Sunday, 31 May 2009

Sunday Summer Song: Simple Kid

I know I'm repeating myself but it really was great to see that Simple Kid's two albums made it into's top 50 albums in the last 10 years. This is especially pleasing when you consider SK has been in hibernation in London for a number of years now!

'Staring At The Sun' originally appears on SK1 but here is the live version which appears on the Other Voices 2 album!

Staring At The Sun

Well I started out strong
And my hopes were high
I figured I’ll be like Bonnie and Clyde
25 beers as an alibi
Had to get connected

So I wrote a long letter to a government man
I told him I was born in the summer of Sam
He said: "Son I don’t think that you understand,
I just want to get elected"

But my heart got heavy and my hair grew long
I had to get a job just to get along
I was down in the gutter bellow,
I was down in the gutter bellow

As my daddy always said
Sing a song, how hard can it be just to get along?
He said: "Don’t go selling your soul.
Yeah, don’t go selling your soul."

Hey man, you know, what’s there, too slow,
Feels like im staring at the sun
Get high, get low, don’t let your ego
I’ve been staring at the sun, staring at the sun

Well I got a lot of love for the modern man
I read a lot of books that I don’t understand
Won a lot of things, but I lost your soul
Just want a hooker with a heart of gold

As my heart gets heavy and my hair gets long
How hard can it be just to get along?
When you don’t go selling your soul
Yes, don’t go selling your soul

Hey man, you know, what’s there, too slow,
Feels like im staring at the sun
Get high, get low, don’t let your ego
I’ve been staring at the sun, staring at the sun

Now baby I love you
But spring's in the air
But it just seems like, lately
We spend our days smoking pot and
Wondering how we got so fucked up

Hey man, u know, don’t let your ego,
Feels like we're staring at the sun
Hey man, u know, don’t let your ego,
I've been staring at the sun
Hey man, u know, don’t let your ego,
Feels like we're staring at the sun
Hey man, u know, don’t let your ego,
I've been staring at the sun,
Staring at the sun,
Staring at the sun

Thursday, 28 May 2009

The Pale - Proper Order [Album Review]

The Pale probably should have become a massive band in the early 90's due to their original and distinct qualities. I loved their early tunes but for whatever reason [financial probably!] I simply never got round to buying an album and only caught the band live for the first time in The Academy before Christmas.

The Pale released their 8th [or 9th depending on source!] studio album entitled Proper Order earlier this month. I have to admit that I am really enjoying Proper Order. It sounds exactly what a 'The Pale' album should sound like. We have strong vocals, quality thoughtful lyrics, mandolin infused melodies and simply a great set of tunes.

I love the first three tracks which deal with the realities of being in a band. There's the plight of being a support act, getting noticed by the local area and having to deal with advances and temptations. Proper Order then kicks into the 2008 single Chocolate Factory which is the best pop tune on the album. The rest of the album includes many references to modern Ireland with the lyrics becoming very subjective. 'Beauty in the Riot' for example creates for me many images of love, clarity, chaos and acceptance.

Proper Order is a consistently strong album if a little on the short side at just under 30 minutes! But hey I'm always told it's quality not length that's important! If like me you haven't got round to acquiring an album from 'The Pale', let me recommend you start with Proper Order.

The Pale - We Were First On

The Pale - Proper Order [9 out of 12]

Buy The Album - Digital
Buy The Album - CD

Jun 12: Roisin Dubh - Galway
Jun 20: Midsummer Shindig - Corofin, Co. Galway
Jun 26: Clarence Hotel - Sligo
Jun 27: Tramore - Tramore, Waterford
Jul 24: Folk Holidays Festival - Naměšť
Aug 8: The Stables - Mullingar, Westmeath

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Music News

Lots of Irish artists are playing to the masses in Glastonbury this year. The Acoustic stage finds Lisa Hannigan, Imelda May, Bap Kennedy, Sharon Corr and Lunasa! Fight Like Apes are on the Queen's Head stage, Japanese Popstars on the Dance stage while The Script and In Case of Fire are on the Other Stage!

Fight Like Apes - Lend Me Your Face

Lisa Hannigan - Lille

Full line-up is here:

June 5th is Phantom First Friday time again. This month is the turn of Messiah J & The Expert, 8ball and Heritage Centre, followed by all of your favourite phantom anthems with Derek Byrne 'til late.

