Police in Derry/Londonderry dealing with 2nd security alert; Southway. Approx 1:45pm delivery driver’s vehicle was hijacked by 4 masked men, 1 of them reported to have had a gun. 2 occupants in the van ordered to drive it to Lonemoor Rd & leave it there.Cordons being put in place
01. Christopher McConaghy, better known as Our Krypton Son, of course got his pseudonym from watching Superman II.
02. Having released his self-titled debut full-length in 2013, he’s shared the stage with big-name acts like Snow Patrol, Hozier, and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as treading the boards at T Vital and Other Voices.
03. Streaming above is the video new single Everything Reminds Me of You, taken from his upcoming second album, Fleas and Diamonds, releasing via Small Town America Records.
04. Catch him launching said long-player at a special gig in the Nerve Centre in Derry, this day week, Friday 10th.
Thoughts: Creating from the circumstances and tools at his disposal, McConaghy wrings big sounds out of big songs.
01. Metallic hardcore is the order of the day from Derry four-piece Axecatcher.
02. Intriguing genre nerds in 2012 with debut single The Odalisque, the band have kept fairly prolific, releasing EPs in 2013 and 2014, while supporting bands like KENMode and Rotting Out has kept their profile up.
03. Streaming above in its entirety is third EP Common Blood, self-released on the band’s Bandcamp last week. Coming soon to other platforms.
04. One can safely assume that a new EP means gigs to be announced in short order. Stay tuned to their social media for more.
Verdict: Nothing fancy and no polish, just a big, focused, fupp-off racket. Sound.
Diana King, Kitty O’Kane and Collette Devlin outside Strand Road police station in Derry yesterday evening
Three women [Collette Devlin, Diana King and Kitty O’Kane] have handed themselves into a police station in Derry, stating they have procured and taken illegal abortion pills and requesting that they be prosecuted, in protest at Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.
…The women hope to trigger a trial to showcase the archaic nature of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act – the legislation which makes abortion in Northern Ireland illegal except in extremely rare circumstances.
King, 72, a retired social worker, said she felt compelled to make a stand… “It is unforgivable how women are being treated. I am handing myself in to the police to inform them that I have procured the nine-week abortion pills on several occasions,” she said before making her way to the police station.
…The three women put themselves forward ahead of younger women, because they no longer have jobs that might be affected by a criminal record.
03. Streaming above is the video for new single Growing Pains, premiering yesterday on The Last Mixed Tape. Practice is hard sometimes.
04. Shannon is joined in a live four-piece by an assortment of good buddies from various bands on the Northern scene (that might also be familiar to Irish music blog nerds). Last seen live at Dublin’s F_ Festival, more gigging activity is sure to follow off the back of the new release.
Verdict: Think a shiny, ’80s indie-pop bijou roughed up to bejaysus with squally alt-rock and punk influences. Glorious.