Tag: irish

When you really like a band, eagerly awaiting new music from them, a sideproject can catch you unawares. As a huge Arctic Monkeys fan, I was initially disappointed to hear that singer Alex Turner was doing something called Last Shadow Puppets. It worked out – I love their album – but I was sad I […]

Last year’s Ones to Watch mini-fest in Whelan’s threw up some previously unheard bands that went on to do great things last year. Cashier No 9 are the band who spring to mind. Soon after playing the January 2011 bash, their album came out and became one of my favourites of the year. A lot […]

This Friday, Cork gets to experience three of the best producers in the country. Cork’s own Toby Kaar is headlining the Pavilion on Friday night, accompanied by Bantum and Adultrock. Toby has had a tumultuous last 12 months. After playing Whelan’s Ones To Watch festival last January, he’s had every blog in Ireland fawning over […]

There’s not much information available for this song, the first track we’ve heard from Naas’s The P Affection since their debut album arrived at the beginning of the year. But that is in keeping with the band to date. The last news update on their website (in March) was blatantly honest, particularly when explaining why […]

Zane Lowe played it live twice in a row last Thursday on his radio show. You’ll probably play it a lot more.

Get your woolly hats out folks, because Squarehead are feeling so Christmassy they recorded a song for the holidays. It’s a cover to be precise, of Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’. I interviewed Squarehead singer Roy in the summer prior to the release of the three-piece’s debut album, Yeah, Nothing. Asked what was […]

After working his magic on Lisa Hannigan, doing most of the videos for her new album, including my favourite ‘Knots‘, Myles O’Reilly has turned his attention to Delorentos. They recently played a handful of acoustic shows around the country, including Triskel Christchurch in Cork, and above is an example of what they sounded like. I […]

Galway three-piece Milan Jay blew me away around this time last year when they released ‘We Believe’ on Bandcamp. It featured on the To The Sea And Swim EP, which was followed by To The Night And Sky, all completely different in sound. The trio complete the Philosopher Trilogy, named after their own label, with […]

If you saw the video for ‘Lingering‘ during the summer, or indeed listen to the songs already up on her Soundcloud page, you might know what Tara Masterson Hally’s latest song holds in store. The 18-year-old writes beautiful songs that manage to restrain themselves from being overwrought. ‘In The Silence’ is a simple tale that’s […]

Crayonsmith are one of my favourite Irish bands, mainly due to the near perfection of previous album, White Wonder. But that was over three years ago. So to say I was pleased to hear they finally had new material would be an understatement. ‘Heaven In An Aeroplane’ is one half of a split-single with Cork […]