It’s a Christmas Miracle! This Ain’t No Disco returns for it’s 2nd season on Christmas Day.

After a two-year hiatus, the online Irish alternative music programme This Ain’t No Disco returns for its highly anticipated second season this Christmas. The show will be released worldwide on Christmas Day following a successful crowdfunding campaign. 

The new season will feature a cross-section of Ireland’s thriving music and spoken word scene, representing some of the most talented yet under-represented visionaries in Ireland today. This dynamic audio-visual showcase seeks to examine not only where the boundaries are being pushed today, but also where this music is rooted both historically and geographically.

Hosted by DJ (and former host of the cult 90’s TV program, No Disco) Donal Dineen, This Ain’t No Disco is voluntarily produced by a skeleton crew of friends and music enthusiasts, directed by music documentarian and award-winning cinematographer Myles O’Reilly.

Donal Dineen says:

“There is an embarrassment of riches in Irish music at present, so Myles and I try to pick out strands of golden thread and stitch each episode together with due care. There is a collaboration of sorts at the heart of each edition.

For the new series, we plan to spread the net wider and dig deeper again, to unearth these stories. It’s just a snapshot of what’s happening. To map the whole rich tapestry would be impossible so we concentrate on important parts of the pattern as we see it and do our best to faithfully present that in the best light possible. For historical purposes alone, we feel it’s an important endeavour.”

Myles O’Reilly says:

“I can’t express how necessary and important it is that people of all ages in Ireland get to experience the joy of discovering new and emerging music from their own country. There are so many fresh sounds being created here in bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, pubs, clubs and just about anywhere you can swing a guitar, which need to be heard and amplified, because they are the sounds of our country growing, and of our culture evolving.

After a two year hiatus to allow for new growth, This Ain’t No Disco is coming back for a second season, and what we ultimately hope to achieve pull focus on what it means to be Irish today, through expression in sound happening all around us.”

Season II of This Ain’t No Disco will comprise of four 1-hour long episodes to be released quarterly over 2020 via Patreon, Facebook, and thisaintnodisco.ie.

Donate to the project on Patreon from as little as €2 to gain exclusive access to This Ain’t No Disco’s episodes and be the first to find out who the special guests are: https://www.patreon.com/thisaintnodisco

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INTRODUCING: Weight – the first track from The Line, a new electronic solo project from Brian Dillon (Meltybrains?, Slow Skies)

‘Weight’ is the first single from The Lines upcoming debut album ‘Matter’.

Written and produced by multi-instrumentalist Brian Dillon and releasing tomorrow via Bad Soup Records, ‘Weight’ is a dramatic and expressive piece creating vast electronic landscapes with synthetic sounds, digital noise and compressed vocals.

Starting off with an alluring and almost nursery rhyme like simplicity, the track quickly veers to the weirder side, creating a bed of electronic string sounds that draws the listener in. This one is definitely a headphones must, there’s a whole lot going on you could easily miss.

Already a well known artist in Ireland (Meltybrains?, Loah, Lilla Vargen, Slow Skies), The Line is Dillon’s new solo project. Written over the course of a year, the album explores dichotomous themes of human emotion through experimentation with soundscapes and noise.

Dillion describes The Line is a modern take on the Irish singer-songwriter tradition, consisting of sparse, emotionally bare songs, layered with ambience, noise and mind-bending soundscapes. 

We can’t wait to hear what The Line comes out with next!

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The Scratch are back with another hilarious video for their new single ‘God Slap’!

Dublin trad-rockers The Scratch are back with a brand new single/video ‘God Slap’. The track is the first output from the 4 piece since their fantastic ‘The Whole Buzz’ EP dropped last March.

The video, directed by guitarist Conor Dockery, features a colorful cast of cartoonish strongmen facing off against the band in an arm wrestling tournament. As always, it’s absolutely gas!

The Scratch are currently in the middle of a UK and Ireland tour with many of the dates sold out. Remaining tickets for the rest of the shows are available on their website. I highly recommend checking them out live if you have the chance!

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The False and The Fair release final single ‘Bluebottle Blues’ ahead of farewell show in Whelans tonight

Dublin 4 piece The False and The Fair have sadly decided to call it a day, but not before giving us one last belter of a single in the form of fan favorite ‘Bluebottle Blues’. The group have released a new video for the track, beautifully animated by Dillon Theodor (guttershnipe), ahead of a farewell gig in Whelan’s tonight.

To quote the guys, “It’s less a swansong and more of a fly song.”  It’s sad to see their 5+ year journey as a band come to an end, but it’s great to see them handle it with such good humour and celebrations. Support tonight comes from Seba Safe and tickets are €10 on the door. See you in the front row!

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PREMIERE: Bannered Mare drop new EP ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ ahead of launch show in Sin É this Saturday


Bannered Mare are back with a brand new 7 track EP. The west of Ireland outfit burst out of the gate last year as the new solo moniker of ex-Race the Flux front man Joe Padfield. His first release, the ‘Gizzards EP’, was self recorded entirely by Padfield in Mayo’s Mariachi Studios and it is a collection of beautifully reflective songs that demands repeat listens.

In the year since that release, the band has been fleshed out with some of the West’s most prolific musicians. Joining him are Paul Higgins (also formerly of Race The Flux) on Guitar, Kyle Dee (ex-Ka tet) on Bass,  Derek Ellard (DerekEllardmusic) on Synth/Guitars and Dylan Murphy on Drums.

‘Fear of Missing Out’ takes full advantage of this new lineup in the studio and comprises 7 gorgeously composed math-rock anthems clocking in at just under 30 minutes. The songs are uplifting, hook filled and packed with a driving energy akin to the aforementioned Race The Flux and even bordering on some of Enemies later styles.

Padfield’s signature vocal style is stamped all over the record, blended expertly with double tracking harmonies sprinkled throughout. The interplay of the rhythm section and array of intertwining guitar riffs keeps the listener engaged and the sometimes erratic pacing is a treat for curious ears to unpack.

The EP releases on all platforms tomorrow through indie label Umbrella Records. As anyone who’s experienced the band live before knows, on stage is where they really shine! You can catch Bannered Mare live this Saturday in Sin É. Entry is FREE and support comes from Chow Mein.

Galway audiences can catch them on November 23rd in The Loft at the first edition of A Modern Movement. The lineup is STACKED with performances from Vulpynes, Bannered Mare, Fox Jaw and Slyrydes. Tickets are €10 on the door or €5  for the forst 30 people in. More details at the event page here.

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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. 

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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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