Heritage Centre's excellent video for their single 'I Will Protect You'

Brian Canavan is going all generous as explained here:

Howdy Pop Fan

For each copy of GO bought from, we are giving €1 to OXFAM's Emergency Appeal in The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ger Murphy, who plays piano in the band, works in OXFAM. We offered to help out with any fundraising events organised by OXFAM and he came back with this idea. Funding to Irish Aid agencies was cut by $225million over the past few months and this obviously has crippled their ability to complete projects in the 3rd World. So if we can get 225 million downloads then this will help.

To buy the song
1) TEXT music 2796 to 57501. You will receive a code
2) Go to and insert your obile number and the code
3) Click Download. The total cost to you is €1

Many Thanks and pass it on

One of the best and most consistent Irish Music sites is They asked their viewers to pick their favourite album in the last ten years since it's origen in 1999. Find the list here:

It's nice to see the two Simple Kid albums included as well as Mumblin' Deaf Ro and Alphastates debut album.

Sean Needham returns from Denmark to launch his second album ‘Time is a Friend' in Whelans on Friday 14th August. Sean from Donegal is one of Ireland's best talents who released a great debut a few years back.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Monday Under The Covers: The Thrills do Madonna!

There was some good news on the State website found here about a new charity album in aid of the charity Aware, an organistion that provides support and awareness programs for people suffering with depression..

1. The Flaws - The Killing Moon (Echo & the Bunnymen)
2. Ham Sandwich - Stay (Shakespeare’s Sister)
3. Republic Of Loose - God Moves On The Water (Blind Willie Johnson)
4. Damien Dempsey - The Hackler From Grouse Hall (Christy Moore)
5. Dave Couse - Caroline, No (Brian Wilson / Beach Boys)
6. Lisa Hannigan - Courting Blues (Nick Drake)
7. Le Galaxie - Maneater (Hall& Oates)
8. Cowboy X - Gigantic (Pixies)
9. Dirty Epics - Glory Box (Portishead)
10. The Thrills - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (The Smiths)
11. Bell X1 - No Retreat, No Surrender (Bruce Springsteen)

Some album this will be and it's great to see Dave Couse included here.

I got thinking about The Thrills and wondering when the forth album will be released and if they will be performing any gigs in the near future. Here is this week's cover;

The Thrills - Like a Virgin

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Sunday Summer Song: Automata

Automata are a band I need to seriously discover in the near future. Liberty Bell was a big Irish hit for the band in 2006 and last year's 'Colours of Sound' album is regarded as one of the best Irish release of 2008. Need You Sunshine is something we all need in Ireland and is a quality pop song. 'Sunshine where are you hiding?' .....brilliant stuff!

Need You Sunshine

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Nell Bryden's Ireland & UK Tour

Nell Bryden is touring in our neck of the woods so there's a good chance you will be hearing more from this Dixie Queen. I seen Nell live in Whelans last year and she was massively entertaining, with great vocals and stage pressence. Her new album has just been released into the shops and I'm sure Nell will pick up many friends on her journey through the land!

Here's a mini bio of Nell on

"NELL BRYDEN caused a stir in the press last year when she funded her career with a Milton Avery painting she found in her attic- which she brought to Sotheby’s to auction off, getting $300, 000 for it! Instead of depositing her good fortune in the unruly stock market, she poured it into her music career. Four major International tours in the last 12 months (totaling almost 500 in just over 2 years) including a tour with KT Tunstall, The Counting Crows and impromptu sets with Damien Dempsey & Declan O’Rourke, and Bryden is tipped as being one of the biggest breakthrough acts to hit Ireland and the British Isles this year. (Nell was named Best Unsigned Artist of 2008 on Hits Daily Double). Circling the globe, building a passionate following for her Americana-Country-Soul hybrid sound. Her single “Second Time Around” earned her a Top 40 in the Official Irish Charts and received weekly radio plays across Ireland & The UK. (And even on Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 show in the UK). It was “Song of The Week” on Today FM also. It was then featured in one of Ireland’s most well known compilations CEOL CD, featuring along side Glen Hansard, Duke Special, Mick Flannery and other well known Top Irish Acts."

