Gypsies on the Autobahn are back and ready to release their sophomore album ‘SUSPENDED’ on Friday 28th June.
The four-piece is comprised of brothers, lead singer James and drummer Dan Smith, guitarist Niall Mooney, and Gary Quinn on bass. After processing their first outing 2017’s ‘Born Brief’, a record ten years in the making, its evident that they have arrived at a point in their lives where they not only know the music they want to make but also they know themselves more than they ever did before. Freed up from the pressure of introducing where they came from on their debut, ‘SUSPENDED’ brings with it a more mature sound and central theme of hope born from moments of struggle.
Talking about writing the record, James said he had always previously found it necessary to try to use his lyrics to speak to someone else. However when it came to moving forward he found that familiar process transitioning into one that delivered lyrics he identified as him searching for hope for himself. It’s that intimacy and insular dialogue that deliver’s ‘SUSPENDED’’s big emotional punch and creates inevitable internal conversations for the listener because everyone can relate to them on a deeply personal level.
While they admit they write songs in what might be considered a backwards way, music first and lyrics second, its easy to see that it is born from an understanding between four young men who have been creating together for over a decade. This understanding allows them to continually bring each other outside of their comfort zones. A lack of fear in suggesting things that might on the surface level sound unorthodox, ultimately delivers moments of glory that give this sophomore record brand new life. Being so close for so long doesn’t come without conflict, yet even as tensions rose and a battle between their own aggressions and sensitivities reared its head, all it did was create a raw environment where only candour could exist.
While every band becomes a family at some stage, brothers James and Dan grew up in house where music literally moved the walls. If there was a fifth member just as responsible for their sound, it would be that family home which doubles as their rehearsal space. On a regular day you wouldn’t be hard pressed to find their younger brother Kevin (widely known as Kojaque) upstairs building a sonic movement that recently captured a generation in this country and bands like Soda Blonde, formerly Little Green Cars, passing you by at the stairs as they carry out their own rehearsals and writing sessions. It’s very easy to see why music has become the first language of anyone who walks through its doors.
Teaming up with producer Ciaran Bradshaw, ‘SUSPENDED’ glues together seamlessly but is never afraid to go places the previous track hasn’t, providing big guitar moments that meet at a crossroads with the slower piano driven junctures like the record’s heartbreaking first single Make You Mine. You can’t help but feel that Gypsies on the Autobahn aren’t just wanted by those who listen to them, they are needed. Four men unafraid to be vulnerable in a society where that so rarely transpires. A voice for everyday people who carry real tragedy but can’t help but move forward with an infinite hope for the future.
Ahead of his self-titled sixth album release due out July 5th, Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery has released a remix of his most recent single ‘Come Find Me’, featuring LA producers ESCQ.
‘Come Find Me’, references emotional search and rescue. “The song is basically about someone who would like to find a partner but doesn’t quite know where to start. It looks at trying to stay positive about life, even in a city, where crowds of people can make someone feel even more alone,” says Flannery.
The song is co-written with ESCQ, a songwriting and production duo based in Los Angeles, CA, where Mick recorded the track: “When I arrived they already had a guitar riff ready for a verse to go on. I sang what they reckoned sounded like traditional Irish melody over the top, which they liked, so we went from there. The guys don’t have the same timidness when it comes to choruses being choruses, so they pushed this song to be as catchy as they could. This remix was the first version that came out. I’ve paired it back a bit for the album version, but here’s the dance version for a laugh.”
An award-winning, double-platinum selling artist, Mick Flannery is on the brink of releasing not only his self-titled sixth album (Friday 5th July), but also currently on stage at The Everyman, Cork, with his musical, Evening Train, which runs until Sunday.
Adding to his busy Irish, UK & American tour this summer, a new show has been added for Thursday 26th September at Cork Opera House, as part of Coughlan’s Live Festival. Tickets go on sale 10am Friday 21st June from www.corkoperahouse.ie
You can also see Mick perform songs from his new album at special Album Record Store events:
July 4th – Tower Records & Lost Lane, Dublin (Evening)
July 5th – Music Zone & Coughlan’s, Cork (2 shows)
July 7th – Rollercoaster Records & Cleere’s Kilkenny (Lunchtime)
July 7th – Golden Discs & The Sky & Ground, Wexford (Evening)
July 10th – Zvivago OMG Records & The Black Gate Cultural Centre (Evening)
July 11th – Steamboat & Kasbah Social (with Dolan’s Limerick)
And headline shows at:
July 6th – Clonmel Junction Festival, IRE – Tickets
July 19th – Dolan’s Limerick, IRE – Tickets
July 20th – Galway Arts Festival, IRE – Tickets
July 21st – Claremorris Folk Festival, IRE – Tickets
Aug 18th – The Blue Arrow, Glasgow, UK – Tickets
Sept 5th – The Word Barn, Exeter, NH, USA – Tickets
Sept 8th – Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, USA – Tickets
Sept 26th – Cork Opera House, Cork, IRE – Tickets
Pre-order Mick Flannery’s self-titled sixth album HERE.
