Festival specialists King Kong Company are back with a bang, with their just released latest single ‘My Name is Now’. This sultry summer thumper burns with a slow electro skank. A slight departure for a band whose late night thumping festival sets have become the stuff of legend, the intensity on this one is turned down a notch, but the groove is cranked up to 11. The track explores our fascination with legacy. A few souls are capable creating great art, others choose to destroy on a grand scale and some scrawl willies on bathroom walls. This track trawls it all, leaving its own mark in the form of a signature King Kong Company video that delves into a twisted world of cyberpunk voyeurism.
‘My Name is Now’ is the first of a set of tracks that King Kong Company will be releasing this year. The lads drafted in Ali Staton for mixing and production duties on this groove. Ali has previously worked with Tricky, Pulp, dEUS and Simply Red (but the less said about that last one the better!).
This new track and video features Sue O’Neill on vocals. Sue has been a regular King Konger since the band’s first ever Electric Picnic performance back in 2013. That gig gave birth to KKC’s legendary festival status, and the legend has been growing steadily since.
Last month the band enhanced their already impressive festival credentials by releasing a mini documentary about their epic 12-hour dash from headlining the Midnight Circus stage at Body&Soul to a main stage slot in Silver Hayes at Glastonbury . With more festival gigs in the U.K. and mainland Europe under their belt this summer, the King Kong legend is starting to spread.
When KKC play a festival they invariably get called back for a bigger and better slot. The first-time King Kong Company played Electric Picnic it was on the Body&Soul Stage seven years ago. Last year King Kong Company played the Electric Arena, and even though it was 3PM on a Sunday afternoon, and even though Waterford were playing in the All Ireland Hurling Final, 10,000 wonderful lunatics turned up and tore the roof off the place. It was a special gig – watch it here. The band play a headline slot at Indiependence this year, having worked their way up from playing on a tiny mud splattered trailer in the lashing rain seven years ago.
Not content with dominating festival fields, King Kong Company have brought their sensory assault indoors, selling out venues all over the country. This October they play their biggest headline show to date when they take to the stage in The Olympia Theatre Dublin. Expect another savage summer season from these simian savants, and consider this latest single an entrée.
21/7 – Townlands Festival – Macroom
4/8 – Indiependence – Mitchelstown
5/8 – Beatyard – Dun Laoghaire
18/08 – Canal Quarter Festival – Tullamore
25/08 – Daytripper – Waterford
Electric Picnic? – Watch This Space
13/10 – The Olympia Theatre – Dublin
Ruby Tina has just unveiled her debut single ‘There’s No Place’, following the release of her first EP, ‘Click My Heels’ in early summer 2018.
‘There’s No Place’ highlights Ruby’s powerful vocals along with her emotionally driven songwriting.
The Cork-based singer/songwriter is making waves in recent weeks having been debuted on the ‘RTE Radio 1’ playlist along with airtime both nationally and internationally.
‘There’s No Place’ can be found on all major platforms.
Keep up to date with Ruby on all social media.
‘outro’ is the third album from Tony Wright’s VerseChorusVerse, and it represents a further evolution of sound and style from the prolific songwriter. A departure on all fronts, does the title hint at something?
This album is by far his most widescreen yet, boldly cinematic and full of dramatic twists. Still it continues the artists fiercely DIY ethic in all aspects – from recording to concept to artwork to videos – along with some valued help from some even more valued friends.
A welcome return to his Alt roots signalled by some of the hook laden guitar lines that he defined his old bands signature sound with (ASIWYFA), and accompanied by tongue in cheek lyrical observations – the album is a sonic rollercoaster through a cascading black hole peppered with Sci-Fi references throughout. It is sculpted like the soundtrack to an as yet unmade movie.
Locked away from civilisation, it was recorded in a haunted Manor House on the North Coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland with longtime friends and collaborators Herb Magee (Arvo Party/LaFaro) and Andy Coles (7.5 Tonnes of Beard).
Released on Bandcamp late June 2018 to help fund the release of Wright’s next project; his debut book and a theatre tour throughout Ireland this coming October – stating that he wishes people to support this endeavour by buying this record instead of doing a crowd funder campaign. “Art begets Art.”
