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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Dublin math-rockers Chancer release a cover of The Prodigy’s ‘Invaders Must Die’ in aid of Pieta House

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Dublin math-rockers Chancer have released a cover of The Prodigy’s ‘Invaders Must Die’ as a tribute to the late great Keith Flint who died last month by suicide. The single is for sale on their Bandcamp page, with all proceeds from the release going to Pieta House.

The cover is an ear-shattering, rip roaring rendition of the 2008 single, with seriously punchy production. Chancer plan to release more original music later this summer, so keep an eye out!

Pieta House tackle the issues of suicide and self-harm day after day, issues that have touched every community in Ireland.
You can donate directly to Pieta House here:

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Or support them by purchasing the song through bandcamp here:

https://chancermusic.bandcamp.com/track/invaders-must-die-the-prodigy

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INTRODUCING: Claire Z teases upcoming album with debut single ‘The Getty’

Dublin based singer Claire Z has just released ‘The Getty’, the first of 10 tracks from her upcoming debut album Between the Sun & Moon,  which she plans to release separately over the coming months.

‘The Getty’ shows off Claire’s smooth vocal style, underlain with a head bopping modern soul progression and soft backing vocals. We’re very excited to see what the rest of the album has to offer. Check out the album teaser trailer below: 

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New online radio station ‘PLAYIRISH’ launches, programming 100% Irish music 24/7

A new online radio station, ‘PLAYIRISH‘, launched over the weekend. The platform promises to offer curated playlists of nothing but Irish music, from established musical heroes to up and coming acts, streaming 24/7 .

It’s available globally on the Irish Radioplayer platform and mobile app, or through the PLAYIRISH website in your browser.  Over time, PLAYIRISH say they’ll also host a selection of original music shows from well known Irish musicians, music industry figures, songwriters and composers, alongside musical content from key events in the Irish musical calendar such as ‘Other Voices’ and ‘Hard Working Class Heroes’.

Founded by some of Ireland’s leading Irish Music Industry and radio professionals – Sinead Troy (IASCA & Yangaroo Music), Peter McPartlin (former CEO of Today FM & TXFM), Liam Thompson (Magic FM Virgin Radio UK, Red FM, Communicorp & iRadio) and Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact & Music From Ireland) – PLAYIRISH is a ‘not for profit’ initiative under the guidance of IASCA (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors)

Sinead Troy of IASCA says:
‘Every serious music city or territory has it’s own small but cool radio station that champions new and exciting music, whether it’s BBC6 Music, KEXP in Seattle, or FluxFm in Germany. PLAYIRISH will be ours to champion Irish music at home and internationally’

It’s certainly a big step in the right direction, providing a platform for Irish artists to showcase their work which is either non-existent or relegated to a few specialist shows on most of the country’s commercial radio stations. I look forward to seeing what PLAYIRISH 
develops into in the coming months!

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TMFMTL Presents #007 – We turn 5 this Saturday in Sin É with CHANCER & Pranks

TMFTML turns 5 this March (whut?!?) and we’re bringing the noise to Sin É Dublin to celebrate in style!

Headlining on the night are Dublin instrumental math wizards Chancer. This 4-piece supergroup tear the roof off every room they play in. Their music is complex in nature but instantly accessible, full of mind bending loops and ear grabbing hooks. Expect to have a serious bangover after this set! For fans of Adebisi Shank, And So I Watch You From Afar & Ttng.

”Chancer deliver punchy hooks and off-kilter ear-worms. The band has transitioned from a solo project to duo, from power-trio to power-quattro, with members from other local bands stepping in and filling the interstices. The band’s latest single ‘Banger’ is bound to get you bouncing.” Fecking Bahamas

We’re extremely excited to have the mighty Pranks returning to the stage to support. These guys have to be seen to believed. The power-duo produce ground shaking, blisteringly explosive grunge tunes full of the tastiest riffs imaginable. For fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood & Death From Above 1979

““Showing that economy doesn’t necessary mean you can’t deliver a bludgeoningly loud rock show, Micheal Sheil and Gearoid Connaughton’s grunge-leaning rock music has the big riffs and metal chops of old. They sound like Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield letting loose on a Queens of the Stone Age track. It’s old school stuff done well.” – Nialler9’s New Artist of the Week, The Irish Times

Entry is FREE before 9PM or €5 after and doors are at 8:00pm. See you in the front row!

