Little Green Cars have returned, after their sky rocket from dublin music scene stalwarts to international fame and an Irish Number 1. The release of their single ‘John Wayne’ and the follow up debut album Absolute Zero in 2013 brought the band hoards of new fans. Expectations will be high for their next release.
The fears of any second album syndrome will be well and truly erased with one listen to their new single. Driven by a beautiful vocal from lead singer Faye O’Rourke the song builds from a wonderfully simple and sombre start until the lead guitar washes over you, the sound of which is so perfectly captured you will find it hard not to believe its being played in the room with you.
The sound is confident and mature showing the bands growth over the last few years of a life changing career trajectory , good signs for the new album seeing them fulfill all the promise and talent shown in their first offering. I can see this song being a slow burner garnering more and more attention as it goes.
New album ‘Ephemera’ is now available for preorder. It’s released on March 11th and you can find it on iTunessmarturl.it/EphemeraLGC.
This playlist is filled with songs for that moment when you feel angry, not the kind of angry where you want to shout at someone,moan or break something. The kind of anger that you can channel into something more positive, anger that gets you up and moving. Anger that comes on when you realise ‘you’ need to make the changes you want to see in any situation. Music when you need something to drive you forward.
Music can catch this feeling perfectly, its that feeling at a gig when all you want is to jump and sing, loud and full in the middle of a swelling and surging crowd. So when a crowd to lose yourself in and burn off that energy is not readily available try finding your own “positively fuming” tracks and put them on and do something useful. Use that energy somewhere and don’t let it fizzle away to nothing. Music to sustain it, music to direct it, music to release it.
This playlist will continue to grow as I find the songs that catch this feeling.
If the playlist doesn’t appear for you click here to view Positively Fuming.
So U2 surprised everybody with a sudden release of their newest offering Songs of Innocence exclusively on iTunes free for all the world to download. My hopes from January of this year for a completely un-hyped release came true giving fans a chance to judge the album on the music and nothing else. The release without any sort of build up is perfect no reviews to tell you what to think in advance, no time to re-new your hate of Bono (if your that way inclined), just the music to instantly hear and evaluate for yourself.
There’s no denying how huge it is when U2 release an album, this morning I walked the aisles of the dart and looked at so many people’s ipod screen displaying the new U2 digital album cover as they listened. A simple hand written vinyl record sleeve emphasising that that this is about the music and nothing more.
Today will be a day spent listening to the album and from my first cursory auditory glance its sounding good getting back to writing songs about real things from life, its not caught up in trying to sound like a “U2” album a lot less self indulgent than the usual ageing rock-star releases.
It’s looking like the first of a series of albums set to be released with this being mainly about the band and its members early existence in the 70’s in Dublin.
I won’t go into any more detail as I’m sure it will be reviewed to death and plenty reviews will struggle to be about the music and not the band. So have a listen for yourself and decide for yourself, because they have already made the money from itunes and the rest is just a gift for us to hear.
Listen to its first radio play exclusively by Dave Fanning here.
Check out the wonderfully strange new video for Floor Staff’s fantastic track ‘The Guest’.
The video fits perfectly with the unique styles and sound of Floor Staff.
Get yourself over to The Button Factory this Saturday night to catch them live along with the fantastic Elaine Mai.
Here is my full review of the EP.
Wonder Villains have proved again that Gianfranco Zola is a legend as he took the time to appear in the video for their song ‘Zola’, paying homage to the man himself. A Perfectly timed release to pin itself to the madness of the World Cup as it proves music is a funny old game of two halves. When a comeback is on the cards it just takes a moment of magic and the introduction of somebody like Zola to your music video can just offer something new and create some chances.
At the end of the day it was a good song they gave it 110% and probably deserved a little more out of it.