Archive: January 2014
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Kilkenny producer Peter Lawlor is Replete and has signed to the Northern Ireland label Champion Sound, home to the so-hot-at-the-moment UNKNWN, for his next release, the Hold Me EP. It’s out on March 4 and sees Lawlor go in a different direction than I was expecting. I thought he might veer into the deeper, darker […]

Dublin duo Ian McDonnell, aka Eomac, and Dara Smith are Lakker and are among the most prolific producers in the country, with new singles and EPs cropping up every couple of months alongside numerous, quality mixes. Lakker are upping the ante this year, with their first 12″ of the year (I expect at least a […]

Patrick freeman perfect fit

The Brooklyn-based Patrick Freeman has just released his debut solo EP, Perfect Fit. It was recorded in O Emperor’s Big Skin studio in Cork City and does a very good job of soothing the cold January evenings. I’m a big fan of Grizzly Bear, so more than once over the course of the three songs […]


Dublin four piece Silverbacks released their debut album Lotion in October – it’s available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp. It’s a short, unassuming, lofi effort that recalls the disaffection which inspired so many early 90s bands. ‘Mermaid Massacre’ is our first taste of what’s next – and it doesn’t change the Silverbacks playbook too […]


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Elaine Mai – she’s been working on her new EP, which is due out next month. Mai is launching it at the Workman’s Club on Saturday, February 15, with support from Sleep Thieves, who we should be hearing more from shortly, and Cat Dowling, for whom Mai […]


The dude Kurt Vile is leaving the Violators back in the US to come to Ireland in April and play the Pavilion in Cork and Whelan’s in Dublin. Whelan’s is first up on Monday, April 7, before he heads to Cork on April 9. Wonder what he’ll get up to in between… Tickets for the […]

Girl Band arrived at the start of the year with the stunning ‘Lawman’, setting a very high bar for Irish artists. The song now has a video, a VHS/CCTV style take on things that pits the four piece in a tight room with their instruments. There’s a claustrophic and old-school feel to it. The video […]

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You know Floating Joints, right, that debauched party which is held in the Pavilion every couple of months? Well to celebrate Valentine’s Day – well, the day before, Thursday, February 13, the FJ gang bringing down New Jackson and Meltybrains? for the event. I’ve been looking forward to seeing New Jackson for ages, while Meltybrains, […]

myles manley next please

Trout Records Presents is a nine-part series filmed in Asylum studios at Bow lane and shot by Second Frame Films. The videos are all live, in-studio performances of Irish artists. The series so far has captured Enemies, Cian Nugent and Tandem Felix. The latest act to be filmed is the idiosyncratic Myles Manley, who I’ve […]


65daysofstatic played a few dates in Ireland last week, including Dolan’s Warehouse in Limerick on Thursday, January 16, where they were supported by C!ties. The three-piece reformed especially for the support slot as 65days were one of their biggest influences. It was their first gig in about two years so maybe it shouldn’t have been […]