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Pillow Queens Share ‘HowDoILook’ Tour Video

Pillow Queens have just shared their latest video ‘HowDoILook’.

“We were just starting out on tour supporting Soak across Europe when we realised it’d be remiss not to document it, so we went to a camera shop in Manchester and bought their cheapest camcorder and took it on the bus for the duration of the tour. What unfolded was a month-long family holiday consisting of arm wrestling, synchronised swimming, frisbee-induced bloody noses, karaoke with dogs, countless football matches, too much dancing, mini golf in the rain and a few gigs here and there”.  


03/08 – All Together Now Festival, WATERFORD
10/08 – We’ve Only Just Begun, Whelans, DUBLIN
31/08 – Electric Picnic, STRADBALLY
10/10 – Shacklewell Arms, LONDON
11/10 – Arts Club, LIVERPOOL
12/10 – Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS
13/10 – The Hug & Pint, GLASGOW
07/11 – Airwaves Festival, ICELAND   

Robert O’Connor Announces Remix and EP Details

Robert O’Connor is releasing a new mix of his latest single ‘Real Good Fight’ following a contest that allowed aspiring producers to put their own spin on the motivational track. 

Remixes have always been an integral part of my music,” says Robert, “This single was an experimental moment for me, deviating from my recent country output, and now seems like the perfect time to fully embrace that by collaborating with new names in the EDM community.”

Skynem GT, aka Peruvian producer Jordan Arteaga, was a clear winner with his tropical transformation of the track, reminiscent of EDM acts such as Kygo. Robert says: “It stood out as being more than just a remix, even at demo stage – and since then I have worked with this producer in his tireless effort to turn out a remix that matched his vision and mine.” 

The single acts as a trailer for the ‘Real Good Fight’ Remix EP which also contains remixes from Crucethus, Aiyi, Michele Pezone and L.E.G.I.O.N X LFLN, the latter three also entries in the contest.  

Explaining the thought process behind the release, Robert said: “As an independent artist I have to find new ways to reach people – that might mean going out and playing the song unplugged with my live band, or releasing an experimental house remix that can be played in a nightclub – it’s about expanding my audience and my appeal, and I also happen to be having fun and growing as an artist while doing it!” 

Lyrically, ‘Real Good Fight’ is about the mountain we are all climbing in our lives. With lines like, “But I know that in the universe, there’s a bigger plan for me,” there is a touch of self-help about the song, which Robert says he wrote in ten minutes using the voice notes app on his iPhone. 

I kind of wanted to reach out to people who are going through a hard time and just say ‘nothing is permanent, I promise you’ll come through the other side and see the light again’.” He added “Music has always been medicine for me and now I want to be that for other people.”

‘Real Good Fight’ (Skynem GT Remix) is released worldwide on August 23, followed by the ‘Real Good Fight’ Remix EP on August 30.

The 2 Johnnies to Release ‘Sinéad’

‘Sinéad’ is the latest studio release out on August 8th from Ireland’s favourite comedy duo, The 2 Johnnies.

This song may or may not be about a girl Johnny B went to school with and is not trying to impress. It’s one for all the lads starting work at 7am in the Roacrea Bacon Factory.” – Johnny Smacks

The 2 Johnnies hit the Irish entertainment scene with a bang. It’s been a whirlwind journey so far and they are only just getting started. Within an exceptionally short amount of time, they had multiple number one songs on the Irish iTunes charts – it was the kind of success that only George Ezra himself could slow down, but with some perseverance they succeeded in taking Ezra down a peg or two. 

With a SOLD OUT nationwide comedy tour under their belts, “GET LOOSE’’ blew the roof off some of the biggest venues in Ireland. As a result, Johnny B (O’Brien) & Johnny Smacks (McMahon) have won the hearts of the nation with their hugely popular, hilarious comedy sketches and songs that capture the uniquely funny side of all things Irish. 

