London-based group Whenyoung made up of Limerick musicians Aoife Power (vocals/ bass), Niall Burns (guitar) and Andrew Flood (drums), made their debut with ‘Actor’ last year and have been shinning their sleek indie-pop aesthetic since with follow-on singles such as ‘Pretty Pure’ and ‘The Collector’.

Their latest release ‘Heaven On Earth’ continues an upbeat and joyous tone for the band, accompanied by a video that explores three of the seven deadly sins gluttony, greed and envy.

You can catch them live on Sunday, August 5th at All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford.

Posted on June 14th, 2018

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London-based group Whenyoung made up of Limerick musicians Aoife Power (vocals/ bass), Niall Burns (guitar) and Andrew Flood (drums), made their debut with ‘Actor’ last year and have been shinning their sleek indie-pop aesthetic since with follow-on singles such as ‘Pretty Pure’ and ‘The Collector’. ‘Heaven On Earth’ which is the latest release from Whenyoung is out now. They picked out their favourite tracks at the moment.


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Nilüfer Yanya – Baby Luv

This is a recent find for us and probably our favourite song of 2018 so far. The production on this track is really bare and focuses on Nilüfer’s rich, emotive vocals and beautiful songwriting. It’s subtly addictive.


2.

Peace – From Under Liquid Glass

We’re on tour with Peace at the moment and every time they play this song our hearts melt. The lyrics are really poignant and bittersweet with pure, soaring vocals to match. The crowds really engage with this one every night.


3.

Matt Maltese – Greatest Comedian

This is the epitome of cool. Matt has laid his tongue in cheek lyrics against the grooviest rhythm section and an extremely hooky melody. His album is out next month.


4.

Iceage – The Day The Music Dies

We’re huge Iceage fans and their new album Beyondless is probably our favourite yet. We love how the lyrics are clever ramblings over this massive multi-instrumental crescendo. We saw them about a year ago in London and we were blown away. Also Elias Ronnenfelt is the most handsome man in music. Fact.


5.

Patti Smith – Redondo Beach

The vocals on this track are filled with emotion and personality. It’s the perfect example of Patti Smith’s strength as a storyteller in her songwriting. She is also collectively our hero.


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Slow Riot – Betrayed

Slow Riot are good friends of ours from Limerick. This is the first release from their imminent debut album. It’s aggressive post punk with meaty guitars and Niall’s vocals carry the track along with a sense of urgency.


7.

Antonio Vivaldi – Winter From The Four Seasons

We’ve been listening to Vivaldi the past few days in the tour van. The intensity and staccato of the strings create a sinister feeling of danger which we like. It builds and builds until it reaches a point which gives you a panicked, maniacal feeling but by the end of the track you’re left with composure and resolve. It’s nice every once in awhile to shake up the era of the music you’re listening to by a few hundred years.


8.

BLANc – Only One

Will White, a good friend of ours recently started this solo project. It’s a beautifully stripped back, emotional, heart-wrenching song.


9.

Pauline Murray – Dream Sequence

We’ve been Pauline Murray fans for years, her voice is so honest and the music is melodic and raw. A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to get to write in Pauline and her husband Robert’s studio when we were on tour in Newcastle. They were both in the punk band Penetration.


10.

Gun Club – Sex Beat

This song is the perfect punk banger. The pictorial lyrics paint a grimy picture of the scene this band emerged from and we love music which sticks out as a marker of place and time. The vocals are delivered with such character and attitude, the music is exciting and it’s really melodic. You can’t not dance to it.


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Posted on May 24th, 2018

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Nick Cave has announced an on-stage conversation event titled ‘So, What Do You Want To Know’ on June 5th at The Abbey Theatre, the day before the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds show at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham with guests Patti Smith and Whenyoung.

