Tag Archives: instrumental


The Bonkpsych-rock sideproject comes to the fore

What you may need to know…

01. Beginning life as an outlet for Waterford/O Emperor man Phil Christie’s more eclectic ideas, The Bonk has since become something a bit more fully-fledged.

02. Since its emergence, The Bonk has gigged intermittently yet memorably, including a set at last year’s Sudden Club Weekender fest in Cork.

03. Streaming above (in a Broadsheet premiere!) is the video for the Bonk’s new instrumental single Monologue.

04. It releases ahead of a string of dates around Ireland this month and next, including a Leeside return date at Coughlan’s on April 20th (insert word-that-sounds-like-“bonk”-pun here), with support from Patrick Freeman. Full info on their social media in the coming weeks.

Thoughts: A wee creeper of a tune, led by unfettered synth noodling, but underpinned by steadfastly psychey experimentation.

The Bonk


Ten Past Seveninstrumental freakery from Kerry

What you may need to know…

01. At long last, an excuse to talk about Ten Past Seven. That genre of theirs in full: “Kinky Kerry Sex Metal Trad Scat Gael Core Bog Prog”. Das’ right.

02. Assembling in the early 2000s, the band released debut long-player Shutupyourface in 2006, via the venerable Out on a Limb Records, followed by a split 7″ with Los Langeros that was launched atop Carrantuohill, a string of EPs and intermittent live activity.

03. Streaming above is most recent extended-player Black Box Recordings, crowdfunded and recorded in Black Box Studios in France in 2011.

04. Playing Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on the 28th, supporting Guilty Optics alongside fellow veterans Elk.

Thoughts: Loathe as your writer is to revert to old tropes, ye olde “if you have to ask” applies to Ten Past Seven. Listening yields more noisy insanity than we have room for in this column.

Ten Past Seven


President of the National University of Ireland Maynooth Music Society, Alan Costello, writes:

“As today is World Mental Health Day we decided to get involved and use what we know, music. We created a project called InstruMENTAL Health, and this video is the result. Music has long been known to have a therapeutic and restorative effect to a person’s mental and even physical health, and we’re encouraging everyone to get involved, we’re asking everyone to Tweet and Facebook with #InstruMENTALHealth with their experiences with music. Thanks for watching. :)”

Thanks Alan