Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Albums Worth Listening to in March 2014


L-R
Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Windings/Land Lovers - Split EP (Buy Here)
We Are Scientist - TV en Francais
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Band of Horses - Acoustic at the Ryman
Wild Beasts - Present Tense


Suggestion very welcome!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Albums Worth Listening to in February 2014

 
L-R
Beck - Morning Phase
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Hard Working Americans - Hard Working Americans
Hawk- The Sum of All Things (Buy Here)
Lisa O'Neill - Same Cloth or Not
Patrick Freeman - Perfect Fit (Buy Here)
 
As Always Suggestions Very Welcome!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Girl Band live at Bourkes 30/01/2014


Managed to catch Dublin outfit Girl Band in Bourkes last night, These lads sure pack a punch!
The musical equivalent of jumping head first into the cold sea. The massive loud sound is backed up by a singer who has no care for his vocal chords, The guitarist and bassist were equipped with a huge armament of pedals adding to the wonderful chaos with various loops and distortions. The foundations of Bourkes were well and truly tested by this young quartet as they smashed through their set. Extremely enjoyable to watch this energy fest, check out the clip below for a sample of it. Cheers Lads!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Albums Worth Listening to in January 2014

L-R
Yann Ryan - Apple Picking EP (Check out the local lads ep here)
James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical
Little Mammoths - Shoot the Crows (Free album here)
Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream
Cat Dowling - The Believer
Harrison & the Devil - Cat Matters (Buy the Galway bands ep here)

Suggestions as always welcome!

Teenage Kicks coming to Limerick


RTE are bringing out a new TV series akin to School of Rock, They will be getting a band together made up of Limerick young wans aged 16-14. The criteria is below :

Are you from Limerick? Aged 16-24? Do you sing, rap or play a musical instrument? If so, the producers of a new RTÉ TV series want to meet you on SATURDAY, 8TH FEBRUARY in the Limerick School of Music, Mulgrave Street.
‘TEENAGE KICKS’ follows musician, and The Voice of Ireland coach, Bressie as he travels to Limerick with the goal of forming a band comprised of different musical talent.
For more information go to the TEENAGE KICKS Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/RTEteenagekicks

Friday, January 24, 2014

Eamonn Hehir live at Dolans 30/12/2013 Review


Apologies for the delay in putting this one on the blog, Just getting back into the swing of things after a great Christmas.
 
On the 29th of December a gigging tradition was renewed as local singer songwriter Eamonn Hehir assembled a band and played Dolans..
 A couple of Decembers have gone by without this tradition so it was great to see it back.
Support on the night came from another local singer songwriter by the name of Yann Ryan. Nine days before the gig yann had released a three track ep entitled 'Apple Picking'. I managed to pick up a copy on the night and I was very impressed by the quality. His relaxed story telling much like Fionn Regan with a voice similar to the style of Belle & Sebastian and nice plucking on an acoustic guitar made for a perfect opener. You can check out Yann over here.
 
Eamonn arrived on stage with his newly formed band slightly different from his last outing back in November 2012 to release his album 'The Flag Listeners'.  (Review) .
This time the line up comprised of John Steele on guitar , James Hanley on keys , Sean Fox on Bass and Tony Brennan on Drums with backing vocals from Siobhan O'Brien and Jenny MacMahon.
The band lashed into a 21 track set on front of a packed upstairs, The band being only newly formed played a blinder and looked like they had been playing for ages The set was mainly taken from the wonderful 2012 release and also some old classics from his Toucandance days and a cover from former band mate the late Des O'Dwyer.
The line up are hoping to play a few gigs around Limerick during 2014, It would be great to see another release too. Cheers for a cracking night!
 
Set: 
Downtown
Cold Year
Angels Share
California
Rider's Song
Things Will Happen
Before the Song was over
Dry Land
Restless Kind
Carpet
Little Man
Running Scared
People are Happy in Canada
Clapham Omnibus
Almost Drowning
Lincoln
Gates of Limbo
Steve Brodie took a Chance
Joe Cocker
Cat Stevens
Women on Trains

 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Top Ten Albums of 2013 from Indielimerick

Well that's another year over, Apologies for the small number of posts throughout the year as I have been very busy and 2014 promises to be even busier. I did manage however to review 21 gigs throughout the year. (Reviews all down the right has side of the blog), Gig of the year has to go to Bruce Springsteen in Thomond Park. That gig was amazing as the city was on a high that the Limerick hurlers won the Munster final that week and having someone as big as the Boss play in Limerick was magical.
Another piece of the blog I did manage to keep up to date was the monthly album picks which all can be seen here and now its time to pick my favourite ten of the year. I have been drawing up these list for seven years now and as I always say these are records that I have personally enjoyed over the last year so more than likely I have left out some mainstream classics. In no particular order here they be, Happy Christmas!

Arctic Monkeys - AM
National - Trouble Will Find Me

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Okkervil River - Silver Gymnasium
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
Phosphorescent - Muchacho
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

O Emperor - Vitreous
Villagers - Awayland

John Blek and the Rats - Leave Your Love at the Door

Friday, December 13, 2013

Little Green Cars live at Bourkes, Limerick 12/12/2013

Great night of music ensued in Bourkes bar last night as Little Green Cars were playing their first night of a two night sold out stint in the city. Tomorrow night sees Dolans warehouse as the host with support from the brilliant up and coming local band 'Bleeding Heart Pigeons' .

