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.

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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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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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

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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Derek Ellard launches brilliant new single ‘To Each Their Own’ in Bruxelles tonight!

Galway singer-songwriter Derek Ellard is back with a brilliant new single. ‘To Each Their Own’ is not your usual ‘one man with a guitar and his heart on his sleeve’ fare. The production here is slick and polished, complete with rhythm section and some glistening harmonies.

Derek is a loop station wizard live and those layered techniques are present here too. It’s great songwriting with some really interesting tempo changes and dynamics to burn.

You can catch Derek Ellard live tonight in Bruxelles at The Zodiac Sessions for the first in a string of launch gigs across the country.

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Gig of the Week: Vernon Jane launch their incredible new single in Whelan’s TONIGHT!

We’ve been big fans of Dublin 7 piece Vernon Jane since the bands inception. Their debut EP, “The Inner Workings Of A Damaged Nobody”, released last year showed a group getting really comfortable flexing their creative muscles and showed off some very impressive songwriting chops.

A year on and Vernon Jane have come out with what could be one of the definitive songs of 2017. ‘Fuck Me’ is a 4:58 belter that climbs to an electrifying peak. Lead singer Emily O’Conner let’s loose in a tirade of built up frustrations challenging the perception of gender roles in todays society.

Check out the stunning video for the track from Paperbag Animator above.

Vernon Jane will be launching the single tonight in Whelan’s with a brilliant lineup of support acts including Wastefellow, SpudGun and Bokito as well as an art exhibition paired with the show. They’ve also got some interesting surprises lined up by the looks of things. Tickets to the show are only €8 and are available at WAV tickets and on the door. Doors are at 7pm with music kicking off at 8pm.

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