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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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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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.

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:

https://www.pieta.ie/donate

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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