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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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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TMFTML Presents #006 is this Saturday with Bannered Mare & Stevie Darragh(Overhead The Albatross)

We’re starting 2019 off with a BANG! Bringing two of our favourite discoveries of last year together this Saturday in Sin É Dublin for a monstrous double headline show.


Bannered Mare is the new moniker of ex-Race the Flux front man Joe Padfield. In June he dropped the first single, ‘My Anatomy’, a sweeping blend of math-rock guitar layers and alt-folk touches. This was just the first taste of what was to come from Octobers ‘Gizzards EP’. Self recorded entirely by Padfield in Mayo’s Mariachi Studios, the EP is a collection of beautifully reflective songs that demands repeat listens.

In the months since, the band has been fleshed out with some of the Wests most prolific musicians. Joining him are Paul Higgins (ex-RTF) on Guitar, Kyle Dee (ex-Ka tet) on Bass,
Derek Ellard (DerekEllardmusic) on Synth/Guitars and Dylan Murphy on Drums.
With a new EP due to be released later this year, now is the perfect time to check this incredible act out live.


Stevie Darragh Music is perhaps better known as the lead guitarist of the many-headed behemoth that is Overhead, The Albatross. Following the massively successful release of 2016’s ‘Learning to Growl’ and it’s subsequent tours, Stevie wasted no time and released the gorgeous ‘Fragments EP’ in early 2018. An accomplished composer and multi-instrumentalist, Stevie flexes his orchestral muscles on the EP creating lush and emotive soundscapes. He realises these live through a combination of looped guitars, keyboards, vocals and multilayered backing tracks which truly result in an end far greater than the sum of it’s parts.

2018 was a busy year that saw Stevie supporting acts such as Gaelynn Lea Music (NPR tiny desk winner), Gerry Leonard Spooky Ghost (David Bowie’s Guitarist and long time musical director) & legendary UK math rock trio THREE TRAPPED TIGERS as well performing at Other Voices in Dingle.

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

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WATCH: Loah teams up with God Knows, Bantum, Dunny & Ben Bix on ‘Keep Your Heart’

Sallay Matu Garnett, better known as Loah, is a spellbinding singer who grew up between Maynooth and Sierra Leone. She made her recorded debut with last years ‘This Heart’ EP and this year she is releasing new remixes for each song on the record, working with a variety of different producers and artists. 

For ‘Keep Your Heart’, Limerick MC God Knows (of Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family) pens his most personal song to date over a loop of the Bantum produced instrumental ‘This Heart Interlude’. The lyrics tell of an emotional reunion with an old friend who’s fallen on hard times, a theme that’s sadly quite relatable to many young adults in Ireland.

God Knows threads the story through nostalgic childhood memories and the track is paired perfectly with a video filmed in Maynooth and Shannon (where Loah and God Knows grew up), produced by Irish studio Geppetto. Additional production on the track comes from Ben Bix & Dunny (Meltybrains?

It’s fantastic to see so many brilliant artists collaborating regularly and strengthening the Irish music community.

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Pillow Queens release video for new single ‘Gay Girls’ ahead of Whelan’s headline show.

Dublin Indie-punk quartet Pillow Queens have released a brand spanking new video for their single ‘Gay Girls’. The track is the groups first since March’s ‘State of the State’ EP and was produced by Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK, Bell X1) in Attica Studios in Co. Donegal. 

The track is about intoxicating lust and relentless religious repression, a theme which is compounded by a raucous outro featuring a full choir of singing voices. 

Their previous music video for ‘Favourite’ was recently awarded Best Irish Music Video at the Irish Film Festival London and this new video from Director Kate Dolan could well be a contender for next year’s awards. It’s a super charming depiction of a communion money blowout by 4 girls, treating themselves to all the exciting things a local community can offer a 7 year old. Bottles of Cadet Orange, chips and sweet & sour flying saucers galore!

Pillow Queens have had a crazy year of live shows touring all over the UK & Ireland and hitting loads of festivals including KnockanStockan,  Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes & The Great Escape. We highly recommend catching them live in Whelan’s on November 24th while you still can! Tickets for their headline show are priced €16 and are available here.

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TMFTML Presents #005 this Saturday with The Ocelots, Junior Brother and Eoin Martin

Summer is officially here and we’re getting in on the fun with some fresh new folk acts to catch after the grand stretch in the evening!

Headlining on the night are Wexford twin brothers The Ocelots. With just a guitar, a harmonica and their voices, Brandon and Ashley have created a raw sound that has been generated from years of street performing all across Europe. They have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. The Ocelots are known for their ability to capture an audience, with mesmerising melody and variety meeting their charm and wit on stage.

Support comes from folk singer/ songwriter Junior Brother. Hailing from Co. Kerry, he plays sometimes humorous, sometimes heady tunes. Strange stories, poetic and arcane, unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment. Unique, experimental yet ambitious, his material draws heavily in tone and subject matter from his upbringing in rural Ireland, demonstrating a wild love of language.