‘outro’ is published by Kobalt & will follow on to a general release through all digital platforms on the 3rd of August.
Date: Wednesday 13th July
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Songwriters wishing to reserve a 20 minute consultation should send an email to ei.ormi@stneve
(Limited availability | No admission charge | Booking Essential).
Ralph Murphy Biography:
Hall of Fame Canadian songwriter Ralph Murphy has achieved near-legendary status in Nashville through his career as a performer, producer, songwriter, publisher, and most recently, Vice President, International and Domestic Membership, ASCAP.
He had his first UK Number One in 1965 with ‘Call My Name,’ recorded by James Royal. Other hits followed with acts like Vanity Fair and The Brotherhood of Man.
In 1969 Ralph moved to New York, where he started two successful record labels. Among the many acts he produced during that time were legendary Canadian Rockers, April Wine, for whom he produced two platinum albums. He had a country hit in 1972 by Jeanie C. Riley, ‘Good Enough To Be Your Wife’.
With Roger Cook, he formed the Picalic Group and Pic-A-Lic Music Publishing and has published or written more than twenty Number One records and was publisher for Song of The Year, ‘Talking In Your Sleep’ by Crystal Gayle. Pic-A-Lic became one of the most successful independent publishers in Nashville and was eventually sold to EMI.
He has had songs recorded by many artists including, Crystal Gayle, Shania Twain, Annihilator, Randy Travis, and many more.
In 2006 Ralph had success in the UK charts with ‘21st Century Christmas’ (co-written by Paul Brady), a No. 2 for Cliff Richard and again in 2011 in the Canadian Indie Charts with a No. 1 song ‘Working at Christmas’, performed by Paul Brady and Terri Clark, written by Keith Donald, Ralph Murphy, and Paul Brady. He is also an instructor for the respected Nashville Songwriters Association International Song Camps.
Ralph most recently traveled to Australia and lead seminars in five cities for APRA. Prior to this, he did a keynote speech in Singapore at Music Matters.
Pearse McGloughlin’s Highly Anticipated New Album The Soft Animal Released on 29 July and Summer Tour Announced
Bluestack Records in conjunction with Urchin Music present The Soft Animal. The fourth studio album from Pearse McGloughlin of Nocturnes will be released on 29 July and is now available to pre-order.
The Soft Animal by Nocturnes is songwriter Pearse McGloughlin’s first album release since the birth of his daughter, and a more personal record than previous works. A transformed creativity and time of reflection has resulted in an emotionally resonant album drawing from childhood and parenthood, and human spiritual and animal nature.
Nocturnes features Choice Music Award winning Adrian Crowley on lead vocals for ‘Heikegani’; Pearse’s long time collaborator Enda Roche on multiple instruments; Christophe Capewell on violins and Christian Volkmann on harmonica for ‘On The Mississippi’. Produced at Asta Kalapa studios by Darragh Nolan, the album was largely recorded in live takes creating a heady organic impact.
A follow-on from his previous collaboration with friend and composer Justin Grounds (a concept album of electronic chamber songs based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot which The Irish Times described as breathing ‘life and art into electronic music’) The Soft Animal is a new departure, in essence an ambient first person narrative. A collection of new age noir, it features meditative atmospherics alongside folk tinged tales of rebirth, the natural world and soft-focused introspection.
Pearse, on the inspiration behind The Soft Animal, observes: ‘I wanted to explore what we share as humans: our animal origins, our residence in the natural world. Having my daughter arrive into my life prompted this simple reverie.’
The Soft Animal interweaves intentionally lo-fi recordings with rich production to create an expansive range of sounds and emotions echoing influences as diverse as Sufjan Stevens and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.
Reflecting on the recording process Pearse comments: ‘Enda, Darragh and I were guided by the drama of what can happen when you record musicians playing live together. We were seeking feeling and atmosphere more than sonic perfection’.
In my hands, a bone white antler,
I am perched on a mossy stone,
When I slip into the river
and I let the antler go…….from ‘The Antler’
The Soft Animal will be released on 29 July 2016 and is available to pre-order now at www.pearsemcgloughlin.bandcamp.com
Bluestack Records is an independent record label from Ireland. Based in Sligo, they have previously released music from Ambience Affair, Go Panda Go, Winter Aid, Christof and The Casanova Wave. The Soft Animal is their first collaboration with Urchin Music.
