Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Interview: Stephen Robinson

We are delighted to get to know Stephen Robinson through this interview. He is the former frontman of The Laundry Shop and is also the founder of Dublin's Volt Rehearsal and Recording Studios.

1. Who are you?
I am Stephen Robinson a Dublin born and bred Singer Songwriter.

2. Where are you based?
I am based in Dublin City. Currently spend most of my time in Volt Studios where I am recording my debut  solo album. 

3.    What achievements do you want me to know about?
I spent 6 years in a band called the Laundry Shop who played an entirely different type of music, made 2 albums, worked with big U.S producers and eventually imploded.

4. What are you up to now?
I can be found randomlyin scenic spots around Dublin recording songs into my phone for youtube videos in the meantime.

5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?
What I find unique about what I am doing right now is that I am trying to cultivate the idea of "the song" being the only real important factor in  what I am trying to communicate. Thats why I started by stripping everything down to some shitty recordings on a phone done in one take with no other instrumentation or big production. That's my starting point right now. Everything grows from there.

6. What is the best song ever written?
The best song ever written. Wow what a hard question! Ok I got it. The best song ever written is is A day in the Life till the McCartney bit comes in.

7. What's the best album ever made?
The Best Album ever made? Now you are making it tough. It's not made yet. I'm hoping for a June release. No really, em. Astral Weeks by Van Morrison makes me cry every time I hear it if I have had some wine. That record was playing during a lot of happy times in my life so I will go with that one.

8. What are your future plans?
My future plans are to get this record done by June and get out and play some festivals and spread the music wide and far but for now I need some dinner, I'm starving.

9. Where can I spend money on you or your product?
My new website below (thanks to the wonderful crew at Box Collective) is a place to find out all information about me and download some music. Right now its free so if you want to spend money on me you can pay for my dinner.

10. Last one, ...... Make Us Laugh 
Since I am not in a band any more I really like drummer jokes.....how can you tell a stage is level?....The Drummer is drooling from both sides of his mouth!


Friday, 20 March 2015

Interview: Sunset Sons who play Whelans on May 9th

Pete, The Bassist with Sunset Sons answered our Interview call! 
1.     Who are you?
Sunset Sons!
2.     Where are you based?
We all live in a small coastal town, Hossegor, which is in the south west of France. They fly there direct from Dublin with Ryanair – drop by for a beer sometime!!!
3.    What achievements do you want me to know about?
 Our new EP "The Fall Line" was released a few days back reached number one on the iTunes rock chart  and number 16 in the overall iTunes charts which is amazing. We were in the van and watched go all the way to number one as we drove to Newcastle!
4.    What are you up to now?
We are currently on tour in the UK, driving from St Ives to Bournemouth. Should’ve been a nice, easy four hours but things being as they are, roadworks set us back an hour so we've gotta cane it to get there in time. STANDARD! Just enough time to splash a bit of water on our faces, have a rum and coke and bounce on stage. But in more general terms, we are on tour supporting the EP release. 
5.    Name something unique about you or/and your product?
Good tunes spawned from three Brits and one Aussie in the south west of France. That’s unique I reckon. 
6.    What is the best song ever written?
Pretty heavy question. Jed says Born to Run by The Boss but it would be a close call between that, Bohemian Rhapsody or Stairway to Heaven for me. 
7.    What's the best album ever made?
Ooooohhhh...hmmmm...Thriller by MJ…Sergeant Peppers....?? Jed says Born to Run by the Boss again – we keep telling him that’s not the answer to everything and all he could say in return was, "IT'S BORN TO RUN BY THE BOSS!!!!"

8.     What are your future plans?
We have just finished recording our debut album in Nashville which comes out in September. Until then, we are going to be touring in the UK, Europe and a bit in the US: fun times ON THE ROAD!
9.   Where can I spend money on you or your product?
iTunes http://apple.co/1MF0K2U and go tosunsetsons.comand check out our merch…or you can come to the show and spend money on Guinness with us at Whelans in Dublin on 9 May!
10. Last one, ...... Make Us Laugh 
What’s blue and white and would kill you if it fell on your head……a fridge wearing a denim jacket!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Single Review: Amazing Apples - Lullaby

Single Review: Amazing Apples - Lullaby
by Peter Nagle

The new single from Amazing Apples is entitled 'Lullaby' and is hitting radio stations all over Ireland right this minute. 

