I have a fortnightly New Music Tuesday slot on Wandsworth Radio’s The Irish Jam – this week (16/1) I featured Laurie Shaw, Arms That Fit Like Legs, and Oscar Mild. You can listen back to the show – featuring lots of Dolores O’Riordan (RIP) – here. I’m on around the 1.31-minute mark. Check out the three tracks I played below.


Laurie Shaw – ‘Shatterproof
This is the first single from the Wirral-born, Cork-based musician’s new album Weird Weekends, out this Friday, January 19. He channels Alex Turner as you imagine him crying into his pint glass, “Don’t look back at me if there’s a private joke you want to instigate.” The album is a nostalgic look back at Shaw’s time growing up in Kenmare, Co Kerry, featuring stories of unwanted teen pregnancies and local clubs. Keep an eye out for the TPOE podcast this week (Soundcloud/iTunes) – Laurie Shaw is the first guest of 2018.

Arms That Fit Like Legs – ‘You Will Go On My First Whistle
A reference to the TV show Gladiators (Irish Jam co-host Kealan figured that out very quickly), this single announces the return of Arms That Fit Like Legs. Formed in 2008, they released an EP, Plane Figures, in December 2010, but a hiatus ensued until 2016. Mike Mahon (guitar), Mark Lynch (guitar) and Gordon McCaughley (bass) specialise in dance-infused post-rock instrumentals – as a band formed in 2008, I’m guessing Richter Collective and Redneck Manifesto were big influences – as evidenced by this first single from their forthcoming debut album, Legwork.

Oscar Mild – ‘Sit Right’
A newly formed ‘progressive folk band’ from Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, Oscar Mild features members of Race The Flux, Ka Tet and various others – Philip McMahon, Joe Padfield, Tomas Concannon and Sean Wynne. They released ‘Sit Right’ just before Christmas and promise a run of five singles over the course of 2018. Their first EP, The Boy Who Fell From The Sea, produced by Padfield, is coming soon on new indie label Umbrella Records.