The first line I could comprehend on the three minutes and 20 seconds of the storming ‘Leave’ was “out of bed again”. Combined with the press photos , it’s hard not to think of new Cork four-piece Hags as a slacker pop punk band. Formed out of the remnants of When Good Pets Go Bad, they sound like Bouts‘ perennially bored younger brother who is happy to be left alone to his own devices. They’ve put the speakers up to the door on ‘Leave’ and don’t turn them down for a moment (well, apart from the 25-second interlude). Recorded and mixed by Chris Somers at OneChanceOut Studios in Cork and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty at Whisper & Shout, Los Angeles, ‘Leave’ is a brash introduction, and one that will certainly wake any sleepy heads. How ironic. Hags are going to release a couple of singles over the course of 2014 and promise a debut album early next year. They have a few live dates lined up for the next few weeks. They play:

Thursday, June 26: The Pavilion, Cork
Friday, June 27: Whelan’s (Upstairs), Dublin
Wednesday, July 2: Citog, Galway