Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Electric Picnic Picks #10 - Ana Gog


It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 




Part 10 - Ana Gog



Having recently named Ana Gog as the best act in Ireland it would be rude not to include Ana Gog as a band to see at Electric Picnic. Ana Gog make wonderful adult pop music which is big on sound and ambition. Their debut album due now in the depths of Autumn will be truly spectacular and highly anticipated by this writer at least. See Ana Gog on Friday on The Bamboo Stage in the Body & Soul area. 







Body & Soul Stages


BAMBOO STAGE
Friday
6.00 Boy Lights Fire
7.00 Ana Gog
8.15 Bantum
9.30 Forrests
10.45 Lemonada
00.45 TR One
Saturday
2.00 Roisin O
3.00 Altered Hours
4.00 Youth Mass
5.15 Tn Charm
6.30 Dott
7.45 Glimmerman
9.00 No Spill Blood
11.00 Metaphi/Metske
00.30 Spam Chop
Sunday
2.00 Little Oak
3.00 The Rant
4.00 N.C. Lawlor
5.00 Tradiohead
5.50 Cian Finn
7.00 Tujacques
8.30 Replete
10.00 Sunken Foal
11.30 Space Dimension Controller
EARTHSHIP STAGE
Friday
7.00 Cat Dowling
7.45 mynameisjOhn
8.45 Reid
10.00 Shane Mannion
11.30 Big Dish Go
1.00 Paddy Dooley
2.30 Frenchie
Saturday
Noon Food waste & composting with Craig Benton
1.30 Croupier
2.30 Quack+Dirk Eco Fashion Show
3.45 Woodstock Festival’s Michael Long interviewed by Dave Fanning
5.15 Overhead, the Albatross
6.00 TBC
7.30 Ruari
9.15 New Jackson
10.30 Nightwave
Midnight Romare
2.00 Viperflo
Sunday
12.15 The Bambir
1.20 Recycle Upcycle
4.00 Ambience Affair
5.00 Panel discussion – “inspriring humanity to protect our planet”
6.15 Ham Sandwich
7.15 Morbid Can Morbid
8.15 Frank B
10.00 Nanu Nanu
11.00 SertOne
Midnight Mother DJs
2.00 Zemi17

Electric Picnic Picks #9 - Seamus Fogarty


It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 




Part 9 - Seamus Fogarty http://seamusfogarty.com/

Mayo man Seamus Fogarty is onstage on Sunday on the main stage at Body & Soul at 5pm. He released his debut album 'God Damn You Mountain' earlier this year and has been working the folk clubs of the UK steadily building up a firm fanbase. Check out this video shot by Myles O'Reilly. http://www.arbutusyarns.com/







Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Electric Picnic Picks #8 - Rams Pocket Radio



It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 




Part 8 - Rams Pocket Radio


Photo
 by Luke Joyce
RAMS' POCKET RADIO is Peter McCauley, a drummer, pianist, jack-of-all and songwriter from Lisburn, Northern Ireland and he's very very good. He is one of the acts I'm going to circle when the schedule appears online tomorrow evening. Check out this great tune.








He's playing on Sunday Night in the Oxjam Tent as part of 'Pure Savage' night of Northern Ireland acts.


Monday, 27 August 2012

Album Review: Frantic Jack - Last One To Leave

There'll always be a place in my music collection for well written rock tunes with real heart in them. Frantic Jack's second album is a no frills, solid, commendable album of decent tunes which will do very well in rural Ireland. 



I've seen Frantic jack perform a number of times and they are always a quality act without ever really getting me excited. I was apprehensive about reviewing 'Last One To Leave' but I've been impressed by the quality of the songs and the cohesiveness of the album. An initial burst of quality is the lead single 'Soar'.


Other fine tracks include 'Livinf Proof', 'Burn' and the album closer 'Lift You Up'. The album is full of good instrumentation where there's rarely excessive guitar solos and when strings are included they greatly enhance the quality of the songs. There's no reason why those songs mentioned above can't get national radio airplay and for the band to 'Soar' the same way as The Coronas or The Riptide Movement.