Tonight the support act were a trio from Dublin called 'Other Creatures' , This fresh faced band played a great short opening set. The lead singer played an impressive sounding vintage gretsch guitar which influenced their indie rock sound, I got a funeral suits vibe off their stuff. Definitely a band to keep an eye on.

The bar was very crammed as the main band assembled on the small stage, its great to see an Irish band like this sell out venues around Ireland and have such a great following. The band have had an amazing year with a number one album for their debut Absolute Zero . Touring with Jake Bugg, A Jimmy Fallon appearance , playing SXSW , Coachella, Lollapalooza and the list goes on.... You cant have it any better really.
They arrived out and just accompanied by one guitar and sang sans mics to the now hushed crowd for the opening number. Their harmonies were incredible all night and female singer Faye O'Rourke has an amazing range. After that hairs on the back of the neck opener the band plugged in and got down to business playing crowd favourites while we were entertained between songs about writing processes and band stories. This included the story behind their single 'The John Wayne' as lead singer Stevie Appleby regaled how we had an instant love for an American girl his brother had introduced to him back in the day and how we wrote the track that night on a small drum kit he had assembled at home called 'The Quiet Kit' and that's where the name came from as it was nearly called 'The Quiet Man'.
A thoroughly enjoyable set throughout which ended with the band walking out into the middle of the floor and singing like as they had done at the start of the set.
A great night of music ! Cheers to Seoda shows for a super night!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bombay Bicycle Club live at Dolans 20/11/2013 Review



Indie favourites Bombay Bicycle Club took to the warehouse last month to a full house, The band have a huge following and a great back catalogue to back this up. The sell out of tickets a testament to this.

Supporting the band on the night was Northern Irish singer-songwriter Soak , She silenced the crowd with her lovely tales, just accompanied by a guitar. The derry born artist will be back in Limerick on New Years Eve playing the NYE Bash in Howleys Quay.

Next up were the headliners all the way from London, It was a great scalp for Dolans to get the band as they are often found in huge sell out venues throughout Europe and are a big festival favourite.
Its always great when an band like this decides to play a local venue and you delve into their many albums in the lead up to the gig.
The band have sound tracked many a night out in Costellos and my favourite of theirs has to be the 2010 release 'Flaws'. The band changed their tact a little recording it acoustically and going for the folk feel instead of their usual indie eletro-pop stuff. The album went on to be nominated for the Ivor Novello Award in 2011.

I was amazed at the amount of equipment adorning the large stage in the warehouse. The drummer going for two kits (One Electric) , two keyboards and a horde of guitars and backing singers. They put on a huge performance and played lots from the upcoming album 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' which is due out in February of next year. Many of these songs got their first airing on the night and the crowd were very appreciative of this fact. The set included the new single 'Carry Me' and crowd favourite 'Always Like This' which you can see below in the second video and you will realise why I gave it the crowd favourite stamp.
Hopefully they will be back in this neck of the woods very soon,

Thanks for playing Limerick!

Set List:
Shuffle
Overdone(Live Debut)
It's Alright Now
Your Eyes
How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
Come To(Live Debut)
Feel
Lights Out, Words Gone
Whenever(Live Debut)
Evening/Morning
Always Like This
Carry Me
Encore:
Ivy and Gold
What If

 

Out on a Limb Records 10th Anniversary live at Bourkes & Dolans 10/08/2013 Review


This one is going back a bit but better late then never, the local record label put on and amazing day of music back in August.

Its incredible the work this label has done for Limerick and for the music scene in Ireland in generally and they continue to produce fantastic music to this day. Ten years is a long time for an independent label to be churning out records and especially successful ones including the choice prize nominated release from Windings.

To celebrate they decided to throw on a few gigs around the town which started off in Bourkes and ended in Dolans warehouse. All the bands that played on the day have released material through the label and the family vibe between them all was very much visible. Giveamankick even returned for one night to join in on the celebration. There was great talent on show and the merchandise table had some superb records for sale. I managed to take a good few videos of the bands on the day, so below is a compilation of them. Thanks to Out on a Limb for adding so much to the local scene and here's to another ten years! Cheers!

Go buy music from them here


Protobaby live at Dolans 01/11/2013 Review


Another local release in Dolans this time by Protobaby and yet again a full line up of support bands from limerick too. The honours this time going to My Empire (Video from the night here) and the superb Senakah (Video from the night here).
These two acts kicked off a great night which saw the warehouse flooded with people, some had decided to arrive in costume for Halloween which added to the fun.

The band newly fronted by Aoife McLoughlin were tonight releasing their debut single 'Keep Running' under the new line up. As mentioned before in the review of Protobabys last gig in dolans (Review here) with former frontman Colm McGuinness , the band have kept going after Colms departure due to work and time constraints. The decision of bringing in a female vocalist I am sure shocked a few as the sound of the band was very much led by his baritone voice.  However it was great to see the band not stopping altogether and tonight was the first local unveiling of the new sound.

They put on a superb performance even though it was a short set and I suppose this has to do with only being together for so long. The set included pre Aoife tracks in the guises of State of Affairs & Fluorescent taken from the bands debut album 'The Spark'. The new tracks and new sound is certainly very different from the previous bands work but it certainly works. The highlight of the night being the single 'Keep Running'. Aoifes voice and energy remind me a lot of Karen Os and was pleasantly surprised to hear them do a cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Gold Lion and plus its my favourite of theirs.
I am really looking forward to hearing them progress and bring out a full album as soon as possible, Cheers for a great night!

Set List:
Tripswitch
Goodbye
Flyin' High
Fluorescent
Gold Lion (Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover)
State of Affairs
Stages
We
Keep Running