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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Watch: Villagers return with new single ‘A Trick of the Light’ & announce details of their new album.

Conor O’Brien has announced that the fourth Villagers album, their first since 2015’s Darling Arithmetic, will be called The Art of Pretending to Swim and is coming out on Domino Records this September 21st. The record will be imbued with “lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age”.

The band have also dropped the albums lead single ‘A Trick of the Light’ accompanied  by a stunning surrealist video directed by Bob Gallagher. Check it out below!

Speaking about the collaboration, Conor says “Myself and Bob got together and discussed the song thematically and came to the conclusion that there was no other option but to make a short film in which we follow a disheveled shamanistic protagonist who mysteriously triggers an altered state of consciousness in everyone he meets, or at least believes that he does. We also wanted lots of dancing and to inspire a general feeling of ‘What the hell did I just watch?’ in the viewer.”

The track moves away from the stripped back aesthetic of Darling Arithmetic, introducing R&B style bass and percussion complimented by O’Brien’s rock solid vocal delivery. The album will reportedly reconnect with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers’ 2010 album debut Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland}. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.

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Year of the Dog: Pillow Queens release brand new video for their track ‘Favourite’

Dublin quartet Pillow Queens have released a brand new video for their song ‘Favourite’. Directed by the ever excellent Bob Gallagher (see his previous work with Girl Band and Enter Shikari) and produced by band member Sarah Corcoran, the video is set at an unconventional dog show and features plenty of bathroom dealings (heh) and brown envelopes changing hands. It’s a hoot to watch and kind of reminds me of the King of the Sheep episode of Father Ted. 

According to the band the main influences were old episodes of Antiques Roadshow, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the general look of the 80’s – specifically prom portraits. Many of the dogs featured in the video are friends of Cara Rescue Dogs, so check them out too! They do great work.

The track itself is a super catchy slice of alt-rock goodness that’s been stuck in my head receiving multiple daily listens since it was released on Soundcloud earlier this month. It comes in advance of Pillow Queens new EP State of the State which will be released on March 16th through Bristol based indie label Specialist Subject.

Pillow Queens will be embarking on a UK/Ireland tour to coincide with the release, finishing up with a headline show in Dublin’s Workmans Club on April 21st. Tickets for the show are on sale now price €15. 

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