The obvious thing to say is that 'Lullaby' certainly won't put you asleep but it also only lights up half way through when the violin and mandolin work in glorious synch with each other. The vocals sound laboured for this love song but the instrumentation is spot on. 

It's a good song but I bet they are keeping the best tracks back for Summer releases. 

Amazing Apples - Lullaby [7 out of 10]


Gig Preview: Gigonometry: The Workman's Club, Thursday 12th March

Gig Preview: Gigonometry: The Workman's Club, Thursday 12th March

With Grounds for Invasion
The Objectives
Cloud Culture

2Day's Tune: Gary O'Neill - If You're Ever Lonely [Street Ceol TV Special]

2Day's Tune: Gary O'Neill - If You're Ever Lonely

Street Ceol TV Special

This week on Ceol Collective the 2Day's Tune track will be chosen by the guys behind Street Ceol TV 

Kilkenny-man Gary O'Neill is a great guy with a beard to match. Hozier commented on him recently, saying "A rare, honest voice. His songs are both beautiful and sentimental - invoking memories, for me, of John Martyn'. Gary has been living in Dublin since November 2013 and has since been gigging relentlessly trying to hone his craft and build his reputation. His song 'If You're Ever Lonely', written for his traveling sister, demonstrates his very honest approach to songwriting and his amazing ability to work a guitar.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Festival News: Facefest 2015

Festival News: Facefest 2015

The family friendly BYOB one day festival in Charleville Castle is back on June 20th with a fine line-up of great Irish talent.

Listen to a number of the bands playing Facefest 2015:

More info: http://ioflynn.wix.com/facefest

Gig Preview: Choorpy Presents A Swap Gig, Heroes in Hiding & Sons Of Caliber

Gig Preview: Choorpy Presents A Swap Gig, Heroes in Hiding & Sons Of Caliber

Charity gig for BUMBLEance with two awesome Irish bands. Check them out here:

2Day's Tune: Alibhe Reddy - Timberlake [Street Ceol TV Special]

2Day's Tune: Alibhe Reddy - Timberlake [Street Ceol TV Special]

This week on Ceol Collective the 2Day's Tune track will be chosen by the guys behind Street Ceol TV 

Ailbhe Reddy has been tipped by many a source to have a successful 2015, which doesn't come as a surprise once you've heard her in action. Ceol Collective itself said -"Beautiful vocals, melodies, sentiments and lyrics make 'Dwell' and Ailbhe Reddy a must listen for fans of indie folk pop music". In 2014 Ailbhe performed at Knockanstockan, Spirit of Folk, TinkerMann and Whelans Ones to Watch. Keep an eye for her across this summer's festival season. 

Her song 'Timberlake' tells a tale of failed love, but love that was maybe always destined to fail. More info here http://www.streetceoltv.com/#!ailbhe-reddy/c1ll

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Charlotte Interview: James Cramer from Tupelo

Interview with James Cramer from Tupelo

by Charlotte Jakobsen

How did you become interested in music and songwriting?

Hearing Van Morrison when I was very young about 10. His voice hit me right to the core. The purity, honesty, beauty and balls of it astounded me and made me go out and buy all of his album's bit by bit, scraping the money to get them over the years. Then reading up on him he made me go back to the blues, country, folk and jazz, I began playing guitar then and hated learning other people's songs, I never wanted to do it and wanted to write my own compositions as soon as I could play two chords, singing other peoples songs didn't turn me on so I began writing.

How would you describe your music?

Curly, like my hair, not straight, a little bit funny, not for everyone but honest.

You got the inspiration for your first solo album “The lights of Lisnakay” from the poems of Matt Duggan. Who else inspire you?

Painter's really get my juices flowing. I go to galleries all the time and I love the freedom and madness of it all.When I go to a great exhibition, I marvel at that. Whether it be Sean Scully or Monet I just respect the work and it makes me want to up my game as someone who creates thing's.

What can the audience expect to see at a Tupelo concert?

Myself, Kev, Damo and Paul give our all every night. And you will always believe us when you see Tupelo play a show whether you are into it or not. Expect never to see the same gig twice, every night is a surprise.

2014 was a very successful year for Tupelo. What were the highlights?

