Get In The Mood For Paddy’s Day With These Tracks

March is upon us already and we’re seeing an endless amount of great Irish tracks being released (especially in the past few weeks). With St. Patrick’s day creeping up around the corner & the fact that attention shifts to local culture and homegrown talent throughout the festival of Seachtain Na Gaeilge, what better time to update your playlists with some great new Irish tracks?

 

Here’s 17 to bring you up to Paddy’s Day:

Solas – Seo Linn featuring the Cork Youth Orchestra

Something Beautiful – Keywest

Gentle Kind of Lies – Barq

Gooie – The Klares

My Holy Ghost – Blaming Hannah

Mixtape 2003 – The Academic

Quicksand – Scoops

Let You Go – State Lights

Black Tears – Imelda May & Jeff Beck

Home – Luke Clerkin featuring Orlagh Kenny

Make That Do Noise – Booka Brass Band

You & I – Picture This

Clutch – Bitch Falcon

Water – Little Hours

Darkest Hour – All Tvvins

If I Ask – Hare Squead

Running – Wyvern Lingo

 


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Watch Out 2017! Here Are 5 Irish Acts To Listen To This New Year

There’s no hiding the fact that the Irish music scene is blooming with fresh acts in a whirlpool of genres. There’s also little hiding from the statistics showing how little airplay these acts have been getting on our radio waves in the past year.

With that in mind, we beg for more attention to be given to Irish acts in 2017 and maybe less to the Billboard charts. We also cross our fingers that the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA)’s 5 year deal with Official Charts Company UK will make a difference for our artists.

To kick the year off, we have decided to give you five acts that we think will be big this 2017.

Áine Cahill

 

Hailing from County Cavan and with an array of impressive gigs behind her at 21, Cahill combines vivid imagery with classic jazz influences and it is simply beautiful. Her imagery is soul gripping, transporting you into each story told whilst craving a slow set dance in a jazz club.

Whilst we eagerly await an album from Cahill, we are are truly enjoying her current tracks such as ‘The 27 Club’ and ‘Black Dahlia’.

You can now preorder Áine’s upcoming single ‘Plastic‘ (Expected Release 27th Jan).

 

Barq

 

Fresh out of 2016’s Other Voices, Barq are bringing us some powerful melty rock and argosoul. The four piece have been gaining plenty of well deserved attention since their debut release last March and are penned for great things this year.

If you need a soundtrack to dust off your Christmas blues to this new year, Barq have the kick ass mood and the right chords to get you going. With lead vocals from the phenomenal Jess Kav, we can’t wait to hear what they do next (more agrosoul please).

 

The Klares

 

Straight out of their Leaving Cert. The Klares have already been making waves in the indie rock scene, receiving Hot Press’s Big Break School’s award back in 2015. Age is no barrier to their music, with a sound that certainly seems to have matured for a long time already.

We’ve been enjoying the upbeat vibes and the guitar riffs of this Dublin four piece for the past few months and think 2017 will be their year. With a new track due out in the coming months we can’t wait to see some headline gigs from these lads.

 

Wyvern Lingo

 

We can’t get enough of these ladies! This three piece from County Wicklow seem to be producing hit after hit. Their alternative/indie sound is incredibly moving. From tracks like ‘Letter To Willow’ and ‘Running’ to their cover of ‘Left Hand Free/ Don’t Let Go ‘ we inevitably need to sing along. With tranquil harmonies and a sound on par with the likes of Katzenjammer, we think you’re going to love Wyvern Lingo this year.

Although it’s not an apparent goal, these women are empowering the ‘women are in music too’ statement without feeling any need to sell themselves in anything other than musical talent and we love it!

 

Newcomer: Podge Lane

All the way from County Cork, our newcomer choice is folk singer/songwriter Podge Lane. With an EP due out in the next few months we believe that Podge will be one to keep your eyes and ears on.

Influenced by country music and musically moved towards folk and blues under the influence of his audience, Podge describes his passion for experimenting with music as ‘being like a cat with a ball of yarn’.

 


Article by Vanessa Greene.

YouTube Musicians Deserve Better Recognition

Article by Vanessa Greene


December 2nd, clashing with the biggest media event in Ireland #LateLateToyShow, we see UK singer and cover artist Conor Maynard play a long awaited Dublin gig.