20 May 2009 10:15 Dublin’s Country Mix - Lyndsey Dolan morning show Dublin
21 May 2009 19:30 Dublin South Radio with Brendan Hickey Dublin
21 May 2009 20:00 Clonmel – support for Mick Flannery
22 May 2009 22:00 WLRFM- Roddie Cleere Dublin
24 May 2009 15:00 Dublin City Soul Festival Dublin
26 May 2009 21:00 Ginglik London
27 May 2009 20:00 The Maze Nottingham
28 May 2009 20:00 Blue Cat Manchester (Heaton Moor, Stockport)
29 May 2009 20:00 Factory Sunderland
30 May 2009 20:00 Marrs Bar Worcester
31 May 2009 20:00 Norwich Arts Center Norwich
5 Jun 2009 8:15 Clare FM breakfast show with Conn
5 Jun 2009 20:00 Carlow - Mick Flannery Carlow
6 Jun 2009 20:00 Glor Arts Center Ennis
12 Jun 2009 20:00 The Thatch, Rahan Rahan
13 Jun 2009 20:00 Sky & the Ground, Wexford Wexford
18 Jun 2009 20:00 LAMB presents Go West! London
19 Jun 2009 20:00 The Riverbank, Wexford - Mick Flannery Wexford
20 Jun 2009 20:00 Thurles - with Mick Flannery Thurles
26 Jun 2009 20:00 The Pavilion, Cork Cork
30 Jun 2009 20:00 Whelan’s, Dublin Dublin
7 Jul 2009 20:00 Acoustic Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland
7 Jul 2009 21:00 Kenny’s, The Village Inn Lahinch, Co. Clare
18 Jul 2009 20:00 The Stables, Mullingar Mullingar
1 Aug 2009 17:00 Cork X Southwest Festival, Skibereen Skibereen
2 Aug 2009 17:00 Castlepalooza

Monday, 18 May 2009

New Tunes from Padraig Digan

Wallmark was another band in the 'should've been massive' category. The band released their only album in 2005 entitled 'Everything, Something, Anything' and it's a super album with great tunes.

Here is the video to their single 'Melodies & Lines'

Wallmark's singer Padraig Digan is back recording again and will have a debut album out real soon. You can stream three of his tunes on his MySpace:

Padraig has a great voice, nice tunes and strong lyrics. Really looking forward to the debut!

Monday Under The Covers: Make a Deal With God?

I am going to remind you about one of the best covers I have heard this year by Ham Sandwich. 'Running Up That Hill' was recorded at the Inspirations gig in the Academy in late February.

See Ham Sandwich live:

4 Jun 2009 20:00 SLANE acoustic sessions Boyles Pub Slane, Meath
6 Jun 2009 20:00 The Purty Kitchen>> Dun Laoghaire Dublin
11 Jun 2009 13:00 Tower Records Dublin, Dublin
11 Jun 2009 20:00 LEITRIM>>Moon River, Carrick On Shannon>> Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim
13 Jun 2009 20:00 Whelans>> Dublin, Dublin

Friday, 15 May 2009

It's Friday, I'm in Love with Whipping Boy

In light of the news that Fearghal Mc'Kee is gigging again with a new band 'SSS' I give to you one of the best love songs ever written by an Irish artist or band. 'So Much For Love' is from the 2000 self titled third album.

So Much For Love

All she wants is to be remembered
All he sees is his own reflection,
Standin' in the way
She says I wish we could kiss like we used to
I wish we could be
I wish we could just make time
Stand still for me
So much for love
When it's given away
So much for love
That it gets in the way

Like a summer breeze that turns chilly
You're quick to change
Reassurance now it don't come cheap
Your crutch is to blame
She said slow it down baby
Or you'll come too fast
Try too hard it won't last
But that's the nightmare of your nightmare's past
Easy to address

So much for love
When it's given away
So much for love

When you're livin' today
Livin' this way

So much for love
When it's given away
So much for love
That it gets in the way
When you're livin' today
Livin' this way

So Much For Love

Catch Fearghal upstairs in Whelans June 19th!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Kiernan McMullan Irish Tour

Blog favourite Kiernan McMullan posted a link to a performance of 'That Afternoon' recorded in a coffee house somewhere in America. The tune is amazing and the guitar playing is something else but watch the hilarious dancers in the corner! Very funny!

