Archive: September 2016
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Dublin duo Bad Sea, Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell, recently unveiled their debut single, ‘Solid Air’. They wrote on Facebook: “This song means the world to us and we are so excited to be sharing it with you today.” Over a louche and linguid backdrop, Thompson declares that when she was younger, “I was beautiful […]


All photos by Brid O’Donovan Last weekend, September 15-18, saw the 11th edition of the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival take over the West Cork town. I’ve seen some great shows down the years as part of the festival, Girl Band on Saturday night two years ago was probably the best show I’ve seen from them. […]


Dublin’s Lie Ins acted as the house band for Alison Spittle’s chat show at Dublin Fringe Festival last night and to celebrate, they unveiled a new song. ‘Potatoes’ is a frenetic, fuzzy blast of all that you love about Lie Ins – and Popical Island. “I sit and drink and then I sit and drink […]


Jon Pearson is a busy man. He’s the concerts manager of Crash Ensemble, who release a new album next month, recently acted as tour manager for the Icelandic band Samaris around Europe, and is also involved in two shows at Dublin Fringe Festival – This Is How We Fly (last night, September 18; he also […]

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“It’s in the post, you can’t undo it now,” sings Diane Anglim on Swords‘ new single, ‘The Letter’. You can imagine her shaking her head in disappointment as she says it. “You can’t undo it now, it’s years ago, you can’t undo them now.” The fact such regret plays out over a delicate lullaby-like soundtrack […]


Brigid Mae Power‘s self-titled album is one of the records of the year, and ‘I Left Myself For A While’ might well be the most atmospheric song of 2016. Over little more than a couple chords and an incessant swirling drone, she takes your emotions around the wringer. “You remind me of who I am,” […]

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Well this is just the nicest song and a great surprise. It’s so good to hear former Fred frontman Joe O’Leary singing again – it takes me back, man! He’s leant his vocal tones to ‘I’m Not Waiting’, which he also wrote, the new track from Cork-based Freezer Room. A core pairing of Graham White […]


Bobby Aherne returns in his No Monster Club guise with typically idiosyncratic news: A new song called ‘Hippocampus Circus Maximus’ off a new EP – and their first 7″ – called Where Did You Get That Milkshake? It’s pretty much as you’d expect from No Monster Club: a brilliantly catchy, jangly pop song. “No I […]


The only problem with ‘Cannibal Girl’, the first taster from prolific Cork via Wirral throwback Laurie Shaw’s new album Not A Dry Eye In The House. is that it’s only two-and-a-half minutes. You’re only just getting into it, going too high for the “ahhhhh yoooouuu” and shouting “the world is gonna eat me” too loud […]


“Anyone can do what you do,” sings Steve Ryan on ‘You’re Dead’, the second song we’ve heard from Windings‘ fourth album, Be Honest and Fear Not, released September 30 via Out on a Limb. We heard two new tracks from them earlier in the year – and ‘Stray Dogs’ sticks around and features on the […]