Frantic Jack - Last One To Leave [9 out of 12]

http://www.franticjack.com/

Frantic Jack's new album "Last One To Leave" is out on August 31st!
Here are the Irish Tour Dates which we will embark on in September! Hope to see you all along the way!

Sep 1st - Goban Soar, Kildare Town, Kildare
Sep 2nd - Peaders Bar, Durrow, Laois
...

Sep 5th - Chocolate Bar, Wexford Town, Wexford
Sep 7th - TBC, Cork City, Cork
Sep 8th - Grand Hotel, Tramore, Waterford
Sep 9th - Boggers Bar, Ardee, Louth
Sep 12th - Zodiac Sessions, Bruxelles, Grafton Street, Dublin City.
Sep 13th - Whelans, Wexford St, Dublin City.
Sep 14th - Harrisons, Blackrock, Dundalk
Sep15th - GAA Centre, Edenderry, Offaly
Sep 16th - Village Pump, Rathangan, Kildare
Sep 20th - Kings Head, Galway City, Galway
Sep 21st - Kytellers, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Sep 22nd - Danny Byrnes, Mullingar, Westmeath
Sep 26th - Scribes, Athlone Town, Athlone
Sep 27th - Tower Records, Grafton St, Dublin City

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Electric Picnic Picks # 6 - Róisín O


It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 




Part 6 - Róisín O



Dubliner Róisín O is on the cusp of releasing her debut album entitled 'The Secret Life of Blue' and plays The Bamboo Stage in the Body & Soul area of Electric Picnic. I have no doubt that in following years Róisín O will be on bigger and better stages because everything I've heard from Róisín and her fine band is of the highest quality. In particular I love this video for the song 'How Long'.




Album Artwork:






Album launch
Friday, 21st September
Whelan's, Wexford Street Support comes from the excellent Eric McGrath


Friday, 24 August 2012

Electric Picnic Picks #5 - Bamboo Party


It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 






Punk band released their EP entitled 'Zorilla' and they play Jimmie Lee's Juke Joint over the weekend at Electric Picnic. The EP is pretty good and available on a 'Name Your Price' deal through bandcamp. Here's a track from it;




Here's the updated line-up for the Jimmie Lee juke Joint stage



Live Review: The Purple Sessions - Boyles - Aug 23rd 2012

Since I begun this blog nearly four years ago there have been times when I've felt utterly compelled to review a gig within hours after the event. I don't normally review The Purple Sessions in Boyles due to my involvement with booking the acts but last night was special.


First up was Roisin from the band Bundoran band 'Sweet Little lies'. Her pure vocals complements her folky reggae style songs really well. I'm already a big fan of the self-titled debut EP of the band with Roisin delivering a wonderful performance of tracks from the EP. Her closing song was this fine track. 






Hailing from Drogheda but a resident in Perth, Austrailia, Fiachra Judge is carving out a music career with his band Violet Scene. The set included a fine cover of Caledonia. 













Mara Simpson [Mara & The Bushkas] http://www.maraandthebushkas.com/

New Zealand musician and Berlin resident Mara Simpson from the band 'Mara & The Bushkas' gave an amazing performance in Boyles last night. I'd easily rank her performance in the top 10 of all acts I've seen in Boyles over the last three years. Her effortless guitar playing, wonderfully deep enriching songs and a stylish charm were simply breathtaking. 











Headlining last night is one of my all time favourite artists Michael Brunnock with a really superb performance of songs from his most recent album 'The Orchard' as well as a song from the 'Little Palace' album and a song from the soundtrack from the movie 'This Must Be The Place'. Michael's deliver is faultless and he has the songs that can make a difference to those who listen. 
















Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Album Review: Master & Dog

Master & Dog ditched the confusing 'John, Shelly & The Creatures' name and focused their attention to create this wonderful self-titled collection of songs. 


After impressing me at Vantastival this year I was really looking forward to hearing the new album from 'Master & Dog'. The debut album 'Dinosaur' when they were John, Shelly and the Creatures had some good moments on it but because the 'Love May you Reign' was so well known and so different to the rest of the album it created confusion. Fast forward to a simpler name and the release of a bunch of great songs packaged beautifully in a cardboard case.

