BATS spelled backwards is STAB

One of the most anticipated Irish albums out this year is by Richter Collective members BATS – and from the pounding drums on album opener ‘Higgs Boson Particle’, it’s obvious they’re out to impress. The album title, ‘Red In Tooth & Claw’, is taken from a line in a Lord Tennyson poem, in a characteristically over-the-top move that rather than seeming pretentious fits with the BATS aesthetic. (Note: it was also used by the band Murder by Death for their 2008 album.) On ‘Red In Tooth & Claw’ there’s far less of an emphasis on the shouted vocals that were … Continue reading BATS spelled backwards is STAB

Check Out That Damn Funk!

I’m very VERY excited about these gigs. Faith No More – tomorrow night, whoop! (this video creeps the crap out of me) Dam Funk: Twisted Pepper, Dublin on October 23 and The Pavilion, Cork on 25th October . Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: (I still haven’t seen them in Ireland! For shame.) Electric Picnic, Roisin Dubh, Galway, 22nd October, The Pavilion, Cork, 23rd October, The Button Factory, Dublin, 24th October, and The Trinity Rooms, Limerick, 25th October. Continue reading Check Out That Damn Funk!

Back from the ‘Burgh

Well, what a week that was.

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The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

You know that feeling when you really, really need a holiday, a goddamn break from your everyday routine? When you feel like your head’s going to explode if you have to do just one more week of the same ‘ol stuff every day? Well that was exactly how I was feeling up until the 14th of August, when I finally had the chance to take a hard-earned holiday and fly to Edinburgh to sample some of the delights that the city’s Fringe Festival had to offer.

Luckily for me, an Edinburgh Fringe virgin, I was staying with my friend and fellow blogger Anna, who had taken on the task of booking us our tickets for a number of shows during the five days we’d be in the city. ¬†Anna knows her shiz when it comes to the who’s-who of the comedy world, so I knew I was in safe hands. And thanks to her skills, we got to see some fantastic comedy from Rhys Darby (‘Murray’ in Flight of the Conchords) [we also had a total fangirl moment and got a photo with him, squee]; Tim Key (of ‘Newswipe’ and ‘Cowwards’; Tom Basden; former Sweet Oblivion interviewee David O’Doherty; the SuperClump sketch troupe; and a host of comedians who took part in Mark Watson’s 24 Hour Comedy Show.

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Off to Edinburgh!

So, I’m off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival tomorrow – on a 6.30am flight no less..zzzzzzzz I shall be back in about a week with: *All the info on how I got on in Edinburgh *A loooooooooooong overwaited post on new bands/new music – thanks to all the bands who’ve emailed me recently, I AM going to blog about your stuff soon *An interview with Vicky Langan about the extremely interesting Black Sun night in Cork In the meantime, keep an eye on State for my Nico Muhly interview and a review of the new The Wave Pictures album (the … Continue reading Off to Edinburgh!

‘Under the Neon’ video

If you’ve been wondering where Waterford’s You’re Only Massive and Cork’s Queen Kong have got to, well here’s your answer: out foreign. QK’s Dave Murphy and YOM’s Maebh Cheasty have been uber (sorry, couldn’t resist…) busy putting the final touches to their H8R H8R studio and getting ready to unleash some new tunes on the unsuspecting public. Now both performing under the name You’re Only Massive, they decamped to Berlin within the last year and clearly the laidback, artistic Berliner vibe is suiting them (although it’s questionable whether Dave’s shirt in this video would get past Irish customs). ‘Under the … Continue reading ‘Under the Neon’ video

Nico Muhly

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Nico Muhly for State (in advance of his performance at the Absolut Fringe festival – see below), and I have to say it was one of the most interesting interviews I’ve done in a long time. I’ve been doing so many email interviews lately, which require little to no interaction between interviewee and interviewer, that it was a breath of fresh air to just get on the phone and have a nice chat with someone about themselves and their music. (I could probably write another blog about the pros and cons of email … Continue reading Nico Muhly