The highlight is writing the songs and getting them down with the band. I'm not one for looking back and admiring what we have done or beating myself up over what we didn't do. It always, always about what's next. But at a push, Vetvika beach last July, Norway, was very special though. They expected 3-400 people. 2000 people came, you could only get to the gig by boat or a four hour hike. They hadn't enough boats to bring the people over so we could have had another 1000 people. We came around into the bay on a little rib doing 80 mile an hour, there was myself the band , two journalists and the promoters, our instruments were brought on a ship earlier. We came around the corner, the mountains stood around us like the gods leaning in on the beach, it was the most spectacular place for a concert and the bay was packed with yachts, motor boats and hundreds of hikers coming over the mountain. We were 2 hours late because our boats engine broke down in the north sea. So 3 flights, 3 boat rides, 2 taxis and one tour bus later we made it. It made national news in Norway on the TV, front page news in the paper's, they have wanted to put a gig on there for forty year's, and Tupelo did it, no better buachaillí.

In 2014 Tupelo played many sold out gigs in countries like Holland, Belgium, Russia and especially Scandinavia. Did you find it different to perform there compared to playing in front of an Irish audience?

Yes audiences are different in every country in Ireland and also different in every country in Europe. It sharpens your skills touring in different countries and keeps you on your toes. I have personally found a connection with our band, our song's and the Scandinavian people, long may it continue.

What is the wildest/funniest story you can tell from your 7 years with Tupelo?

Mmmm. At a festival in Scandinavia we were back stage after our show. We were a bit bored. There was a digger (JCB) there for some reason and wouldn't you know the key's were left in it. Myself and Kevin brought it for a drive around the harbour and up through the town, we were for those few hours, the grand Marshalls at the St Patrick's Day Parade waving at the lovely folks and giving them our love from the Tupelo float.

What plans do you have for 2015?

We are working on album no.3 and working on new material is a weekly thing in the band. There will be plenty of travelling and touring as we hit new territories. Outside of that I have been writing, recording and collaborating with numerous solo acts and band's that will come to fruition throughout the year.


Live Review: Vann Music - The Button Factory, March 7th, Review by Una Begley

Live Review: Vann Music - The Button Factory, March 7th, Review by Una Begley

Photo Credit: Pedro Giaquinto https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pedro-Giaquinto-Photography/239676282852694

In their biggest headline show to date, Vann Music took to the Button Factory stage to launch their new EP “Running” with an explosive set, supported by Emily McCormick and My Tribe Your Tribe.

With “Running” released on 6th March, and having warmed up with a HMV instore performance earlier in the day, it was clear that Vann Music were ready to celebrate. They have already established themselves as firm festival favourites, with their infectious synth-heavy previous releases such as “Tina” and “Life in Real Time” from debut EP “Electro Shock Dreams” always crowd pleasers.

However, their new tracks show a darker more reflective side to their music, especially in current single “Boy”, and a new-found funk edge, such as on “Repeat”, both of which serve to add a depth to their sound as a whole. While their previous releases have been insanely catchy, these new songs help to create a more distinctive, mature edge - the contrast between the tracks from their two EPs highlights their evolution as a band in a really exciting direction.

With a short and sweet set that left the crowd hungry for more, Vann Music stomped their way back onto the live scene in style - they've more dates scheduled around the country and I highly recommend trying to see them live. (For more tour dates, see here - http://www.vannmusic.com/shows)



2Day's Tune: Dale O'Hanlon - Never Again [Street Ceol TV Special]

2Day's Tune: Dale O'Hanlon - Never Again

This week on Ceol Collective the 2Day's Tune track will be chosen by the guys behind Street Ceol TV 

Dale O'Hanlon has undeniable raw talent, and is emerging as one to watch in the Irish independent music scene. To date he has opened shows for the likes of Aslan and the Original Rudeboys. His song 'Never Again' refers to those dreaded hangovers and to something we've all said before......"I'm never drinking again". More info here > http://www.streetceoltv.com/#!dale-ohanlon/c18hj


Sunday, 8 March 2015

2Day's Tune: Travis Oaks - Soul Son

2Day's Tune: Travis Oaks - Soul Son

Travis Oaks is the special guest on FM104's Open Mic with Ruairi Carroll tonight and are headlining the Ceol Collective Rocks St. Patrick's Weekend in The Grand Social on Saturday night.

Travis Oaks is a great rock band and will blow you away live next Saturday night.


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Festival News: Folkfest, Killarney, July 24th - 26th

Festival News: Folkfest, Killarney, July 24th - 26th 

Superb line-up for this inaugural "From Dusk .... Ireland FOLKFEST".

