by / September 28th, 2011 /

Top Story: IMRO Showcase Tour Preview: Dublin & Limerick

It’s nearly the final lap for this year’s IMRO Showcase Tour, visiting Dublin once more for a humdinger of a night with Future Bright and then heading to one of the country’s finest venues, Dolan’s in Limerick…

Thursday 29th September – Crawdaddy, Dublin (with Future Bright)

Brought together by a shared love of left field pop music, beats, psychedelia and cinematic sounds and samples, Bear Bones (pictured) began rehearsing and recording in mid 2010 after the demise of former band 8Ball. With a stated brief to make electronic music from an organic perspective , the band began sculpting tracks using samples, harmonies, found sounds, old synths and guitars. Having built a solid reputation through some low key single releases and gigs, Bear Bones are set to release their debut Ursa Major EP.

The Great Escape by bearbones

Brother and Sister team Cars Love Girls grew up in Dublin. Bres (guitar, vocals) and Orla (vocals) had worked together for many years in Irish band Republic Of Loose knocking out two top ten albums in the process. As a founding member Bres co-wrote some of the bands best known singles. With the band, the two toured extensively in Europe and the U.S, one of the highlights being a supporting slot with U2 on their 360 tour in Croke Park, Ireland.After leaving the band, Bres and Orla continued to work together. Steeped in their shared love of Retro R’n’B and Pop, the duo’s sound developed from a vast array of influences including Prince, Prefab Sprout, Hall & Oates, The Time and Steely Dan. The result is their debut album SKIP SCHOOL which has an old school R’n’B feel with a contemporary bite.

Cars Love Girls by cars love girls

▲▲L▲ST D∆YS OF 1984▲▲ (Last Days Of 1984) are Brian Rice and Darren Moloney. Influenced by afro-beat, chilling out and tropical electronica they call their genre of music, ‘Beach House’, featuring elements of surf, afro-beat and 90’s dance mixed with waves of nostalgia for 80’s childhood movie soundtracks. They released their first single, ‘River’s Edge’ in June 2011.

What began in as a solo project later expanded into Sounds Of System Breakdown, a full band with an ambitious premise; to take live electronic music out from behind the laptop and truly engage with the audience. A formative period spent playing an abundance underground events and small festivals has paid off for SOSB, resulting in a exhilarating and unique live experience. Meanwhile they received widespread acclaim for their debut self-titled album, were selected for some of Ireland’s most prestigious festivals and trade shows as well as appearing on national TV.

Friday 30th September – Dolan’s, Limerick

Born out of the ashes of various Limerick bands, Dead Red Light look to bring the music they love to all who have an ear to lend. The 3 piece have already finished a summer of constant national touring which saw appearances on stages with Fight Like Apes, Miracle Bell and many more. They also made serious head way on the festival circuit debut getting to rub shoulders and share stages with the likes of Bell X 1 and Villagers in the process. Highlights of the year also include the feature of the opening slot for the FMC tour where they played with O Emperor, Adebisi Shank and Heathers. 2011 also saw their TV debut and airplay of their last single ‘We Waste Ourselves’ on 2FM and many other national stations.

Kids Don’t Like Indie by DeadRedLight

Having learned their trade in the unrenowned yet pulsating music scene of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Jefl & Hyde continue to write and perform their vein of aspiring pop music despite being scattered to the four winds (quite literally) as a result of departures into university life. In any other time that remains, their hobbies include playing hurling for Naynagh and saxophone for the Irish Pink Floyd…

Flowers by jeflandhyde

Moscow Metro are a three piece band from Limerick city, consisting of Barry Mc Nulty vocals/guitar, Sean Corcoran Vocals/bass. Dylan Casey keyboards/percussion. The band formed in early 2011 and were originally called Future Deathstars. Influenced by bands such as Joy Division, Modest Mouse,The Naked and Famous, and Arcade Fire, their music has been also compared to The National. Since forming the band have been shortlisted with their first recording for the Daily Mails Fighting Chance music competition.

Spirit Of The City by Moscow Metro

Electronic producer Ronan Carroll, aka Tenaka, first appeared on the scene when he released his EPonymously Titled EP back in 2009. Tenaka is now putting the finishing touches to his full-length debut which will feature a host of other Irish musicians. In the meantime a new EP, EPhemeral, and a short film of the same name have just been released.

A collective of talented musicians from various musical backgrounds The Hip-Neck Blues Collective play Blues and Folk tinged Hip-Hop. Formed in early 2011 the collective have been working tirelessly since, contracting new members, new sounds and gigging constantly around Ireland. With an energetic live set The Hip-Neck Blues Collective are not to be missed. Expect everything from banjos to break-beats.