Cork electronic trio Happyalone drop new single ahead of nationwide tour.

Cork electronic trio Happyalone are back with a new single ‘i need more than drugs (just to get me through the night)’. The track is a laid back groover dripping in vocoder tinged vocals and carried along on a trap drumbeat. Full of layered harmonies and moody, disaffected lyrics it’s less of a gut-punch chorus delivery and much more of a slow burner. Give it a few listens though and this one is sure to be stuck in your head for days!

The new single comes the day before tickets for their first nationwide tour go on sale. The band play Limerick, Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork in March/April and tickets go on sale this Friday.

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And So I Watch You From Afar announce 4 Irish tour dates.

Ahead of the release of their fifth studio album, Belfast instrumental rockers And So I Watch You From Afar have announced a string of tour dates this December. The four piece are truly a a sonic force best experienced live. This coupled with the fact that they very rarely tour Ireland means that tickets will likely be in short supply after they go on sale tomorrow morning.

The dates are:

December 28: Academy, Dublin
December 29: Garbo’s, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
December 30: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
December 31: Roisin Dubh, Galway

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LISTEN: New single ‘Matty Rusko’ from Galway’s Race the Flux

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Galway band Race the Flux continue on their steady climb to the world stage today with the release of their new single ‘Matty Rusko’.

Our first introduction to Race the Flux came in the form of their 2013 Mini Album ‘Dutch Buffalo’, a no holds barred teeth-gritting-head-banging blend of electronic post rock goodness.  While it’s a brilliant record that really has stood the test of time, it did lean heavily on their influences. The stand out track definitely has to be  ‘Can I?’

For the follow up to ‘Dutch Buffalo’ they enlisted the help of Belfast producer and ex Oppenheimer axeman Rocky O’Reilly in Start Together Studios. Rocky is the man responsible for capturing And So I Watch You From Afar’s blistering live sound and translating it to record.

The difference in production and the progression in the bands songwriting ability was glaringly obvious on last years followup EP ‘Olympians’. There was a real breadth of different styles and dynamic shifts squeezed in to such a small amount of time and songs. ‘Olympians’ really sees Race the Flux coming into their own, shedding their more obvious influences and finding their sound. Check out ‘Olympus Mons’ for a great example of this.

‘Matty Rusko’ is another creative and sonic leap for the band, featuring math rock rhythms juxtaposed with Joe Padfield’s anthemic orating and some really interesting interplay between guitars and bass. This song promises to be a big one for them and will hopefully help to secure them some bigger slots on this summers festival circuit. Having made their Electric Picnic debut last year on the Electric Arena Stage, they’ve now also been longlisted for the  Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition. Luckily, you can catch them sooner and closer than that! They’ll be playing 2 dates in Dublin and Cork over the next 2 months with support from Dublin grunge duo Pranks. There’s also a London headliner thrown in for good measure! Details for the shows are below.

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Meltybrains? announce Irish/UK tour on the back of new releases

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Dublin masked melody makers Meltybrains? have been busy bees lately. They’ve released 3 new singles in as many months and are about to embark on an Irish/UK tour starting this Friday.

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Never a band to bow to convention, they released the first song ‘New Don’ on a limited edition run of 100 signature red masks. The song starts with an inviting yet slightly unnerving melody before developing into a haunting soundtrack you can imagine being chased through the woods to.

‘Wiggly Worms’ tells the age old tale of meeting your partner’s parents for the first time from the perspective of both parties. It features uplifting choruses and is delivered in their unmistakable style.

‘Heartfelt Hummer’ is a laid back song with groove to burn. Check the video’s description for the hilarious stories behind the lyrics.

Meltybrains? are a sight to behold live and the stage is where they are truly in their element. `Their energy is infectious and their tight displays of musical prowess are well worth a watch. Get yourself down to one of these shows and see for yourself!

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TMFTML’s Definitive Guide to Irish Christmas Songs!

pranks xmasAre you sick to death of the same old Christmas songs from Mariah Carey and The Pogues? Looking for something new to share with friends and family this festive season? Well TMFTML has you covered!

Dublin grunge duo Pranks dropped into Today FM to see Fergal D’Arcy recently and recorded a riffed up version of Mitch Miller’s 1960 classic ‘Must Be Santa’, apparently pulling it off in one take!

Cork/Kerry two piece Electro Funk band White Boys have released a really unique version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ featuring beat-boxing and a Talkbox.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ has become synonymous with Christmas since being used in the John Lewis advert in 2012. Cronin have released a new cover of the song featuring Matt McManamon from the Dead 60’s.

Croupier may have broken up, but we’ll always have their delightful Math Rock version of ‘Carol of the Bells’ to get us through the winter months, this is one of my absolute favourites!

Thumper, the noisy brainchild of Oisín Furlong, have recorded a distorted cover of Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’.

The first original on the list comes from Dublin indie band Blades Club with their track ‘What You Get Me (For Christmas)’

Next up, another original! This one comes from Dublin singer-songwriter Sinead McConville. It’s a classic sounding pop song with some clever little arrangements including bells and glockenspiel .

Some of the tracks in this list along with a whole sleigh load more feature on a compilation that the good people over at The Co-Present have compiled just for Christmas!

After you’ve gotten through all of the tracks above and it’s time to properly get your Christmas crunk on,  click here to download Stevie G from Cork’s RedFM’s Black Christmas Podcast. Over 3 hours of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul, Blues and Disco Christmas  goodness!  It’s Brilliant!

Thanks to all of our readers for your support in 2015, have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2016 =]

Adam