Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Interview: Ane Brun

Interview: Ane Brun
Photo credit: Aida Chehrehgosha
Ane Brun is an exceptional artist and we're delighted she took time out of her schedule to give us an interview. 
See Ane Brun in Vicar Street on December 7th for one night only in Ireland as part of her European Tour - tickets on sale now. http://www.vicarstreet.ie/component/eventlist/details/10790-ane-brun-returns-to-vicar-street.html

1.    Tell me about yourself?
Hi, my name is Ane Brun.  I was born in 1976 in Molde, Norway, and I am a Norwegian singer/ songwriter.  Since 2003 I have 11 albums.

2.     Where are you based for most of the year?
I´ve lived in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2001.

3.    What musical achievements are you most proud of?
I´m very proud of all the music I´ve written and recorded, and I´m proud of the fact that I´ve managed to spread my music into the world all from my own independent label, since 2003. 

4.    What are you working on now?
I´ve just released a new single ”Directions” and finished my sixth album with all new material to be released in September this year. 

5.    Name something unique about you or/and your music?
My voice and my songs and my versions of other people´s songs. 

6.    What is the best song ever written?
Impossible question, but if I have to mention one great song I´d pick ”Without You” by Harry Nilson

7.    What's the best album ever made?
Also an impossible question, but a great album is ”Wild Is The Wind” by Nina Simone

8.     What are your future plans?
To release my new album and then tour Europe in 2015, and North America in 2016. 

9. Last question, ...... Make Us Laugh
I´m a dog person myself, and I don´t trust cats, so I find this video very entertaining!:

Check out the awesome official video for Ane Brun's new single Directions

Friday, 17 April 2015

Interview: Mongrel State

Mongrel State is a four-piece band from Dublin with a sound that incorporates a wide sonic palette - from Rockabilly to Rock, Latin-American grooves and Cinematic Western Scores. Aside from their unique songwriting, what really sets them apart is the fire, commitment and energy that goes into their live performances.
1.     Who are you?

2.     Where are you based?
Dublin. Our rehearsal/second home/headquarter is in East Wall Road

3.    What achievements do you want me to know about?
Just finished to record our first album since we’ve changed name . 10 days of hard work with Gavin Glass at Orphan Recording. An incredible and inspiring experience with probably the best producer in Dublin at the moment. We gave our best and put all ourselves into this recording…and it sounds great!

4.    What are you up to now?
We just launched our first single” How many more times” with a sold out gig upstairs in Whelans. We also released a video for the song, which we love; the director Ciaran Dooley really captured the spirit of the song and also each of the characters in the band comes across very honestly.
At the moment  we’re touring all around Ireland: from Cork to Galway, from Dingle to Lahinch, basically everywhere in the country. 

5.    Name something unique about you or/and your product?
Each member of the band has different nationality. Darren from Sligo, Guillermo from Spain, Claudio from Italy, Sebastian from Argentina.  In every road trip or rehearsal we learn something new from each other’s culture and traditions and this keeps our relationship fresh and exciting all the time. Naturally, all this comes across in our music too, and the great thing is that more time we spend together and the more all these differences blend into something very personal and unique.

6.    What is the best song ever written?
Darren:  “Smokestack Lightning” – Howlin’ Wolf
Claudio: “I put a spell on you” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

7.     What are your future plans?
Keep touring all summer, also in Spain and Norway. We’ll be releasing the album in October and tour all year after that!

8.   Where can I spend money on you or your product?
iTUNES – Our shows

9. Last one, ...... Make Us Laugh 

Darren is a great dancer and when he is the mood he will make you laugh a lot with his moves.V Here’s a little example, from the backstage of our video shooting:


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Album Review: Inni-K - The King Has Two Horse's Ears

 Review by Peter Nagle  

Hailing from Kildare, 'Inni-k's debut album "The King Has Two Horse's Ears" is a excellent album which stretches the definition of charming. I've really enjoyed every moment of this fine pop-folk fusion record. From Inni-k's delicate vocals to the backing strings, to the big epic moments right back to those catchy jingle moments this is an accomplished album. Songs to impress include the single the single 'Come With Me', the foot tapping infection 'Find Your Beat' and my favourite song the atmospheric but understated 'Hold Tight'. There's a great video from Myles O'Reilly for this track.