Listen to some of the acts performing:


The Unthanks

Luka Bloom


Album Review: Electro Sensitive Behaviour ft Perry Blake - Modern Love

Album Review: Electro Sensitive Behaviour ft Perry Blake - Modern Love

I've been a fan of Perry Blake for many years. He's released numerous albums and became very successful in Europe with moderate success here in Ireland. After a hiatus he's back with an album 'Modern Love' from a new electronic act 'Electro Sensitive Behaviour' with Glenn Garrett. The result is well ....... fun? 

I'm not an electronic music fan and at times the best thoughts I had for 'Modern Love' is that it sounds like a posh/Irish 'Pet Shop Boys'. But it really won me over with moments of delight and charm and I've really enjoyed listening to this album.

The quality stems from Perry's vocals and his songwriting. 'Folks Don't Know' is such a wonderful tune. Other highlights include 'Night & Day', 'Missing Person' and 'Michael Caine'. 

The whole album doesn't take itself seriously and it's fun from the start to finish. I genuinely can't get over how much this album grew on me. It'll appeal to fans of Jape as well as old Perry Blake fans.

Electro Sensitive Behaviour ft Perry Blake - Modern Love [7 out of 10]

Buy the album: http://electrosensitivebehaviouresbfeatperryblake.bandcamp.com/album/modern-love-2

Friday, 6 March 2015

Mix: Top 20 Tracks from Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition 2015

Mix: Top 20 Tracks from Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition 2015

The ETC longlist was published today and can be found here: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/etc-2015-longlist-announced-hear-the-acts-now/

These 20 tracks [in the below playlist] jumped out at me in the judging process. To choose my top 3 from that list was very difficult indeed. 

In the end I went with:

1. Eve & I http://www.eveandi.co.uk/

2. Tom Gee Band http://www.tomgeeband.com/

3. CryBabyCry https://www.facebook.com/CryBabyCryBand

Check out the best 20 songs I heard from as a Judge of Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition.

Gig Preview: Fight Like Apes, The Sugar Club, Monday March 16th

Gig Preview: Fight Like Apes, The Sugar Club, Monday March 16th

What a great gig in The Sugar Club on St. Patrick's Eve! Check out some Fight Like Apes and Bitch Falcon tunes now:

Spotlight: This Is NuMu

Spotlight: This Is NuMu

NuMu Productions are genuine people offering bands and musicians care, attention and expertise. Check out this short video to see what NuMu can do for you:

More info: http://www.wearenumu.com/

Live Review: Jack Savoretti - The Sugar Club, Mon 2nd March

Live Review: Jack Savoretti - The Sugar Club, Mon 2nd Sept

Review by Claire McConnell

The Sugar Club is packed to capacity as Jack Savoretti and band take to the stage, greeting the crowd quietly and respectfully before launching into Written in Scars, the title track to his new album. His last gig in Ireland was at the illustrious Ruby Sessions in Doyles which he admits was “a hugely intimidating experience” due to its well earned reputation.

Here in the surrounds of the former The Irish Film Theatre, the atmosphere very quickly turns from that of piqued anticipation to warm appreciation as Savoretti’s honeysuckle-soaked-in-whisky vocals soar through the room. His band is tight and lend skilfully to the performance, whilst always only giving the songs just what they need.

Backed by BMG Chrysalis, Written in Scars is his fourth studio release having been through the wars with various record companies in the past and almost quitting music for good. Tonight, his experience shows in his performance and he owns it. You get a sense that he has grown into his voice and musicality and delivers his set, a mixture of old and new material with charisma and confidence.

Having previously been described as making “music that you put onto cds to make girls fall in love with you”, the new material takes a very different shape to his previous works. With more of a focus on rhythm and a looser, more circular structure, he has almost perfected the art of writing pop songs. That is to say, that new songs such as Home, Back to Me and Other Side of Love are anthemic in their nature, much more accessible and could easily work as single releases, fitting into radio edit requirements with little rework.

Savoretti blends the up-tempo with some solo acoustic tracks. Once Upon a Street is a beautiful country –tinged folk song which he explains was inspired by his father who constantly played Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash to him when he was a child, before sliding into his own rendition of the track, much to the delight of the crowd. He has built up and maintains a strong rapport with his fans throughout the show tonight and in general via his online media presence and impressive PR train. He calls for pints of Guinness on stage realising that drinking Chianti in Dublin is “just ridiculous”. Various catcalls and swoons from the crowd throughout the set lend to the relaxed vibe of the night and cause quite a few outbursts of giggles, but who can blame them, the boy is beautiful and he is clearly adept at handling this kind of attention.

