A year ago I met Pale Rivers during the Speed Sessions at Hard Working Class Heroes. A year to the week the Cork band have chosen to reveal their new single ‘August 6th’ is a song that grows from gentle waves of instrumentation to chugging guitar, from a whisper to a shout. The neon-hued strobe-effect… Read more »

Posted on October 4th, 2016

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Last week, Enemies announced the bittersweet news that their album Valuables, would be their last. In a statement posted by the Wicklow band, they explain that during the making of the album, they were torn apart personally and creatively. There were highs of great tours yet the band’s friendships were tested. It was decided to… Read more »

Posted on October 3rd, 2016

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As part of a 40th anniversary remaster and digital release of seminal Northern Irish punk band The Undertones’ first two albums Undertones and Hypnotised, Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine has remixed the band’s 1979 single ‘Get Over it’ mixed from the original multi-track. Here’s the original:   and the remix by Shields:   The… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2016

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Australian instrumental noisemakers Civil Civic are back with some new music from their forthcoming second album Test (October 14 via Gross domestic Product). Their first back in 2011 was a Nialler9 favourite with its minimal pounding pavement rock instrumentals. ‘The Mirror’ is two and half minutes of bassline riffs, ’80s drum beats and eerie synth… Read more »

Posted on September 9th, 2016

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Swords have followed up their excellent last single ‘Betty Machete’ from forthcoming album Tidal Waves (October 28th) with ‘The Letter’. The new song from Diane Anglim (vocals & piano), Jarlath Canning (bass, guitars & synth) and Ian Frawley (drums), is a solemn lullaby-style song about one-way dialogue about not being able to erase past actions… Read more »

Posted on September 7th, 2016

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Stefan Murphy was the driving force behind the Mighty Stef band until May when the band closed the journey. Count Vaseline is the newest project from Stef and there’s already an LP called Yo No Soy Marinero ready to go on September 30th on his own imprint OCD-Tapes [Olive-Color-Dream-Tapes] on cassette and digital. The project… Read more »

Posted on August 25th, 2016

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It’s been a while since we heard from the Irish-born New York-based talent Sorcha Richardson. Her last featured track was the superior ‘Petrol Station’. For her upcoming material, Richardson will release a song a month or thereabouts for the foreseeable future, that is generally more personal to her. ‘Walk Away’ is the first of the series.  

Posted on August 25th, 2016

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Formerly known as indie folk band The Ambient Affair, Jamie Clarke and Marc Gallagher have teamed up with Conor Deasy (Biggles Flys Again, Tomorrows) as Divan whose new name signifies a new sound for the musicians. Modern Knowledge was produced by Brent Knopf (EL VY, Ramona Falls, Menomena) and is decidedly more muscular than their… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2016

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The Galway-born Dublin-based singer songwriter Maija Sofia has released some fine gossamer lo-fi songs in the last year. Sofia released an EP, called The Sugar Sea in late 2015 and she’s got a new video for the opening track ‘Stains’, which she says “deals with the universal feelings of inadequacy and insecurity that come with… Read more »

Posted on August 15th, 2016

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Band origin stories are usually littered with groups that weren’t great, were too young to be any good, were formed because of a stupid name or were necessary in the chain of experience. Conor Adams and Lar Kaye, the musicians behind All Tvvins had a more successful run than most. Adams, along with his brother… Read more »

Posted on August 12th, 2016

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Cheylene Murphy (Pleasure Beach), Ryan McGroarty (Wonder Villains / A Bad Cavalier), and Aimee Williamson make up thei Belfast dreamy pop band Beauty Sleep. Their debut single ‘The Dark’ had some pleasing Phoenix pop shade. The three-piece’s second single is even more hazed and melodic, recalling M83 or a particularly poppy vintage indie track.

Posted on August 4th, 2016

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Andre J.P Bangala’s nascent career has quickly ascended from radio play to TV ads to Hollywood trailer placements. For his newest release, the followup to ‘Block Party’ the Show Off What You Got (SOWYG) EP out on Friday, Rocstrong has dropped the title track and a video shot in LA and Vegas earlier this year…. Read more »

Posted on July 26th, 2016

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When the world seems to be turning madder with each passing day, sometimes you need to focus and vent on the little things as a form of escape. 19 year-old lad Skinner who lives “just outside Dublin” is young enough to care only about those small things: getting wrecked, not finding a decent seat on… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2016

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The Dublin band Swords have a new album due this winter called Tidal Waves and after hearing their new track ‘Betty Machete’, I’m super excited about hearing more of it. Diane Anglim (vocals & piano), Jarlath Canning (bass, guitars & synth) and Ian Frawley (drums) have been working with Karl Odlum on the followup to… Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 2016

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The Dublin band Funeral Suits have their first album in four years on the way. So far, they’ve debuted the Tears For Fears-esque ‘Tree Of Life’ and ‘The Way Back’, which was accompanied by a great James Fitzgerald video. Newest single ‘Crowded Out’ is out now (iTunes) and the song is a more serene song… Read more »

Posted on July 12th, 2016

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