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Wonder Villains. Re-release Zola. Video with a very special guest.

23 Jun

 
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.

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Hozier. New Single. Sedated

22 May

 

Hozier has released his new single online for your listening pleasure check it out.

For more on Hozier click here.

Mix 14, Showcase Live at The Odessa.

15 May

Last night saw the live showcase of this years Hotpress MIX14 graduates. A show organised and performed at by the students of this years course.

Aoife Cullinane


Kicking off a little after 8pm was the first act of the night Aoife Cullinane. A singer songwriter hailing from Cork at the beginning of her career in music started us off in fine fashion delivering her set in chronological order of when the songs were written, giving a perfect flow to her honest an emotional lyrics. Expressing herself through her music is her main focus, helping to identify herself with the audience in no time. Delivered in some beautifully soft vocals and subtle acoustic guitar, it’s a great start to the night.

BeRn


Next up is the vigorous BeRn who delivers her own brand of ‘Frock’ (Folk Rock). BeRn steps up to the stage with bags of confidence backed up by plenty of experience delivering her brand of campfire punk rock. BeRn has shared stages with many greats of the music world from Shane McGowan to Patti Smith and John Spillane. Her style is that of a poet delivering verse about everything from the hardships of life and love to political motivations and human rights. All backed up by high energy guitar to remind you of Christy Moore at his most energetic. Confidence sells her set to the crowd so easily getting people to join in and harmonise with her throughout.

Scoops


Scoops aka Stephen Cooper is a frenetic ball of energy. The solo singer songwriter well-known around the Dublin pub scene steps up to the mike an instantly begins to banter with the crowd. Displaying an ease on stage from cutting his teeth playing in the loud and lively pubs round the city well used to contending with a large crowd. His first two songs are summer songs delivered with all the ease and happiness you’d expect from such a starting point. A prolific songwriter with a large catalogue to draw from he delivers simple happy pop songs about days in the sun and nights on the town, even his songs on darker subjects like the passing of a friend in tragic circumstances have a hopeful air that infects the crowd. Finishing off his set with a very unique piece of music he blasts out a techno song with nothing but an effects pedal and an acoustic guitar.
Check out his acoustic Techno here.

Raphaels


Raphaels a Dublin based rock/indie/pop band consisting of four unique sounds brought together to create something fresh fronted by lead singer Ray Mullan the boys are the last act of the night, the crowd is full of energy at this point being readily warmed up by the first three acts. The perfect moment for the noise level to be lifted by a full band. Raphaels bounce from hints of Funk (akin to Red Hot Chili Peppers) to shoe gaze swagger of an Oasis sort before throwing in hints of alt folk with the acoustic guitar changing the sound again. Lifting the energy in the room with a simple assurance of their craft the lads deliver a fantastic close to the night.

Swords. Hips. Cannot get enough of this track.

4 Apr

Swords released their single Hips on March 2nd and its up over ten thousand views on youtube. It’s such a perfect blend of atmospheric, melancholy vocals and a perfect uplifting melody that counter each other to create something special. An Irish trio who blend guitars, synths, samples, drums, and piano hooks with haunting and intimate vocals.

 

 

So far this could be one of my tracks of the year. It’s a perfect headphones on, sitting on the dart, staring at a rainy Irish landscape song. Allowing you to get all emo and imagine yourself in a really nicely shot moody music video as you make your way home from work.
The video is also a perfect accompaniment as you’re not quite sure where it starts or ends leaving you wondering what exactly is going on with the main characters. A mix of dark mystery and hopeful love echo the emotions of the song nicely. Currently writing with only a couple of gigs coming up around easter, expect some new material this year and judging by what we’ve heard so far expect something really nice.

Check out more from Swords at their website www.swordsband.com
Soundcloud here.

The Crayon Set. New Single. Attack

30 Mar

 

While on my way to host The Midnight Hour last night in Whelan’s. I arrived early enough to catch the second half of The Crayon Set’s show for the launch of their new single ‘The Attack’.
Whelan’s was fairly jammed for early on a Saturday night and with good reason. The Crayon Set delivered a solid assured performance full of energy as they juggled between instruments including a double bass, violin, flute, acoustic and electric guitars. The Crayon Set have a wide range in sound with dual male and female vocals and the wide range of instruments available to the band bouncing from jaunty country/folk sounds to larger more electric rock all coloured beautifully with Violin. Especially their new single ‘Attack’ which has one of the best Violin riffs you’ll hear. The six piece released their debut album last year, but judging by their new single its big things ahead.

Check em out here.

 

The Crayon Set live at Whelans.

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