Submissions are open for the Other Voices Music Trail in Dingle


Other Voices returns to it’s original home of Dingle, Co. Kerry for the 18th edition of the TV show come festival from November 29th to December 1st. A constant favourite of TMFTML, the event will see some heavy hitters from at home and abroad perform to an intimate audience in St. James’ Church and also includes the Dingle Gin Music TrailAfter DarkBanterMusic Trail West and Ireland’s Edge events.

The Dingle Gin Music Trail will see acts performing across a series of local venues such as Nelliefred’s, John Benny’s, Paul Geaney’s, McCarthy’s, The Marina, Nelligan’s, Curran’s and An Chonail. Many of these venues will also offer live streaming of the main event in the Church.

Artists can apply to play on the Music Trail by heading to this link and filling out the form.

Tickets to the Dingle Gin Music Trail have an early registration fee of €30, which is available now until November 18th. From November 19th the registration fee will increase to €50. All those who register will be entered into draws for ticket to St. James’ Church, Ireland’s Edge, new Other Voices’ merchandise, local restaurant vouchers and more. To register, click here.

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Arcwords release new single ‘Father Figure’, a guitar-hook laden indie anthem with an emotional core.

‘Father Figure’ is a brand new song from Dublin-based indie quartet Arcwords. Following the release of their debut single ‘Toughen Up’ in April, Arcwords reentered the studio to record three new singles.

The first of these is Father Figure, a catchy indie anthem packed full of guitar hooks with a strong emotional core. The track is produced by Umbrella Records omnipresence Joseph Padfield (Race the Flux/Bannered Mare).

Father Figure’s release is accompanied by a music video, directed by frequent collaborator Olivia McLaughlin, and starring Kevin McMahon as a son dealing with the recent loss of his father.

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Arcwords are a four-piece, Dublin based indie band. After meeting as students in BIMM Dublin,
Arcwords have spent the last three years drawing upon post-punk and math rock styles to create a guitar-driven, hook filled sound. Arcwords combine influences such as Bloc Party, TTNG, the Smiths, and Everything Everything, to bring something new to the indie rock table.

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Gig of the Week: Fox Jaw, Slouch, Knifebear and Lost in Your Mind take over Workman’s this Thursday

FoxJaw, Slouch, Knifebear and Lost in Your Mind(formerly Drastics) take over The Workman’s Club tomorrow night for what’s sure to be a riff filled head banger of an evening. Tickets are an absolute bargain at €5, more details on the Facebook Event page here. Check out the acts below and get yourself down to the gig, doors are at 7:30pm.

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Kojaque & Luka Palm heat things up on new ‘Green Diesel’ project.

Kojaque and Luka Palm are back with a brand new project called Green Diesel. The pair have collaborated in the past, notably on ‘Politicksis‘ from Deli Daydreams & more recently in singles ‘Date Night’ and ‘Airbnb’, both of which feature on the new album alongside 6 brand new tracks.

The pairs natural chemistry which comes across so easily on stage really transfers to the new project with the two swapping bars throughout. The record seems to be a more confident step out, less introspective than Deli Daydreams it brings a little less love and a little more braggadocio to the table.

Featuring production from long time collaborators Kean Kavanagh & Gaptoof plus newcomers Matt Finnegan, CHLOBOCOP and New Machine the record is a step in a new direction for the Soft Boy crew incorporating lo-fi and modern beats with fast flowing dynamic vocals. 

Check it out for yourself below:

Kojaque and Luka Palm start a nationwide tour later this month before heading off around Europe to support UK rapper slowthai.

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Bury Me With My Money look inwards with their new single ‘Okay’, exploring the implications of religious upbringing on the psyche.


Bury Me With My Money are a five piece band from Mayo & Galway. They joined indie label Umbrella Records (home to Bannered Mare, Oscar Mild and Derek Ellard & the Future Business Model) in 2018 and have released two singles in the last year, ‘Grow‘ and ‘Marmite‘ both taken from the debut EP ‘Karosi’

Their newest single ‘Okay’ is a quirky mix of synth and acoustic sounds. It talks about the difficulty of being raised in a religious tradition and how breaking away from that can be a psychologically difficult experience, but ultimately leads to positive personal growth. 

I sat down with bandleader Tomás Concannon to chat about the meaning behind the song, the band and what we can expect in the future from BMWMM:

TMFTML: It’s been 9 months since your last single, Marmite, was released. Can you tell me a little bit about what you’ve been up to? Sounds like the band might have a baby in the oven!  
TOMÁS: Ya it’s been a bit of a stretch to be fair… but I’m happy to say we have birthed a baby boy called Adam Downey! To be honest we’re worse than spinal tap when it comes to drummers and despite playing no live shows, Adam is now the fourth drummer to cross the Bury Me With My Money threshold. However, we’re happy to say that power rangers are go! and we’re finally booking shows and begging to tour the EP Karosi at last. We’ve also began pre-production on another set of songs that will likely manifest itself as another EP. 
 