With over 15,000 Tickets sold for their national Irish tour earlier this year, 5 Irish No.1 singles and a No.1 podcast in the Irish charts in their pocket, The 2 Johnnies latest release is yet another fine slice of life outside the big smoke and they describe it as the ‘closest thing to a real song’ they have ever written. With an hilarious music video to accompany the new tune, the Johnnies are confident that this is the track that “will break them, if they haven’t already been broke.”

These lads tick all the boxes, operating on a 360-degree platform across all social media.  

Check out these incredible stats:
10 million YouTube views from 80k subscribers
No.1 in the Irish Podcast charts for 76 weeks
185K Facebook followers
90K Snapchat followers
120K Instagram followers
(psst that’s a TOTAL of 475k followers !!!)

The lads are in full swing this summer, showcasing both their full band show and their comedy duo set at major festivals around Ireland. They were the highlight of The Vodafone Comedy Festival, sharing the stage with favourite Tommy Tiernan at his SOLD OUT show last Thursday night. You can catch them at All Together Now, Indiependence, Electric Picnic, and Féile’19 among others. 

The Tipp stars are unstoppable with another HUGE announcement scheduled for August 8th, it’s time to jump abroad the comedy band wagon and get to know the funniest fellas that Ireland has seen in years. 


Klara McDonnell Shares Wasted Video

‘Wasted’, the latest single from actress/singer/songwriter Klara McDonnell was released on 26th July. It saw her collaborate once again with Beardfire Music Production Studio who were at the helm of last single ‘Sinking Unknowing’ and her 2017 EP ‘Trapped Within’. 

The video was directed by Klara herself, filmed and edited by David Duggan of elecro pop/rock band Future Fears. The video features Antonia K Moore, who along with being a presenter/actress is a music business strategist.

Klara says of the song, “Although ‘Wasted’ deals with the depths of addictions and is melancholy, I feel overall there is a hopeful tone  to the song which I hope will resonate.”

The Riptide Movement Announce Next Single

Dublin four-piece The Riptide Movement are back with the release of their eagerly anticipated new single ‘Something Special’ on August 9 2019.

Having released ‘I’ll Be There’ to rave reviews in May accompanied by an equally impressive 2D live action, animated music video, made by BAFTA award winning Jam Media. ‘Something Special’ is the 2nd single to be released from the band’s upcoming EP, the song is exactly what the title suggests, it’s an uplifting, energising, guitar driven anthem with a massive chorus, it’s a huge sound from an even bigger band. Co-produced in Attica Studios with the legendary Tommy McLoughlin (Villagers, SOAK) ‘Something Special’ is an absolute banger of a tune.

To celebrate the release, the band have just announced an extensive Irish Tour, aptly called ‘The Something Special Tour’. Tickets go on sale this Friday 2 August 2019.

With four studio albums to their name – most notably The RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominated, Gold selling, Number 1 Album ‘Getting Through’ – Dublin four piece The Riptide Movement are renowned for their phenomenal live shows and soaring, guitar driven, energetic tracks. Having toured extensively throughout the world on the back of critically-acclaimed releases ‘All Works Out’, ‘You & I’, ‘Elephant in the Room’, ‘Changeling’ and latest release ‘I’ll Be There’ the Dublin four piece have also released an environmentally conscious web series called “Plastic Oceans’ in association with Clean Coasts. In the midst of a busy summer of festival appearances, The Riptide Movement will release their eagerly anticipated EP in September, followed by the UK and European Leg of “The Something Special Tour” in October 2019.

‘Something Special’ the brand new single from The Riptide Movement, is available on all streaming platforms and digital formats from 9 August 2019.

“Something Special Tour 2019”
4 Oct – The Islington, London.
25 Oct – The Limelight, Belfast.
27 Oct – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin. 15 Nov – Mike the Pies, Kerry.
16 Nov – Cyprus Avenue, Cork.
22 Nov – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick. 23 Nov – Kavanaghs, Portlaoise, Laois. 29 Nov – Roisin Dubh, Galway.
13 Dec – Set Theatre, Kilkenny. 