For The Soft Animal (2016)
‘melancholy melodics (and) lyrics that feel like they’ve been uncovered from a book…’ – The Irish Times
For Idiot Songs (2013)
‘a short suite of forlorn tunes that exemplify elegance, subtlety and good taste’ 4*** – The Irish Times
‘the pair, with help from Enda Roche, create what the best albums manage to do, an atmosphere exclusive to itself with its own identity’ – Nialler 9
‘a beautifully executed, impressively constructed track instantly calling to mind the likes of Villagers, Death Cab For Cutie and – another Ben Gibbard project – The Postal Service.’ – BBC Across The Line
For In Movement (2012)
A quiet triumph – Hot Press
‘McGloughlin’s accomplished schtick is quiet and whispery. Instead of sweeping you off your feet like a tidal wave, this music announces itself by lapping in around your ankles’ – Evening Herald
For Busy Whisper (2009)
A beautiful, hushed delivery 4**** – RTÉ Ten
SUMMER TOUR DATES
Saturday 11th June | Bark Café, Rathmines, Dublin 6, Free Entry
Wednesday June 29th | Thirty Four, Lennox Street (Listening Party) Dublin, Free
Wednesday July 6th | Cáirde Sligo Arts Festival, Shells Café, Sligo, Free Entry
Thursday July 14th | Róisín Dubh, Galway, Free Entry
Friday July 22nd | Liberties Festival, Dublin | TBC | www.libertiesfestival.ie
Friday July 29th | Bello Bar, Dublin | €10 | Tickets available on the door
“Cool Bears”could be considered as pop or comedy rap. It is a satirical song that, although, sung sweetly, has bitter undercurrents. The video concept is about being rejected by society and ostracised by different cliques of people.“Cool Bears” carries a strong message against bullying and celebrates individual diversity. The moral of“Cool Bears” is, that by staying uniquely true to yourself, even in the face of rejection, eventually you will find your tribe of kindred spirits that will embrace you, wholeheartedly, in all your colours. #bebravebeyoukate lawless
“I FLOAT LIKE A LADYBIRD, STING LIKE A BEE; I’M ONE PART SOUR, THREE PARTS SWEET!” Lawless, Kate E.
Kate Emily Lawless (Lawless, Kate E.) lives in Connemara, not far from where she grew up in Galway, Ireland. She is a songwriter, a poet, a singer and occasionally dabbles in acting/comedy.
Kate E.’s sincerest aspiration is to be a strong female advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, anti bullying and positive social change. Kate has a very special place in her heart for the elderly and is passionate about changing attitudes towards how we value our senior citizens. Her Grandpa, Dr. Tom Kelly, who was the local GP in Belmullet, Mayo, up until his retirement last year, at the ripe age of 95 is currently Kate’s unofficial music manager/mentor. Her next single, to be released in November, called “Fighting to Live” is a song she wrote for suicide prevention. The topic of suicide is obviously very serious. In Ireland it is one of the leading causes of death of young men and leaves devastating effects on the families and friends that are left behind. Despite the subject of the lyrics being heavy and heartbreaking, this beautiful song still manages to be hopeful and uplifting.
Her songs include autobiographical quirky stories about her perilous adventures around the world and they feature some of the colourful characters she met along on the way. For example, her country song ‘Lawless Child’ is about fighting with everyone, except her best pal, her wise 96 year old Grampa; whilst another upcoming single ‘Red Light’ mentions her encounters with some very bold rogues in an Albanian gang that Lawless, Kate E. encountered in whilst living in Rome. There is a thread, a unifying theme of her very varied song genres, which span country, rap, Japanese pop and even Irish traditional elements. They are often allegorical comments on a malfunctioning society that she has spent most of her life feeling rejected from. They touch on mental health,loneliness, suicide prevention and bullying.
What about the BEARS??