Opening the show on the night is Tullamore native Eoin Martin who has spent the last number of years honing his craft and finding his own voice in the crowded singer-songwriter scene. And what a voice! Eoin mixes percussive acoustic guitar with complex finger picked melodies and rounds things off with a truly captivating vocal style, full of harmony and punctuated rhythms. Think Bon Iver and Newton Faulkner meeting up for a few sneaky pints.

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Gig of the Week: Vernon Jane & THUMPER launch new singles in The Sugar Club this Saturday!

Two of our favourite Irish bands return this week with two wildly different and equally exciting new singles.

Jazz/Punk/Psyjance purveyors Vernon Jane have just dropped a brilliant new video for their single ‘Fragile’, directed by Conor Dockery (DOCK). The track itself is an enigmatic display of songwriting, full of chaotic and disparate sounds that somehow gel together into a deep groove that’s hard to shake once it sticks in your head.

The band said in their own words:

”Fragile explores the darker side of human nature. It captures the constant battle between keeping yourself together, or letting yourself truly fall apart.The water in the video represents the feeling of suffocating under your own expectations. We tell ourselves we have to be stronger. We have to get better, And stay better. We forget to tell ourselves to be our own authentic self. To find strength in vulnerability and fragility. We push ourselves until we break. This video represents a breaking point.”

This may be one of the few opportunities to catch them on such a small stage, Vernon Jane have just signed a worldwide distribution deal with AMS Records as well as a Chinese distribution deal with Pocket Records. Their last single ‘Fuck Me’ has also racked up a crazy 227,000 plays online. Don’t sleep on this one people.


Also launching a new single on the night are Dublin fuzz merchants THUMPER. Explosively energetic live, previous recordings have leaned pretty steeply towards the lo-fi end of the spectrum, failing to fully capture the bands raucous sound. We’re happy to report that this is not the case on the Dan Fox (Girl Band) produced ‘AFL’. The track is a perfectly polished gritty ear bleeder, rocketing through it’s 3:43 and begging to be played again.

The song is about ageing rapidly but gaining no wisdom. Feeling like a child in a man’s suit, desperately playing catch-up in the Imposter Syndrome Champions League. Every Friday night gasping for answers in the smoking area of your nearest terror den. The music thunders on and words fall away like the raving of a calm lunatic. There’s no conclusion, even at the end. 

Supporting both bands on the night are one of Ireland’s most promising instrumental bands, BiCurious. Twonys Cosmic Disco Wobbler DJs will finish out the night, hitting the decks til 3am.

Tickets are a steal at €10 and are available at the Sugar Clubs website here.

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The Scratch release breathtaking new video for ‘The Road to Ballyshannon’


Dublin Acoustic Folk-Rockers The Scratch have released a breathtaking new video for their instrumental track ‘The Road to Ballyshannon’. The video would put Tourism Ireland to shame, it’s chock full of gorgeous vistas and sprawling coastlines. There’s a bit of craic thrown in at the end as well for good measure. The track features on their recently released Old Songs EP.

If you haven’t heard of The Scratch yet, you’re in for a treat. They describe themselves as ‘acoustic rock music that sounds like a pint of guinness to the ears’. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Recent singles have included ‘The Punisher’, a cautionary tale to pub-talkers everywhere, and Shadow,  a collaboration with Loah. Both are absolute earworms that demand repeat listens. I can’t wait to hear what the lads come out with next.

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Premiere: The False and The Fair release ‘First Snow’, as part of a series of winter themed unplugged videos.

TMFTML are happy to premiere ‘First Snow’, the first in four part series of winter themed unplugged style videos from Dublin 4 piece The False and The Fair. Readers of the blog will be no strangers to the band as we covered their last single ‘Gone Tomorrow’, noting how well it showed off their eclectic songwriting style in comparison to previous their release ‘Bald Apes’ . ‘First Snow’ is another beautiful track which illustrates this quality perfectly.

Filmed in drummer Jacob Fry’s sitting room, the track starts off full of harmony between the guitars, vocals and bass with sparse percussion before kicking into an unexpected groove that carries the listener along the lyrical journey towards it’s close. It’s a brand new track written for the series. A new video will be released through their YouTube page each week for the rest of December and will include new arrangements of some old fan favourites.

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Dublin math/post rock bands come together to raise much needed funds for Dan Wild-Beesly(Cleft)


A group of Ireland’s best noise/prog/math/instrumental and post-rock bands are coming together to raise some much needed funds for Cleft guitarist Dan Wild-Beesley.

Dan is in need of potentially life saving surgery on two brain tumors that will cost upwards of £50,000. A lot of this sum has already been raised and Dublin musicians are uniting to do their bit to help raise the rest.

The lineup on the night includes Chancer, New Secret Weapon, Megacone, Vernon Jane, BiCurious and Mutefish so even if this wasn’t for a good cause it’s already a fantastic lineup to fill your Friday night with.

The gig is in The Bowery in Rathmines and the suggested donation is €7, more details can be found on the Facebook Event here.

If you can’t make the gig but still want to donate to Dan’s treatment you can visit his JustGiving page here.