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Good Stuff: Bleeding Heart Pigeons

15 January 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

NEW video from Bleeding Heart Pigeons for ‘Visiting Myself In Hospital’ with lyrics.
Stunning, simple as that. Stop whatever you’re doing, watch this. Thank me later!

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Good Stuff: Bleeding Heart Pigeons

8 November 2013 by musiclimerick, No Comments

LIMERICK trio, Bleeding Heart Pigeons are now signed to Virgin Records. Their debut EP will be released on December 16. The young band have been together over five years now but though the amount of live gigs they have played are few, for BHP it is a case of quality trumping quantity. They toured the UK last week with label mates Little Green Cars and supported Bell X1 at their recent Big Top Limerick gig. They first came to attention nationally playing an acoustic set on RTÉ’s Other Voices earlier this year.
‘Visiting Myself In Hospital’ is the lead track on the debut EP. A re-recording of the track that created a lot of interest on the blogs when the band uploaded demos to its Soundcloud account.
Bleeding Heart Pigeons are Mícheál Keating (vocals/guitar), Cathal Histon (synths, samples and vocals) and Brendan McInerney (drums). ‘Visiting Myself In Hospital’ is the band say, “an attempt to interrogate the psychology of Eric Harris”, one of the two killers involved in the 1999 Columbine High-School Massacre.
Melodic, sweeping and inventive dream music. Terrific stuff.
Bleeding Heart Pigeons play Dolan’s on Friday December 13, supporting Little Green Cars.

Good Stuff: Adwip

15 February 2013 by musiclimerick, No Comments

TWO members of Blancatransfer, have been touch with an interesting side project called Adwip ( A Different World Is Possible). MusicLimerick.com featured Blancatransfer’s wonderful debut single ‘Electric Light’ last April 2012. Now Blancatransfer members Derek Corr and Keith Colvill have created a concept piece of 20 minutes called ‘Held in Endless Space’. It plays as a very sweet collection of dream pop tunes and you will be hitting the play button for repeated listens. Looking forward to hearing more from the Limerick/Clonmel based artists.
Of the project Keith Colvill says, “The song is based on Space, the astronomer Cassini, Sci-fi films and a love of Earth and everything in it.”.

Good Stuff: ASIWYFA

14 February 2013 by musiclimerick, No Comments

A SECOND track from the upcoming LP from Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar is streaming now. Called ‘Big Thinks Do Remarkable’ and taken from their forthcoming third album ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ which goes on release March 19 via Sargent House.

The Class of 2012

27 December 2012 by musiclimerick, No Comments

Taking a look at some of Limerick’s musical highlights in 2012

WINDINGS
IN October Limerick band Windings released their third album ‘I am Not The Crow’. More than one year was spent on the recording of I Am Not The Crow, its A-side recorded in Montreal’s Hotel2Tango studio and the B-side in Donegal. It is the sound of a band that has played together for years and focused on making an album that they can stand by for all time. I Am Not The Crow’ is Windings best record yet. It is a band interacting and making great music together and to this reporter it will stand as one of the finest releases from a Limerick band.

GRANT HART @ BOURKES

Husker Du’s Grant Hart performed a free show in Limerick in December. It was just the latest remarkable show in a stunning series of weekly gigs from cutting edge Irish and international artists playing live at Bourkes bar on Thursday nights. The residency is now over a year old and the line-ups still have the capacity to excite and enthrall any music fan who ambles in to these weekly free gigs. Other venues throughout the city centre are also throwing open their stages for new original music such as Cobblestone Joes, The Library, The Blind Pig, Lava Java Cafe and of course Dolan’s is still the venue of choice for the bigger acts. These Limerick venues and their forward thinking booking policies continue to keep the city’s heartbeat in fine rhythm. Looking forward to an even better 2013.

PARLIAMENT SQUARE
LIMERICK’S Parliament Square is singer-songwriter Brendan Markham (ex. The Driven), Karol Drea on drums and Colin Bartley (ex. Walter Mitty) on bass with songwriter Ross Brennan on keyboards/guitar. The band released their debut single ‘Forest Fire’ with a live show in Cobblestone Joes accompanied by a video directed by Shane Serrano.

SENAKAH
LIMERICK band Senakah (formerly Seneca) released new album ‘Human Relations’ in 2012. It was recorded with Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) on production duties. Senakah produced a video for the title track of the album as their first single in February.
The video for ‘Human Relations’ is a laugh-out-loud OTT romp about an office drone who is incapable of human relations becoming obsessed with an online she-devil with a chorus that goes “Now that your stripped naked, I’ll have my way with the hall table. Cause I have no time for Human Relations” The video was written by, and stars, actor/comedian Ben Morrison. It was made on location in Limerick in Dolans Warehouse and the boardroom and office scenes were filmed right here at Limerick Post.
Senakah’s guitarist Brendan O’Gorman told Limerick Post last February, “We are absolutely thrilled to bits! Radio support has been great with both local and national stations giving us regular airplay and we are very grateful for that. Today FM have been playing it daily and Rick O’Shea of 2FM made it his ‘Single of The Week’.”