TMFTML: You’ve filled the live bands ranks with some of the finest musicians in the west of Ireland, with members of Race The Flux, Bannered Mare and of course Ka tet. Has the writing process changed from the projects inception? Is it more collaborative now or are you still pulling all of the strings behind the curtain? 
TOMÁS: Ya, we’ve gathered a great bunch of lads now and everyone gels well, which is half the battle. I’m still writing the guts of the songs and Joseph Padfield (Bannered Mare) is still our producer, but I’m also aware that each member is the most talented at their chosen instrument. Unlike the first EP where Joe & myself played almost everything on the EP bar the drums, which were played by Sean Wynne from Oscar Mild, this time round we have the opportunity to workshop the songs with the band and alter them so they are more natural and generally tastier! Half the reason it’s taken so long to get the band gig ready is because the previous EP was written on the computer, piece by piece. It was all very un-natural for a live musician to play and comprehend. So nowadays, I have the restriction of five actual human beings to consider and that’s actually helped in the writing process as there are boundaries to consider now.
 
TMFTML: This project is very different to your previous work with Ka tet. What that a conscious decision, or more of a natural progression towards more atmospheric and electronic soundscapes? Who are some of your main influences on BMWMM’s sound? 
TOMÁS: I played guitar in Ka tet which was a three piece, but I would never have considered myself a guitarist per se. Guitar was a necessary tool to write and perform with Ka tet. So when we broke up, I gave up the struggle to command the guitar and turned inward to Ableton and began experimenting with synths and excessive percussion. At the time I wasn’t even sure if the songs would ever be performed live, so there was no restrictions put on the choice of instruments and sounds I could use to write a song. Then eventually, one drunken night, I tricked Joseph Padfield into agreeing to produce me and we took the spirit of having no restrictions on the soundscape we were making and we just went for it. Of course that came back to bite him in the ass when he had to re-produce them sounds live, but I’m happy to say he’s a genius and he’s nailing it!
TMFTML: You mentioned that ‘Okay’ is about the difficulty of being raised in a religious tradition and how breaking away from that can be a psychologically difficult experience, but ultimately leads to positive personal growth. Tell us a little bit about that. Did you grow up in a very religious household? What age were you when you started to break away from those traditions, and how did that experience effect you personally? 

TOMÁS: I grew up in a very traditional, middle class, rural Irish, catholic home. Then around the time of my tenth birthday, my mum began exploring a range of other religions and various spiritual practices. I was apart of her journey for five to six years and eventually just turned my back on it all. I have never returned to organised religion, but now days I’m more open to the a range of possibilities out there (the universe is a big ass place), and I’m not closed off to the lessons hidden within the ancient teachings of most religions. 

I also think some of the benefits of those experiences in my youth created a strong interest in the well-being of my fellow man, also a massive interest in the human psyche and the play between good and evil in people. I think that’s reflected in most of my music, especially in my earlier music, I felt my songs had to have purpose and portray a valuable message for others as well as myself. 

TMFTML: Do you think Ireland moving away from those same traditions as a country is having a positive effect on our mental health and well-being as a society? Do you notice any negative effects this shift has had? 
TOMÁS: I definitely think it’s effected our country, both for better and worse. I’ll never agree with the behavior of the catholic church (we all know how that panned out), but I do think we’ve over looked some of the benefits of some spiritual practices. How prayer and meditation can help clarify your thoughts and relieve stress and with the hectic lives we all live now I think elements of those practices could really help some people. We’ve also lost the strong sense of community we once had as a catholic nation. I don’t think there has been any unifying community that has come close to bringing people together like the church did. 
TMFTML: What are your plans for the band? Bedroom noodles, or world domination? Somewhere in between? 
TOMÁS: Noodles in bed is always gonna be messy, and I don’t think I have the energy for world domination. I think I’ll always continue to make music, it’s good for the soul, but I also love live performance and I’d like to do that full time. So if we could carve a stable career in music where we can all sustain a decent livelihood and gain some recognition for the art we make without loosing the run of ourselves, I’ll be a happy camper. 
TMFTML: Thanks for taking the time to chat to me! Where can we catch you live in the near future? 

TOMÁS: No problem! We play ‘The Fun Machine’ in Fibber Magees, Dublin on Sept 12th and The Roisin Dubh Galway on September 13th. Tickets to both shows will be available on the door 😉

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PREMIERE: Panik Attaks release new single ‘Save My Soul’ ahead of Electric Picnic performance.