Davie Furey’s Shares Single Ahead of Tour

Following Davie Furey’s recent number 1, ‘Fire And Gold’, he releases a new single, ‘Just Like The Wind’, from his forthcoming new album. The finishing touches are currently being done to Davie’s untitled new album, which is due for release in March 2020.  He hits the road with Dermot Cullen and Davy Ryan for a series of intimate dates around Ireland. A German and US tour is scheduled for May 2020.

Fureys’ debut album ‘Easy Come Easy Go’ was very well received in audiences across the country having been showcased by RTE, BBC Radio both home and abroad, resulting in a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music.  Nominated three years in a row by The Pure M Awards, for Best Newcomer, Best Male Artist and Best Irish Solo Act. Davie’s knack for telling a story through song and his ability to engage a crowd have resulted in many sold out shows on his previous tours.

Friday                    Aug 2nd                  Scarecrow Festival, Durrow, Laois
Thursday              Aug 8th                  Clonmel Busking Festival, The Coachman, Clonmel
Friday                    Aug 9th                  The Stormy Teacup, Limerick City
Saturday              Aug 10th                JJ Harlows, Roscommon
Sunday                 Aug 11th                Hacketts, Kilkenny City
Thursday             Aug 15th                Central Arts, Waterford City
Friday                    Aug 16th                Mother Reilly’s, Rathmines, Dublin
Saturday              Aug 17th                P Clarke’s, Navan, Meath
Friday                    Aug 23rd                Clock Tavern, Westport, Mayo
Saturday              Aug 24th                Balor Arts Theatre, Ballybofey, Donegal
Saturday              Sept 7th                 VISUAL Arts Centre, Carlow
Friday                    Sept 27th              Bob’s Hideout, Bob’s Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois

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Curtis Walsh Releases ‘Breath’

Still just 18 years of age, and having amassed almost 10 million streams across all DSP’s on his first 3 singles to date, Curtis Walsh now releases his fourth single ‘Seven Seas’ and debut EP ‘Breathe’ on Paragon Records out today July 26th

Curtis says of his next single and EP: “‘Seven Seas’ is a song I wrote about making a tough decision to part ways from an unhealthy relationship and how I felt throughout that whole process. The EP itself I called ‘Breathe’ as all the songs on the EP have similar themes based around pull-through or finding comfort after particularly difficult situations. I hope they resonate with people.” 

His first 3 singles to date have been added to several thousand playlists and are being supported on BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio and several prominent Irish stations including RTE 2FM. Having supported artists such as Tom Walker, Omar Apollo, JC Stewart and James TW, Curtis now looks forward to playing some festivals this summer – including Indiependence and Electric Picnic along with his own headline shows in London and Dublin in November. From an early stage Curtis has been championed by outlets such as CLASH, KOALA and numerous other tastemakers internationally and the London date will be his first return to the city since appearances at Gold Dust and Sofar Sounds in recent months.    

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Shrug Life To Release ‘Strangers’

Dublin quartet, Shrug Life today announce the release of ‘Strangers’, the first single to be taken from their forthcoming sophomore studio album, which is due for release in early 2020.

Shrug Life started as the product of rubbish jobs, failed romance and political apathy. Known for their wry humour and frenetic indie-rock, the group supported and toured with songwriting heroes Jeffrey Lewis and So Cow before releasing their debut album ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in October 2017, via Seattle based Jigsaw Records. The album was hailed by the Irish Times for it’s “sharp lyrics that poke and prod at the clamour of modern life“, while the Thin Air named it in their 15 best albums of the year stating “they are impossibly infectious and improbably good.”

In May 2018, the group featured in The Guardian for their politically charged song ‘Your Body’, while April this year saw the group release new song and video ‘2009‘ produced by Daniel Fox (Girl Band/Paddy Hanna). The track features on the compilation ‘A Litany Of Failures: Volume II’ along with 17 of Ireland’s best independent bands. Recently Shrug Life has played supports for international acts The Beths, Swimming Tapes, Hers, Alex Lahey and Pip Blom, while putting the finishing touches on their second album.

