Dublin Punk/Trash Rockers Panik Attaks are a bit of a supergroup consisting of members of some of Irelands best known bands. They are: Rob Walsh (Cold Comfort), Mick Pyro (Republic of loose) Trevor Keogh (New Secret Weapon) Alex Harvey (Thumper) and Rian Trench (Leo Drezden, Solar Bears). The group are trying something a little different with the distortion fuelled music on display here and it really works.
‘Psychotic Delusions’ is the first single from their upcoming debut EP, which just rapped up recording in Wicklow’s The Meadow studio. The EP will release early next year but for now you can feast your ears on the blistering first track. It’s fast, heavy, short and to the point. Rob Walsh channels his inner Jagger in the video, perhaps with a little more edge!
The annual Irish Music Christmas Party is back in it’s original Dingle setting this weekend and they’ve just released the full festival schedule for this year’s entry!
The timetable is chock full of incredible acts from every corner of the country and beyond. The performances in the intimate St. James’s Church will be live streamed to a number of venues in the town for those not lucky enough to get in & the music trail will provide plenty of live music throughout the weekend from some of Irelands most promising young acts including Kojaque, Sorcha Richardson, Pine The Pilcrow, I Have a Tribe, Dowry, Junior Brother,Wastefellow, Thumper and many many more.
Check out the full schedule and music trail playlist below, we’ll see you there!
You may be moping around like a drowned rat in that horrible weather but it’s not all bad news! The Christmas of the Summer, KnockanStockan, is back just in time for the traditional Winter Christmas.
The country’s premiere independent music festival will return to the shores of the Blessington Lakes, arguably the most beautiful festival site in Ireland, on July 19th, 20th and 21st 2019 with Early Bird Tickets going on sale this Friday at 9AM for an absolute steal at €99. You can grab them at knockanstockan.ie but you’d better hurry as they probably won’t last long!
After a sensational weekend in 2018 which featured unforgettable sets from The Olllam, Kojaque, Vernon Jane and over 150 other Irish and International showstoppers, plans are under way for our yearly pilgrimage to the idyllic valley.
Dublin Indie-punk quartet Pillow Queens have released a brand spanking new video for their single ‘Gay Girls’. The track is the groups first since March’s ‘State of the State’ EP and was produced by Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK, Bell X1) in Attica Studios in Co. Donegal.
The track is about intoxicating lust and relentless religious repression, a theme which is compounded by a raucous outro featuring a full choir of singing voices.
Their previous music video for ‘Favourite’ was recently awarded Best Irish Music Video at the Irish Film Festival London and this new video from Director Kate Dolan could well be a contender for next year’s awards. It’s a super charming depiction of a communion money blowout by 4 girls, treating themselves to all the exciting things a local community can offer a 7 year old. Bottles of Cadet Orange, chips and sweet & sour flying saucers galore!
We’re delighted to share the first single from The False and the Fair‘s upcoming debut EP ‘The Space In Between’. The band have given us a slew of singles over the last 2 years as well as some fantastic live videos but the new EP will be their first extend release. If this first track ‘In The Shade of The Mountain’ is anything to go by, you’re going to want to pick this one up when it drops on November 18th.
The vocals in the verse draw the listener in with a comforting familiarity, painting the scene beautifully and taking us to another part of the world where we can relax. The track then expands into a full blown psychedelic 60’s tinged instrumental section that echoes the original melody that elevates the song above your average folk ballad. I can’t wait to hear what else these guys have in store on the rest of the EP.
THE FALSE AND THE FAIR present ‘In the Shade of the Mountain’, the lead single from their upcoming EP.
On a camping trip in the Wicklow mountains, Tommy was the first to wake up. He climbed some rocks and sat down, headphones on, looking down over the campsite where his friends slept. As he breathed in the cool morning air, the voice of Townes Van Zandt reverberated in his ears:
“…the sun will rise soon on the False and the Fair.”
In that moment a band was born. Once assembled, Cormac, Adam and Jacob wove their psychedelic web around Tommy’s distinctive vocals and folk songwriting to create a uniquely atmospheric blend of alternative rock. New single ‘In the Shade of the Mountain’ pays tribute to these origins while celebrating the beauty of the natural world in which we all strive for purpose.
California hip hop veteran 2 piece People Under The Stairs recently brought their rambunctious live show to The Sugar Club and Choice Cuts were kind enough to bring me along to take some photos.
It was incredible night of music, with Dublin DJ Handsome Paddy warming up the crowd with a mix of obscure beats and oldskool classics before People Under The Stairs took control of the packed out venue and treated us to an education in street knowledge.
Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal) describe themselves as “just good old hip-hop”, but in truth there’s a something more here. The group excel at the fundamentals that brought the genre to the world stage: deep groove samples, irresistible breakbeats, and simplistic street corner emceeing. Double K’s skills on the turntable are undeniable, sampling everything from soul, jazz, reggae and especially funk. This bedrock is the perfect platform for Thes One’s laid back and somehow simultaneously heavy hitting rhymes. The guy can spit! On the few tracks that both MC’s rap on they display the kind of off the cuff chemistry that can only come from years of practice.
The whole evening was slightly bittersweet as the group announced it was to be their 2nd last ever show, with the final one taking place in London’s Jazz Café the following night. All we can do is keep listening to their excellent back catalogue and hope they someday change their minds….