Also Kiernan has broken the 100,000 view mark on his MySpace page! Can't wait until he plays The 2UIBestow Sessions in June!

27 May 2009 21:00 De Barras Clonakilty, Cork
2 Jun 2009 20:00 Kennys (The White Horse Sessions) La Hinch, Clare
4 Jun 2009 21:00 Boyles Slane, Meath
5 Jun 2009 20:30 Dolans Warehouse (Headline Show) Limerick, Limerick
6 Jun 2009 20:00 Sky and the Ground Wexford, Wexford

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Album Review - Alphastates 'Human Nature'

I think I'm beginning to get a good understanding of the different factors that shape journalistic opinions. I went to the album launch of 'Human Nature' and Alphastates were simply amazing live. Therefore this album will forever stimulate good feelings and memories of that gig which makes the album sound perfect!

'Human Nature' is the second album from Alphastates which contains ten tracks designed to transport you to a different plane! Alphastates merge the best of electronica, indie and dance with Catherine Dowling's delicate vocals to produce a sound which offers the listener something different and fresh. The lyrics can be pretty powerful as well on tracks such as the love story of 'Anywhere' and the beautiful closing tune 'Comfort in Silence'.

This album works so well as a complete work. Individually there may be a case that not one track stands out on it's own as a 'hit'. I think the band were a long time settling on a track list and running order for the album which has paid off here. 'Human Nature' is as compact an album as you are likely to hear. However it does sound better after you witness the band live!

Alphastates - Human Nature (10 out of 12)

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Many Gigs on the Horizon

So ..... you get a night out, three artists and a free album for just €10? Fair play to the Van Cleef lads!

Blog tip for the top band The Funeral Suits are gigging this Friday in the Academy 2 with New Amusement in support. Here's their excellent single Black Lemonade:

It's all Director Vs Delorentos on Friday 22nd May when Director play The Button Factory and Delorentos playing in Whelans! Surely if these gigs were on different nights the punters would be a lot happier? I know Delorentos are playing the Saturday night but really promoters get it together!

Blog favourite Ruairi Coogan is keeping himself very busy over the Summer clocking in a good few gigs including The 2UIBestow Sessions launch and the high profile Damien Dempsey support in Slane at the end of August.

21 May 2009 20:00 Yukon Bar (The Stables) Mullingar, Westmeath
24 May 2009 20:00 Masons (Derry) - VP Acoustic Showcase Derry
29 May 2009 20:00 VP Instore Gig - E2 Music Navan, Meath
29 May 2009 20:00 The Backroom - VP Acoustic Showcase Navan, Meath
1 Jun 2009 20:00 Whelans (Dublin) VP Acoustic Showcase Wexford St, Dublin
4 Jun 2009 20:00 2UIBestow Sessions w/Ham Sandwich Slane, Meath
5 Jun 2009 20:00 Paddy Blues Sessions Gorey, Wexford
18 Jun 2009 20:00 Freedom Cafe Sessions - Galway Galway City, Galway
19 Jun 2009 20:00 The Backroom w/Peadar Farrelly Navan, Meath
28 Aug 2009 20:00 The Purple Sessions Drogheda, Louth
29 Aug 2009 20:00 Rock D Lough, Slane (w/ Damien Dempsey) Slane, Meath

Lunasa are playing in The Button Factory this Friday and I'd love to see this band live!

Finally the Meath Event Guide has helped us out big time with the following in the next edition. Thanks again Trish!

Click here for high resolution version:

Ruby Tuesday - Andrew Handrick

It's getting very close to the LiveMicWeekend in Co. Wicklow. All the details can be found here: .... artists playing include Mark Geary, Elder Roach, Brian Canavan and this week's Ruby Tuesday artist Andrew Handrick.

According to his MySpace: "Born in Dublin, Ireland, currently based between Bray, Co Wicklow and Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy. Andrew is a self taught musician who writes edgy folk/rock music with deep, literate lyrics."

From what I've heard of Andrew Handrick I think the songs are well written with good vocals. I'm looking forward to Andrew's set just before blog favourite Mark Dignam as long as it doesn't take too long to put the tent up!


