Archive: June 2011

The band who released my favourite song of 2010, Tennis, are back with a cover of ‘Is It True’, by Brenda Lee, which was out in 1964. Tennis singer Alaina, who is pictured looking amazing in the above photo said: “Brenda Lee has been a great source of inspiration for me. We stumbled across the […]

Howling Bells have never made the breakthrough many thought they were capable of a few years back. But they have kept plugging away and are coming back with a third (yes, third) album in the autumn. ‘The Loudest Engine’ is the first track from the self-titled album that was produced by the bassist from The […]

Tribes are a four-piece from London who sound like Blur. I mean, really sound like Blur. Which is no bad thing because Blur (better than Oasis) are faffing about regarding new material. So Tribes fill the void quite nicely at the moment. The above video, if you haven’t already watched, features lots of crossdressing. Lots […]

SCUM came out of the London scene two years ago sounding exactly like The Horrors soundalikes. But really bad soundalikes. That’s probably why you didn’t hear about them. I mean, just listen to how bad their first single is. Anyway, in 2011, the sound developed and they discovered how to make something that doesn’t sound […]

Limerick’s We Come In Pieces are fast establishing themselves as the hardest working band in Ireland. They have toured the length and breadth of Ireland numerous times and been over to Britain on tour too. They play live so much they’re probably outside your window right now… The video above is for one of the […]

I first heard this song a few weeks back thanks to Jim Carroll over at On The Record and his Phantom radio show at 10pm on Tuesdays. ‘Up Up Up’ just sounds like the soundtrack to summer 2011. It’s got an infectious little guitar line, a so-easy-it’s-bad chorus and a total wig-out outro. It also […]

A new song from the wonderful Conor O’Brien captured on 98fm’s (Dublin station) Totally Irish. I think Villagers are the most featured band on my blog and one of my most watched live bands too. They play @ThePark, in Marley Park on July 23, supported by Beach House. Which I will be attending. They’re also […]

Bombay Bicycle Club are a band who seem like they’ve been around forever, at least for those of us who read NME back in 2007, which, in fact, is only four years ago. Okay, okay, wait, they’re a band who, when I first heard them, I didn’t think we would hear much more of. Then […]

A year after the first compilation of Irish acts, Popical Island is back. The first album introduced people to the likes of Groom, Yeh Deadlies, Land Lovers, Feed The Bears and many more. Above all, we were introduced to Squarehead whose song went on to top Nialler9 readers’ tracks of 2010, deservedly so. Squarehead are […]

Little Dragon is having a bit of a nightmare hotel experience in the video for ‘Wildfire’, taken off SBTRKT’s debut, self-titled album. The song always threatens to break into something huge, which is reflected in the video. ‘Wildfire was directed by Sam Pilling. The album is Nialler9’s album of the week, more than deservedly. Read […]