Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

October 18th, 2016 by

Poet. Playwright. Performance artist. It’s difficult to describe succinctly what it is Kate Tempest does. John Cooper-Clarke, Mike Skinner, Saul Williams? It’s equally problematic to find a comparable reference for her work. Recognising the quality of her latest album Let Them Eat Chaos isn’t nearly as taxing. This record follows the dark narrative of a […]

The Ya Ya Vuze – Tomorrow EP

October 3rd, 2016 by

The Ya Ya Vuze have just released their new E.P Tomorrow. Produced by Gavin Glass, the Dublin band’s latest offering sees them taking a giant leap forward. Thematically the chaotic nights and barstool philosophising remain but there’s a greater sense of confident control to the arrangements. Opener ‘Whatta They Know’ incrementally builds on Stephen McSweeney’s bass […]

The Divine Comedy – Foreverland

September 22nd, 2016 by

Foreverland is the Divine Comedy’s first record in six years and it’s bursting with all the qualities that make frontman and driving force Neil Hannon such a national treasure. Humour, melody, poetry, emotive imagery and the odd history lesson permeate the record. Homage is paid to that pioneer of nominative determinism Catherine the Great while […]

Who is John Robb?

September 12th, 2016 by

When you get the chance to talk to John Robb it’s a bit like doing a Sudoku, you can’t be exactly sure where’s best to start. Singer, songwriter, bassist, Blackpool fan, post-punk champion, lo-fi Ethiopian blues enthusiast, talking head, author, commentator, Milliganite – the list of Robb’s endeavours is as long as it is varied. […]

Come All Ye’ Faithful

September 7th, 2016 by

“and now the end is near…” It’s our last week here at Sin E’s open-mic Monday. In six weeks we’ve seen it all, bands so young their mother sits in the front row waiting to take them home, a husband and wife combo, beatboxers, comedians, a Chilean garage band, drunks in dribs and drabs and […]

Come All Ye’ Faithful

August 26th, 2016 by

It’s our penultimate week here in Sin E and for once it’s a wee bit quiet. The feature act has cancelled at late notice and a couple of the regulars are absent. Tumbleweed-phobia is setting in; rumours of a mysterious Englishman with some sort of guitar/harp hybrid promote intrigue if not comfort. The show rolls […]

Come All Ye’ Faithful

August 20th, 2016 by

It’s our fourth week as Sin E’s errant earwig and we’ve learned some valuable lessons in that time. For one, the humble acoustic guitar, in the right hands, can be a Pandora’s Box of sonic possibilities. A well crafted song no matter how simple or virtuosic can linger in your subconscious mind for days and […]

Lisa Hannigan – At Swim

August 14th, 2016 by

It’s been seven years since Lisa Hannigan debut album See Sew was released to widespread critical acclaim, and since then she’s become one of Ireland’s most unique voices. Rooted in folk, there’s been a richness to her output which elevates it that little bit higher than the recent resurgence in the genre. In short, there’s […]

Come All Ye’ Faithful

August 11th, 2016 by

It’s our third Monday soaking up sounds at Sin E’s weekly open-mic. It’s a full house again and there are more quality original songs than you can shake maracas at. Our first week set a daunting standard, to the credit of Dublin’s wandering minstrel community it’s been maintained, maybe even exceeded at times. So much […]

Come All Ye Faithful

August 5th, 2016 by

Monday night, our second week as Sin E’s resident eavesdropper. Open mic night throws up a host of curve balls including a ukulele touting Spanish girl plucking out catchy little ditties in her native tongue. A garage band from Chile who got so progressively heavier during their set they seemed like a different band leaving […]

Come All Ye’ Faithful

July 28th, 2016 by

We Irish are famous for our rich literary tradition, evocative storytelling is in the blood. An Irish person wouldn’t dream of simply relaying the facts of a story. A yarn can’t be fully spun without gesticulating wildly, punctuating with profanity and embellishing accordingly for emphasis. The same applies to music and song writing in particular. […]

Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto

July 17th, 2016 by

Róisín Murphy first burst into the collective consciousness as part of Moloko with the unforgettable ‘Sing it Back’. In the 18 years since, Murphy has created one of the most unique and diverse back catalogues in pop music. New album Take Her Up To Monto broadens the spectrum even further. Murphy is perhaps best known […]

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

July 15th, 2016 by

It’s been four years since debut record Home Again drew comparisons with the likes of Bill Withers and Jack Johnson for Muswell Hillbilly Michael Kiwanuka. Breezy upbeat songs like ‘Home Again’ and ‘I’ll Get Along’ suggested a new troubadour had come to claim his fair share of smiling, bobbing heads and tapping toes. Kiwanuka’s sophomore […]