The album kicks off in epic style with a song called 'Small Time' which creates very contrasting sounds from gentle vocals to crashing full on sounds to great effect. I love the striking lyrics of 'The Way That You Stand' while the lead single 'Canada' is a great song with very positive lyrics about making a new start in life and emigrating.




There's a nice 'Americana' feel from some of the tracks. 'Bare Cedar' is a lovely delicate song full of charm and atmosphere. It's one of my favourite Irish songs of the year. The other track to appeal to me is 'All Hell Broke Loose' with it's fine vocals and gripping lyrics. Lead vocals on the album is shared by Walter, Phil & Ger so there's real diversity on the album in terms of vocal styles. Lyrically this is one of the best albums of the year. 

In general I adore the album from tracks three through to nine. These songs are all outstanding and for me provide a core element or theme to the album. While there's nothing wrong with the first two tracks I hope people make sure they reserve judgement until they listen to well written songs like 'Bare Cedar', 'Devil Knows How' and 'Canada'. 

Master & Dog - Self-titled [11 out of 12]

More info: http://www.masteranddog.com/


Tour:


31st August Black Box, Belfast **Album Launch**
2nd September Electric Picnic Festival, IRE
21st September The Listening Post, Coleraine, UK **Headline**
27th September The Cloth Ear, Belfast **As part of Arthurs Day celebrations**

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Electric Picnic Picks #4 - Dem Fools

It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 






Dublin's Dem Fools are a funky roots pop band with a wonderful female lead vocalist and fine harmonies. A few people have told me that Dem Fools are a great band and should be one of your bands to see at Electric Picnic. 




Dem Fools are on the Salty Dog Stage on Sunday evening at 6pm;


The Salty Dog Stage Line-up on Sunday 2nd Sept

Sunday, 2 September 2102

02.00-03.00 The Mighty Stef
01.00-01.50 Cujo Family
24.00-24.50 Black Friday
22.45-23.45 The Pete Pamf Sextette
21:00-22.30 Cracked Bucket Band and Blank Squares
19:00-19.50 Fred
18:00-18.50 Dem Fools
17:00-17.50 Raglans
16:00-16.50 Gypsy Rebel Rabble
15:00-15.50 Fox E & The Good Hands
14:00-14.50 The Dead Zoo
12:00-14.00 Tom Whitrow and Nick Sergeant’s Gospel Love Brunch


Monday, 20 August 2012

Electric Picnic Pick #3 - Maud in Cahoots


It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 




Part 3 - Maud in Cahoots http://maudincahoots.com/



Maud in Cahoots are sisters Maud & Zoe from Dublin but now like many Irish bands are based in London. Two years ago they won the first Arthur's Day competition and won a support slot to Snow Patrol. They describe themselves as 'Alternative Pop' but with cello and violin at the core of their sound, 'Maud in Cahoots' are a distinctly unique entity. 



Catch 'Maud in Cahoots' on the Body & Soul mainstage over the Electric Picnic weekend. I got to see the band in Crawdaddy supporting The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and they were a quality band back then. With two years in London perfecting their sound I can only imagine how good they'll be at Electric Picnic. 




http://maudincahoots.com/

Full Body & Soul Main Stage Line-up



REID
Cian Finn
Laura Sheeran
February&Mars
LAPD
John Hoban
Dirty Dubsters
EleventyFour   
The Strypes
D E N A
Lewis Floyd Henry
DJs in the Tree
Kodaline
Maud in Cahoots
OCHO
When Saints Go Machine
Breton
Orchestra of Spheres
RocketNumberNine
Dark Dark Dark
Jesse Boykins III
Mmoths
Seamus Fogarty
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock
Young Wonder
Band of Clouds
Ross Breen
Junior Boys
Paul Buchanan

Mix: Dublin Tall Ships Free Live Music Festival


BULMERS LIVE MUSIC DOCK – THURSDAY 23RD AUGUST TO SUNDAY 26TH 

http://www.dublintallships.ie/festival/bulmers-live-music-dock/

This festival looks amazing. What a line-up and it's all for free. I'm gonna try to be front and centre for most of these bands! 