Monday, 11 May 2009

Monday Under The Covers: David Kitt

David Kitt's album The Nightsaver released a few months back is another excellent Irish album to come out this year. I was a big fan of David's first two albums but when we moved to the UK I lost track of David's progression through the albums 3 to 5. The Nightsaver is album number 6 and to me there is a return to the simplistic beauty of the first album in conjunction with new fresh electronic sounds. I'm really pleased to read that David is playing two festivals in Spain this July and his appearance on the Castlepalooza bill should be the big crowd puller this year! Here is David Kitt covering Prince.

When Doves Cry

30 May 2009 20:00 Happy Valley Festival Thomastown, Kilkenny
16 Jun 2009 20:00 White Horse Sessions Clare
26 Jun 2009 20:00 Bundoran Surf Fest Donegal
11 Jul 2009 20:00 Razzmatazz Barcelona, Barcelona
19 Jul 2009 20:00 Benacassiom Festival Valencia, Valencia
1 Aug 2009 20:00 Castlepolooza Festival Tullamore, Offaly

Sunday, 10 May 2009

I Am Not Lefthanded - Whelans Review

I Am Not Lefthanded played to a decent sized crowd on Tuesday 5th May upstairs in Whelans. The gig was free in with a 'Pay What You Like' system in place where you paid the amount you thought was fair.

The support for the gig was Murder Plan. They were amazing. Fronted by Stephanie with a powerful voice and a great image, the band create a fusion of sound which is fresh and exciting. Murder Plan bring together Jacques Brel style jazz, with raggae rhythm, indie rock and a singer who brings to mind Imelda May! Have a listen and tell me or them what you think!

Soul Dance
Nina's Waltz

I Am Not Lefthanded are a three piece based in London who are busy writing and recording their debut album. The set tonight shows a marked improvement on their previous show with the band's sound being alot tighter and sounding alot better. Here are the hightlights:

The current single Everybody Sleeps

Long Goodbyes [Quite possibly my favourite song of the year!]

Sunday Summer Song: My Brother Woody

My Brother Woody is one of Ireland's best acts who released a wonderful debut late in 2007. It's brimming full of folk pop tunes similar in style to Elliot Smith or The Thrills. This week's Summer sample should be downloaded to bring the Summer into your lives and lift the gloom from the recession!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Ham Sandwich for Slane

We would like to thank Ham Sandwich and Kiernan McMullan for confirming their appearance at the launch night of 'THe 2UIBestow Sessions' on 4th June.

Spread the word folks!

Ham Sandwich - Acoustic Video from 'Kick Out The Jams'

Kiernan McMullan - Cardboard Sword

Friday, 8 May 2009

The 2UIBestow Sessions Update

As someone with the most basic music talents it really does feel great to be the creator of something you know will be amazing. We believe we have three nights of great music lined up! Here's a taster of the line-ups!

Venue: Boyles, Slane
Time: 9pm
Admission: Free

June 4th The Launch Night

Star Crossed Enemies

July 2nd

Perry Blake

August 6th

It's Friday, I'm in Love with Jenny Lindfors

Dubliner Jenny Lindfors released an amazing debut album in 2007 titled 'When The Night Time Comes' and it's one of my favourite albums to relax to in the evening with a bottle of wine. Jenny now based in London is gearing up for the difficult second album by playing gigs in London, uploading demos onto her MySpace and by creating a YouTube account to show the creating process. You have to read about her encounter with Cat Stevens in the diary section here!

The Friday lovesong appears on that debut called Lovestage. The tune starts off with that lovely hum sound you get from an old tape. A beautiful tune wih Jenny singing over piano and chello.

Jenny Lindfors - Lovestage


By The Wayside live in The Sugar Club Aug 2007

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Album Review - Wayne Brennan 'In My Hands'

Wayne Brennan is an amazing musician and he can make the most beautiful sounds from his Spanish acoustic guitar. Wayne also has some quality tunes that come alive when you see this guy live. Strong songs include Make Me Smile, In My Hands and Moving Me which is the sample song. However 'In My Hands' is not the best representation of Wayne Brennan's talents.

The running order of the tunes make little sense because to my ears the best songs are towards the last third of the album. The awesome instrumental 'Peace in Your Mind' is nestled mid-set which gives an old LP two sides feel to the album. While there are strong songs on the album they are usually followed by a weak tune which disrupts the general overall feel to the album.

This is not to say that the album is bad. It's just I think Wayne has an amazing guitar playing talent which deserves a better album! Maybe I expected more because his live shows are so good!

