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New Album. U2. Songs of Innocence.

10 Sep

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.

U2 Songs of Innocence

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.


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.

We Are Scientists. Make It Easy. New Single.

21 Mar

I’m rather enjoying this new We Are Scientists track ‘Make it Easy’, been a while since I’ve really liked their new stuff except for live which is always enjoyable with these guys.

In the interest of diversity. Otherkin and Nicole Maguire.

13 Mar

Otherkin have today released their title track from forthcoming ep ‘As A High’. The ep is set for a release on the 27th of March. The lads will be having a launch party featuring Other Creatures, Womens Murder Club, Pockets and Segrasso followed by DJs in The Grand Social. Now thats a serious line-up for a gig.

And just for the interest of diversity in the blog here is something totally different.
Nicole Maguire is a fanatastic new talent from Cork in Ireland offering some soft melodic love songs with her debut album ‘What You Really Mean’ out on IRL Records Friday 7th March 2014. Below is the single Hard Love well worth a listen if you want something softer than the likes of Otherkin.

Kaiser Chiefs, how I discovered live music and ended up here.

8 Mar

Kaiser Chiefs are back from the brink of band extinction it seems. I remember getting a compilation CD called ‘the bands 05‘ I think it was the moment that launched me down the path of indie music having never heard of the scene in my little hometown in Ireland where everybody was listening to emo, classic rock or metal. While I did know some Irish bands (Turn, Snow Patrol,JJ72), I didn’t really have any direct influence from an independent scene as MTV and Kerrang where the most direct forms of music (plenty of Linkin Park Blink 182 and other American Pop Punk bands). It was buying that cd that opened up the whole NME scene which was a gateway into all I know and love today. While being a Turn fan should have led me to the Irish music scene earlier it was through the fact I knew they came from a town near by and my dad knew the families of two members that I heard them so didn’t understand at the age of 13 that their was so much more going on in Ireland at the time.
I mention Kaiser Chiefs in particular as it was their second single ‘ I Predict A Riot’ released in November 2004 but heard by me on that compilation cd above that along with most of the bands on that cd started me on the road to becoming obsessed with new music.
It helped that upon hearing it I discovered these bands also played live in Dublin and I was now old enough to get into some gigs without ID in the less strict venues. ‘I predict a riot’ is a perfect slice of British art punk pop that will be a party song to me forever.
I remember like it was yesterday turning up to The Ambassador with my friends having bought tickets for their show in Whelan’s which was bumped up after ‘I predict a riot’ and ‘Oh My God’ sky rocketed, all dressed in ill-fitting semi suit attire, black shirt, a bright green tie and green converse looking like 12 year olds in their dads clothes I imagine. But it was my first real gig in Dublin not a stadium concert or Slane which everybody went to, this was something different this made us cool we knew a band that not everybody at home did. It was an event we waited months for and bought clothes specifically for, trying desperately to fit in and look like regulars but in doing so standing out like a sore thumb (I know this now from being a regular gig goer and seeing teenagers making their first foray into unknown territory for the love of a band). Hard-Fi supported them another band on the cusp of making a name in the UK we even met them afterwards and thought we where so cool to reject their offer of going for a drink, only to turn up in Eamon Doran’s at pretty much the same time anyway. It also gave me the amazement of seeing them on Soccer Am only a couple of days later.
Kaiser Chiefs where electric the crowd amazing bouncing and moshing like only a crowd in The Ambassador could. Every minute of that gig was one of the best experience’s of my life I never truly knew the feeling that live music can give you till that day and I’ve never looked back since. The countless gigs I’ve been to since, Arctic Monkeys first gig on foreign soil in Whelan’s, Feeder, Ash and Muse (just after Absolution) one after the other in the pit at Oxygen, Frightened Rabbit in The Academy and countless other’s that I can’t pick from right up to Hozier in Whelan’s on Thursday night all stem from the first step into live music in small venue’s with the Kaiser Chiefs.
This started as review of their new single which I haven’t done here at all other than to say it’s with good reason I’m happy to see them release a new single from a new album that while doesn’t sound cutting edge it sounds fresh and more grown up than some of the last couple of albums which had gotten fairly formulaic and probably helped prompt the almost implosion of the band. So this post is a thank you to Kaiser Chiefs and a wish of good luck with the new album.

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