Author Archives: Mike McGrath-Bryan

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What you may need to know…

01. Regret Will Come is the bedroom-pop project of confirmed sad-boy Fintan Gallagher. “Discerning pop for the depressed millennial”, or so runs his tagline.

02. Lo-fi bubblegum pop is the order of the day here, in the vein that Ireland seems to produce at a prodigious rate in the past decade, albeit with a more pop-culture-tinged aesthetic.

03. Streaming above is the video for single Holy Cross Made of Flesh, directed by the team Sunburnt Soul Films and featuring a cameo from Ronald Reagan. It’s taken from Gallagher’s debut full-length, I Hope You Thrive.

04. Catch Gallagher, alongside Cat Palace and Oh, Boland at Mistake, a brand-new pop night happening at The Hub in Phibsborough, tomorrow night.

Thoughts: Warm, fuzzy guitar pop, sans the warm and fuzzies. Anxiety, catharsis, and bittersweetness abide.

Regret Will Come

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From top: Bill Graham;  BP Fallon; Dave Fanning; NPR‘s Bob Boilen; Lester Bangs; from left: Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, MayKay of Other Voices, and Donal Dineen

Last Friday  we asked you to request a piece of music as a shout out to your favourite rock writers, jocks and other evangelists.

In fact, the specific sentence that needed filling was:

‘I would like to dedicate__________to ___________for sharing with me his/her impeccable taste and love of decent music.’

In the balance was a newly-minted  voucher for twenty-five euro, redeemable at any of fourteen Golden Discs locations, including the brand-new Vinyl Lounge , upstairs in the chain’s flagship Cork location on Patrick Street.

The running was tough, but there could only be one winner…

Specific Gravity, with the clincher:

I would like to dedicate New Grass by Talk Talk to Donal Dineen for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. Insight, foresight, more sight, the clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight… And so would begin a few hours of nightly magic. Dineen’s shows remain the pinnacle of musical broadcasting in this country.

He just let the tracks do the talking and despite his obvious breadth and depth of knowledge, was never preachy or arch about introducing lesser known but massively talented artists from around the globe. It was like a muso mate sharing some recommendations they thought you’d like to hear.”

In other highlights:

OUCH: “I would like to dedicate Henry McCullogh by BP Fallon and David Holmes to both BP Fallon and David Holmes, for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music and this amazing tribute to a legend of Irish music. They’re two men whose recommendations have help me discover some amazing music, it was an interview with David Holmes that first made me seek out Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg, easily in my all time top ten!”

MCGENIUS: “I would like to dedicate this beer I’m supping to Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. And for introducing me to Puddles’ Pity Party and his unbelievably awesome Johnny Cash/Pink Floyd tribute.”

SCOTTSER: “I would like to dedicate Nobody’s Hero by Stiff Little Fingers to Lester Bangs for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. “A hero is a goddamn stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might wanna accomplish on your own.”

LIAM DELIVERANCE: “I would like to dedicate American Townland by Interference to the producers and researchers, and indeed the hosts, of Other Voices for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music. The series which has been running for fourteen years, continues to introduce music of a high quality from artists old and new, and to do so in a warm and reliable format. Great music, knowledgeable hosts, beautiful scenery and moments of pure magic.”

PAT WALSH: “I would like to dedicate Ballad of a Thin Man by Dylan to the late Bill Graham of Hot Press, for sharing his knowledge & passion for music with me & thousands of other readers.”

LIAM: “I’ll dedicate MBV’s Sometimes to Dave Fanning, whose evening Rock Show got me through secondary school and also introduced me to the likes of the Pixies, Primal Scream, REM and the Cure, way, way back in the day.”

Thanks all.

Golden Discs

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Sleeping OutsideNorth Coast guitar earnestness

What you may need to know…

01. Youngsters from the musical hotbed of the North Coast (Coleraine, to be precise), Sleeping Outside are quite happy to give themselves the dreaded ‘alternative’ tag, but their pop sensibilities are what stand out.

02. Emerged last year with debut E.P. Sleepy, recorded at NI rock documentation outpost Bearcat Studios.

03. Streaming above is single Make Me Wait, released last week and available for download and streaming from their Bandcamp. Recorded by Caolan Austin of NI label/studio Small Town America, and mastered in the Metal Shop in Philly, USA by engineer Jake Ewald.

04. Although no gigs are in the offing at present, they’ve been busy in the past year gathering their live chops, in support of emergent Irish bands like Hot Cops and Brand New Friend.

