Archive: David O’Doherty interview

Everyone Laughs at the Same Things By Aoife Barry SHAGGY-haired, award-winning comedian; lover of technological gadgetry; the proud owner of very mild superpowers; globe-trotting music-lover with a penchant for vintage keyboards; quick-witted children’s book author: David O’Doherty is all of these things, and more. As one of Ireland’s best-loved comedians, David has forged a career…

Archive: Low (Alan Sparhawk) interview

Low are one of my favourite bands, and have been since I was in college – but I’ve only ever gotten to see them live once. And that was last year, at Andrew’s Lane Theatre in Dublin. When I first got into them, they had just played Nancy Spain’s in Cork, but as I hadn’t…

Archive: Groom interview

I Only Want to Write Songs By Aoife Barry “We were calling it ‘the album they couldn’t kill’…” It’s a wet Wednesday evening in May and Dublin-based band Groom (guitarist/vocalist Mike Stevens, bassist Wil McDermott, drummer/percussionist Ruan van Vliet and guitarist/keyboardist Jeroen Saegeman – drummer Brian O’Higgins is absent) are huddled in a booth in…

Archive: Mark Kozelek interview

Word of Mouth promotions are bringing Mark Kozelek back to play Andrew’s Lane Theatre in Dublin on Thursday 23 July. I did this email interview with him for the Event Guide last September (when he played as Sun Kil Moon) but somehow neglected to put it on the blog – so here it is finally!…

Archive: School of Seven Bells interview

School of Seven Bells By Aoife Barry Sometimes I go whole days listening bored, half asleep I won’t say anything that’s worth a thing to me One day, suddenly, time took a turn that once felt so brief I blinked to see polite ghosts fading quickly Listening to School of Seven Bells is like being…

Archive: of Montreal interview

Labyrinthian Pomp By Aoife Barry Why play by the rules when you can set the rulebook on fire and dance on the flames? For Athens, Georgia-based band of Montreal, music isn’t something that has to be constrained by rules and regulations – who says things have to go verse-chorus-verse? Since the band was first formed…

Archive: Land Lovers interview

Romance, Romance By Aoife Barry Dubliner Padraig Cooney has only just released his debut album ‘Romance Romance’, under the moniker Land Lovers, but for a new person in the music scene, he’s attracting quite a bit of positive attention. Perhaps that’s got to do with the infectious melodies and witty lyrics that feature in his…

Archive: Max Tundra interview

Won’t Get Fooled Again originally appeared in the Event Guide By Aoife Barry Ben Jacobs AKA Max Tundra is a UK-based musician who specialises in eclectic electronic that’s performed live completely solo by the talented multi-instrumentalist .Jacobs has just released his third album, Parallax Error Beheads You and is currently on tour with Hot Chip….

Archive: The Hedge Schools interview

Independence Day Originally appeared in the Event Guide By Aoife Barry Patrick (Pat) Barrett is probably best known for being the vocalist/guitarist in Dublin’s beloved Ten Speed Racer, who were one of the capital’s most prominent bands in the early millennium. Now he’s back with a solo record that’s heavily inspired by a life-changing incident…

Archive: Gemma Hayes interview

Making Waves originally printed in the Event Guide By Aoife Barry Tipperary-born songstress Gemma Hayes released her third album ‘The Hollow of Morning’ early this year, after taking a break from music and upping sticks to Los Angeles. But as Aoife Barry finds out, there really is no place like home for this talented 31…