Dublin electronic duo White Collar Boy, Mark Cummins and Gavin White, have a new EP coming out This Greedy Pig’s The Pig’s Ear label on Friday called Priory Hall.

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.

The EP is launched on December 2nd at Wah Wah Club.

“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.”

EP Preview:

Priory Hall will be available to purchase digitally through This Greedy Pig along with and through iTunes, Beatport, and other online music vendors.

Read an interview with the band on TGP.

Posted on November 22nd, 2016


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.

Watch Villagers’ Conor O’Brien perform ‘My Lighthouse’ at Young Hearts Run Free

Posted on November 23rd, 2015


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White Collar Boy have been methodically working away on new material some of which they debuted at Metropolis Festival last week and also at our Block T surprise gig series last year.

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.

Posted on November 13th, 2015


White Collar Boy are hosting a party in Merrion Square to celebrate Vestibule a series of temporary sculptures, walking tours and workshops curated by Aoife Tunney and running from May to September.

The gig happens on August 23rd and will feature The Drifter, Matt Karmil, Twinkranes and Somerville. Early bird tickets are €15/ General is €20. To win tickets email [email protected] with the gig title in the subject line before Monday at noon.

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.

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Posted on July 3rd, 2014


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On Friday night, the idea I had to put on a gig with a secret lineup playing all new material and no pre-release tickets, No Advance, in Block T came to pass.

On the night, the surprises were sets from Fight Like Apes, White Collar Boy and Bantum (plus a bit of a Prince special closing set). Thanks to Block T and all involved for making it happen – I may just do it again soon…

Photos of the night by Colm Moore.

Posted on June 9th, 2014


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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.

The first music lineup includes:
Andrea Parker
Sid Le Rock
Donal Dineen
White Collar Boy
Disco Na Mbo
Nanu Nanu
Hidden Agenda DJs
Sounds of System Breakdown
The Violet Roadkills
Dj Ash
Jack Treacle
King Kong Company
Imploded View

More names are to be announced. The festival will also feature film, theatre, masterclasses and visual art and capacity is 500 people.

Tickets are €60 for the weekend or €35 per day plus fee from phaseonefestival.com.
There’s also a FUNDIT which has just over a week to go and is nearly there.


Posted on January 28th, 2014


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suu tude

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.

Posted on October 2nd, 2013


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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.

Track list below →

Posted on July 22nd, 2013

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My favourite track from White Collar Boy’s Kinsale 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.

Posted on December 13th, 2012


Nialler9 Podcast #39:

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.

Azealia Banks Artwork by 400 FactsWallpaper.
Presenter: Aoife Mc of Right Click Radio 2XM and food blogger as I Can Has Cook?.

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #39

See the full podcast tracklisting →

Posted on February 8th, 2012


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I’ve listened to this song a lot since I first heard it in November. It’s a headphone jam feat. Gemma Dunlovely and now it’s got a video projecting footage onto paper by 1441 Collective. Download the track below and check out more at Soundcloud & Facebook. They play The Grand Social with Lorem Ipsum at Cirque De La Mode this Friday and on February 2nd with Bantum and Bloody Ends.


Posted on January 25th, 2012


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.

Listen to three more songs…»

Posted on November 24th, 2011