Scored! = Successful Year
Hit The Bar! = Moderate Success
Row Z = Limited Success
Own Goal = WHO ARE YA!
For a second year in a row Ronan over at Swear I'm Not Paul and myself have been working on creating a list of 10 Irish acts in alphabetical order who we believe will make considerable progress towards world domination in the coming 12 months. Ronan picked five acts and I picked five acts ready to invade your music world in 2010.
A Plastic Rose - Row Z [Some minor successes with high profile support slots but nothing spectacular from the band]
Belfast based A Plastic Rose consists of equal parts Sligo and Belfast and make the type of Indie Rock music Tim Wheeler dreams about. The vocals are shared by the contrasting styles of Ian and Gerry which results in harmonies not normally associated with the alternative rock genre. So far in their career they have released Eps and Singles with the full LP hopefully out this side of Christmas 2010. Seeing A Plastic Rose live is a must for the new year.
Candice Gordon - Own Goal [Candice hasn't made any progress this year. Maybe she is writing material for an album!]
Born in South Africa, but resident here since the age of seven, the
Dubliner has an amazing voice as well as a wild back story including a
stint in the circus. But it's the music that really does the talking -
it's a deep down dirty whiskey swagger that pulls no punches.
Candice Gordon - 'Smoking Like the Barrel of a Gun'
The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Hit The Bar [BPLO released their debut album with a moderately successful push.]
Hailing from Limerick The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra make some wonderful indie folk music which is receiving radio play across the country. They've released two EPs, played Electric Picnic and HWCHs as well as picking up celebrity fans like Paul McCloon and Cormac Battle along the way! 2010 could be the year of The BPLO with the likely release of their debut on the horizon.
Fiach - Row Z [Fiach released a decent debut album in Feb and played many high profile gigs including Vantastival, supporting Ray Davies and playing on The Late Late with Eddi Reader but album failed to make any impact!]
Is it better to release a number of mediocre albums or wait until the time is right to make and release an amazing debut album? Fiach has been around forever but in February he will finally release that debut album that he has spent years preparing. Fiach is a veteran of many a sessions night clocking up an impressive apprenticeship of live performances. The recent Whelans gigs proved he is equally impressive fronting a band and owning his audience. I think 2010 will find us falling for the singer-songwriter again with Fiach's uplifting songwriting being at the forefront of the movement. February 25th finds Fiach in The Button Factory for the album launch!
Henrietta Game - Hit The Bar [HG played some very high profile gigs this year supporting Kila on St Paddys Day in The Olympia, a slot at EP and getting to the final of The JD Set all while recording their debut album!]
Henrietta Game only formed last January and already they've released a single, selected as Tony Fenton's daily download, performed with the legendary Peter Green and got a high profile slot at The Electric Picnic. Henrietta Game are guitar, cello, violin, glockenspiel and four part harmonies which send shivers down the spine. Henrietta Game is one of the most original bands out there which will appeal to indie kids and folk lovers alike.
Oliver "Ollie" Cole - Row Z [Ollie released a decent debut album on EMI but it dived!]
Many of you may remember Ollie Cole as the frontman in the
sadly-missed Turn. Well, he's back under the guise Oliver Cole and has
signed to EMI. He released the excellent What Will You Do EP last year, and looks set to release full-length debut album We Albatri sometime in 2010.
Oliver Cole - 'We Albatri'
Padraig Digan -Own Goal [I'd say Padraig is just quietly working away on his debut album!]
Padraig was the lead singer with Wallmark and later with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. In 2005 Wallmark released a great album but Wallmark didn't last much longer after the release. Since then Padraig has been writing a whole bunch of great tunes that will become his debut album this year with Karl Odlum's input. Padraig writes honest emotional songs full of life and character. With luck 2010 will be Padraig's year!
Planet Parade -Hit The Bar [PP released an excellent EP and toured constantly around Ireland]
Clane produces a lot of good music. Planet Parade are the latest act
to join Bell x1 and Damien Rice as exports of Kildare's Detroit Rock
City. They're a fantastic indie-pop band who have been honing their
craft in a live setting - particularly at autumn's Hard Working Class
Heroes Festival in Dublin. Check out their EP Ghosts to People, and if you're around, head over to Whelan's on Friday, January 15th to catch them
Planet Parade - 'Sunshine'
Two Door Cinema Club - Scored!!! [A major International Break-through for the band!]
With a debut album imminent, Bangor, Co. Down's Two Door Cinema Club could be the biggest Irish act of 2010. They've been hyped by the BBC and Spinner, and will be releasing their first album, Tourist History, on March 1st. They played the Introducing Tent at Glastonbury last year, but expect them to feature higher up the bill at Festivals in 2010, as well as joining
the NME Shockwaves Tour throughout the UK and Ireland.
Two Door Cinema Club - 'I Can Talk'
We Cut Corners - Row Z [WCC are back on the live scene this Jan coming. I'm sure they spent 2010 working on their debut album!]
Ireland's other singing drummer duo Oppenheimer split up over
Christmas, but instead of the Nordies' electronic feel, We Cut Corners
are a beautiful folk-pop group with songs that sound so much bigger
than the sum of their parts. They also joined the lineup at Hard
Working Class Heroes in 2009 and featured on RTÉ 2's When Under Ether. Expect to hear much more from them in 2010.
We Cut Corners - 'YKK'
1 Scored! - Two Door Cinema Club
3 Hit The Bar! - Henrietta Game, Planet Parade, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
4 Row Z - Fiach, A Plastic Rose, We Cut Corners, Ollie Cole
2 Own Goal - Padraig Digan, Candice Gordan