‘Strangers’ details a period of social anxiety and stage fright experienced by singer Danny Carroll.  This is reflected in the excellent animated video for the track, made by fellow songwriter Robbie Stickland.

LAOISE Unveils ‘Seriously?’ Video

Irish electro-pop sensation LAOISE shares the playful new music video for her track ‘Seriously? ’, taken off her most recent EP ‘Mad ’. The track is co-written and co-produced by LAOISE, Seán Behan and Richey McCourt.

The video is a colourful look inside the mind of LAOISE. Speaking of the track, she says: “Seriously? is about that feeling when you really, really like someone and you don’t know how tell them but you keep dropping hints and they don’t pick up on them and you’re like ‘seriously?’

It actually made me think about the first time I liked a girl, and she just thought we were just really close friends! When I was writing it, it was the middle of the winter and the weather was horrible, but I kept imagining the feeling of summer and what that would sound like in a song. To me, it feels like driving down a highway with the top down, mixed with the taste of fruit punch and the smell of sun cream. It’s the feeling you have when you’re not worrying about anything other someone liking you back, which I think is something we’ve all felt, especially when we’re younger and carefree.

Originally from Galway in Ireland, 22-year old LAOISE (pronounced Lee-sha) writes dreamy, ambitious and frank pop songs about relationships and heartbreak, often with more introspective lyrics, juxtaposed with upbeat electro and synth production. Having performed a string of gigs and festivals over the summer – most recently Primavera and Longitude Festival – ‘Seriously?’ has a mischievous and charismatic energy that ripples through a crowd and is a real fan favourite during her live shows.

A world away from the usual Irish folk-acoustic and rock exports, LAOISE is Ireland’s newfound answer to pop. She records, produces and releases her music completely independently and totally commands her own brand of bold, glittering, gutsy electro-pop – paving the way for Irish-born pop music.

Taking her cues from the silky production of acts like Tove Styrke, Troye Sivan and MO and incorporating elements of synth, indie and alternative – LAOISE’s music is deeply inspired by household names like Kate Bush, as well as the different musical personas of Taylor Swift.

Drawing from her combined influences, LAOISE thrives on being able to experiment with her music and the characters, concepts and emotions she’s able to portray with each release. She has created her own brand of glittering yet gritty electro-pop that she presents to us today.

Live dates:
Indiependence, Cork, IE
Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany
September 23 rd – The Waiting Room, London, UK

The New Ravis Share Third Release

‘Baby That’s On You’ is the 3rd single released by The New Ravis since their inception and marks a proud milestone for the band. The song is in response to the mental health issues that plague modern Ireland. Mental health is an ongoing theme in The New Ravis music, springing from the bands’ personal experiences with depression. 

The song aims to paint an image of a young person suffering from a depressive episode after a night of heavy drinking, and incorporates themes of overindulgence and self-isolation. It is a scene familiar to many in Ireland, regardless of background.

The video of the song aims to juxtapose these sombre themes with colourful and playful imagery and was shot and directed by Crude Media.

The band are new to the music scene, but not new to music. Eoghan and Diarmuid met in college while studying software development. It was here that they bonded over a shared love of music and not studying. Regular jamming sessions throughout college eventually gave rise to ‘The New Ravis’, starting with a firm root in blues, but evolving into a rich, bombastic synth-pop sound. 

When the band first met Eoghan had been playing in an electronic duo. However, Eoghan felt he missed the raw sound of the guitar when playing live. Inspired by bands like the Killers and Arcade Fire the two merged their skills with synths and guitars to forge the bands unique sound.

Eoghan is the lead vocalist of the group. He is a Galway native, having grown up in Ardmore in Connemara. Eoghan played in a number of bands throughout his life, with genres ranging from indie rock to live looped techno. 

Diarmuid is the lead guitarist of the group. Born and bred in Ballyhaunis, Mayo, Diarmuid moved to Galway to study in GMIT where he met Eoghan. Diarmuid brings the rock and blues elements that make the bands distinct. Multi-instrumentalist at heart, Diarmuid is always looking to add new instruments and styles to the bands sound. 

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