It’s the first release from the pair since 2013. Of late, Sean Reilly has joined the band live at gigs at Drop Everything, Forbidden Fruit, Body & Soul and Metropolis Festival singing live vocals.
Reilly contributes vocals to the EP’s title track, which is named after the block of apartments which was built without proper fire-safety regulations in North Dublin lead to families who bought the places being evacuated. White says:
‘The fallout from the property crash resonated deeply with both of us. We witnessed close family members go through very difficult times and with property prices now eclipsing the levels of that period, it’s so sad to know it will happen all over again. Priory Hall isn’t all that far from where we grew up, and we paid close attention to how that unfolded.’
‘To Find Love When You’re Down’ is the song debuting on Nialler9 today, a six minute propulsive synth-driven electronic song which tilts between sounding like Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder in its first half with a change of tone in the second half with a house-leaning beat and a spin of positivity.
“We listened back as critically as we could [to our work] and felt there was a certain sameness to much of the music we had released previously. We looked to the many talented friends around us and recruited the help of mixing engineer Simon Cullen and vocalist Sean Reilly. Their input really broadened the dynamic of our sound and we feel it’s our strongest release to date.”
Priory Hall will be available to purchase digitally through This Greedy Pig along with and through iTunes, Beatport, and other online music vendors.
Always worth a visit during the Christmas season, Young Hearts Run Free’s Yule! event has featured the likes of Villagers, The Strypes and Twin Shadow among its performers in recent years.
Taking place at the Co-Op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8, this year’s edition happens on Saturday December 5th with:
Land Lovers, Switzerland, The Mess Around, DJ Dandelion, Paddy Hanna, White Collar Boy, Women’s Christmas, Dónal Lunny, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, Stephen James Smith, Young Hearts DJs, Super Surprise Guests!
The gig is BYOB and cake is promised. It’s €22 on the door with all proceeds going to the Simon Community.
As a preview to tide us over ‘Away From Reality’ is a squelching and euphoric electronic banger taken from their forthcoming 2016 album out in the spring. The accompanying video was shot on a camcorder to give it that grainy style by Evan Buggle with help from Cormac Murphy.
State’s Faces of 2014 series of monthly gigs continues with another on Friday July 11th. It’s a doubledown show with an early free gig in The Mercantile on Dame Street from The Wonder Villains (Derry pop punk), The Statics (60s inspired rock) and Handsome Handsome (harmonic folk rock). A midnight show in Whelan’s is a hip-hop special featuring Simi Crowns and Hare Squead. Entry to that is free with a Mercantile handstamp.
Recently flagged here, Dublin duo Contour are playing The Grand Social on July 18th with support from I’m Your Vinyl. entry is €8/€10 on the door.
Mumblin’ Deaf Ro is rolling himself out of his real life for a rare gig in The Pop Inn off Capel Street on Saturday July 12th. He’ll be joined by The Very Most’s Jeremy Jensen and Big Monster Love. Tickets are €8 and it’s BYOB or BYOCOW as Ro suggests (bring your own carafes of wine).
The next Whelans25 gig has been announced: Ham Sandwich (I just can’t spell it as HamsandwicH lads) will play the venue on Tuesday July 15th. Tickets on sale now.
After his appearance at Body & Soul, Slow Magic will play Button Factory alongside Meltybrains? on Saturday August 2nd for a Hidden Agenda & Feel Good Lost presentation. Tickets are €10 for that.
Phase One Electronic Music & Arts Festival had a successful first year last year and is back for 2014. The festival, which takes place on the grounds of a 19th century former courthouse building overlooking the river Shannon in Carrick-On-Shannon Leitrim on from Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April, across three stages.
Dublin electronic musicians Gavin White and Mark Cummins aka White Collar Boy have their second EP out next week on Bodytonic. The SUUU / TIDE EP contains two original tracks from the pair that they’ve been playing live along with two remixes from Simon Bird and Frank B, which debuted back in July and has had a lot of ears including Matthew Dear who put the track on a recent mix.
The original tracks more than hold their own: ‘SUUU’ features vocals from frequent collaborator and live vocalist Gemma Dunlovely and is a slow rise and fall atmospheric and space-filled track while ‘Tide’ is a nuanced and understated dance rhythm with vocodered vocals that will get under your skin. The EP gets an official launch this Saturday at Twisted Pepper’s Fifth Birthday.
After news of last week’s 12″ release for ‘Chain Of Fools’, comes Frank B’s remix of White Collar Boy’s new tune ‘SUUU’ which will feature on WCB’s new Bodytonic-released EP on vinyl on july 29th and digital on August 12th. Frank’s remix features thudding beats and sprightly synth lines in a hypnotic five minutes, reminscent of an dancefloor edit of AFX or The Orb to my ears. Lovely track.
My favourite track from White Collar Boy’sKinsale EP is also a live favourite. ‘Another Way’ is seven minutes of pulsing electronica and the video by Evan Buggle juxtaposes the duo’s live performance with a flickering series of images. You can catch the band playing tonight in the National Concert Hall at Night Of The Machines IV or perhaps more suitably, in Berghain, Berlin in January.
White Collar Boy performed live on the Dublin train to Kilkenny for Love:Live Music Day on Thursday. The set kicks off with covers of College and Electric Youth’s ‘A Real Hero’ from the Drive Soundtrack and Alive Deejay’s ‘Better Off Alone’ before some WCB originals. All aboard the disco train. This is probably the best thing Irish Rail have done in eons.
White Collar Boy will release their first EP entitled Kinsale on May 25th on 12″ and download. The duo have dropped some really great tracks in the last six months so I’ve high hopes for this release. New track ‘Long Walk Home’ has a mid-90s electronica sound and is taken from Kinsale. The EP will be launched with a gig in The Factory, Barrow Street.
In which I invent a new word, Aoife and I talk about Azealia Banks (that’s her above drawn by 400 Facts), why Grimes reminds me of Opus III, why Chairlift are great, Twitter fights with Zomby, Icelandic intentions and pronunciations, a load of brilliant Irish electronica and some Shangaan electro.
New tunes posted on Soundcloud as well as a recent support slot at Com Truise has me interested in the future of Dublin duo White Collar Boy. So far, the songs emphasise hypnotic atmospheric arrangements and wistful lyrics with a persistent but gentle rhythm.
Gavin White and Mark Cummins met at Primavera in Barcelona and formed a musical partnership shortly afterwards. They are currently working on their first single proper for release next year as well as running their promotional residency at Pygmalion every second Thursday (tonight MONTO is performing).
‘Noah’ with its insistent bass and saw synths (especially the second half payoff) and ‘Caps Lock’ featuring Gemma DunLovely are particular standouts.