He opens the encore with a relatively unknown cover by Bob Dylan entitled Nobody ‘Cept You which he explains he discovered by chance when listening to a bootleg in Jackson Browne’s studio several years ago. The show closes with Come Shine a Light and the driving chorus has the crowd on their feet and clapping along as the band exit the stage and head straight to the merch table.

Perhaps it was the lack of industry backing that has held him from getting the attention he deserves until now or perhaps it simply happened for a reason, to allow him to cut his teeth and find his voice. One thing is for sure, the next show he plays here won’t just be packed with ardent Monday night gig-goers in a bizarrely snowy Dublin, Jack Savoretti’s star is very much in the ascension, you’ll see. I love to say I told you so.


2Day's Tune: The Academic - Different

2Day's Tune: The Academic - Different

This new single from The Academic is a great pop song from a band who are playing a number of UK & Irish festivals this Summer. They include The Sea Sessions, Barn on a Farm, Live at Leeds and many more.


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Festival News: First 26 Acts Confirmed For Knockanstockan

Festival News: First 26 Acts Confirmed For Knockanstockan

Syd Arthur, Cult Called Man, Bitch Falcon, Twin Headed Wolf, Gascan Ruckus, Rocstrong, Robocobra Quartet, O Emperor, Kingston, Red Enemy, The Eskies, Tucan, Contour, Rebecca Collins, Vernon Jane, Leo Drezden, Bunoscionn, New Secret Weapon, Megacone, Interskalactic, Mongoose, Hector Bizerk, Pockets, Bunk, The Witch Trials, Mama Kasbah.

More info: http://knockanstockan.ie/

Interview: Vann Music

Interview: Vann Music

1. Who are you?

I'm Rob von Bergen and I am the drummer in Vann Music!

2. Where are you based?

I am based in South Dublin but originally from Wexford.

3. What achievements do you want me to know about?

Well most recently, we hit the dizzy heights of number 2 in the iTunes album charts with our brand spanking new EP 'Running'. The only thing that got in our way was the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack, which is also spanking new.....

4. What are you up to now?

Right now myself and the band are gearing up for a nationwide tour. We're looking forward to hitting the road and playing some great venues all around the country. You can check out the full list of dates at http://www.vannmusic.com/shows

5. What is the best song ever written?

Wow, that is a toughie. Growing up, I can remember listening to Queens Bohemian Rhapsody continuously on my walkman thinking this is the best thing I've ever heard. Operatic sections, ballad sections...hard rock sections, the epicness of it all! So I guess that is the logical choice. Although there is a few honorable mentions such as the latest offerings of Mattress Mick. You can check it out here!

BACK WITH A BANG The Mattress Song

6. What's the best album ever made?

Again, going back to my childhood, I remember watching Michael Jackson in the video for Bad, trying to replicate all his moves (I still try the odd time after a few beers). When I finally saved up enough to buy the album, it didn't disappoint. It had 7 top 10 hits, a record that wasn't beaten until recently by Calvin Harris. It's an album I could listen to from start to finish, over and over.

7. What are your future plans?

The plan is to continue playing music until the world decides otherwise. It's been an amazing journey so far with the lads in Vann Music and long may it continue!

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

You can head over to iTunes and pre-order our new EP 'Running' which is being released this Friday the 6th of March. Our first EP 'Electro Shock Dreams' and also two singles 'Tina' and 'Gold & Silver' we released last year are also available. Other than that, you could also buy me a coffee any time and I'm also quite partial to a Boojum burrito.

9. Last question, ...... Make Us Laugh

This is a blooper video from one of my favourite TV shows 'Extras'. Listening to some of the things Patrick Stewart has to say in this scene, I don't know how Ricky Gervais was actually able to get through it. I dare anyone not to laugh!

Check out the brand new video from Vann Music for their single 'Boy'. It's an awesome video for a great song.

Mix: Music From Ireland 2015 SXSW

Mix: Music From Ireland 2015 SXSW

The schedule for the 'Music From Ireland' showcase at SXSW is the best ever. The diversity of Irish acts performing SXSW is unreal. Flying the flag in Austin, Texas are:

Fight Like Apes

Orla Gartland

Walking on Cars

Girl Band


Le Galaxie


Buffalo Sunn

The Lost Brothers


2Day's Tune: Danny G & The Major 7ths - Be With You

2Day's Tune: Danny G & The Major 7ths - Be With You

Irish Funk? Yes indeed, with nostailgic 80's vibes, Danny G & The Major 7ths have a super video for their new single 'Be With You'.