“To be honest I am not sure what is going to happen at these events. I have always loved the Q&A format – not the formal onstage interviews that precede them but the questions from the audience afterwards. The audience tends to ask more challenging, revealing, playful and ultimately serious questions. You never know what you are going to get. They can be fearless and they can go deep. There has been a connection happening with the audience through the recent live shows where we have all shown a kind of willingness to open up and I thought that a direct conversation with the audience might be valuable. The more frank and intimate the questions, the more interesting the evening will be. The audience can ask me anything and I’ll do my best to answer. I do have some things to say. I can always play some songs at the piano if it all goes horribly wrong. But, I don’t know, I’ve got a good feeling about this one.” – Nick Cave

There will also be a Nick Cave season of films at Light House Cinema, Dublin and Pálás, Galway from 1 June to 6 June, featuring Nick Cave’s screenplays, scores with fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis and documentary collaborations.

Tickets for the conversations event go on sale this Wednesday May 9th via Abbeytheatre.ie.

There will also be a limited number of Production Holds tickets for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert in Kilmainham on sale this Friday 11 May priced at €69.50 via Ticketmaster.ie.

Posted on May 8th, 2018

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London-based pop punks made up of Limerick musicians Aoife Power (vocals/ bass), Niall Burns (guitar), Andrew Flood (drums) Whenyoung made their debut with ‘Actor’ late last year which was followed by the release of ‘Pretty Pure’ last month.

This latest release is a live video recording of a cover The Cranberries ‘Dreams’ recorded by their label Yala Records.

They also just announced a headline show at The Grand Social on May 3rd. Tickets priced at €12 are available now via Ticketmaster.ie.

Posted on March 27th, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

1.

Whenyoung – Pretty Pure

London-based pop punks made up of Limerick musicians Aoife Power (vocals/ bass), Niall Burns (guitar), Andrew Flood (drums) Whenyoung have been establishing a strong sound and image for themselves since the release of their debut single ‘Actor’ late last year.

This latest release from the trio is an upbeat, melodic punk-pop track with an old-school indie tone.

They play with Dream Wife at the Workman’s Club on March 25th.


2.

Bobby Basil x Major Grave – Wanna

Dubin rapper Bobby Basil who is a former member of Dah Jevu has been releasing music as a solo artist for two years now and has collaborated with artists such as Wastefellow on tracks like ‘G Train’.

His latest release ‘Wanna’ features upfront rapping in a Dublin dialect with a confident tone over a more electronic beat than we’re used to from him.

The video is another visual feast directed and edited by Hugh Mulhern.


3.

Paul Alwright – Seeds Of Doubt

Dublin-native Paul Alwright who previously went under the name Lethal Dialect, is set to release his album Hungry on May 11th which will feature collaborations with Maverick Sabre and Damien Dempsey. This release ‘Seeds Of Doubt’ is dedicated to the musician and poet Paul Curran who passed away earlier this year.


4.

Van Panther – Haunty

Limerick’s electro garage-rock five-piece Van Panther released their seven-track Hawk EP last year. This track ‘Haunty’ is an up-tempo and catchy rock track with an experimental electro sound.


5.

Kilnamana – Flashback

Berlin-based duo Enda and Miguel or Kilnamana released this video via Facebook for new track ‘Flashback’ which features Spanish electronic-dance producer Kid Simius. The track is rich in a high energy with the video featuring footage of Kid Simius as a child.


6.

A. Smyth – Be There

Former frontman of Vann Music, A Smyth embarked a solo career last year debuting with ‘Into The Darkness’. This is the second release from him and further represents his own atmospheric folk sound as a solo musician.


7.

Somadrone – Juniper and Lamplight

‘Juniper and Lamplight’ is the second release, as a follow on from ‘The Howling Infinite’ from Dublin-based electronic music producer Neil O’Connor or Somadrone’s sixth album Wellpark Avenue which is due to be released on April 10th. The song is his own remastered adaptation of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘For Emily wherever I May Find Her’ that embodies a sonically-enhanced 60s psychedelic sound.


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Ben Sheridan – Ill Love

Donegal hip-hop/R’n’B artist Ben Sheridan bears a sound similar to that of fellow Irish artist EDEN, with influences such as Drake and Yung Lean prominent on his latest release ‘Ill Love’.


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Philip Nolan – Vulnerable

Wicklow-native Philip Nolan’s latest track Vulnerable has gained significant attraction since its release last week with over 50,000 streams on Spotify. ‘Vulnerable’ is a joyous and catchy dance track that channels a Kygo-esque sound.


