Morrissey – Low in High School

November 27th, 2017 by

What got us reaching for blouses and bunches of chrysanthemums in the first place was Morrissey’s disdain. Disdain for the world he found himself cursed to be in, disdain in himself for his loneliness and his inabilities. He stood apart, singing down those who wronged him and defiantly presenting himself to the world that he […]

Bell X1 – Vicar St, Dublin

April 26th, 2016 by

Hoping to counter gravity Bell X1 emerge with The Upswing Tour. Tonight is a teaser of new material held on their as-yet-unreleased seventh album. Lights bounce off the 3D Bell X1 sign fixed to the back wall, while bits of drum-kits, keyboards and wires litter the stage. The band stroll onto the sold-out Vicar Street stage […]

Girl Band – Vicar St, Dublin

April 4th, 2016 by

“They’re so sexy” roars a man in a Harrington jacket before he launches himself into one of the mini circles of death that have cropped up. He’s right – Girl Band have just tramped in the side entrance and open with ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’ with a drum like a jackhammer. Their […]

Adele – 25

November 25th, 2015 by

Adele has put on her Marigolds, shoved her hand down the blocked pipe and dragged out whatever leftovers were buried down there. This isn’t the first time Adele has waded through emotional muck though – between 19 and 21, the Oscar-winning London songstress is well versed at it. But for 25, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins has confronted the blockage head […]

Silversun Pickups – Better Nature

September 26th, 2015 by

It’s hard to think of Silversun Pickups and not think of the banger that appeared on their debut album Carnavas. ‘Lazy Eye’ was a celebration of a scene, of 2006, of sweeping melodies, of dense guitars and of angsty lyrics. The video for the track was set in a grotty bar with the band playing […]

Purity Ring – Another Eternity

March 11th, 2015 by

When Purity Ring’s debut Shrines emerged from the ether in 2012, there was a sense that indie pop music had just been reborn. The duo helped to move the tide from guitars to synthesisers, through this changing indie pop, with tracks like ‘Fineshrine’ and ‘Anemamy’ setting a precedent. Three years on from this musical landmark, […]

Royal Blood – Academy, Dublin

October 29th, 2014 by

Blink and you’ll miss it. There’s no prelude to Royal Blood’s set, as they emerge on stage with a billow of The Academy’s trademark choker smoke and the drum beat like gunfire of ‘Hole’. As the smoke fades, the image on stage bares no resemblance to the what we’ve heard – for two black-clad shy […]

Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge

October 6th, 2014 by

It’s hard not to herald the return of the snaggle-toothed cherub Jamie T from his five year sabbatical without trumpets and fanfair. After Panic Prevention and Kings & Queens, he could have spat a mouthful of choral ballads out and still received rave-reviews yet Carry On The Grudge is a gritty collection. From first listen […]

Groom – Bread and Jam

August 11th, 2014 by

The last time Groom released an album, 2010’s Marriage, they had just been critically deemed to be ‘genre-smashing’. No doubt, through flicking over reviews, this term stuck in the minds of this band of merry men, for genre-smashing is an adjective that seems to attach itself a great deal to Bread and Jam. Their new […]