Tag: O Emperor

On the latest episode of the Point of Everything podcast (Soundcloud/iTunes), I talked to the Bonk frontman Phil Christie. They’re been around for a while – all the pictures below are from a gig they played at the Kino in Cork (which has lost its Frank and Walters fan but gained a blue phoenix, if […]

john of silence new flowers grow cover

John of Silence is the pseudonym for the new sideproject by O Emperor member Richie Walsh. New Flowers Grow is his debut release and features some familiar collaborators such as Elaine Howley (Altered Hours, Morning Veils) and O Emperor bandmates Brendan Fennessy, Alan Comerford and Phil Christie. Consisting of seven tracks, one of which (‘No […]

land lovers

An incomplete roundup of the new Irish music released this week. What did I miss? What should I listen to? Tweet me your abuse and recommendations. Land Lovers – ‘Springtime for the Mystics’ Clocking in at just under five minutes, ‘Springtime for the Mystics’ is the opening track of Dublin five-piece Land Lovers‘ new album, […]

O emperor cork opera house

O Emperor played their biggest headline event to date last Friday, March 7, when the Waterford band took over the Cork Opera House. Fresh from their Choice Prize shortlisting for second album Vitreous, they put on what was by all accounts a rollicking show. Interesting fact: I don’t think I’ve ever seen O Emperor live […]

O Emperor

2013 has been a good year for O Emperor, punctuated by second album Vitreous being released on their own label to widespread critical acclaim. Their live show has been revelatory as well, and the Waterford band showcased as such in their adopted city of Cork last night, Thursday, November 28. Cyprus Avenue was rammed for […]


MGMT closed Murphy’s Little Big Weekend last night, Sunday, October 20. They released their self-titled third album earlier this year, to a smattering of applause but little more. So there was a curious crowd in the Savoy for the group, though they still played the tracks that made their reputation. Support on the night came […]

MGMTSummer 13

I wasn’t expecting this gig. I especially wasn’t expecting to hear about it late on a Sunday night. MGMT have been revealed as the headliners for Murphy’s Little Big Weekend, which runs from October 18-20, with all the gigs taking place in the Savoy. Whether or not MGMT are really festival headliners – there’s a […]


O Emperor played their first gig in Cork in ages on Friday night. To fill the Half Moon is sometimes a very tall order, but the group managed to draw all-comers on the back of their excellent new album, Vitreous, a rollicking ride through psych-rock territories. The support was ideal – Grave Lanterns complement the […]

O EmperorPicture: Miki Barlok

“You feel good that it’s your own thing. You just have less to lose, basically because you’re pleased with it.” Paul Savage is describing how the world is O Emperor’s oyster. Having left their label Universal, where they had a deal for Ireland but little else, the Waterford via Cork band have a newfound positivity. […]

Lisa Hannigan knots

Coughlan’s Bar in Cork City is planning a pretty great musical extravaganza for September 26-30. Plainly called the Coughlan’s Live Music Festival 2013, the name doesn’t do it justice. Over the course of the four days we’ll see Lisa Hannigan take to the stage – her first gig in Cork for ages; could she have […]