“Cool Bears” features some very bould teddy bears including the kidnapped Charlesville, Cork GAA mascot and a Barry’s tea addict called “Little Teapac”. For a few years now, Lawless, Kate E. has had a very naughty teddy bear named Teapac, who was named after a combination of his love of the late rapper Tupac Shakur and his obsession with drinking Barry’s Tea!
Lawless, Kate E.’s Music?
Lawless, Kate E. has coined the term ‘fairy rap’ to describe her own quirky genre of poppy tracks that feature spoken word. She would describe her style as a juxtaposition of sweet ethereal icing on a deeply layered cake, seething satirically in its comments on society. After studying music in Cork city for the past 3 years, she released her debut single and music video‘ Lawless Child’ in January 2015. It has been played mostly in the Kingdom of Kerry, but also on Classic Hits 4fm and around the country on various other radio stations.
Eclipsing the Irish Download Charts from 10 to 8 to 7 in the space of 5 Days!
Brew (founder/singer/songwriter/guitarist) of Bluesun always had a fascination for other cultures. Having hailed from 3 himself: Born in New York, from an African Father and a Filipino Mother, he always sought musicians from different backgrounds and found his answer to his journey with Phil Conway on Lead Guitar from Dublin, Alex Kent on Bass/Keyboards from Romania and Carlos Alves on Drums from Brazil. The band seems to be proving themselves by going into the Top 10 and reaching number 7 within 5 days.
Brew explains: “Yes, it was a surprise to all of us to get into the ReverbNation download charts as we’re just ordinary guys, who all work for a living, but I’m sure being an international band adds something to our sound and proves we’re doing something right….” All the guys in Bluesun are very level headed, and are keeping their feet on the ground, – “but to us, our music is our release from everyday life, and with our single Scraping climbing the charts we can only thoroughly thank our fans who have stuck with us in the good and bad times; they’ve been very loyal, and it’s a total gas for all of us… they are the whole reason we accomplished this” concludes Brew. Not knowing where they will end up, one thing we know is this is the best line up of Bluesun ever.
Irish born Declan McLaughlin (aka Decky Hedrock) has been producing under the name Sirkus Sirkuz since leaving The Japanese Popstars. Gaining success with each release and major support from many of the worlds biggest DJs and producers including Leftfield, Benny Benassi, Fake Blood, and Fatboy Slim; his career continues to be as prolific as ever. He is currently hosting the popular monthly dance show Sirkus Sirkuz Presents on RTE2FM radio, constantly releasing his own brand of tech house, as well as playing many clubs and festivals under his new moniker.
On the 30th June Sirkus Sirkuz will be releasing another EP on US based 9G Records called ‘Ghettoblaster EP’. This time, a double A-side release which features ‘Ghettoblaster’; a heavy festival banger that uses an old S’Xpress sample and also ‘Credence’; a hugely popular track in his live show over the last year. ‘Credence’ has already been BBC ATLs Track Of The Day, received much national radio airplay alongside the main title track ‘Ghettoblaster’. Both tracks have gained massive support from various well know DJs like The Flash Brothers, Eddy Temple Morris, Robbie Rivera and major radio play on stations such as XFM, 2FM, BBC Radio and more.
Then on hot on the heels of that release, Sirkus Sirkuz drops another EP called ‘Paranoid’ on the 19th July, with UK based tech house label Whartone Records run by Sonny Whartone. ‘Paranoid’ has been quite a big techno track for many DJs that got early copies and is expected to set many tongues wagging when it is released next month. The flipside is a remix coming from Deeplift.
Sirkus Sirkuz has also done some high profile remixes which will be hitting club and festival sound systems over the summer. Starting off with two massive Sirkus Sirkuz reworking of the old 1999 Cut LaRoc anthem “Freeze” which will be released on Skint Records (home of Fatboy Slim), as well as the cool Australian record label Vicious Bitch releasing two Sirkus Sirkuz remixes of Zeskullz new track “Devil” and then finally a special remix of Doorlys cover of the classic The Beloved track “Sun Rising” which will see release this summer too.
