***Click here to preorder We Play Here issue two at Big Cartel now***

 

Delighted to announce that We Play Here issue two is going to be released on Record Store Day 2014, April 19. A quick recap: Last November, myself and a small team (Bríd O’Donovan, Brad McLoughlin, Eimear O’Donovan and Emmet O’Brien) put together We Play Here, a zine that was intended as a one off and which looked at the Cork rock scene. We all really enjoyed the experience, so it was natural that we talked about the idea of doing a second issue.

Meltybrains? exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O'Donovan,

Meltybrains? exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O’Donovan,

We eventually decided that Ireland is too small to focus on just one city, no matter how great we think Cork is (pretty great, lets be fair). So for issue two, we brainstormed, went through a list of ideas and pitches, and settled on what we all consider to be a natural continuation of issue one. We liked that we gave bands space to talk – so in issue two, all of the bands have at least four pages. There’s a selection of Bríd’s photography in issue two spread around this post. There’s even more in the zine! The cover art, a version of which appears above, was designed by Paul ‘Sunless’ O’Reilly.

The details: Again, We Play Here is going to be 72 pages and the price is staying the same, at €7 (includes postage and shipping). You can preorder the zine, strictly limited to 300 copies, now from Big Cartel. (We’re hoping to get the zine back from the printers a few days before April 19 and copies will be posted straight away.)

Fred, pictured at their last show in the Pavilion by Bríd O'Donovan

Fred, pictured at their last show in the Pavilion by Bríd O’Donovan

The features:
– Fred retrospective:
Fred were one of the most beloved bands in Cork, calling it a day in December after 15 years of playing together. Singer Joe O’Leary talks us through the history of the band, from their days as Fred the Purple-Haired Ninja and battle of the bands winners to selling out the Pavilion and crowdsurfing into the future.

Simon McKeon, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O'Donovan

Simon McKeon, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O’Donovan

– Film studios: Emmet O’Brien looks into the collaborative nature of the film production scene in Cork, from the all-encompassing outlook of Feel Good Lost to Super Ego/Egomotion, El Diablo, Epic Productions and Limbo (responsible for Former Monarchs’ latest video ‘Origins’)

– Spotlight on Limerick: Bríd O’Donovan talks to Shane Serrano, a photographer and musician, about the Limerick music scene past and present.

– On creative entrepreneurship: The multidisciplinary arts group Quarter hold a discussion on creating an alternative economy and whether it’s a realistic goal. Speakers include: Pat Kiernan (Corcadorca), Rhona Flynn (Cork Community PrintShop), Emer Ní Chíobháin (Sample Studios), Colm O’Herlihy (MDR) and Dave Calnan (The Kino).

Vicky Langan, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O'Donovan

Vicky Langan, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O’Donovan

– Women in music: Eimear O’Donovan ponders the visibility of women in rock music in Ireland. Featuring interviews with Vicky Langan and Estelle Murphy among others, it seeks to explore whether there is an adequate framework in place encouraging and welcoming women to participate in rock spheres.

– Music interviews: Meltybrains?, Carried By Waves, Ellll, The Careers, and Croupier.

The Careers, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O'Donovan

The Careers, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O’Donovan

Ronan 'Carried By Waves' McCann, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O'Donovan

Ronan ‘Carried By Waves’ McCann, exclusively shot for We Play Here 2 by Bríd O’Donovan

– Quad retrospective: Just how important was the Cork venue? Eimear O’Donovan talks to Darragh McGrath, one of its bookers, about its legacy.

– Record store spotlight: Elastic Witch.

– There is also artwork from Paul ‘Sunless’ O’Reilly, who made the cover of We Play Here 2, and a piece of work by Ickis Mirolo. Both of which will only be available in the physical zine.

To launch the zine, we’re also going to be holding a gig in the TDC, with some of the acts featured in the zine set to play. Details on that gig coming next week.