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Festival News: Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2015 Line-up

Festival News: Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2015 Line-up

For €15 entrance you get a quality Irish act and an evening of racing in Ireland's premier racecourse. 

Sure, where would you get it?

June 11 - Aslan

June 18 - The Hot Sprockets

June 25 - Delorentos

July 09 - Hermitage Green

July 16 - The High Kings

July 23 - Damien Dempsey

August line -up TBA


Live Videos: Top 5 Recent Videos at Abner Browns

Live Videos: Top 5 Recent Videos at Abner Browns

Abners in Rathmines is a Barbershop by day and a BYOB venue at night which is attracting the best Irish acts to perform in. 

Here's the best five recent videos filmed by Razor Cuts Productions. 

Duke Special

Youth Mass

Riot Tapes

Sinead White

The Dublin City Rounders



2Day's Tune: Majestic Bears - Not Everyone That Wanders Is Lost

2Day's Tune: Majestic Bears - Not Everyone That Wanders Is Lost

Galway band Majestic Bears recently performed 'Not Everyone That Wanders Is Lost' for the GTI music sessions and it's a cracking tune. Go check it out.


Follow the GTI Music Sessions
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GtiSessions
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GTI-Mu...

The GTI Music Sessions are a voluntary collaboration between musicians and the students of The Galway Technical Institute.

The GTI Music Sessions crew:
Dylan Connolly: Founder/Sound Engineer.
Ryan Friel: Sound Assistants
Barry Smyth: Director.
Ian Donohue: Director of Photography
John McDonagh: Camera.
Colm Dunne: Producer/Presenter/Editor

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Festival News: Doolin Folk Festival 2015 Line-Up

Festival News: Doolin Folk Festival 2015 Line-Up

Festival news is coming thick and fast. Doolin Folk Festival's recently revealed line-up is a great mix of singer-songwriters, young exciting trad groups and stalwarts of Irish and International folk. 

A mid June trip to Doolin looks good to us. 

Listen to three of the acts playing here: 


2Day's Tune: Fox Jaw - Siren's Call

2Day's Tune: Fox Jaw - Siren's Call

Limerick's 'Fox Jaw' are back with a awesome song 'Siren's Call' and a great video to accompany it. This is easily the best release from 'Fox Jaw'. Stunning. 

Directed by Shane Serrano
Concept by Shane Serrano & Ronan Mitchell
Starring: Graham Gill & Nigel Mercier

Link: https://www.facebook.com/foxjaw.ie

Monday, 2 March 2015

Tour Preview: Turning Pirate Presents The Very Round Robin

Tour Preview: Turning Pirate Presents The Very Round Robin

with Declan O'Rourke,
The Young Folk

What an awesome line-up of acts touring Ireland early in May. Tour poster is below. A must see tour. The Unitarian Church gig will be awesome. 

Interview: Paradox

Interview: Pete from Cork band Paradox

1. Who are you?
- I'm Pete Mac from the band Paradox. We are a 3 piece Alternative Rock band. I'm the singer, guitarist and songwriter. The band was formed in 1997 by my brother/drummer Mike and myself.

2. Where are you based?

- Cork, Ireland

3. What achievements do you want me to know about?

- We've released 4 albums to date. Our debut album 'Circle of Growth' was recorded in 2000 and released on a US indie label in LA. The following 3 albums were DIY albums without a label. We shot a music video for our track Mr. Bureaucracy taken from our last album 'Corporate Pollution'. The video was nominated for the Berlin Music Video Awards 2013, The Portobello Film Festival in London and the Dublin International short film and music festival in Dublin. Here's the video if you have the chance to check it out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUVxYKrKULQ
Track 'Repress Excess' also from 'Corporate Pollution' was part of a soundtrack to a Canadian horror movie titled 'Truth' which screened at the Cannes Festival and also won an award at the Canada International Film Festival.

We played support to Therapy? in 2012, Kerbdog in 2013 and opened for Japanese Punk band Shonen Knife in 2014. 

