Check out the tracks that caught our ear this week in the brand new Tracks of the Week playlist featuring Vernon Jane, Thumper, Fox Jaw, The Line, Paterson, Laura Ryder, Blue Fish Diamond, Tommy Cullen and San Rocco.
We’ve covered Panik Attaks before. The 5 piece Dublin band are a bit of a supergroup consisting of Rob Walsh (Cold Comfort), Mick Pyro (Republic of loose) Trevor Keogh (New Secret Weapon) Alex Harvey (Thumper) and Rian Trench (Leo Drezden, Solar Bears).
Their new single, Save My Soul (recorded in The Meadow by the prolific Deaf Bros duo), is an 80’s Misfits era tinged punk banger complete with the hallmark driving rhythms, crunching bass and distant vocals of the genre. The tune takes a turn around the halfway mark, grinding down to an almost Band Of Skulls-esque garage breakdown before ramping up to a blistering finish in it’s last minute.
Panik Attaks play the Trailer Park Stage at Electric Picnic TODAY at 7:45.
Dublin Punk/Trash Rockers Panik Attaks are a bit of a supergroup consisting of members of some of Irelands best known bands. They are: Rob Walsh (Cold Comfort), Mick Pyro (Republic of loose) Trevor Keogh (New Secret Weapon) Alex Harvey (Thumper) and Rian Trench (Leo Drezden, Solar Bears). The group are trying something a little different with the distortion fuelled music on display here and it really works.
‘Psychotic Delusions’ is the first single from their upcoming debut EP, which just rapped up recording in Wicklow’s The Meadow studio. The EP will release early next year but for now you can feast your ears on the blistering first track. It’s fast, heavy, short and to the point. Rob Walsh channels his inner Jagger in the video, perhaps with a little more edge!
Panik Attaks will play a headline show in Dublin’s Sin É on December 15th with support from deepinthewoods66. You can find the details and Facebook event here.
The annual Irish Music Christmas Party is back in it’s original Dingle setting this weekend and they’ve just released the full festival schedule for this year’s entry!
The timetable is chock full of incredible acts from every corner of the country and beyond. The performances in the intimate St. James’s Church will be live streamed to a number of venues in the town for those not lucky enough to get in & the music trail will provide plenty of live music throughout the weekend from some of Irelands most promising young acts including Kojaque, Sorcha Richardson, Pine The Pilcrow, I Have a Tribe, Dowry, Junior Brother, Wastefellow, Thumper and many many more.
Check out the full schedule and music trail playlist below, we’ll see you there!
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.
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 =]