Neil Hannon..”I’m just automatically working on the next record”

April 28th, 2017 by

Neil Hannon is feeling “a bit morningy” when I call him. He reckons it’s a hangover from all the golf he’s been watching into the wee small hours of some nights previous. He’s the man behind The Divine Comedy, the band that started to catch people’s attention in the 90s with an unusual attitude to their […]


Music For The People: An Interview with William McCarthy

April 27th, 2017 by

William McCarthy is set to return for his second solo outing in Dublin this weekend, but his first since former band Augustines called it a day at the end of last year. Over the course of the six years of their career together, they released three critically acclaimed albums, amassed a loyal fan base and played […]



SKYMAS – BubbleDub

April 26th, 2017 by

Just seven months on from the weird and abrasive techno-punk of ‘No Easy Way Out’, Belfast duo Skymas have returned with a glitchier, more refined cut in ‘BubbleDub’ – an idiosyncratic slice of aggro-electro with an explicitly Belfastian bent. The duo, comprised of ex Alloy Mental-ist Martin Corrigan, and Nick Todd, have harnessed the axe tactics of Stephen Leacock […]


2017 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

April 24th, 2017 by

The annual difficulty with the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is pretty much the definition of a ‘First World Problem’ – how does one choose from the myriad acts on offer? 2017’s programme shows no clemency either. It’s a mix of comedy, poetry and readings, theatre, family events, music, film, and visual arts over a ten day period from 27th April to […]


Kid Karate – ‘Redbone’ (Childish Gambino)

April 21st, 2017 by

In what feels like a further leap towards a new full-length release, Kid Karate have been back in the studio recording a rendition of Childish Gambino’s sonic treasure ‘Redbone’ and it’s a bit great. Following on from the release of  ‘No Way’ in February, the trio originally recorded this cover as part of a live […]


Fiction Peaks..”The songs generally dictate the landscape of the recording”

April 21st, 2017 by

With a debut full-length in Citizen having landed today, we caught up with Joey Doyle, frontman and chief songwriter of alt-indie band Fiction Peaks. Charting their journey from solo effort to group outfit, the recording and writing process behind the new LP, and what’s on the cards for the rest of 2017, read the interview below, and have […]


THUMPER – ‘Fear of Art’

April 21st, 2017 by

Dublin band THUMPER combine garage rock, psychedelic-pop and lyrics that give a wry insight into the insecurities of our generation. Their songs possess an immediately likability that makes you become invested in THUMPER because they are a band that you get excited for what is to come next. Earlier this year the band released ‘The […]


BD Festival, Wicklow

April 20th, 2017 by

Barn Dance festival was dirty. And not the preemptive kind of dirty you expect at most festivals that force you to harness your inner ‘cuclhie’ and shamelessly wear a pair of bright, ornate welly boots. Nor is it even the kind of contained dirty wherein you calmly make peace with the fact that every item […]


Sea Pinks Announce New Album and Share First Single, ‘Into Nowhere’

April 19th, 2017 by

Belfast-based trio, Sea Pinks have been making making some of the finest bittersweet guitar pop for seven years and their repertoire continues to get stronger as demonstrated in their latest single, ‘Into Nowhere’. This new track is the first glimpse into their forthcoming sixth album, Watercourse which will be released on May 26th. The band […]


Talos..”I don’t see it as me, front and centre of the stage”

April 19th, 2017 by

One can feel the call of the void on the third day of Electric Picnic – a day where one’s human fragility can be all too apparent. The bookers know this, and a case of smart organisation put Talos on the Sunday afternoon slot last year. The Cork outfit’s set in the LittleBigTent briefly stayed the […]


Autre Monde Share New Single, ‘New Recruit’

April 19th, 2017 by

Recently established Dublin-based band Autre Monde made their debut only a few weeks ago with the release of their excellent introductory single, ‘Customs’. The quartet have been more than considerate to their new legion of fans as they have promptly shared the follow-up single, ‘New Recruit’, a rambunctious four minutes that will have you involuntarily nodding your […]


Via: Barvikha – Chris Ryan

April 18th, 2017 by

Certainly ramping things up in terms of volume and presence since last we heard about his solo venture, Via: Barvikha, aka Chris Leckey, is breaking new sonic ground with his latest effort Chengdu. Formerly a member of Belfast hardcore outfit PigsAsPeople, Leckey’s step towards a more delicate harmonic balance with his output last year hasn’t diminished the urgency or jagged edge […]


Toro Y Moi, Kamasi Washington, Le Galaxie & More

April 17th, 2017 by

“Musical criticism is a fictional occupation.” I remember the first time I heard this line from ‘The Basement’ off Kool A.D.’s most recent album, Sky Ladder. It stood out to me because despite spending a lot of my time reviewing albums and live shows it’s still an exercise that, every now and again, perplexes me. […]