Faction Records is delighted to present Uly’s second release, and first EP on the label, ‘pak it in //mama’.
Uly’s is back with a three-track EP on Faction Records, off the back of a very successful debut single release last March.
It consists of a completely new track, ‘pak it in’, his first ever release, ‘mama’, and a live studio recording of the same track.
‘pak it in’ is textbook Uly. Awash with his characteristic dusty, lo-fi production, it’s groovy, easy going and has a chorus that’ll get stuck in your head for days, and maybe even make you want to take a road trip.
“[…] my sister has always struggled with keeping her mental health in one piece. She’s strong, but she does get weighed down quite a bit. For a while I had been kind of neglecting my big brother duties, and wasn’t looking out for her as much as I should have been – it sucked for her. Long story short – we got back on the same page, and since then I’ve been making efforts to be more available for her – to be a bit more clued in as to where she’s at. pak it in is a like a little reminder to us both of that effort.
Mel was also constantly asking me why all the important women in my life had songs written about them, except her. I had to hook her up at some stage, you know?”
“[…] mama is the first song I ever released as Uly – a special one for me. It’s pretty straightforward, when you listen to it. It’s a song for my moms.
What’s cool about it though, is that it marks that point that I finally got over whatever mental blocks I was having for years – stopping me from actually releasing my own music properly. I don’t know what mental switches I tripped during the writing process, but I knew I had finally found my thing and was in no position to just sit on it and not put it out there.
mama is a bit rough around the edges – you can hear how things have changed for me since last year, be it in the quality of song writing, the style, or production quality – but it’s nice to be able to share it with people again. It’s important to acknowledge where you start with this sort of thing.”
Uly’s upcoming & more recent shows;
• Knockanstock Festival – 19th – 21st July
• w/ Durand Jones & The Indications @ Whelan’s 13th Aug
• w/ Durand Jones & The Indications @ Dolan’s (Limerick) 14th Aug
• Another Love Story Festival – 16th – 18th Aug
• Electric Picnic – Sat 31st Aug
Hermitage Green have released the brand new video for their single ‘Heaven’, which is out now across all streaming platforms and digital formats. The single is about wrenching the idea of an afterlife into the everyday and at its core explores how Heaven or Hell can be within your reach, depending on how you choose to live your life. It follows the release of their most recent EP ‘Gold & Rust’ and their touching cover of ‘Dreams’, a tribute to The Cranberries and the late Dolores O’Riordan which garnered worldwide applause. “Hermitage Green wowed Electric Picnic with a spine tingling cover version of The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams’,” exclaimed Limerick Leader.
Speaking of the video Dan Murphy said:
“We wanted to create a parallel universe where some of the everyday social constructs we take for granted don’t exist. Instead, this world has a totally different set of norms.”
In March of this year Hermitage Green announced their first Irish show for 2019 will be on 27 July at Limerick’s King John’s Castle. Due to high demand and the 27 July show selling out a second show has been added on 26 July. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go fast.
Having just returned to Ireland from selling out their inaugural 9-show theatre tour across Canada, the past year has seen Hermitage Green filling concert halls around the globe. This includes a sold-out tour of Doha, Qatar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates as well as Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Australia. Closer to home highlights include a sold-out King John’s Castle last June, entertaining thousands of fans at Electric Picnic and a sold-out winter tour across Ireland. A busy few months awaits, with Hermitage Green embarking on a series of festival appearances across Ireland in June 2019 ahead of their upcoming North American Tour.
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
June 28: Kaleidoscope, Blessington, Ireland
July 06: Feis Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
July 07: The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Lahinch, Ireland
July 19: The Folly Cullohill, Cullohill, Ireland
July 26: King John’s Castle, Limerick, Ireland
July 27: King John’s Castle, Limerick, Ireland (SOLD OUT)
August 02: Indiependence Festival, Mitchelstown, Ireland
August 04: Cappa Fest 2019, Cappawhite, Ireland
August 15: Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
August 16: Milwaukee Irish Fest, Milwaukee, WI
August 19: Ca’ d’Zan, Cambridge, IL
August 30: Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
October 21: Grey County, ON
October 22: Kingston, ON
October 24: Aeolian Hall Performing Arts Centre, London, Canada
October 25: Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, Canada
October 26: Ned Devine’s, Boston, MA
October 27: Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
Tallaght native & Voice of Ireland Semi-Finalist Ray Scully releases his brand new single ‘The Unbridled Man’
Ray says, “This song couldn’t describe me more with who I am and whats gone on in my head over the last few years when I’m feeling down, The Unbridled Man is the person inside ,who I wish I was.”
