Galway singer Derek Ellard releases new single in aid of Pieta House for Suicide Prevention Day

Galway singer-songwriter Derek Ellard has released a new single called ‘Understandably Forgivable’ in aid of Pieta House for Suicide Prevention Day. The lyrics deal with themes of loss and grief surrounding suicides and the alarming number of people who attempt to or succeed in ending their lives in the city’s Corrib River.

Regardless of age, gender or background and particularly prevalent in his adopted home of Galway, too many times loved ones have slipped away or have been massively afflicted by their own ability to talk and support each other when they are at their most vulnerable. Written to make light of this flaw. ‘Understandably Forgivable ‘is a call to action for everyone who should have reached out and said something, but didn’t.

The song releases on independent label Umbrella Records today and all of the proceeds from the track will go to Pieta House to aid them in there fight for suicide awareness and prevention.

You can listen on Spotify, Youtube or preferably buy the track on Bandcamp for the suggested €2 price, although those that can afford to can pay more if they wish.

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PREMIERE: Bannered Mare drop new EP ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ ahead of launch show in Sin É this Saturday


Bannered Mare are back with a brand new 7 track EP. The west of Ireland outfit burst out of the gate last year as the new solo moniker of ex-Race the Flux front man Joe Padfield. His first release, the ‘Gizzards EP’, was self recorded entirely by Padfield in Mayo’s Mariachi Studios and it is a collection of beautifully reflective songs that demands repeat listens.

In the year since that release, the band has been fleshed out with some of the West’s most prolific musicians. Joining him are Paul Higgins (also formerly of Race The Flux) on Guitar, Kyle Dee (ex-Ka tet) on Bass,  Derek Ellard (DerekEllardmusic) on Synth/Guitars and Dylan Murphy on Drums.

‘Fear of Missing Out’ takes full advantage of this new lineup in the studio and comprises 7 gorgeously composed math-rock anthems clocking in at just under 30 minutes. The songs are uplifting, hook filled and packed with a driving energy akin to the aforementioned Race The Flux and even bordering on some of Enemies later styles.

Padfield’s signature vocal style is stamped all over the record, blended expertly with double tracking harmonies sprinkled throughout. The interplay of the rhythm section and array of intertwining guitar riffs keeps the listener engaged and the sometimes erratic pacing is a treat for curious ears to unpack.

The EP releases on all platforms tomorrow through indie label Umbrella Records. As anyone who’s experienced the band live before knows, on stage is where they really shine! You can catch Bannered Mare live this Saturday in Sin É. Entry is FREE and support comes from Chow Mein.

Galway audiences can catch them on November 23rd in The Loft at the first edition of A Modern Movement. The lineup is STACKED with performances from Vulpynes, Bannered Mare, Fox Jaw and Slyrydes. Tickets are €10 on the door or €5  for the forst 30 people in. More details at the event page here.

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Bury Me With My Money look inwards with their new single ‘Okay’, exploring the implications of religious upbringing on the psyche.


Bury Me With My Money are a five piece band from Mayo & Galway. They joined indie label Umbrella Records (home to Bannered Mare, Oscar Mild and Derek Ellard & the Future Business Model) in 2018 and have released two singles in the last year, ‘Grow‘ and ‘Marmite‘ both taken from the debut EP ‘Karosi’

Their newest single ‘Okay’ is a quirky mix of synth and acoustic sounds. It talks about the difficulty of being raised in a religious tradition and how breaking away from that can be a psychologically difficult experience, but ultimately leads to positive personal growth. 

I sat down with bandleader Tomás Concannon to chat about the meaning behind the song, the band and what we can expect in the future from BMWMM:

TMFTML: It’s been 9 months since your last single, Marmite, was released. Can you tell me a little bit about what you’ve been up to? Sounds like the band might have a baby in the oven!  
TOMÁS: Ya it’s been a bit of a stretch to be fair… but I’m happy to say we have birthed a baby boy called Adam Downey! To be honest we’re worse than spinal tap when it comes to drummers and despite playing no live shows, Adam is now the fourth drummer to cross the Bury Me With My Money threshold. However, we’re happy to say that power rangers are go! and we’re finally booking shows and begging to tour the EP Karosi at last. We’ve also began pre-production on another set of songs that will likely manifest itself as another EP. 
 
