans EP, ‘You Want The Night’ is dark and driving, with a malevolent low-end, taut dramatic guitar touches and Sorcha Brennan’s angelic vocals contrasting with the treated ones by Wayne Fahy also featured on the track.

Pre-order the album before May 31st and get the Sleep Thieves’ Islands EP, Islands Remix EP, Love is a Stranger Cover and a download of the album on the day of release (June 17th).

Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night Track listing

  1. City of Hearts
  2. Sparks
  3. You want the night
  4. Oceans
  5. French Kiss
  6. Ishimura
  7. Through a sea
  8. High
  9. Tusk

Posted on May 13th, 2014


The Outhouse is an LGBT resource centre on Capel Street in Dublin there to support those in the LGBT community, and for the third year in a row, a team of musicians and artists have co-oped Record Store Day, another day of community to bring both the communities of music and Outhouse together under the name Record Store Gay.

From noon on Saturday, Outhouse will host a series of bands who have provided tracks for the third Record Store Gay compilation including Kate’s Party, I Heart The Monster Hero, Patrick Kelleher, French Bird, The Late David Turpin, Gar Cox, Sleep Thieves, Lo Fires and many more. The mini music festival will continue later at PantiBar from 6pm – 10:30 on Capel St.

Donations will be accepted towards Outhouse where there will be a popup record stall and the compilation will also be for sale in local record shops for the day that’s in it.

But first, you can have an exclusive listen to the compilation which features Le Galaxie covering Visage’s ‘Fade To Grey’, Kate’s Party cover No Doubt’s ‘Just A Girl, Swimmers’ covering Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’, Cave Ghosts’ covering Kylie’s ‘Come Into My World’, Stephen Quinn’s ukelele cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Talking Bout A Revolution’, Crayonsmith tackling Lykke Li’s ‘I Follow Rivers’, Carriages reworking Madonna, I Heart The Monster Hero honouring Queen and more. Listen here:

There’s also a video for White Sage’s John Maus cover of ‘Rights For Gays’:

Posted on April 16th, 2014


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The video for Sleep Thieves’ dark-edged Austra-esque electro single ‘City Of Hearts’ , directed by Spiceburger. The clip is a play on Youtube artwork thumbnail videos, it starts as a static image and comes to life as the track progresses, GIF style. It was shot in the Liquor Rooms in Dublin.

The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album You Want The Night on Minty Fresh Records.

Posted on March 24th, 2014


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