THURSDAY 23rd AUGUST

13.30-14.10 Foreign Slippers
14.20-15.00 Riptide Movement 

15.10-15.40 The Original Rudeboys 



15.50-16.30 Scullion 

16.45-17.25 Foy Vance



17.40-18.50 Duke Special



19.15-20.30 Cathy Davey 
21.00-22.30 Jerry Fish 


FRIDAY 24th AUGUST

14.00-14.40 The Animators
14.55-15.35 Rams Pocket Radio 


15.50-16.30 The Minutes
16.45-17.30 Lost Brothers 


17.45-18.45 Mark Geary

19.15-20.30 Ryan Sheridan21.00-22.30 Ash


SATURDAY 25th AUGUST

14.00-14.40 Mighty Stef 


14.55-15.35 The Spook of the 13th Lock 

15.50-16.30 This Club 



16.45-17.30 Delorentos




17.45-18.45 Frank & Walters



19.15-20.30 Therapy?

21.00-22.30 The Undertones




SUNDAY 26th AUGUST

11.00-11.30 Craiceann 

11.45-13.15 Dublin Gospel Choir

13.30-14.00 Harry J & The Conspiracy


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Electric Picnic Pick #2 - The Radioactive Grandma

It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 




The Radioactive Grandma from Co. Cavan have been chosen by 'Jimmie Lee's Juke Joint' to perform in their cafe/venue over the weekend at Electric Picnic. The band released their debut self-titled album in May of this year and it has some good moments to it. Their indie sound of guitars, cajon/percussion and 'Bloc Party' style vocals is in many ways relatively unique in a crowded market of Irish rock bands. While the album doesn't light a fire in me The Radioactive Grandma are a band I'd have to recommend to see at Electric Picnic. 

Here's a highlight from that debut album;



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Here's the line-up of bands playing Jimmie Lee's Juke Joint at Electric Picnic

Twin Headed Wolf
http://soundcloud.com/twin-headedwolf/yblack-keys

Ben Sheridan
http://www.reverbnation.com/bensheridanmusic

Conor Linnie
http://www.breakingtunes.com/conorlinnie

The Bambir
http://www.youtube.com/TheBambir

Lights Over Phoenix:
http://www.myspace.com/lightsoverphoenix

Slidin PK
http://www.reverbnation.com/slidinpk

Darragh Cullen
http://breakingtunes.com/darraghcullen

Wilbury:
https://www.facebook.com/wilbury01

Rufus Coates and The Blackened Trees
http://soundcloud.com/the-blackened-trees

Red Sail
http://redsail.bandcamp.com/

Russell Hogg:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Russell-Hogg-

Myles Manley & the Little People:
http://mylesmanley.bandcamp.com/

Garret Baker and the Random Nouns
http://garretbaker.bandcamp.com/

Klara McDonnell
http://www.myspace.com/klaramcdonnell

Color//Sound
http://www.breakingtunes.com/colorsound

Crow Black Chicken
http://www.crowblackchicken.com/index.html

Bamboo Party
https://www.facebook.com/bamboopartyband

Kerouac:
http://www.kerouac.ie/

The Forbidden Itch:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Forbidden-Itch/206300872751185?ref=ts

The Velvetones:
http://breakingtunes.com/thevelvetones

Daragh and Jay
http://www.youtube.com/user/halcyondazeband

Rubix
https://www.facebook.com/RubixOfficial

Factions:
http://soundcloud.com/factions/sets/looms-ep/

Radio Active Grandma
https://www.facebook.com/The.Radioactive.Grandma

Black Gold Gamble
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-GOLD-Gamble/184338098272498

Sound Of System Breakdown
http://www.soundsofsystembreakdown.com/

Sigma4ce -
chuckychrysal@soundcloud.com

Scribble Sound System:
http://scribblesoundsystem.blogspot.ie/

Moschops
http://soundcloud.com/moschops

Rez 13
rez13.com

Friday, 17 August 2012

Electric Picnic Pick #1 - Huey & The Hobgoblins

It's that time of the year nearly every Irish bands gets to update their status with 'We're Playing The Picnic'. To help you find the best bands on the schedule before you get to Stradbally I'll be picking ten relatively unknown bands for you to find at Electric Picnic. 



