Tuesday, 21 October 2014

EP Review: Raphaels - Colours & Sounds

EP Review - Raphaels - Colours & Sounds
by Peter N

'Colours & Sounds' is the debut release from Dublin indie band 'Raphaels' and they celebrate the release with a headline gig upstairs in Whelans on November 27th with support from Mongoose & Ray Scully. The EP is a solid collection of 'Britpop' style catchy indie tunes that get better on every listen.

The title track is great tune with enough strings to elevate it out of the ordinary and into the realm of real quality. The 'Oasis' and 'Charlatans' influence can be clearly heard on the disappointing but brilliantly titled 'Monkey Dancing on a Razorblade'. As a complete track it failed to inspire. The quality returns on the bluesy tight song entitled 'Need This (And You Do)'. The closing track 'Revolution' screams indie anthem with it's catchy chorus, powerful lyrics, intricate riffs, well placed backing vocals and atmospheric strings.

'Revoltion' and the title track are excellent tunes that suggests that Raphaels are a band to watch. I've no doubt they have the capacity to make a great album and a long fruitful career on the Irish music scene. 

Colours & Sounds - 9 out of 12

Monday, 20 October 2014

Evolving Rhythms :: A Day in the LIfe of a Piano Busker - Mark Doyle

Evolving Rhythms :: A Day in the LIfe of a Piano Busker - Mark Doyle
Posted by Anto K

A wonderful music video from Mark Doyle that deserves to be shared. The video was shot in Queenstown New Zealand. Passers by were required to share their thoughts and feelings while listening to AJ's music with some awesome responses. Really is a beautiful piece of videography and piano playing so very deserving of a share on this site.

Evolving Rhythms :: A Day in the LIfe of a Piano Busker from Mark Doyle Media on Vimeo.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

EP Review: Travis Oaks - Self-titled Debut EP

Travis Oaks EP Review
by Peter N

The debut EP from Cavan band Travis Oaks hits home hard and confirms to me why they are one of Ireland's most talked about bands at the moment. The three track EP of rousing country rock showcases Michael Paterson's crisp clear rock-star vocals and wears the band's Queen of the Stone Age influence heavily on it's sleeve.
Photo - © AK photography
Kicking off with the energetic grungy 'Birdhouse Blues', it lets you know exactly what this band are about. The more intricate 'Soul Son' links the opening track with their 'lead single' from the EP 'Last Love Song' which is a real stomper of a track. Check out the video below:

Below is a selection of photos, taken by Anto Kane, of Travis Oaks performance @ Knockanstockan 2014 and Numu Promotions 3rd birthday party in 4 dame lane. When Anto first heard the band at Knockanstockan he likened them to "An epiphany of sorts, like getting a high five from Jesus...in the ear".

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The EP is a solid example of dirty bluesy garage rock from a great band with a bright future. Be sure to check out Travis Oaks - debut EP and catch the band live! EP now available on pre-order -  www.tinyurl.com/travisoaksep

Travis Oaks EP - 10/12

Friday, 17 October 2014

Acoustic video - Kevin Casey "My Uncle Tom"

Acoustic video - Kevin Casey -"My Uncle Tom"
Written by Peter N.

It is always a pleasure to share an acoustic song sung with passion and drive. In particular it's great to share this track 'My Uncle Tom' from Kevin Casey as the live video was filmed exclusively for the 2UIBestow blog in The Workman's Club. Kevin's wonderful vocals delivers a emotional song dealing with the traumatic tale of a friend's suicide. It's a short but passionate song that hints at a great future. 



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Monday, 13 October 2014

LEKMK - Fox Jaw,Raphaels & Cold Blooded moon (In photos)

LEKMK - Fox Jaw,Raphaels & Cold Blooded moon (In photos)
Posted by AK

Another cracking night of tunes in The Cuckoos nest in Tallaght courtesy of LEKMK promotions. This time round it was Fox Jaw, Raphaels & Cold blooded moon. Next night there is on the 25th October for "Red Empire" and "Featuring X"

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Aoife Dooley Solo Exhibition & book launch

Aoife Dooley Solo Exhibition & book launch
Posted by AK


Aoife Dooley is a 5ft tea drinking, body inking cactus collector and freelance illustrator and typographer. Based on the north side of Dublin, She is best known for her cheeky north side humour that accompanies her sweet and innocent illustrations. Some of Aoife's most recognisable work would include "A guide to the Northside/southside" and custom logo for Nialler9.  Aoife is launching her book on October 30th in the Bernard Shaw and is also having a solo exhibition on the night too. Check out the  Facebook event  for more info & also pay a visit to Aoife's homepage to see more of her work Here.