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The Next Soundtrack To Your Campaign.

22 May

Just to prove I do have some form of professional merit, here is a little piece of an article I wrote for RMG’s website about up and coming bands for this year in Ireland who might lend themselves to your next advertising campaign or film.

The Academic are a four-piece indie rock/pop band hailing from Mullingar. With an average age of 18 these boys have the world at their feet. A sold out headline gig in Whelans last November saw the place jam–packed with A/R people from record labels in Ireland and England.

Their debut single Bear Claws has racked up over 73,677 views in the 11 months since the video was uploaded taking into account that it was self released without any real PR campaign it has been played on most of the major radio stations and had plenty of nods from some of the biggest music blogs and websites in Ireland. So if you need something upbeat and radio friendly that captures all those feelings of youth and wraps them up in catchy melodies. The Academic will be your band this year.


Click here for the full article.

On a side note The Academic have also just announced a slot at this year’s Benicassim festival since the article was written so things are already on the up and up for them check em out before they are all over the place.


Ian O’Doherty. New Single. Woven.

11 Apr

Ahead of the May 16th release of Ian O’Doherty’s first single of 2014, “Woven”, comes a live video of O’Doherty and his band performing the track in the studio at Cork School of Music.
(Featuring Brendan Fennessy of O Emperor on drums who shared production duties with O’Doherty on the track)

A well produced and polished track with a hint of Ben Howard in the sound capturing some lovely urgency in the vocal melodies as the song flows from restrained and minimal to urgent and expansive. NOt often have I got to feature a Kerryman on the blog, a great track.

Check out more from Ian O’Doherty at www.ianodoherty.com

Future Islands set for Vicar St date.

9 Apr

If you are going to catch one synth pop trio this year make sure its this one. Future Islands are set to return to Ireland after their stellar performance in Whelans back in 2012. This time with a lot more attention following the release of their brilliant new single Season’s and a performance on Letterman that went viral very quickly due to the energetic and enthralling dancing of Lead singer Samuel T. Herring. They return to rather more sizeable surroundings of Vicar St. This one will sell out quickly get your tickets tomorrow morning.


Tickets are €20 and go on sale tomorrow (10th April) at 9am. You will be able to buy them here.

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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