Thoughts: Filled with the kind of late-teens over-earnestness and lust for catharsis that seems ever more like a hazy, distant post-life scenario to your now-ageing writer, there nonetheless is a good grip here on uncomplicated, feelsy guitar-pop that ought to get better with time and experience.

Sleeping Outside

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Sunday evening.

Dingle, County Kerry.

Maria Brosnan writes:

Had to share this video of, what was without doubt, the highlight of [music and arts festival] Féile Na Bealtaine in Dingle.

On Sunday evening, outside Dick Mack’s pub, the secret location for the Oíche Bealtaine performance was revealed – we had to go to a field out the back of Curran’s pub off Main Street.

We arrived into a pagan world – full of straw-men structures and performers dressed in animal skins. Any fear of a reenactment of The Wicker Man or Burn the Witch was allayed when the music kicked off and the crowd joined in the pagan rave.

A great way to kick off the Summer.

Féile Na Bealtaine

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Patrick KelleherDublin electronica

What you may need to know…

01. Progressing from synth-pop and new-wave inflections that earned his second album a Choice Prize nomination, Patrick Kelleher’s new material apparently veers into acid house and early techno for inspiration.

02. Over the years, Kelleher has trod the boards with acts like Future Islands, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A Flock of Seagulls and Dan Deacon, performing live with collaborator Brian Conniffe (Nurse With Wound).

03. Streaming above is the video for Miracle Candle, taken from the aforementioned Choice nominee, Golden Syrup.

04. Catch him this Thursday as part of Bodytonic’s new weekly series at the Bernard Shaw in Dublin, 8pm, free in.

Thoughts: A purveyor of quality Irish synth-explorations, Kelleher’s lateral moves into dingier territory ought not disappoint.

Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands

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Dublin Digital Radio spends another weekend comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, via the medium of broadcast. A big weekend in the works, and some great new shows on demand.

DDR collective member Emily Carson writes:

Some good listening from the last week includes XXX: Proto Techno filled with songs from the 70s and 80s that have inspired techno producers near and far. The newest episode of Quiet Angry Women has even more music from women who are ‘quietly ferocious, quietly angry and lots more in between’ and there’s even more more trans-continental selecting on ‘From East Ghost to West Ghost’.

Lots of great new radio to get your ears around.

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VogelbatKilkenny electronica

What you may need to know…

01. A Kilkenny man now plying his trade in Berlin, Dave Sheenan creates ambient glitchiness under the name Vogelbat.

02. Emerging in 2015, Sheenan has kept a steady flow of tunes coming, varying from trip-hop to ambience, including standout track Ovl.

03. Streaming above is latest single Lithx, featuring the vocal talents of now-regular collaborator Sad Mermaid.

04. Described by The Thin Air as “another first-rate slice of ambient-leading electronica, melding shuddering pockets of rhythm, synth swells and abstracted vocals over nigh on five minutes”.

Thoughts: Ethereal electronics from the heart of the medium’s world capital.

Vogelbat

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If you want them to tackle a particular subject please leave suggestions below.

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John Blek and the Rats – Cork indie/pop

What you may need to know…

01. Long-running, underrated road warriors of Leeside-based guitar noises, are John Blek and his Rats.

02. After an extended period of solo touring around Europe, the band is back on the road with an extensive transnational run of dates.

03. Streaming above is the video for last year’s single Dead Friends, taken from second band album Borders.

04. They perform this Sunday at the Cork Opera House, as part of Right Here, Right Now festival, in a double-headliner with The Shaker Hymn.

Thoughts: Weighty, folk-tinged guitar-pop tempered with a double-dose of reality.

John Blek and the Rats

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The Great Balloon RaceCork folk/psychedelic

What you may need to know…

01. Last time we checked in with The Great Balloon Race, they’d just released single Chocolate Beans, a venture into jazzier climes.

02. They’ve finally put the last bits in order for their second album, Gently, Gently, releasing via May 5th on Leeside label KantCope.

03. Streaming above is the live video of Daryl and John, filmed by Blair Massie, as featured on the new long-player.

04. Catch them live on May 5th at Coughlan’s on Douglas Street, Cork, launching the long-player. Available for digital download or in a cassette/download bundle.

Thoughts: First thoughts on listening to the album in advance are those of a band finding their feet and moving with assurance into new waters.

The Great Balloon Race