Tag Archives: Rock

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.

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Ian O’Doherty. New Video. Woven.

16 May

Ian O’Doherty released his fanatastic new single on the 12th of May. It’s an energy filled song that feels like its struggling against its bonds, full of earnest vocals and distraught lyrics.

 
Here’s a nice coincidence I’m pretty sure the protagonist of Ian O’Doherty’s video is the same actor that’s in Ciaran Lavery’s new video below check it out for yourself. One things for sure he does some excellent acting in both maybe you’ll see him on the big screen somewhere soon to.

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.

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
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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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