4. What are you up to now?

- We recently released our 4th album in January titled 'Chapters'. The new album has been a working progress for over a year which originated in September 2013. The album was recorded at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork with musician and engineer Brian Casey behind all the production, mixing and mastering of the album. The track 'Nothing Lasts' was chosen as the first single from the album and also has a music video to go along with it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FQBRZLg1nM
We are currently working on a new music video for the second single titled 'Eat'.

5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?

- Hmm well we are an Alternative Rock band with a 90's Grungy feel to our music so people say in the year 2015. We've always released full length albums as opposed to EP's. We're big fans of proper albums so we always took the time to record a full length album in the studio. Our new album has the addition of Cello thanks to Maeve Kelly which is something we didn't have on our previous albums. My brother Mike and myself played everything as a 2 piece every time we were in the studio recording an album. We've gone through many bass players. We now have female bassist Jette playing with us for the past 5 plus years.

6. What is the best song ever written?

- Tough question. I guess it's a matter of preference here really since I can think of loads based on when I heard the song in my life.. so for me at this point in time I would have to say - Jeff Buckley - Grace

7. What's the best album ever made?

- Again there's a ton of great albums so from my own preference and as an album and band that changed my life it has to be Nirvana - Nevermind.

8. What are your future plans?

- We are currently shooting a music video for our new single titled 'Eat' from the new album. The track was inspired by the documentary 'Earthlings' and focuses on the treatment of animals in todays society. The video will be a reflection of this. Phoenix Pictures are behind the production and we're aiming to do a stop motion type animated video which is something we haven't done yet. We're planning further shows both in Ireland and abroad to promote the new album. We also have 3 dates in April lined up playing the music of Nirvana with fellow Cork Rockers Screenreader. We organised something similar last year to mark the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain which started in Cork and ended up going as far as Galway. The turn out was so great we thought we would do something similar again this year. Titled 'Smells like Nirvana' we currently have the following dates ::

- Sat. April 11th - DeBarra's, Clonakilty, West Cork
- Fri. April 17th - Cobblestone Joes, Limerick
- Sat. April 25th - Crane Lane Theatre, Cork

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

- People can buy our physical CD's from CD Baby - http://www.cdbaby.com/all/paradoxrock
All our albums are also available digitally everywhere from iTunes, Amazon to Spotify.
Here's our new album 'Chapters' on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/chapters/id958282470
Streaming on Spotify -

It can also be downloaded on Bandcamp -

10. Last question, ...... Make Us Laugh
Always find this guy funny :)

Festival News: Body & Soul Presents ÉRIU - Irish Museum of Modern Art, March 16th

Festival News: Body & Soul Presents ÉRIU - 
Irish Museum of Modern Art, March 16th

ÉRIU‬ is a vibrant celebration of contemporary Irish culture, music and cuisine. It's a chance to experience decadence in a historic setting, to introduce yourself to exciting emerging acts and feast on the music you already love and we're delighed it's part of St. Patrick's Festival Ireland's I Love My City programme.

Listen to some of the acts playing ÉRIU.

2Day's Tune: Spies - Sea Creature

2Day's Tune: Spies - Sea Creature

A quality tune now from Dublin rock band 'Spies'. Sea Creatures is an epic, brooding alternative rock song with awesome vocals. Check it out now.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Album Review: The Hedge Schools - At The End of a Winding Day

Album Review: The Hedge Schools - At The End of a Winding Day

Review by Peter Nagle

Rarely has an album title been such a good instruction manual as 'At The End of a Winding Day'. This is a calming album of hushed sentiments, delicate arrangements and lingering atmosphere from Dublin band The Hedge Schools which is designed for relaxed late night listening.

I did struggle on the first few listens in the car as I was either on the way or returning from work so the involuntary demand of repeat plays from night time listening surprised me somewhat. 

The drawn out style of Patrick Barrett's vocals suits the atmospheric feel of the album but can at times prevent clarity of lyrics and therefore while the music arrangement is outstanding throughout, many songs come and go without leaving a lasting impression. 

I found the 'second' half of the album must better than the first. In fact the final three tracks are quality with album closer 'A Song For JM Barrie' being the outstanding track on the album. 

'At The End of a Winding Day' has a lot going for it if you give it time to breath. It's released now through bandcamp and there's a special performance of the album in it's entirety in The Kevin Barry Room at The National Concert Hall on March 12th.

The Hedge Schools - At The End of a Winding Day 
[7 out of 10]

Links: http://thehedgeschools.bandcamp.com/album/at-the-end-of-a-winding-day