Posted on March 1st, 2018

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It’s time to look to the future.

January is all about renewal and looking forward so with that in mind here are 18 acts from around the globe who we reckon will be on your playlist rotation this year. Some you may know, but our criteria is based on picking acts you won’t see in other lists or new acts we already love and support.

Listen to the Spotify playlist

Last year’s list.


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Superorganism

Eight-piece electro pop group

Signed to Domino Records, Superorganism is made up of eight musicians from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, seven of which now calling London home in the same house. Their electro-pop sound is making waves around the world with the latest track ‘Everyone Wants to Be Famous’ already clocking up over three hundred thousand views on YouTube since it’s release three weeks ago. Their debut album is out on March 2nd and you can catch them at Forbidden Fruit festival this year.


2.

Tribal Dance

Dublin math-rock revival

Dublin-based band Tribal Dance is made up of Adam Smyth, Stephen Dowling and Leo Clarke, formed with the explicit desire to play live shows. Their first and only release so far, ‘Flongo’, sent out waves of excitement, relying on intricate guitar notes, garage-rock vocals and interlocked percussion. Math-rock has returned to the Irish music scene.


3.

Billie Eilish

Pop music with an adolocent attitude

Californian born 16-year-old Billie Eilish’s debut track ‘Ocean Eyes’ was written and produced with her brother Finneas O’Connell when she was only 13. It was originally posted on Soundcloud with the intent to show it to her dance teacher and class, within two weeks the track hit 1 million views. Her debut EP don’t smile at me came out on Interscope Records last year and embodies her moody teenager aesthetic. Ruth Cronin called her style ‘petulant pop’.


4.

IDER

Harmonic electro-pop duo

London-based duo Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville or IDER signed to Glassnote Records last year. With singles such as ‘Nevermind’ and ‘Learn To Let Go’ they have encapsulated a sweet electro-pop sound for themselves with majestic harmonies. They made their Irish gig debut at Electric Picnic last year. You can catch them at Rich Mix, London next month.


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Parcels

Australian synth-poppers

Australian five-piece synth-pop group Parcels were discovered by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter at a gig in Paris, he then went on to co-produce their debut single ‘Overnight’ which has reached over 15 million streams on Spotify. They play an impressive 25 sold out shows around the world this year. They were due to play Body and Soul last but due to technical difficulties Ireland are still waiting on a gig.

6.

Pink Kink

Neon-pop five-piece

Liverpool-based five-piece band Pink Kink spent last year touring with Pussy Riot. They released two infectious wordy neon-pop singles last year ‘Bubblebutt’ and ‘Munchie Magic’.


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Posted on January 22nd, 2018

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Whenyoung are a new London-based pop punks made up of Irish musicians Aoife Power (Vocals/ Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar), Andrew Flood (Drums). They are all from Limerick and met when sneaking into Costello’s Tavern early on.

Their story goes:

After bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground, they began playing music together and moved to Dublin to seek some big city excitement. Developing their sound, still with a DIY approach, the band moved to London and last year became Whenyoung.

Whenyoung’s debut single ‘Actor’ is a sweet and melodic punk-leaning rock song with production by by Chris Hayden (Florence & The Machine), that will come out on November 24th on on Hate Hate Hate Records (Fat White Family, The Wytches, Theo Verney). The band are on tour with Superfood at the moment in the UK. Live, their striking custom-boiler suits made in collaboration with itchy Scratchy Patchy make them stand out too.

I’ll be checking back in with them in future.

Tour dates

October
4 – Thekla, Bristol w/h Superfood
5- Joiners, Southampton w/h Superfood
6- Garage, London w/h Superfood
7 – NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL (alongside Peace, Ratboy)
9 – Think Tank, Newcastle w/h Superfood
10 – King Tuts, Glasgow w/h Superfood
12- Bodega, Nottingham w/h Superfood
13- Dryden Street Social, Southampton w/h Superfood
17- Sebright Arms, London w/h Yowl
21- Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

November
8th Nov – Be A Body Festival Dalston Victoria
10th Nov – Shacklewell Arms support False Advertising

Posted on October 9th, 2017

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