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.
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!
Now the band are back with new single ‘Gone Tomorrow’, a flowing acoustic led track which contrasts deeply with previous efforts and serves to demonstrate the eclectic mix of influences and original sounds that The False and The Fair bring to the table. The lead guitar, shimmering cymbals/atmospheric percussion work and leading basslines all blend perfectly together and build the song slowly to a spine tingling crescendo aided by some beautifully arranged harmonies.
You can stream or download the track for free from their Bandcamp page linked below.
Dublin band Æ MAK have been making waves in the Irish music scene over the last few months with their unique brand of worldbeat infused music, getting the nod from Nialler9 and featuring in State.ie Faces of 2016. The band, made up of BIMM graduates Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon, met in 2011 and have been performing side by side ever since.
Performativity is at the forefront of the group’s live show and their background in musical theater is evident. The music itself is full of interesting harmonies and rhythmic vocal lines.
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.
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!