We’ve covered Panik Attaks before. The 5 piece Dublin band are a bit of a supergroup consisting of Rob Walsh (Cold Comfort), Mick Pyro (Republic of loose) Trevor Keogh (New Secret Weapon) Alex Harvey (Thumper) and Rian Trench (Leo Drezden, Solar Bears).

Their new single, Save My Soul (recorded in The Meadow by the prolific Deaf Bros duo), is an 80’s Misfits era tinged punk banger complete with the hallmark driving rhythms, crunching bass and distant vocals of the genre. The tune takes a turn around the halfway mark, grinding down to an almost Band Of Skulls-esque garage breakdown before ramping up to a blistering finish in it’s last minute.

 

Panik Attaks play the Trailer Park Stage at Electric Picnic TODAY at 7:45.

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This Ain’t No Disco to return with 2nd season!

The makers of the excellent Irish music documentary series This Ain’t No Disco, spiritual successor to the long running No Disco programme on RTÉ,  have announced that the show will be returning with a second season, beginning New Years Day 2020.

The welcome news comes not long after the show was rejected for Arts Council funding. Despite the setback, the crew have pulled the strings necessary to produce what’s sure to be a stellar 4 episode run. Season 1 documented one of finest collections of Irish musical performances I’ve ever set eyes on, serving to bottle a moment in history that could have easily been forgotten.

To help fund the venture, they’ll be holding a fundraising event in D-Light Studios, Dublin on September 26th. With the lineup of performers that have graced the lens of main filmmaker Myles O’Rielly (Arbutus Yarns) throughout the years, there’s no telling who might play!  This Ain’t No Disco Live will be hosted by Donal Dineen, who will be curating an evening of live performances and interviews.

Girl Band return with new single ‘Shoulderblades’, announce new album & Vicar St headline show.

One of the most exciting bands of the decade are back! Girl Band have returned after a 2 year hiatus with a smorgasbord of news. The band released a new single, ‘Shoulderblades’, today alongside the fantastic news that they will be releasing their second album called ‘The Talkies’. The successor to 2015’s ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ will be released on September 27th through Rough Trade and is available to pre-order now.


As if that wasn’t enough, the band have announced a US tour in October and an EU tour in November which includes a headline show in Dublin’s Vicar St on November 22nd! Tickets are €30 including booking fee and go on sale tomorrow at 9am. Don’t sleep on those as they’ll surely sell out fast.

The track itself is a 6 minute belter which hearkens back to their cover of Blawans ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’. Dara Kiely’s grating vocals set the tone before being joined by the bands signature scrathy guitars and thumping low end. Listening with headphones is highly recommended! It’s accompanied by an uncharacteristically simple yet familiarly visceral video from long time collaborator Bob Gallagher and features a memorable performance from dancer Oona Doherty.

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Hard Working Class Heroes is changing it’s name to Ireland Music Week after 16 years. The festival will also expand from 3 to 5 days.

Ireland’s leading music industry conference and showcase festival Hard Working Class Heroes is rebranding itself after 16 successful years of elevating Irish music and exporting it abroad. The festival will now be known as Ireland Music Week and is expanding from three days to five, it takes place in various venues across Dublin city centre from October 1st to 5th. 

The core of the festival ethos will remain, showcasing 50 of the most export-ready emerging Irish talent today to the best of the national and international music industry. The conference  gives artists the chance to learn and develop their craft and create new opportunities with agents, labels, bookers, music supervisors and services from all over the world.

Speaking about the name change, FMC Director Angela Dorgan said:

“The new name will more accurately represent the strategic role of the festival in launching export-ready Irish artists to global prominence at our export-supported events such as Eurosonic, SXSW, The Great Escape, and more. Ireland Music Week will also expand to develop the infrastructure of the Irish music industry as a whole”.

Some of last year’s big successes to progress from Hard Working Class Heroes include Just Mustard, The Wood Burning Savages, Wild Youth, True Tides, Æ Mak, Flynn, Pillow Queens, ROE, Bad Bones, A. Smyth, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, THUMPER, Maria Kelly, Molly Sterling, Joshua Burnside and more.

Since its inception in 2003, HWCH has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Fontaines DCDavid KeenanSoulé, Daithíwhenyoung, Bitch Falcon, JafarisChasing AbbeySaint SisterWyvern LingoJealous of the BirdsFangclub, Touts, The Academic, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano FamilyVillagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Girl BandJapeThe CoronasSoak, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Ham SandwichOtherkin and many more.

Applications for Ireland Music Week will open in May. Details on how to apply will be posted on irelandmusicweek.com in the coming weeks. 

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