Huey & The Hobgoblins have a nice stage time on Friday on The Salty Dog stage at 8pm. Hopefully the punters will have their tents and beer sorted so that they can chill out to the fine sounds of Huey & the Hobgoblins. The band were one of the highlights from Vantastival with their infectious funky pop sounds.


With this band it's all about personality, they have a fine presence on stage and look like they are really enjoying themselves and their music. Their style infuses eastern sounds with jazzy funk overtones including a brass section and wonderful vocals from lead singer Brian. 




The Salty Dog Stage – Line Up

Friday, 31 August 2012

03:00-04.00 Black Friday
02:00-02.50 Swords
01:00-01.50 The Eskies
23:00-23.50 Jerry Fish
22:00-22.50 Two Time Polka
21:00-21.45 Shannon And The Shortcuts
20:00-20.45 Huey And The Hobgoblins
19:00-19.45 Homebrew And The Bad Examples
18:00-18.45 The Niall Toner Band
17:00-17.45 Louisiana Six
16:00-16.45 Carosel

EP Review: Sinéad McNally - 10,000

10,000 is the new EP from Dundalk's Sinéad McNally who is also the Play Irish Galway Bay FM featured artist for Monday's in August.


Sinéad is a full time singer-songwriter who writes radio friendly piano based pop songs in the style of Fiona Apple or Regina Spektor. Her voice carries that Dundalk accent with her to make it distinctly Irish and brings to mind Dundalk's most valuable export 'The Corrs'. Sinead is currently riding a tide of promotion with a successful gig in London's Olympic Park and radio airtime around the country. 

10,000 is a pretty good EP. There's no dire track on the EP but there's not enough to get me truly excited. I suppose that's down to the subjective nature of music but when it comes to piano based female songwriters I find it difficult to single out anything original. The songs to impress me on the EP are 'Let You Down' and the closing track 'Moody Blues' which you can hear below. 



There is enough of pop charm and singalong melodies in the EP to suggest that Sinéad McNally is in the process of beginning a long and successful pop career.

Sinéad McNally - 10,000 [8 out of 12]

Buy the EP: http://itunes.apple.com/album/10-000-ep/id546803028?v0=9988&ign-mpt=uo%3D1

http://www.facebook.com/sineadmcnallymusic

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Mix: Jack of Diamonds Rhythm & Roots Festival

Today's the day that HWCHs release their line-up and Guinness announce their headliners for 2012 but I've gone for a mix of artists playing the first Rhythm & Roots festival in Dublin this weekend. It's a great line-up in amazing venues for free! Yep all these great gigs are free to pop in, enjoy and stroll to another venue for even more great bands. Makes €45 for Hard Working Class Heroes look very foolish indeed!

http://www.jackofdiamonds.net/

Here's the day by day schedule with selected tracks from artists playing;

Friday: Link to Poster;


Button Factory - Twin Headed Wolf



Workman's Club - The Hot Sprockets



The Grand Social - Lights Camera Sundown



Mercantile - Stefan Galt



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Saturday


Button Factory - Gavin Glass



Arrow in the Sky




Sweeneys Top Floor - The Viking Project



Rufus Coates & The Blackened Trees




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Sunday:


The Grand Social - Ross Breen



The Annulments



Tujacques

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Mix: Upcoming Gigs

Firstly apologies for the sporadic posting of late. Even though I've been away from the computer quite a lot over the last few weeks I've still kept myself in the know of great events, gigs, festivals and music out there. Here's a mix of events you should check out!

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Master & Dog's self-titled second album is an excellent album with some fantastical songs. I'll have a full review next week but tomorrow night the band are playing The Workman's Club as part of Seven Summits album launch. First up on the bill are the incredible Heritage Centre. Admission is a tiny €6.


