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Swords – Special

Haven’t heard it mentioned in many places but from this corner it would appear like 2013 is turning out like a great year for emerging indie acts from Ireland. Artists that have pushed the strum to the side and gone […] 

Sticklips – Know Yer Blows

Just when you think this lullaby is about to nod off for the night it gets all rumbly and a little thundery. Doesn’t make sense really and I closed every open browsers within earshot in a vain attempt to kill […] 

Splashh – Sun Kissed Bliss

And so we return to these anglopodean wonderkids for the 3rd time in as many months. Really like the cut of their early 90’s jib you see and you’ve got to applaud any tune that involves the sun when it’s […] 

Swimming In Speakers – Mind Does Take

‘Guessing The Others’ is perhaps as acutely wanderlustful as indie pop gets. Can’t be fogging up those thick rimmed spectacles now can we, so for all the curveballs thrown by this New York duo there are twice as many tender […] 

Locas In Love – Bushaltestelle (The Bus Stop Song)

I hope the realisation that this is actually a cover doesn’t take from the pleasure it is currently affording you. Look at it this way, now you have 2 favourite new bands to salivate over. First there is the Nebraska […] 

Program – Waiting

Program are a band not afraid to speak of their frailties and have in the past scrapped completed recordings because they didn’t feel right. They’re striving for perfection, while acknowledging that that particular goal might be an impossible one. Thankfully […] 

Dede – This Time

Despite an almost overwhelming sense of destiny it looks like Dede (Dede Reynolds and her partner Tim) have moved on to a new project called Tiny Hearts. Seems BBC1 radio have picked up on them so maybe it’ll be second […] 

Tandem Felix – Third Degree Burns

In the year of our lord 2011 I went a bit mental for a set of songs recorded by a quartet from Dublin called Tandem Felix. They had put out the recordings in 2009, under the working title of ‘Tweedledee’, […] 

Eli And The Sound Cult – Worst Thing

Not sure if I told you about my 2001 obsession with the Strokes, or more specifically their debut album ‘Is This It?’ That love affair culminated in several boozy nights on Ko Pha Ngan when the occasion of a half-moon […] 

Sans Chateaux – Holy Venus

I had big things planned for St. Patrick’s Day, like throwing some light on a sprinkling of the wealth of undervalued Irish bands. As it turned out I succumbed to that most Irish of traits, namely one that leads to […] 

Wildlife Control – Ages Places

The thing that distinguishes Pennsylvanian brothers Neil and Sumul Shah from the rest is not just that their music crackles with frenzied activity but moreso that it contains soul. So while you will headnod like a good thing something inside […] 

Film School – Compare

There was a time when I was very partial to San Fran band Film School, almost to the point where they had ascended the prejudices and downright snobbery that are the peaks of my mount tastebuds. But then they made […] 

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