Over the past year the Sirkus Sirkuz Presents radio show has been growing in popularity and gaining major listenership on RTE 2FM (which has over 120,000+ listeners). Sirkus Sirkuz Presents is a monthly radio show dedicated to bringing the best new House, Electro and Techno music, as well as showcasing local Irish talent amongst international producers. A regular feature on the show which many producers crave, is the monthly “Serious Sound Award”. This accolade is selected from the tons new music and presented to the very best track each month. The show has become that popular that it is now syndicating out the monthly broadcast to various other independent radio stations across the UK and Europe.
You can catch Sirkus Sirkuz playing as part of the live outdoor daytime showcase of electronic music during Derrys long running Celtronic Festival on Saturday 27th June at the Craft Village.
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Keith Cullen is a Dublin born Singer/Songwriter, who has immersed himself in music his entire life, bred on every genre of music from big band to acoustic rock, which is evident in his own bold and dynamic songs. With a vocal range not usually heard in a male performer, Keith’s career has taken him to Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand, Cairo, London, LA, New York, Boston, Paris and Berlin.
Currently splitting his time between LA and Dublin, Keith has recently signed a Management Deal with the legendary Phil Quartararo – Former CEO at Virgin records, Warner bros and EMI
Phil is credited with household names like Madonna, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Eric Clapton, and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
As a senior VP for Island Records Phil was instrumental in breaking U2 into the American market.
Keith has also been hand picked by Grammy award winning producer Robert Cutarella who has had hits with Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Air Supply, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, The Police, Elton John, Celine Dion, to name but a few,
Robert began his career as a writer/artist/producer. He produced albums for Mercury, A&M, Columbia and Buddah before beginning a six-year tenure as Director of Talent Acquisition for Chappell Music, Where he worked with Eric Clapton, The BeeGees, Pink Floyd, The Police, Elton John, R.E.M, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Doc Pomus, Thom Bell, and Linda Creed. Eventually in 1985, he opened his own company, which produced worldwide hits with Celine Dion, Alice Cooper, Jennifer Rush, 38 Special, Deep Purple and more. With over 2000 recorded songs to his name and constant new discoveries he was rewarded with two Grammys and is credited with over 160 platinum selling songs. Robert is an established and dynamic force in today’s popular music business.
Keith Robert and JJ Daly have been based in the US working on his new Album and getting ready for the US market. And “ Say Something” has recently been placed in a top US Movie,
“Say Something” was written whilst Keith was in LA and has been chosen By Michael Damien for his new Smash hit movie “High Strung” featuring a stellar line up including Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno, Ian Eastwood , Comfort Fedoke and the incredible Jane Seymour.
Fresh off the back of supporting Hozier, at a recent gig, Keith has said, “It’s such a privilege to be able to share my music and the stage with some incredible people. I’ve worked extremely hard in the studio for the last few years to get my music and my vocals to where they need to be and I’m so thrilled that it has been received so well by some of the most respected people in the industry.”
Dublin singer Fiach Moriarty returns with his second album “The Revolution” which was released April 17th 2015. Lauded by the likes of Chris White of The Zombies “I was rendered speechless by his voice and songwriting. There was nothing I could say to this artist. Lyrically and musically he is one of the best singer/songwriters around.” Paul Brady has said: “Fiach Moriarty is one of Ireland’s most talented singer-songwriters with a musical sophistication rare in the genre”. The time is now for the revolution to begin and Fiach Moriarty to claim his place as one of Ireland’s most impressive singers and songwriters.
Fiach’s second album, ‘The Revolution’ was heavily influenced by his childhood memories of taking to the streets of Dublin to march for various causes in the 80’s together with his family. The result is an album that tackles subjects such as The 1916 Easter Rising, World War 1 and Los San Patricios (the Irish brigade in the 19th century Mexican Army) yet is filled with a wide breadth of catchy hooks, clever lyrics and beautifully crafted songs.
Since the release of his debut record “So I”, Fiach Moriarty has toured through countless venues in his home country of Ireland, as well as Europe, Australia and North America. This heavy duty work ethic has paid off, garnering praise from a host of musical heroes of his such as Gilbert O’Sullivan and sharing the stage with Ray Davies of The Kinks and Fairground Attraction chanteuse Eddi Reader. The record was produced by former Edwyn Collins collaborators Simon Quigley and Peter Meighan and features a guest appearance from Meteor award winner Wallis Bird.
The above photo was taken by Bob Dixon.