Archive: August 2014
sails winning wars

Wicklow four-piece Sails are preparing to release debut single ‘Lakes’ in October, but to tide us over until then, they’ve unveiled a beautiful track that could melt your heart. ‘Winning Wars’ is all about the atmosphere, a gently strummed guitar soundtracking Darragh Cahill’s tale of escaping a mess. “You’re building walls to shelve all your […]

girl band

The last time we heard Dublin four-piece Girl Band committing a cover to record was their revelatory reworking of Blawan’s Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’. Today they’ve unveiled the B-side to new single ‘De Bom Bom‘, and it’s a cover of Washington punk-rockers Beat Happening’s ‘I Love You’. The original, which you […]

clu gems

The Dublin-based audio/visual duo Clu comprises Sean Cooley and Kevin Freeney, and they’ve just released a new EP they’re calling Gems. Four tracks long, it’s out on Brooklyn’s Moodgadget Records. On making music, Cooley recently told ISO50: “Everything has a point, some of it instinct with no emotions attached other then the ones I was […]

rhob cunninham cover window and day

I still don’t think I’ve fully come to terms with Rhob Cunningham‘s 11-minute epic that he released earlier this summer, but today, he’s revealed a gorgeous new track. ‘Quiet Song’ is the opener to The Window And Day, the Dublin singer’s second album, due for release on September 18. We find Cunningham in a contemplative […]


After a sold-out event in 2013, Samahain Festival moves to Loughcrew Gardens, Co Meath, with a doozy of a lineup, which is to be expected when the promoters are Archetype, Hidden Agenda, Bodytonic and Bedlam. The big names so far are Jon Hopkins (his final Irish show promoting his album Immunity), John Talabot (warning: most […]

disconcerting p cover

Disconcerting P is the work of Naas artist Padraig McAuley, who you might recognise from a similarly named band, the P Affection. On Masks, which he says is an album about love, we find McAuley channelling one of my favourite bands, the soothingly reassured Real Estate. It’s evident from the first track of the collection, […]

diamond dagger cover

Dublin artist Diamond Dagger has been pretty busy lately, what with being one half of Chrystyne with Goodtime, and this week he’s unveiled a new album that he’s made available for free download. Formerly known as Sarsparilla, Estate Crudele is Damien Lynch’s first full length under the Diamond Dagger name – and it’s been worth […]

wyvern lingo the Widow Knows EP cover

I first came across the reassuring sounds of Wicklow three-piece Wyvern Lingo when Jim Carroll and Banter came to the Kinsale Arts Festival last summer. Under glorious sun, Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry played a short set heavy on harmonies that just sounded… right. The Widow Knows is their second EP and comes […]

mail order messiahs cover

Mail Order Messiahs is the one-man project of Dublin-based Mike Liffey. He used to be one half of the band along with Dar Fahy, and they released an album in 2009. ‘Practical Man’ is the first track taken from second album Practical and finds Liffey in cosmic airs. “Please put in a good word for […]

sea pinks cover

We pick up where we left off with Sea Pinks on new track ‘Dream Happening’. It’s taken from Neil Brogan’s third album, entitled Dreaming Tracks and due out on CF Records on September 29. It’s as jaunty as ever, with bassist Steven Henry in particular sounding like he’s having immense fun. I don’t know if […]