In My Hands - 7 out of 12

I recommend you get to see Wayne Brennan & band live on his tour!

Tour Dates

14 May 2009 20:00 One Take Sessions Kilkenny
15 May 2009 21:00 The Stables Mullingar, Westmeath
17 May 2009 20:00 The Cheeky Social Sunday Club Cork, Cork
25 May 2009 21:00 Auntie Annies Belfast, Northern Ireland
29 May 2009 21:00 The Backroom Navan, Meath
30 May 2009 21:00 Birr Arts Theatre - Support to Mick Flannery Birr, Offaly
31 May 2009 21:00 Doyles Dublin, Dublin
1 Jun 2009 21:00 Whelans Dublin, Dublin
3 Jun 2009 20:00 The New Music Club Thurles, Tipperary
26 Jun 2009 20:30 The Cobblestone Dublin, Dublin

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

I Am Not Lefthanded - Tonight Whelans

Fancy a good gig to go to celebrate United's passage into the Champions League final? Or maybe you will want to drown your sorrows! Either way you got nothing to lose tonight because it's free in to see Murder Plan and I Am Not Lefthanded but you pay as you leave! Actually you can't leave until you pay..... massive big bouncers have been hired! Naaaa if you cant spare too much change the band honestly don't mind at all!

Murder Plan - Soul Dance

I Am Not Lefthanded - Endline

Ruby Tuesday - Pearse McGloughlin

I been meaning to write about Pearse McGloughlin for some time. The much travelled Pearse has a debut album ready to go for the summer and a host of dates to support it. As I write this I am listening to his MySpace tunes which are full of warm melodies and gentle soundscapes. Pearse's voice is similar to Neil Halstead from Slowdive over gentle guitar chords and arrangements. I'm cerainly looking forward to the debut but you can have a sneak peak with the sample mp3 below!

Pearse McGloghlin - Ways To Kill A Werewolf

Tour Dates

4 Jun 2009 20:00 OTV DSFM 93.9FM Dublin,
10 Jun 2009 20:00 Spirit Store (Tall Poppy Club) Dundalk
18 Jun 2009 20:00 Candlelight Sessions Waterford
26 Jun 2009 20:00 ORIGINS Cavan
30 Jun 2009 20:00 White Horse Sessions Clare
1 Jul 2009 22:00 ARTiculate Sessions Limerick
2 Jul 2009 20:00 Amnesty Cafe Galway
16 Jul 2009 20:00 Cleere’s Theatre Kilkenny
23 Jul 2009 20:00 NEAR FM
24 Jul 2009 20:00 Crawdaddy Dublin, Ireland
31 Jul 2009 20:00 Purple sessions Drogheda

Monday, 4 May 2009

Monday Under The Covers: The Frames

This is another attempt to tick as many boxes as possible in the one short post. Last night I had a very enjoyable drink in the Gravediggers pub next to Glasnevin cemetery made famous in the movie 'Agnes Brown'. It was like a time capsule to Ireland's past and has inspired today's cover by The Frames. Also it's nice to post a Dylan cover on the eve of his dates in the O2.

The Frames - You Ain't Going Nowhere

It's great to see that Marketa is gigging again. This time it's as support to Liam Ó Maonlai in her homeland of the Czech Republic and Austria.

Liam Ó Maonlaí on tour in the Czech Republic and Austria. Support by Marketa Irglova:

May 31: Divadlo Horni Pocernice, Prague, Czech Republic
June 1: Snemovni sal minoritskeho klastera, Opava, Czech Republic
June 2: Hvezdarna a planetarium Mikolase Kopernika, Brno, Czech Republic
June 3: Haus der Musik, Vienna, Austria
June 4: Jazz Tibet Club, Olomouc, Czech Republic
June 5: Kino Bios, Milevsko, Czech Republic
June 8: M-klub, Valasske Mezirici, Czech Republic

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Album Review: Sixteen Layers - I Am No One

'I Am No One' is a good rock album that deserves the biggest audience possible. Dublin band Sixteen Layers make music that will mean something to people. The lyrics in the main are accomplished and thoughtful. It's not easy to make a record with crashing guitars and booming drumbeats that makes the ear tune in on the vocals and lyrics. The band are good musicians and the vocal harmonies work very well. Standout tracks include 'Into The Sun' , 'Former You' and the title track. 'I Am No One' certainly nods to grunge influences of Pearl Jam and Nirvana while fans of Muse will be up for this album. A very strong debut by a band who I hope will broaden their horizons in the future to get this album to the masses!

