The False and The Fair release final single ‘Bluebottle Blues’ ahead of farewell show in Whelans tonight

Dublin 4 piece The False and The Fair have sadly decided to call it a day, but not before giving us one last belter of a single in the form of fan favorite ‘Bluebottle Blues’. The group have released a new video for the track, beautifully animated by Dillon Theodor (guttershnipe), ahead of a farewell gig in Whelan’s tonight.

To quote the guys, “It’s less a swansong and more of a fly song.”  It’s sad to see their 5+ year journey as a band come to an end, but it’s great to see them handle it with such good humour and celebrations. Support tonight comes from Seba Safe and tickets are €10 on the door. See you in the front row!

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PREMIERE: The False and The Fair release new single ‘In The Shade of The Mountain’ ahead of Whelan’s headline show

We’re delighted to share the first single from The False and the Fair‘s upcoming debut EP ‘The Space In Between’. The band have given us a slew of singles over the last 2 years as well as some fantastic live videos but the new EP will be their first extend release. If this first track ‘In The Shade of The Mountain’ is anything to go by, you’re going to want to pick this one up when it drops on November 18th.

The vocals in the verse draw the listener in with a comforting familiarity, painting the scene beautifully and taking us to another part of the world where we can relax.  The track then expands into a full blown psychedelic 60’s tinged instrumental section that echoes the original melody that elevates the song above your average folk ballad. I can’t wait to hear what else these guys have in store on the rest of the EP.

The False And The Fair will be launching their EP with a headline show in Whelan’s on November 18th at 7:30pm. Support on the night come from the incredible Emily of Vernon Jane playing a rare solo acoustic set and Dublin singer/songwriter Aisling Jarvis. Tickets are €10 on the door or €8.50 in advance available here.

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THE FALSE AND THE FAIR present ‘In the Shade of the Mountain’, the lead single from their upcoming EP.
On a camping trip in the Wicklow mountains, Tommy was the first to wake up. He climbed some rocks and sat down, headphones on, looking down over the campsite where his friends slept. As he breathed in the cool morning air, the voice of Townes Van Zandt reverberated in his ears:

“…the sun will rise soon on the False and the Fair.”

In that moment a band was born. Once assembled, Cormac, Adam and Jacob wove their psychedelic web around Tommy’s distinctive vocals and folk songwriting to create a uniquely atmospheric blend of alternative rock. New single ‘In the Shade of the Mountain’ pays tribute to these origins while celebrating the beauty of the natural world in which we all strive for purpose.

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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TMFTML Presents #002 this Saturday with Sister Ghost, TFATF & Chinese Newspaper


Following on from last months packed out show, we’re back with an evening of face-melting, ear-ringing riffage to close out an amazing summer of music!

Headlining on the night are Belfast shock rockers Sister Ghost, purveyors of grizzly garage punk from the brain of lead singer Shannon O’Neill. Their live show is infectous and raucous, dripping in distortion but always underpinned with a catchy melody. Think Sonic Youth smashed together with The Distillers, recorded straight to a 4 track tape.

“Led by Shannon O’Neill, the outfit is rapidly becoming a must-see on the live circuit, and it’s no surprise given the ferocity and synchronicity with which Sister Ghost take to their instruments.” State Magazine

Support on the night comes from The False and the Fair and Chinese Newspaper.

Dublin based The False and The Fair are difficult to nail down. Their recorded output to date genre hops from psycedelic prog rock to alternative and even acoustic led folk. Their live show stitches this together to make a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Chock full of incredibly talented players, expect plenty of improvised sections and suprise transitions.

“There’s a lovely cross-over between late 60’s folk, psychedelia and alternative rock, the former courtesy of Love, the middle from Jefferson Airplane and the latter genre from The Doors. ”
– Remy

Chinese Newspaper are a 3 piece grunge/garage band from Navan. Fully embracing the DIY mentality has allowed them to be super prolific, self-recording and releasing 2 EPs and a string of singles in the short time they’ve been together. Solid solos and thundering drum lines create an energy thats impossible to ignore.

“Their most recent EP Spotless Mind is also their most accomplished. It’s all very unhinged and raucous but in a clearly very tight and honed manner. It’s got that off the cuff easiness that is actually rather difficult to pull off correctly.” – Overblown

Entry is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and doors are at 8:30pm. See you in the front row!

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Gig of the Week: The False and The Fair take over Whelan’s this Saturday

Dublin 4 piece The False and The Fair first piqued our interest with last years ambitious debut single ‘Bald Apes’. Since then the band have been steadily building their following and developing their live show.

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.

This Saturday at 8pm The False and The Fair will take over Whelan’s upstairs venue to celebrate the release. Support on the night comes from Galleries and Himalaya. Tickets are only €6 and are available from www.whelanslive.com

P.S. If you’re looking to make a night of it, TADGH are playing a show in the same room right afterwards.

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