The Mountain Goats – Goths

May 29th, 2017 by

The Mountain Goats have returned with another concept album, choosing to explore the culture of Goth identity after focusing on professional wrestling and teenage obsessions in previous outings. Choosing such a stylised subculture, which takes in a variety of cultural influences, allows John Darnielle to interrogate what it means to edit the personality you present […]

Cold War Kids – LA DIVINA

April 18th, 2017 by

It’s twelve years since Cold War Kids released their debut EP, and they have been desperately trying to make themselves relevant ever since. Unfortunately, it seems that mediocre indie bands made up entirely of white men will always be considered topical to our modern musical landscape, particularly when they are waxing lyrical with tortured metaphors […]

Warpaint – Vicar St, Dublin

March 29th, 2017 by

Appropriately returning to Dublin during the sunniest spell the city has seen in 2017 so far, Los Angeles based dream pop outfit Warpaint seem to have attracted a crowd that retains a sense of festival buzz camaraderie – Vicar Street’s bar is packed and there’s a spill over from the smoking area onto Thomas Street before […]

Conor Oberst – Salutations

March 29th, 2017 by

Emotions are all too easy to get immersed and trapped within, even if it’s possible to be self-aware about this occurrence. In fact, perhaps it can feel just as damaging to understand that you have self-involved and that you should be glad for the life you have, even if it feels lacklustre. In Salutations, Conor […]

Napalm Death – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin

March 28th, 2017 by

Napalm Death are a band with a hefty legacy behind them, and a packed venue shows that they have fans who have followed the British grindcore band through their various incarnations of lineups throughout the years. With three different bands opening for them this evening, the Voodoo Lounge venue is swiftly filling up by 7pm. The house […]

Sorority Noise – You’re Not As ______ As You Think

March 28th, 2017 by

It’s difficult to mind our friends, while minding ourselves. For Sorority Noise, You’re Not As ______ As You Think is a thirty-minute exploration into the impact that mental illness can have on sufferers, and the people that love them. It’s a difficult subject to tackle, particularly over the course of such a short record. Something […]

Tennis – Yours Conditionally

March 27th, 2017 by

Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, the husband-wife duo behind Tennis, are synonymous with a lo-fi pop sound that sounds as if it was created with almost no effort. It’s no surprise that the layered and dreamy sounds that have their origins in 1970s pop music, reflected by the band’s aesthetic of saturated press photos that […]

Damaged Bug – Bunker Funk

March 22nd, 2017 by

What would the apocalypse sound like? Popular culture in recent years have become enamoured with apocalypses and dystopias, and has created a collective consciousness of what the apocalypse would look like: dull colour palettes inspired by Western films and affluence defined by apparel that would make Lady Gaga jealous. There hasn’t been a concerted effort […]

Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten

March 15th, 2017 by

The best albums are often those that encompass a variety of different emotions and elicit everything from dancing to existential angst in their listeners. Sometimes they’re albums that reveal their brilliance on the second listen, when the listener can tease out the journey the album takes them on now that they have the benefit of […]

The Shins – Heartworms

March 14th, 2017 by

The Shins last released an album in 2012, the year that people thought the world would end. In 2017, the world seems to be crumbling around us, but life keeps on going on. Enter Heartworms, where The Shins are combining a sound that could be the upbeat soundtrack of indie rom-coms with lyrics about the […]

Laura Marling – Semper Femina

March 14th, 2017 by

Love in all its forms is a strange emotion. At times, it can be gentle, at other times it can be fierce and terrifying. Love is a difficult story to try and tell, especially when love has left us – when we are left only with the memories, how do we discuss the good and […]

Dear Reader – Day Fever

March 13th, 2017 by

Dear Reader, aka Cherilyn MacNeil, brings listeners her first release in four years, Day Fever. Named after one of the many out-dated monikers for hysteria, the record effortlessly moves between panicked melodies and soothing soundscapes. Beginning this is ‘Oh, the Sky!’ which is a soothing orchestral number punctuated with electronic bleeps, using layered harmonies to […]