Cry Monster Cry Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds The Cribs Ghost Estates The Minutes The Riptide Movement The Chevin Alasdair Roberts If Memory Serves (2) Derek Ellard The O's Squarehead Grand Pocket Orchestra The Lost Brothers (2) Katie Kim Puzzle Muteson El Hombre Jokes Túcan Dead Red Light (4) Keith Forde Randolf dREA Seneca Animal Beats (3) Killing Streets Mustang Hobo Slow Motion Heroes Goodtime The Stunning Eoin Coughlan Hermitage Green (4) Royseven Sharon Shannon The Feeling Hello Moon Miracle Bell Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Benjamin Francis Leftwich Ben Oit Moscow Metro (6) Jesse Malin Futurism We Cut Corners The Gorgeous Colours Mumford & Sons Albatros Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters (4) Brendan Markham Planet Parade Sky Harbour Birdthistle (3) Falling Planes The Phantom Band Tuesday Blue The Flaws Last Days of Death Country John Spillane The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra (3) Windings (3) Alabama 3 Our Little Secrets (2) Josh Ritter Joe Pug Danny & The Champions of the World O'Malleys (4) Two Door Cinema Club Kowalski O Emperor (4) Sons of Noel & Adrian Alessi's Ark Modest Mouse Frightened Rabbit Editors Wintersleep Oliver Cole Ultan Conlan Jape (5) Alphastates 21 Outs Revered & The Makers R.S.A.G (3) Dark Room Notes Stereo MC's The Lightning Seeds The Sawdoctors Newton faulkner Laura Izibor Doves Joe Echo Okkervil River Dawn Landes Mumblin'Deaf Ro Bon Iver Alela Diane Oasis The Prodigy Kasabian (2) Kiernan McMullan (2) TKO Protobaby (9) Tadhg Cooke Bob Dylan (2) Morrissey Doll & The Kicks The Hot Electric Treasa LeVasseur Dirty Epics Villagers (3) Bellx1 (5) Brian Canavan 202s Lou McMahon Disconnect4 (2) So Cow Dublin Duck Dispensary The Funeral Suits (2) Inner City Pirates Distractors Fred (5) Jon Hopkins The High Wire Fionn Regan (2) Jen Ronan One Day International Lisa Hannigan (2) Travis The Coronas The Kanyu Tree (2) Seasick Steve (2) Kila The Broken Family Band 28 Costumes Starsailor Natty OCS's Simon & Oscar Joe Brown Band David Hope Neil Young Everest Siobhán O'Brien (?) Medi and the Medicine Show Radiohead Bat For Lashes Dirty Pretty Things Walter Mitty & The Realists (4) Kieran Leonard Gemma Hayes Mark Geary Ann Scott Future Kings of Spain Cathy Davey (3) Ryan Adams (4) The Police The Who Red Hot Chili Peppers (2) The Upper Room The Feeling The Zutons (3) The Kooks (2) Arctic Monkeys Franz Ferdinand (3) The Magic Numbers Richard Ashcroft James Brown Feeder Kaiser Chiefs Morning Runner (2) Coldplay (3) Interpol The Guggenheim Grotto (4) Mundy (9) U2 (2) Paddy Casey (2) The Strokes (2) The Cure The Darkness The Thrills Divine Comedy Supergrass (3) The Frames (5) Eamonn Hehir (?) Damien Rice Ron Sexsmith Snow Patrol (3) Keane Ash (2) The Walls Muse (2) Aslan (2) David Gray (3) Jerry Fish & the Mud Bug Club (2) Republic of Loose Vega4 The Futureheads (2) Declan O’Rourke Iain Archer Sissor Sisters (2) Kings of Leon Cherry Ghost The Fratellis Director The View The Twang The Pigeon Detectives The Killers Razorlight Arcade Fire Bloc Party The Blizzards (3) Calvin Harris (2) Jet Woodstar (3) An Emotional Fish The Cranberries The Hitchers (2) ToucanDance(?)
I was anticipating this album release for three years since witnessing their first ever gig back in June 2009 (Review)
Various EPs and single releases wet the appetite for the full debut release now known as The Spark. Tonight saw them pack the very venue they started in for the launch of their brilliant 11 track debut. Check out a mini review of the album I did here.
The first of the three support acts was on stage when I arrived, Derek Ellard the Tipperary born singer songwriter played a nice set as people began to fill the warehouse. He is a big fan of loop pedals and made great use of this throughout the set. He added layers of guitars, vocals and a beat using the loops and it sounded great. Looking forward to hearing more from him.
Next up were young limerick band 'If Memory Serves', The four piece are currently recording their debut E.P to be titled 'Menace Memorial'. The lads are clearly big fans of Arctic monkeys as their sound and on stage antics seem to draw a lot from them. Great to see another good limerick band on the rise. Keep an eye on them here.
Moscow Metro were the last support act on the night, The lads seem to be growing in confidence each time I see them live. The sound is getting better and really looking forward to their debut ep release which is due out in the coming months. A great lively set as always with the excellent obligatory cover of Tuesday Blues 'Tunnel Vision' included for good measure.
Protobaby took to the stage and blasted into a cracking 12 track set managing to play all the album and 'Sold you a lie' from their 2010 'Freedom' Ep. The album is one hell of an album, Its great that the album captures the live sound and energy of the band. Yet again another great night of music, Cheers Protobaby. Best of luck for a busy gigging and successful year.
The Scottish lads have obviously taken a massive liking to the dock road venue and are back to dolans on the 19th of May. Their last gig in 2009 is now legendary and personally was one of the best nights in dolans, Reviewhere
This is will be one hell of a gig, Tickets for the Limerick show priced €33 will go on sale this Friday morning March 30th at 9am from the Dolans Website and Dolan's Box Office. They will also be on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Great news for a monday!! Check them out below from their 2009 dolans outing.
L-R The Cranberries - Roses Protobaby - The Spark Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball The Frank & Walters - Greenwich Mean Time Superblondes - Superblondes The Walls - Stop the Lights As Always Suggestions Very Welcome!
Local band Senakah released a brilliant track Human Relations recently, Go buy it here
Last night I had the privilege to listen to the final draft of Protobabys debut album 'The Spark' within the walls of where the whole process was mastered thanks to Wav Mastering. It was super to hear the full album at its richest quality using the highest quality mix and out of highest quality speakers and also in the company of the makers of the record, wish I could listen to all albums like this.
We were treated to advanced copies of the album which hits the public on Friday March 23rd, The artwork was done by limerick artist Ken Coleman. Ken has collaborated with the lads on various singles and eps to date and for this album he has come up trumps again.
The eleven track album were all songs I had heard live over the last few years from seeing the band live on many occasions, the only worry I had with the much anticipated debut was that the bands energy and big sound wouldn't transfer well onto cd. The recording team have done a superb job of this, as the tracks sound as epic and in your face as they do on stage.
The album deals with many subject matters including politics,religion,love and includes the track "Nobody Knows" which is dedicated to a friend who lost his life in tragic circumstances. On a whole the album is an absolute gem, looking forward to seeing it launched in dolans on March 23rd. This is a night not to be missed.Once again another huge record to come out of Limerick in recent years and one certainly to be proud of! Cheers lads!
We were also treated to an advance screening of the new video for the single 'Fluorescent' which was official aired today, check it out below. Another fine masterpiece by Shane Serrano.