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The Scratch get under their skin in video for ‘Old Dog’ ahead of their new EP & Irish Tour

Straight out of some dangerously packed Paddy’s Day gigs, The Scratch are back with the first single from their forthcoming new EP, The Whole Buzz, due to be released this Thursday March 28th.

The new single, ‘Old Dog’, is a beautifully arranged anthem dripping in harmonies that’s accompanied by another brilliant video courtesy of DOCK Visual. Check it out below:

The Scratch are about to go on tour across Ireland. Do yourself a favour and get out to one (or all) of these shows!

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Gig of the Week: Royal Yellow & SENU kick Paddy’s Weekend off with a double-header in The Grand Social this Friday

This Friday night, two of Dublin’s most promising live electronic artists take to the stage for a double header that’s sure to kick your Paddy’s Day Weekend off in style.

Royal Yellow is the moniker of Dublin-based producer Mark O’Brien. Mark is the ex-bassist of one of Ireland’s greatest math-rock bands, Enemies. He launched his debut single ‘Hazeldene’ last year and dropped second single Aruba in February. Seamlessly blending lo-fi hip-hop with jazz, country, soul and the sounds of old film scores, the genre-defying tracks have since racked up over half a million streams on Spotify. Performing on the night with a full live band, we’re super excited to check them out!

Last year saw Dublin-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Killeen launch SENU, a home for his unique blend of electronic jazz and the darker corners of hip-hop. His debut single “Suffocating” (featuring Loah) was strong enough to lead to bookings at Body&Soul, Electric Picnic & a ripper of a set at KnockanStockan, allowing Killeen to morph SENU into an intense and hypnotic live band. His most recent release is a unique remix of Japanese City Pop legend Tatsuro Yamashita’s “Love Talkin”, which has quickly become a dancefloor staple in clubs all over Dublin.

Tickets are available now priced €15. Additional support on the night comes from Cidot & JEAG.

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INTRODUCING: Midnight Wayne debuts with psychedelic pop single ‘Someone Like You’


Dublin rockers The Hot Sprockets sadly packed things in last November, but frontman Wayne Soper is back with a new solo vehicle, Midnight Wayne. His debut track, ‘Someone Like You’, is a gorgeous psychedelic dream pop tune that oozes sunny summer vibes out of every pore. It’s one that’s bound to be stuck in your head from the very first listen. It’s buttery smooth with hooks aplenty.

Taking a leaf out of Tame Impala/Kevin Parker’s book,  Soper writes, records and plays everything on the track from bass to synth, enjoying the freedom of creating outside of the commitments of a touring rock’n’roll band.

He plans to drop a few more tracks this year & we’re happy to hear that the dreamy psychedelic folk-pop journey is only beginning…

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Craic Boy Mental & Post Punk Podge take aim at the Irish music scene with new track ‘Dangerous Fella’

If you haven’t heard of Craic Boy Mental yet, you might know him from one of his many pseudonyms (F.K.A Oscar Benso, Dudewithswag, King Flora, Yung Gowl). If that’s all new to you, then you’ve got a lot of back catalogue to dig into with Ireland’s Greatest PopStar.

Last month he released the mixtape Cork City Anthems featuring collaborations with Invader Slim, Fynch and loads more and just a few weeks later he’s back with a brand new track featuring Post Punk Podge (minus the Technohippies). Listen to the pair take aim at the Dublin centered music scene. We count references to Nialler9, The Murder Capital, Samantha Mumba, Daniel O’Donnell, Wyvern Lingo, Louis Walsh, 
Mathman, The Corrs, D.C Fontaines, BIMM & Breaking Tunes. What a bunch of Dangerous Fellas!

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