Category: Rock
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 […]

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My goodness, the new single from Dublin two-piece Princess is so 80s that I expected John Peel to start talking at the end of it. It sounds like Liam Mesbur’s favourite band is Echo and the Bunnymen while Aoife McCarthy always plumps for New Order. That’s not to detract from ‘Neverlook’ – it’s really addictive […]

girl band

On the closest thing we get to a chorus on Girl Band‘s new single ‘De Bom Bom’, premiered on Thursday morning by Noisey Music (how apt), ‘singer’ Dara Kiely says that he “tried to get it up – can’t get it up!” It’s screamed over what sounds more like a chainsaw trying to ride a […]

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A few things to note about Guy Montag before we start: Their debut EP, which you can stream below, is probably the best title you’ll come across this year – We Lost Our Singer In Oman. Secondly, a three-piece from Clare who play instrumental rock music? Why, that sounds an awful lot like C!ties, who […]


Oh I’ve been looking forward to getting my ears around this tune! Altered Hours are releasing ‘Dig Early’ on 7″ with the Cork-based label Art For Blind (and record store – check them out in Cork Community PrintShop near the bus station) on April 21. The next day, they’re headlining the annual Certain Three tour, […]

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There are a lot of things to like about Dublin trio Turning Down Sex. First of all, the name stands out no matter what way you look at it (and judge them, no doubt. Secondly their Facebook address is ‘verycoolband’, which made me laugh. And their music does actually fit with the tunes you might […]

Former monarchs the cost of living

Cork band Former Monarchs are gearing up to release their debut album, The Cost Of Living, in two weeks, on March 24. It’s been a few years in the making, with college and work commitments meaning practice sessions were only grabbed here and there. Former Monarchs have released a couple of EPs and ‘Origins’ is […]

Finally, some new music from No Spill Blood! It’s about damn time. No news on an album, but the Irish trio – Matt Hedigan (Elk), Ruadhan O’Meara (Magic Pockets) and Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank) – are due to release an LP on Sargent House sometime this year. To whet our appetites, here’s a video of […]


Dublin four piece Silverbacks released their debut album Lotion in October – it’s available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp. It’s a short, unassuming, lofi effort that recalls the disaffection which inspired so many early 90s bands. ‘Mermaid Massacre’ is our first taste of what’s next – and it doesn’t change the Silverbacks playbook too […]

Girl Band arrived at the start of the year with the stunning ‘Lawman’, setting a very high bar for Irish artists. The song now has a video, a VHS/CCTV style take on things that pits the four piece in a tight room with their instruments. There’s a claustrophic and old-school feel to it. The video […]