Tag Archives: Cork


Neon Atlasindie-poppers preparing third full-length

What you may need to know…

01. Neon Atlas are an indie/alternative/pop power-trio from Cork City.

02. Emerging in the early part of the decade, the band released debut effort Absolute Magnitude in 2013, and followed up in 2015 with sophomore platter Graffiti Reality.

03. Streaming above is new single The Afterglow, released last night via Soundcloud and available for download from iTunes from March 2nd, ahead of the release later this year of their as-yet untitled third full-length.

04. A run of national touring to support the single begins on Saturday February 18th, with a hometown date at the Crane Lane Theatre.

Thoughts: Good, honest, indie-pop with that certain brightness that seems to be in the water in Cork-based guitar pop.

Neon Atlas


Milky Teeth – Cork indie/pop solo endeavours

What you may need to know…

01. Milky Teeth is the solo nom-de-chords of Cork musician Robbie Barron.

02. Self-recorded and mixed by the man himself, the project keeps him ticking over inbetween stints with The Shaker Hymn and John Blek & The Rats.

03. Streaming above is the found-footage video for new single Sleepiness & Weary Wit, a taster of a planned full-length.

04. Available for free/pay-what-you want download at the project’s Bandcamp.

Thoughts: Not far removed from either of his musical day-jobs, yet distinct in its own right as a slice of hazy guitar-pop.

Milky Teeth

Save Cork City Stop The Wall Event Poster A4

Sullivan's Quay

Save Cork City members (above) on Saturday at Sullivan’s Quay, Cork

Free Wednesday?

Danny writes:

Some of your readers might be interested in an evening of short talks and discussion we’ve planned for this Wednesday in Cork.

We’re concerned that a heavy-handed flood defence scheme planned by the OPW [Office of Public Works] for Cork City lacks proper consideration and will irreparably change the face of the City.

We are also concerned that the OPW has not done enough to publicise these proposals ahead of their deadline for feedback on the 17th of this month.

In order to avoid the waste of huge amounts of money on a project that we are unconvinced will be successful and will certainly see Cork lose a large part of its character and charm, we are looking for an independent design review of the project and a meaningful public consultation process.

To get the word out and encourage some informed conversation on the project, we held gatherings in three locations around the City last Saturday and are organising a symposium this Wednesday evening at 7pm at Boole 3, University College Cork

We’re also trying to encourage as many people to engage with the OPW’s feedback process by emailing claire.anderson@opw.ie before February 17,  with their concerns. Thank you

Save Cork City


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Elkpop/hardcore/punk from Cork

What you may need to know…

01. Returning from a prolonged hiatus are Leeside live faves of the mid-late aughts, pop/heft outfit Elk.

02. Releasing debut album We Should Start Our Own Gang in early 2009, the lads went quiet shortly thereafter, re-emerging live periodically, including for the launch of a split 7″ single with Crayonsmith in 2011. It’s been a busy few years, with the boys keeping the fires burning in, offhand, No Spill Blood, Hands Up Who Wants to Die, All Tvvins and Guilty Optics.

03. That long-player of theirs is streaming above, and available for free download via Bandcamp.

04. Elk return on Saturday night at Tivoli Backstage in Dublin, supporting GUILTY OPTICS alongside Ten Past Seven. Ridiculous lineup.

Thoughts: Straightforward pop lurches into dreamy sounds, lurches back out into heft and distortion. Something for everyone, and a welcome return.



HorseCork sludge/hardcore four-piece

What you may need to know…

01. Last we heard of Cork-based hardcore outfit Horse, they were getting riled up for Lodgefest II, at the now-defunct Pine Lodge venue, late last year.

02. In the months since, the band has released a split 12″ single alongside fellow Leeside rabble-rousers Bisect. We featured that band’s side of the record not too long ago.

03. Their half of it is streaming in the widget above and available for download as a stand-alone release.

04. Next live excursion is another bus out of town, this time to Connolly’s of Leap, on February 24th, for the Leaping-ton show. Hope is Noise and Horse are joined by new lads The Liminals and, in their first Cork show in years, post-metallers Rest.

Thoughts: Having firmly settled into a new line-up, Horse’s weighty, downtuned hardcore is newly focused, and somehow even more abrasive.



Ganglionsmath-pop-punk with a Cork accent via Sheffield

What you may need to know…

01. Based in Sheffield, but sporting a pronounced Cork accent via vocalist Eimear O’Donovan, as well as drummery from Clonakilty man Brian Scally, Ganglions’ crossovers of pop, punk and math-rock make for a busy noise.

02. Eagle-eyed Irish music observers may remember O’Donovan from her time with Cork pop band KVX, and her memorable contributions to Bantum’s first album, on singles Oh My Days, and alongside Owensie on Roll Pt. 2.

03. Streaming above is the band’s self-released debut E.P., FETCH!, put out in February of last year and available for streaming and download.

04. The band plays Quarter Block Party, on the first weekend of February. Time and venue to be confirmed on release of the festival’s brochure. This follows their Irish debut at Cork’s Fred Zeppelin’s in December, in support of Terriers.

Thoughts: Bright, bristling, surfy, tappy, intricate, high-energy power.



Gig venues are going bang left, right and centre these days, so this one will be no surprise to some, but hugely sad – the Pine Lodge, overlooking the beach in Myrtleville, Co. Cork, is under new management, with the venue’s old gig business to be wound down.

Sez the venue’s incredibly well-maintained fansite:

Sad news folks, the Pine Lodge is now under new ownership. The venue is currently closed for repair and renovations and it is not expected that the new owners will have the same interest in live music.

Thank you to Paddy & crew for flying the flag for so long and to the many top acts who performed in Myrtleville, you will not be forgotten.

Sad times, especially for a great amount of the present Cork city scene, many of whom cut their teeth in various capacities, in this place among others.

Pine Lodge Myrtleville


Jonny RepCork indie/pop supergroup

What you may need to know…

01. Indie with a dose of humour and a side-serving of nineties psych-worship is the order of the day for Cork outfit Jonny Rep (named for the Dutch soccer legend).

02. Beginning life as a sideproject of members of Leeside bands Rulers of the Planet, LMNO Pelican, The Shanks and Semi, the band has been active for the bones of the last decade, with intermittent single releases.

03. Streaming above is new single Call Me Soon, taken from upcoming album Cold Sunbeam.

04. Cold Sunbeam is due for release on February 24th, with launch gigs and release formats to be announced.

Thoughts: A self-effacing riff on the Stone Roses’ grandeur masks some fairly prescient social commentary.

Jonny Rep