Check out the lead single 'Canada' from Master & Dog here:



Seven Summits: http://www.facebook.com/sevensummitsni



Heritage Centre: http://www.facebook.com/theheritagecentre?ref=ts



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http://www.jackofdiamonds.net/

A few years ago I wrote a comment here that Dublin's Hard Working Class Heroes should be a free event which will mean that the venues would be full with new potential ears for bands who came from all over the country to Dublin. Well finally we have the Jack of Diamonds 'Rhythm & Roots' festival this weekend in Dublin. 

This is a showcase of the countries best Roots music throughout some of Dublins best loved venues.

The line-up includes; 
PRISON LOVE
I DRAW SLOW
THE CUJO FAMILY
THE HOT SPROCKETS
THE LARKFIELD FOUR
BLIND YACKETY
NORTH STRAND KONTRA BAND
N.C LAWLOR
THE HAT-TRICKS
NEW SECRET WEAPON
THE GANDHIS

Venues:

Sweeneys Bar
The Grand Social
The Mercantile
The Stags Head
The Button Factory
The Dame Tavern
The Workmans Club

I'll do a full mix tomorrow for the festival but here's three of the best acts to see over the weekend;

Junah - Sweeney's Basement Frday Night 12.30 am



The Gandhis - Mercantile 11.30 Saturday


St. John The Gambler - The Grand Social 9pm as part of Saucy Sundays



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Cafe Irlandaise Tour

I'm delighted that this is happening and I hope it is a successful tour.

"Following widespread media acclaim for their all-female vocal compilation album titled ‘Café Irlandaise’, a selection of the artists who feature on it, are delighted to announce their first Irish tour.


TOUR DATES
Thursday 16th August – Dolans (upstairs), Limerick
Fri 17th August – RoisinDubh, Galway
Thurs 23rd August – TheGrand Social, Dublin
Sat 25th August – The Pavillion, Cork


With a mix of solo artists, duos and bands - this promises to be a delightful and charming night. Bona Fide Federation, , Foxglove and In Valour (members pictured above) are just some of the artists who plan on wooing audiences with their extraordinary voices and beautiful melodies. They will be joined at various stages of the tour by Laura Sheeran, ODi and Sive. "

Here's a few amazing tracks you're likely to hear during the tour:

Sí - Toy Soldiers


Bona Fide Federation - Juanita Cadenza


Foxglove - Winter


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I haven't done 'An Introducing To .... Mix' recently but I'm delighted that new artists are continuing to introduce themselves to me by email. 


One new artist is 'His Sweet Surprise' from Lucan's Paul Gogerty. The lead single is pretty decent enough. I'd recommend you have a listen and then read here what Paul used to be:


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What's the next Irish band to really break it in the UK and beyond?




Their new album 'Stronger Than Romeo' is streaming on soundcloud here and it's full of radio friendly pop songs like this one which will sell by the millions. 



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Finally expect sporadic posting in the coming weeks as I attempt to have a little makeover to ensure this blog stays relevant for Irish music fans.  


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Album Review: The Aluskas - Draw

'Draw' from The Aluskas is everything a good album should be. It's a fun, catchy, varied indie/folk rock album which deserves your attention.


The Aluskas from Dublin is one of them hard to define bands. The debut single 'Blackwater Woods' earmarks them as a folk rock edgy band while songs like the impressive track 'The Sailor' brings to mind comparisons with artists such as David Ford or Matt Nathanson[Google them!]. When different genres like this are brought together it can be difficult to make it work in an album format but The Aluskas do a great job at binding these genre flirtations into an enjoyable 32 minutes. 


There isn't a bad track on the album and it works well as my background music for the last few weeks. However there was very little to really make me an enthusiastic listener. The better tracks for me are 'The Sailor' embedded above, the second single 'Where We Started Out' and this 50's style ballad 'Sorry's Not A Bullet Proof Vest'.


The Aluskas - Draw [9 out of 12]