Ray has spent the last few years working on his music and preforming live at various festivals around Europe including Electric Picnic.
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Three Irish acts have been confirmed to perform at the 21st edition of Iceland Airwaves, taking place this November 6-9 in Reykjavik.
The three acts – Dundalk’s Just Mustard, Dublin’s Pillow Queens and Æ Mak (also from Dundalk) – reflect the vibrancy and creative diversity of Ireland’s contemporary music scene. All the acts were booked on the strength of their showcase performances at Hard Working Class Heroes in Dublin last September (now re-christened Ireland Music Week, taking place in Dublin this October). Recent appearances by the three acts at showcase festivals like Eurosonic and The Great Escape have further consolidated their live presence.
Says Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact: “Music From Ireland are delighted to re-ignite our relationship with Iceland Airwaves as it underlines what we have long felt, the similarities of the creatives in both our countries. As in the past I am sure our selected showcasing artists will get a lot of benefit and new fans from the event. As a member of Keychange, we are also delighted to see very strong female acts from Ireland selected by the event.”
Adds Sindri Ástmarsson, head of Programming and Bookings for Iceland Airwaves: “We are thrilled to be working with Music from Ireland this year. Ireland and Iceland have so much in common and our musicians face similar challenges. We think the Iceland Airwaves audience will absolutely love them. After the success of Fontaines D.C. during last year’s festival I’m looking forward to seeing these great bands play.”
Fontaines D.C. did indeed have a great Iceland Airwaves, being a solid festival favourite for media, industry and fans alike, culminating in a live session with KEXP in Reykjavik and an in-depth feature with Stereogum, amongst others.
In addition to the Irish acts, Iceland Airwaves 2019 features many acts from Iceland and beyond, including homegrown heroes Of Monsters and Men, John Grant, Mac DeMarco, Whitney, Anna of The North, Girl in Red, Hatari, Mammút and many others. The current line-up can be seen here.
Founding partner Icelandair offers travel packages to Iceland Airwaves including direct departures from Dublin and other destinations in Europe and North America.
‘High Time’ indeed. It’s been 6 long years since Squarehead released their last album ‘Respect’. After releasing 3 records in 3 years – along with constant touring – the band took a much-needed mental health break. Although the guys were still rehearsing (and making the odd festival appearance here and there) they never considered what they were crafting for the last few years as a ‘comeback’ album. But here we are. ‘High Time’ finds the lads in a more mature mood compared to the album-a-year cycle they were caught up in before.
This collection of songs has been road-tested, and anything that didn’t feel like it belonged was scrapped over the course of lengthy recording sessions, with producer Lesley Keye (‘Respect’) once again at the helm. Another familiar face is keyboardist Ruadhan O’Meara of Magic Pockets/No Spill Blood, who lends his synthetic layering to the tracks. While the album reflects the personal growth of the band, the sound is still steeped in the alternative rock pop world from where they came.
“Morning is a Beatlesesque slow build set in the hazy middle ground between the sleep and waking state. This netherworld is made all the more alluring by the presence of a new lover who is being pleaded with to join their partner back in half sleep. The song is an experiment with restraint, pace and lyrical economy that mirrors the experience of regaining consciousness.”
The band couldn’t be happier to be working with Strange Brew records on the release. Founder Gugai MacNamara has been a long-time champion of the band, and he gave Squarehead the drive to keep going during a tough stage. Times have changed, but it’s ‘High Time’ for another dip in the cooling waters of the Squarehead sound.
Tracklist – Cdhr / Los Paradiso / Waves / Name and Number / Crossover / Morning / Always On / Ignorance / After the Sun / Maybe
The first release from The DC Experiment since 2018’s ‘Lucky’ represents an interesting departure for the experimental ensemble. ‘Dona Ignez (has the last laugh)’ is the lead single from the forthcoming album, recorded by frontman Dave Conway in his home studio, which will be trickle-released throughout 2019.
The idea for ‘Dona Ignez’ came from a recording of Regina Damaceno telling a story about her mum, and he challenged himself to write a song using the recorded spoken word as a backing track.
