Are We In A Golden Age?



Influential American pop culture website Paste Magazine has highlighted the abundance of musical talent on this island by listing 15 Irish artists to watch out for.

AE MAK aka Aoife McCann leads the way with Bitch Falcon, Pillow Queens and Fontaines DC also featured. You can see the full list below.

Nick says: Congrats all round.

The 15 Irish Acts You Need to Know in 2019 (Paste Magazine)

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17 thoughts on “Are We In A Golden Age?

  1. Bertie Blenkinsop

    If Fontaines DC are the future I pray the Lord takes me peacefully in my sleep tonight.

    1. B9Com From No

      I agree

      I don’t think they are too bad mind you

      But they have a fierce bang of the Stripes off them

      1. Clampers Outside

        I like to come away from a festival with at least one band I can’t stop listening to, TMC was it at ATN…. album not out until Aug 17th.

        Thumper who are also mentioned on the list are worth checking out too.

        1. Clampers Outside

          I could comment on the bands I don’t like on that list, but eh sure, anyone can do that, and each to their own wha’ and something for everyone :)

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            Thanks Clamps, you were right, I liked The Murder Capital, they reminded me of Joy Division, Editors and The Chameleons as times

            Great energy too.

            You’re right, it’s easy to criticise, I try to be positive where possible –
            having said that, whoever cut AE MAK’s fringe needs shooting.

          2. Clampers Outside

            LOL… I’ll get the bullets :)

            The Murder Capital should be playing Dublin soon…. their live act blew me away, at 8pm Sunday I was near wiped after the weekend at ATN… but i came out of the tent after them ready for the night, some buzz! :)

          3. bertie blenkinsop

            They’re playing the Button Factory on Friday –
            two days notice to the fun prevention officer at home?
            Not a hope!

  2. Slightly Bemused

    Only 15 artists. Darn, we have quite literally hundreds to watch out for. One reason I like late night radio is that they do showcase them much more than daytime mainstream radio.

    While I admit a slight bias, given that I have friends and family out there who are incredibly musical, it is also that sometimes you just have to sit and listen to a wonderful piece of sunshine, whether it is a new song, or a new take on a song, or simply a beautiful voice.

  3. Oh No, it's Devo!

    A more accurate title would be; are we living through a perpetual headline? Over the last 15 years or so the tried and tested ‘golden age of Irish music’ bit gets an airing ever 3 – 5 years, which also seems to be the life cycle of most indie bands once they’re established. I think it’s a very tired angle but it keeps things ‘fresh’. It allows an Irish music fan of a certain age whose midweek-gig-going, festival-hopping, yoke-necking days are over to feel in touch with the scene. Also young faces make good copy and give a sense of rejuvenation, to what is a fairly stagnant scene. Many bands on the list presented seem to exist as a response to the question; which influence do you want to wear on your sleeve most obviously; AE Mak/Tuneyards, Fontaines&TMC/Idles, Slaves and the Pogues, Pillow Queens/Teagan&Sara, whenyoung/Cranberries. It’s painfully boring and predictable. The omission of Girl Band on this list is both telling and a real shame as they’re probably the most original act to come out of Ireland since the Pogues.

    +1 for Acid Granny

    1. Cú Chulainn

      Years ago, I dreamt of music that I could love.

      Ah.. that’s what happens when you get older and wiser and a little cynical. The same 100 stories recycled in strict rotation. It’s tremendously boring, but every so often something special happens. Hang in there just yet..!!

      1. Oh No, it's Devo!

        I’m also incredibly fussy about what I listen, which doesn’t help. But I firmly believe what I say about the vast majority of Irish bands and solo artists. The formula is, consciously or not; ape their biggest influences, tour for 5 years, achieve plaudits at home, never crack foreign markets (beyond the first 2 touring cycles; i.e. their first ‘crack’ at bigger success), receive plaudits and ‘honourable mentions’ like the list above for a few years, few releases, fade into obscurity, rinse and repeat.

        Gotta hand it to yer man Kojaque. I’m not into hip-hop but he seems to be making international waves which I believe is a first for an Irish hip hop artist. He’s breaking the mould in that respect.

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