There's a really gorgeous vibe from the whole album and it's perfect for behind the scenes background music. I found it tough to delve deep into some of the songs which mean overall I'll consider 'Inni-k' album as being an album of beauty rather than the album that completely envelopes me.  

Inni-K - The King Has Two Horse's Ears [9 out of 10] 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Live Review: Alex Smyth EP Fundraiser, The Attic Bar, Swords, Thursday April 9th

Support by Chanele McGuinness, Quietdust and Shay Cunningham

Review by Peter Nagle

The Attic Bar upstairs in The Pound pub next to the historic Swords Castle is the perfect room for live music and the scene of local Swords musician Alex Smyth's fundraiser to record his debut EP. 

First up was 'Shay Cunningham' with a short set of self penned songs that showcased his fine songwriting. Shay's vocals were delicate at times and had the ability to emphasis the emotions within tose songs. 

Quietdust is another young singer-songwriter with plenty of talent. She plays acoustic guitar predominantly like a lap guitar which is fairly unique and different. It was an unusual quirky set which was charming and entertaining. https://www.facebook.com/QuietDustMusic

Donegal's Chanele McGuinness is well liked in Swords and it's very obvious why. Chanele's vocals are stunning and her songs are well crafted emotional songs which demand your attention. Chanele's time is now with recent appearances on The John Murray radio show and high profile support slots such as opening for Orla Gartland in The Sugar Club https://www.facebook.com/chanelemcguinnessmusic

Instrumentalist Alex Smyth begins with electric guitar rifts using loop pedals to build the intensity and to fill the packed room with industrial sounds before turning the notch up further by adding drums to the track. It was the beginning of a great performance that looked and sounded amazing on stage. Alex varied the set by alternating from electric to acoustic guitars, using drums on a few songs and staggering the amount of loops throughout the set. On the intense songs the crowd's response was infectious which spurred on Alex even further and became the perfect ending to a really good night's entertainment and music. 

Check out Alex's facebook here and watch out for his EP during the Summer:  https://www.facebook.com/alexsmythmusic

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Interview: Familiar Creatures

London based 'Familiar Creatures' features Dubliner Brian Kelly on lead vocals and a tight trumpet filled urban folk sound which appeals to us here at 2UIBestow. Become familiar with these creatures here and now:
1. Who are you?
Familiar Creatures

2. Where are you based?
Dublin/Hackney Wick

3. What achievements do you want me to know about?
Familiar Creatures have a great European festival pedigree, including primetime slots at Big Feastival, Castlepalooza, Galtres Parklands, Hackney Wicked and Vantastival amongst others. Pre-festival season last year, the group ran a successful residency in East London, attracting bands from as far a field as Amsterdam. We're currently building a new recording studio, with new releases planned for spring 2015 followed by another packed summer schedule. Previous radio play includes BBC 6, Amazing and many Irish stations.

4. What are you up to now?
Deep into building our own unique rehearsal/recording space in Hackney Wick. Band members Arwyn and Dan studied/work as sound engineers, whilst singer Brian is very handy at carpentry, a winning studio building team!

5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?
We like to experiment with using off kilter timing signatures and chord structures, without affecting a songs overall creativity/catchiness.  A healthy dose of jazz and world beats influences the mix, but without being overbearing or too highbrow for listeners. Experimenting with instruments such as trumpets, african drums and distinctive Irish vocals (not many Irish bands still sing in their home accent) it conjures up a fresh sound whilst still working live.

6. What is the best song ever written?
Hard question! Golden Brown!?

7. What's the best album ever made?
Dan would say Rubber Soul, the rest of the band, Revolver or something by Dr John..!

8. What are your future plans?
Build, build build. The band are tech savvy and keen to produce our own music, which ultimately we will need a studio for. New videos and tracks are being released for May onwards. The band are looking at kick starting another new club night to coincide with this, potentially looking at an old boxing ring as a home venue...

9. Where can I spend money on you or your product?

10. Last one, ...... Make Us Laugh
Has to be this...hip hop and cats (we hate cats)

Listen to Familiar Creatures Now