The accompanying video was created by the incredibly talented Father and Son team of Dublin-based Clifford Clifford Productions, after a few hours of shooting in their welcoming studio.
The launch gig will feature a variety of musicians from all corners of the globe, and special guests on the night will be Dunboyne acts Lady Landscape, playing a stripped back acoustic set, and the ephemeral sounds of Jamie O’Reilly, fresh from his recent jaw-dropping set at Gigonometry in The Workmans Club.
The song is available for purchase onhttps://thedcexperiment.bandcamp.com/track/dona-ignez-has-the-last-laugh
The band will perform a show in The Underground Venue on Dame St. to celebrate the launch of the single/video (details below).
The DC Experiment, with special guests Lady Landscape & Jamie O’Reilly
Date: Saturday July 6th 2019
Venue: The Underground, Dublin 2.
Admission: €10 on the door/€8 in advance from Eventbrite
FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/320930048825444/
Advance Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-dc-experiment-dona-ignez-single-launch-gig-tickets-62919518975
Slow Moving Clouds return with a beautifully atmospheric new track titled ‘Swansong/Starfall’ ahead of a tour with Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kylo) and a headline show at Dublin’s Workman’s Club on June 20.
The Irish/Nordic trio’s second album ‘Starfall’ was recently released on the new PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National), and their intelligently crafted mix of folk, traditional and experimental classical sensibilities sees them sit comfortably at the table of a new Irish musical vogue that encompasses artists such as The Gloaming and Lisa Hannigan.
‘Swansong/Starfall’ exudes a harmonious, dream-like vibe, evolving gently towards a string-laden finale, while Kevin Murphy’s soothing vocals captivate and immerse the listener in a stunningly moving track.
Quietly going about their business, Slow Moving Clouds have been developing a large international following and recognition through work as varied as playing Sydney Opera House (with Teac Damsa’s Swan Loch / Loch na hEala), Celtic Connections 2019 in Glasgow, a PEOPLE residency/festival at Funkhaus, Berlin, at legendary Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ festival and a recent sold out show at the Brighton Festival.
There’s a willingness to embrace new ideas while respecting and incorporating more traditional elements that sets Slow Moving Clouds apart from most, while also being able to recreate the ethereal and atmospheric intricacies of their studio work in a live setting. ‘Swansong/Starfall’ is a wonderful representation of a band at the top of their game.
June 20 – Workman’s Club, Dublin
July 18 Nottingham, UK (with Jenny Lewis)
July 19 – Henham Park, Suffolk, UK (with Jenny Lewis)
July 23 – Bristol, UK (with Jenny Lewis)
July 24 – Brighton, UK (with Jenny Lewis)
July 25 – London, UK (with Jenny Lewis)
July 27 Edinburgh, UK (with Jenny Lewis)
July 28 – Manchester, UK SOLD OUT (with Jenny Lewis)
July 29 – The Academy, Dublin (with Jenny Lewis)
The Burma have just released their latest single ‘Phoney Personality’.
The Burma are an Indie rock n’ roll band influenced by the American Indie scene of the early 2000’s and British guitar bands of the 80s and 90s. The Burma’s jangly guitars and bouncy basslines make for refreshingly melodic songs. The line-up consists of long-time friends from Cobh Tony O’Donovan and Peter Piggott along with Doolin, Co. Clare drummer Cian Doherty whom they met in Cork in 2012.
The Burma released their debut EP ‘Her Eyes On Horizons’ in June 2017. The EP featured the singles ‘Love Fades’ and ‘Sucker For Stars, both of which were met with great acclaim with Hot Press stating “The pop-rockers ‘are as suited to the dancefloor as the dive bar, as bouncy basslines underpin earwig melodies and shimmering guitar lines”. Recent releases like ‘Love Fades’ suggest that they’re “ready to graduate to the big time.”
The Burma’s last single ‘Quicksand’ was released in October 2018 and gained extensive national airplay. It was also made Joe.ie Song of The Day. “This is a classic three minute pop song full of verve and melody”. “The Burma are a band on the up and you really should start checking them out so you can tell your pals, you knew them before they became huge.”
The Burma have supported acts such as The Academic, The Strypes, Delorentos, Brian Deady, The Blizzards & Ryan Sheridan.
In 2019 The Burma will play some of their biggest shows to date including the likes of Vantastival, the Doolin Folk Festival and many more on the Irish and British festival circuit. Expect to see some exciting new releases from The Burma this year too!
June 15th – Doolin Folk Fest