Now as someone who is very comfortable with paying as little as €6 for a multitude of talented bands play in Whelan’s and as comfortable with €30 for a headline act in the Olympia, I felt €13 was still a bargain. However ‘Caveat Emptor’ comes into play when the venue is considered, The Wright Venue, Swords.

There are many opinions surrounding the venue, it’s not great, not ideal for live music. I’d like to address the marketing culture of putting gigs on there. I get it, bring punters in early with a DJ and get them bringing in revenue with plenty of drink as excitement builds then introduce the headline act. Everyone does it, it makes sense! But to have a 3 hour 40 minute DJ set and your act on stage for barely 30 minutes, you are having a laugh!

In my case, this almost 4 hours was spent wanting to leave. I don’t really agree with the trend of live music at nightclubs, however, have had wanted to see Maynard perform live for a long time. I stuck it out as my disappointment grew.

Maynard performed very well. With a mixture of originals and covers, from early hits such as ‘Can’t Say No‘ to newer content like ‘Are you Crazy‘ alongside covers of Fetty Wap, Drake and other recent YouTube covers of his. Given the set that I witness, it was good, it was enjoyable. In saying that I’d prefer a set that included tracks such as ‘Royalty‘ and a live band vs a DJ. (This a person who is eager to hear Maynard do an Electro Swing album)

However, I can’t shift the feeling that this is not what YouTube culture deserves. Ever since a young Canadian singer broke into the industry so strongly from the platform, we’ve been obsessed with who’s going to come next. 2009 saw the interest in then 3-year-old channel skillzaisherebooya grow and lead to a record deal. 7 years on, that hype may have changed slightly but regardless of a record label’s backing, Maynard’s success is evidently brought by his own hard work and talent. Now with 3.6 million subscribers and averaging on 26 million+ views per video, Maynard is undoubtedly a YouTuber.

As YouTube and other online video content become more increasingly important in our lives and society why aren’t we supporting the musicians coming offline into decent gigs? I don’t believe it to be worth someone’s time to fly over for short gigs in nightclubs where nobody really gives a damn. If 46 million hits on a single video translated into record sales, it might be a different story.

So what can we do to ensure that everyone gets the chance to walk the same path, of offline support, as acts such as Picture This do following viral success?

New Irish Music: The Clockworks – ‘Girls Like You’ Review

The Clockworks are an up-and-coming Irish indie band based in Galway. Their debut single Girls Like You was released on July 2nd, and it is definitely a song that cannot be missed.

Irish music has dominated the charts worldwide over the past few years- from Hosier to Walking On Cars, Kodaline to The Academic. Despite the plethora of Irish acts that have achieved international recognition, there are always new up-and- coming Irish bands with truly remarkable music to offer. The Clockworks are a prime example of this.

An EP is due to be released soon, so currently we have only one song from this band: Girls Like You. Luckily for them- and us!- this song is extremely catchy and well-crafted, with a unique twist that’s always promising for a band so early in their career.

The song is indie-rock, almost The Smiths meet Neutral Milk Hotel meet She & Him. Maybe.

London born James McGregor’s vocals are impeccable, with a raw touch that adds to the song and works really well with the powerful guitar chords and hard-hitting lyrics. The lyrics are sarcastic, cynical, anecdotal, almost tongue-in- cheek; in the best possible way.

The real beauty of the song, however, is in its subtleties, the melodious line hidden underneath the loud guitars after the chorus, the impeccable cymbal work by drummer Damian Greaney. The guitar solo at around 2:20 by Sean Connelly is amazing and the song is guaranteed to have you nodding along by the end of it. The final verse finishes the song in an unexpected way that really shows that The Clockworks are bringing something a bit different to the music table.

This is the first song from The Clockworks but it has a lot of promise and definitely looks like a good indicator that there are big things ahead for this Galway group. Hop on the bandwagon now, and check them out on some of the smaller shows they’re playing this summer before you have to queue up for their sold out shows.

The Clockworks play Whelan’s Summer Ones To Watch this week. You can keep up to date with them on twitter or on Facebook.

You can listen to Girls Like You on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud.

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1120262323?ls=1&app=itunes

 


Article by Aoife Kearins.