Year of the Dog: Pillow Queens release brand new video for their track ‘Favourite’

Dublin quartet Pillow Queens have released a brand new video for their song ‘Favourite’. Directed by the ever excellent Bob Gallagher (see his previous work with Girl Band and Enter Shikari) and produced by band member Sarah Corcoran, the video is set at an unconventional dog show and features plenty of bathroom dealings (heh) and brown envelopes changing hands. It’s a hoot to watch and kind of reminds me of the King of the Sheep episode of Father Ted. 

According to the band the main influences were old episodes of Antiques Roadshow, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the general look of the 80’s – specifically prom portraits. Many of the dogs featured in the video are friends of Cara Rescue Dogs, so check them out too! They do great work.

The track itself is a super catchy slice of alt-rock goodness that’s been stuck in my head receiving multiple daily listens since it was released on Soundcloud earlier this month. It comes in advance of Pillow Queens new EP State of the State which will be released on March 16th through Bristol based indie label Specialist Subject.

Pillow Queens will be embarking on a UK/Ireland tour to coincide with the release, finishing up with a headline show in Dublin’s Workmans Club on April 21st. Tickets for the show are on sale now price €15. 

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All Together Now drops it’s first wave of acts for it’s debut in August.

The new festival from POD (the people who brought us Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit and the RHK concerts), All Together Now, has just dropped it’s first wave of acts for it’s debut on the August Bank Holiday weekend and it already looks fantastic!

The Waterford weekender will see the likes of Fleet Foxes, Underworld, Roisin Murphy, First Aid Kit, Chaka Khan, Nils Frahm and Mogwai hit the stages on the Curraghmore Estate with a a slathering of theatre, comedy and spoken word entertainment still to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 9am priced €149.50 and can be purchased from

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The Scratch release breathtaking new video for ‘The Road to Ballyshannon’

Dublin Acoustic Folk-Rockers The Scratch have released a breathtaking new video for their instrumental track ‘The Road to Ballyshannon’. The video would put Tourism Ireland to shame, it’s chock full of gorgeous vistas and sprawling coastlines. There’s a bit of craic thrown in at the end as well for good measure. The track features on their recently released Old Songs EP.

If you haven’t heard of The Scratch yet, you’re in for a treat. They describe themselves as ‘acoustic rock music that sounds like a pint of guinness to the ears’. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Recent singles have included ‘The Punisher’, a cautionary tale to pub-talkers everywhere, and Shadow,  a collaboration with Loah. Both are absolute earworms that demand repeat listens. I can’t wait to hear what the lads come out with next.

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INTRODUCING: Oscar Mild offer a breath of fresh air with first single ‘Sit Right’

The brilliantly named Oscar Mild are a newly formed four piece progressive folk band hailing from Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Led by vocalist and main songwriter Philip Mc Mahon with Sean Wynne on drums, the band are a regular pedigree of the west of Ireland’s musical heritage. Joe Padfield, former front man of the fantastic math rock group ‘Race the Flux’ takes up lead guitar as well as overseeing the recording/production/mixing of the bands upcoming debut EP ‘The Boy Who Fell From the Sea’. Tomas Concannon, the former frontman of Galway alt-rockers ‘Ka tet’ completes the line up on bass.

The band have just released their first single ‘Sit Right’ on the new Galway indie label Umbrella Records.

Sit Right starts off simply with a catchy and effective acoustic guitar line, but it quickly sets itself apart from your general folk tune with the addition of lush vocal harmonies and lots of underlying sonic textures. The chorus section is a surprising and welcome lift, further adding to the vast dynamic range on display here. The bright sounding second guitar and shuffling drums compliment Philips gorgeous lead vocal throughout.

Overall an extremely promising start from the Connacht natives, I look forward to seeing what else they’ve got to offer!

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