Archive: April 2014
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Derry artist Ryan Vail releases his new EP Grow this Friday, May 2, on Champion Sound Recordings. We’ve already heard the tearjerking title track and ‘Gone’ continues in a similar vein, with Vail mourning: “Why can’t I be right this time?” He continues the questioning later on, slowly pondering, “Why can’t we always dream like […]


We Cut Corners released their second album Think Nothing on Friday, and showcased it at the Crane Lane in Cork the next day, Saturday, April 26. They brought Liza Flume down from Dublin with them, and she opened proceedings with a far too short (five songs!) set that included the stirring ‘Poison’. Only occasionally caressing […]

We Cut Corners

Dublin duo We Cut Corners release second album Think Nothing today, Friday, April 25, on the Delphi Label. Below, I talk to drummer and co-vocalist Conall O’Breachain about why 10 is the magic number, how they’ve gotten darker, and why they’ve been sitting on the album for nearly a year. You can listen to the […]

My name is john

Yes, yes yes – my impression of Daniel Bryan and also my thoughts on the new track ‘Serious’ from Clare’s My Name Is John and God Knows, the first to be taken from their forthcoming album Rusangano/Family. The EP they made last year with Graeme S (who released an EP in his own right earlier […]

laurie shaw

I wrote about the workaholic Laurie Shaw a couple of weeks ago and in that time, he’s uploaded yet another full album to his YouTube page, Her Majesties Secret Service. He’s got a couple of live shows coming up in Cork this week, first playing a free show downstairs in the Pavilion on Thursday, from […]


Following the roaring success of ‘Tethered Bones‘, Talos aka Eoin French has revealed ‘Escariot’. A gentle track, he performs it solo on piano, and it’s shot by Feel Good Lost. NME thinks he’s so hot right now. We have an exclusive interview with Talos in issue 2 of We Play Here.


After six years, Wicklow five-piece Croupier have decided their chips are up and it’s time to call it a day. With an album and an EP under their belt, Croupier can certainly feel proud of their time together, which has taken them across Europe with Enemies and around Ireland a number of times. The first […]


There were a plethora of good bands and acts playing around the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork City over the weekend, APril 19 and 20, in a joint celebration of Record Store Day and our launch of We Play Here issue 2. On Saturday night, Twin Lights, Nativism and the Keep on Jumpin’ DJs kept […]


It was Unholy Thursday at the Pavilion last night, April 17, and the soundtrack was Black Sabbath, done by local band Elastic Sleep. Their new EP, Leave You is out next week and they’re having a listening party in Plugd at 6.30pm on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 19. (Our We Play Here weekender kicks […]


San Fermin‘s self-titled debut album, which came out last September, is happily residing near the top of my favourite albums of 2013 list (in my head). I love its National-based, kitchen sink melodrama. Written by keyboard player Ellis Ludwig-Leone, vocals are provided by the depths-plunging Allen Tate and Charlene Kaye (who has seemingly replaced Rae […]