Tag: Ireland
super extra bonus party

After going on hiatus in 2010, Newbridge’s Super Extra Bonus Party decided to reconvene in late 2014 – the pulsating ‘Switzerland’ is the first we’ve heard from them since. “I never meant to falter,” sings Gavin Elsted at the outset, adding later, “It’s better the devil you know.” On the decision to put his own […]

Of Heart - Artwork bitch falcon

Bitch Falcon return with a raucous six-minute epic, ‘Of Heart’. With Barry O’Sullivan now added to the lineup on bass duties, the track sounds methodical and massive, Lizzie Fitzpatrick’s vocals soaring over the chug. “It’s not hard to see you’re the one in charge,” she snarls, “just so you all go on and fall apart.” […]

another love story 2017

The fourth edition of Another Love Story, a festival presented by Homebeat and Happenings, takes place in Co Meath this weekend. Tickets (there were only 600 or so) are long gone. It’s supposed to be a very special thing, with a bill featuring mostly Irish acts such as Katie Kim, Tomorrows, Ailbhe Reddy and Ellll, […]


Kicking off the first TPOE podcast of 2016 is the renowned Irish writer Kevin Barry. Last year I made a concerted effort, probably as part of my resolutions, to read more books. I think the goal was 100 books (I failed). Along the way I came across Kevin Barry and his two collections of short […]


It proved much easier than expected to put together this mix of Irish acts getting in the Christmas spirit, through covers or indeed original tracks – an original Christmas song in the mid-20=teens!?! I know! It’s 14 tracks long and could’ve been at least four tracks longer, but it was a little impromptu and kind […]

altered hours album

We got our first taster a couple months ago of Altered Hours‘ debut album, In Heat Not Sorry, with the thrilling ‘Way Of Sorrow‘. The Cork five piece had latest track ‘Silver Leather’, a pulsating, intense five-minute listen, premiered on the Fader earlier this week. Lead singer Cathal Mac Gabhainn described how the title came […]

CXCW 2014

If, like me, you’re try to filter out all the talk/hype about SXSW – I mean, it jumped the shark with Lady Gaga this year, right? – maybe Couch By Couchwest might be your thing. It’s become a global event, too, not confined to Austin. “CXCW is an annual online music festival that is for […]

vincents valley of the sun cover

I really enjoyed Cork band the Vincent(s) debut single, ‘Asked Her To The Dance’, which was released back in February. They’ve been ploughing away with the touring since, playing around the country as well as getting support slots with the likes of Fight Like Apes. The Vincent(s) this week announced details of a follow-up to […]

Twelve Irish bands have been selected to play SXSW next March, many of whom have featured on this blog over the past few years. They are: Declan O’Rourke, Delorentos, Girls Names, Kid Karate, Kodaline, Kool Thing, Little Green Cars, Psycatron, Reid, Sea Pinks, So Cow and Squarehead. After the jump you can listen to songs, […]

I’ve been listening to ‘Alpha People’ constantly since it premiered on Pitchfork last week. There’s not many Irish bands who enjoy the benefit of a Pitchfork write-up for a new song. Perhaps the most acclaimed artist from Irish shores at the moment is Jape, yet search for him on P4k and there are no results. […]