TMFTML: You’ve filled the live bands ranks with some of the finest musicians in the west of Ireland, with members of Race The Flux, Bannered Mare and of course Ka tet. Has the writing process changed from the projects inception? Is it more collaborative now or are you still pulling all of the strings behind the curtain? 
TOMÁS: Ya, we’ve gathered a great bunch of lads now and everyone gels well, which is half the battle. I’m still writing the guts of the songs and Joseph Padfield (Bannered Mare) is still our producer, but I’m also aware that each member is the most talented at their chosen instrument. Unlike the first EP where Joe & myself played almost everything on the EP bar the drums, which were played by Sean Wynne from Oscar Mild, this time round we have the opportunity to workshop the songs with the band and alter them so they are more natural and generally tastier! Half the reason it’s taken so long to get the band gig ready is because the previous EP was written on the computer, piece by piece. It was all very un-natural for a live musician to play and comprehend. So nowadays, I have the restriction of five actual human beings to consider and that’s actually helped in the writing process as there are boundaries to consider now.
 
TMFTML: This project is very different to your previous work with Ka tet. What that a conscious decision, or more of a natural progression towards more atmospheric and electronic soundscapes? Who are some of your main influences on BMWMM’s sound? 
TOMÁS: I played guitar in Ka tet which was a three piece, but I would never have considered myself a guitarist per se. Guitar was a necessary tool to write and perform with Ka tet. So when we broke up, I gave up the struggle to command the guitar and turned inward to Ableton and began experimenting with synths and excessive percussion. At the time I wasn’t even sure if the songs would ever be performed live, so there was no restrictions put on the choice of instruments and sounds I could use to write a song. Then eventually, one drunken night, I tricked Joseph Padfield into agreeing to produce me and we took the spirit of having no restrictions on the soundscape we were making and we just went for it. Of course that came back to bite him in the ass when he had to re-produce them sounds live, but I’m happy to say he’s a genius and he’s nailing it!
TMFTML: You mentioned that ‘Okay’ is about the difficulty of being raised in a religious tradition and how breaking away from that can be a psychologically difficult experience, but ultimately leads to positive personal growth. Tell us a little bit about that. Did you grow up in a very religious household? What age were you when you started to break away from those traditions, and how did that experience effect you personally? 

TOMÁS: I grew up in a very traditional, middle class, rural Irish, catholic home. Then around the time of my tenth birthday, my mum began exploring a range of other religions and various spiritual practices. I was apart of her journey for five to six years and eventually just turned my back on it all. I have never returned to organised religion, but now days I’m more open to the a range of possibilities out there (the universe is a big ass place), and I’m not closed off to the lessons hidden within the ancient teachings of most religions. 

I also think some of the benefits of those experiences in my youth created a strong interest in the well-being of my fellow man, also a massive interest in the human psyche and the play between good and evil in people. I think that’s reflected in most of my music, especially in my earlier music, I felt my songs had to have purpose and portray a valuable message for others as well as myself. 

TMFTML: Do you think Ireland moving away from those same traditions as a country is having a positive effect on our mental health and well-being as a society? Do you notice any negative effects this shift has had? 
TOMÁS: I definitely think it’s effected our country, both for better and worse. I’ll never agree with the behavior of the catholic church (we all know how that panned out), but I do think we’ve over looked some of the benefits of some spiritual practices. How prayer and meditation can help clarify your thoughts and relieve stress and with the hectic lives we all live now I think elements of those practices could really help some people. We’ve also lost the strong sense of community we once had as a catholic nation. I don’t think there has been any unifying community that has come close to bringing people together like the church did. 
TMFTML: What are your plans for the band? Bedroom noodles, or world domination? Somewhere in between? 
TOMÁS: Noodles in bed is always gonna be messy, and I don’t think I have the energy for world domination. I think I’ll always continue to make music, it’s good for the soul, but I also love live performance and I’d like to do that full time. So if we could carve a stable career in music where we can all sustain a decent livelihood and gain some recognition for the art we make without loosing the run of ourselves, I’ll be a happy camper. 
TMFTML: Thanks for taking the time to chat to me! Where can we catch you live in the near future? 

TOMÁS: No problem! We play ‘The Fun Machine’ in Fibber Magees, Dublin on Sept 12th and The Roisin Dubh Galway on September 13th. Tickets to both shows will be available on the door 😉

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