Sixteen Layers - I Am No One (7 out of 12)
Tour Details

3 May 2009 22:00 Harbour Bar Bray, Co Wicklow
23 May 2009 15:00 Music Maker Dublin, Dublin
12 Jun 2009 20:00 The Sugar Club Dublin 2, Dublin
25 Jun 2009 20:00 Dolans Warehouse Limerick, Limerick

Sunday Summer Song: Barry McCormack

Barry McCormack is one of Ireland's best songwriters and consistently releases brilliant albums. Barry was a Jubilee Allstar who had built a decent following in Ireland for their Americana folk sound and great tunes. In 2003 he released his debut album 'We Drank Our Tears' which is still an album I regularly come back to time and time again. One of the best tracks is the beautiful sublime and tragic love song 'On A May Morning'

On a May Morning

Why not head on over to Barry's main website here and help yourself to a whole host of sample mp3s like this one here!

Jubilee Allstars - Let The Evening Bring Them Home

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Music News

If you are in the Navan area next Friday you could do much worst than check out The Lost Brothers singing in harmony in the intimate venue of 'The Backroom' at the Lantern Bar.

This is a nice tune on the banks of a lake called "Last Day on the Job":

I seem to be mentioning the Nialler9 blog alot these days but I have to send you there to read the Adrian Crowley review for his latest album, Seasons of the Sparks.

You will find in the link above a free download for this week only of the first single from the album 'The Wishing Seat' which is four minutes of blissful joy!

Also in a 'Principles before Pocket' move Adrian has decided against selling his album at his gigs to encourage us to go buy the album in the shops. Coming soon is an 8-track tribute album to Daniel Johnson he recorded with James Yorkston.

Entheos are a band who are interesting me at the moment. There are a couple of YouTube clips of them performing live and we have a fusion of Celtic Rock not seen since the days of Horslips! They play Whelans upstairs next Sunday 10th May with support from Fia Rua!

I'll be in Boyles, Slane next Saturday for a headline show by Wayne Brennan. Waye is such a sound bloke, a great guitarist and songwriter who has massive potential to do a Jack L and capture the hearts of Ray D'Arcy listeners!

Pancake Tuesday ..... which sadly was left off his debut released yesterday!

Finally .......... Garret Baker is doing Jazz Hands next to his debut album in town today which was also released yesterday. Garret's debut is definately a contender for 'Album of 2009'. More on that soon!

Friday, 1 May 2009

Pony Club - Whelans 1st May Review

Last night I was so impressed that Nialler got a review of the Camera Obscura gig online just hours after their ALT gig that I decided to post a review of Pony Club's gig just a few hours after they finished their set.

I have decided that Mark Cullen could well be the best lyricist in Ireland. His social commentaries and observations together with the indie pop of his music makes for a great night entertainment. Mark was in fine form in front of a sizable bank holiday crowd who appreciated every note from the set which included tracks from all three Pony Club albums.

Tracks played from Home Truths include: Single
Happy Families
Fuck With My Heart

and from Family Business: Dorset Street
Buried in the Suburbs

from Post Romantic: Last Bus,
I Still Fell The Same,
In Your Dreams
What Are You Angry For?

A new song was performed called 'Invincible' as well as an Elvis Costello cover which Mark introduced as a Depeche Mode penned tune. The six piece band played a smashing gig. The crowd were genuine Pony Club fans who know how to show their appreciation. For me the best moment was hearing 'Single' for the first time live which is one of my favourite songs ever. The worst bit was hearing a loud bass-line during the same song!

It's Friday, I'm in Love with Perry Blake

Perry Blake will be back touring this Summer across Europe and will release an updated version of his last studio album entitled 'Folks Don't Know'. If we can get Perry Blake to play 'The 2UIBestow Sessions' in Slane it will please me no end! In fact Perry is the perfect act we like promoting on the blog. He has had many fine albums with only moderate sales in Ireland however Perry sells out big shows in Europe and in particular in France. Maybe his next album will be called 'Folks Know Now'!

Perry Blake - Pretty Love Songs