THE CRANBERRIES
THE Cranberries released Roses their first album since the band announced their break up in 2003. During the band’s hiatus singer Delores O’Riordan and guitarist Noel Hogan continued to send each other ideas for new material from time to time and during the very successful reunion tour in 2010, the new songs were rehearsed during sound-checks. The result is an album with quiet pop gems such as ‘Fire & Soul’ and ‘Losing My Mind’ that sit alongside the chiming guitars of current single ‘Tomorrow’. The standout track, ‘Schizophrenic Playboys’ saw the the band flex its musical muscles while Delores sings about fast cars, scarlet red lipstick and even redder bloodshot eyes.
A strong return to form and a fresh take on the sound that has made them so loved worldwide.

LIFE SUPPORT
SOME of Ireland’s finest music acts made original tracks available for Life Support, a compilation of tracks in aid of Pieta House, the Suicide and Self-harm Crisis Centre.
Life Support, brought together a diverse range of Irish bands such as Delorentos, We Cut Corners and Windings. Life Support is the brainchild of Alan Jacques from the Green and Live Show on Limerick’s Live 95 FM.

PROTOBABY
LIMERICK’S Protobaby made the trip to Poland in May to make a return visit to Bialystok and play at this year’s Juwenalia festival, a high profile annual rock festival celebrating students’ holidays. The band who won the Rock to Bialystok’ competition a year earlier to play at Juwenalia Bialystok 2011 were this year invited back to play again. Tony Monahan of Protobaby told Limerick Post, “The gig went really really well. We had an hour long slot. We were on just before the headliners and had the full audience in front of us. I was asking the organisers about numbers and there was in the region of 10,000 people.
The band released their debut album The Spark recorded by Owen Lewis. The Spark in 2012 was the biggest sounding record from a Limerick band since Tuesday Blue’s Shibumi. The record states its intent with a brace of songs from the start, any of which could be great singles, building up to ‘Traditions’ the band’s finest moment to date. Protobaby’s secret weapon is vocalist Colm McGuinness who gives a huge performance on the record especially on ‘Nobody Knows’, a true story about the loss of a friend in tragic circumstances. More to come from Protobaby in 2013.

ROCKY MAYHEM
The Rocky Mayhem festival rocked Kilfinane for a second year in June 2012. Five bands took the stage in Limerick’s highest town to shake the Ballyhoura mountains to their foundations. Lined up to play were Royseven, Bipolar Empire, Ham Sandwich, dRea and Underfoot Patriot.

BUMP
This year’s Bump! Muzik Festival used Limerick city as a platform to showcase the music, culture and creative arts in the city with music workshops and the Irish debut screening of “Paris to Berlin –20 years of techno”. Performances by REEKO/Kriz!, Giles Armstrong and Fishgodeep kept the dancefloors buzzing.

MAKE A MOVE
THE Make A Move festival in July was Limerick’s first Hip Hop and Street Festival and hopefully will be on the calendar for 2013 again. The festival celebrated the roots of hip hop in urban and youth culture with something for everyone from visual art to discussion forums to live music from The Hot 8 Brass Band. On the Saturday Bedford Row was turned over to Dancers, MCs and DJs including CMX, Icarus Rising, Limerockers Cru, Rainers, Colm Kenefick, Poppin John and Bboy Tommy Guns bringing a traditional U.S style block party to Limerick City centre. Sunday’s Hip Hop karaoke was one of the surprise successes of the weekend.

OUT ON A LIMB
THE Out on a Limb Summer Party was headlined by Tieranniesaur in August. The one-day festival brought together a fascinating line-up of alternative acts on three floors. Jogging played a no nonsense set of tracks from the new album, ‘Take Courage’ and Clare based DJ/producer Mynameisjohn playing a stunning set of breaks, hip hop and his own productions.
The label released quality long players from Owensie, Jogging and Windings.

LEADING ARMIES
HAVING played to a full house Live at The Big Top with Bressie, Limerick’s Leading Armies flew to Canada in October to headline the Indie Week Festival in Toronto. The band are the 3rd band from Limerick to win the competition. Past winners have been Vesta Varro in 2007 and Walter Mitty & The Realists won Best Band of the festival in 2010. Leading Armies have played to full houses in the city since their return. Let’s see what 2013 brings from the city’s hottest live act.

LIMERICK ON RECORD
LIMERICK on record is a limited edition 3 CD box set gathering classic Limerick artists from Richard Harris to Tuesday Blue to The Cranberries to Windings and compiles the original recordings of their best recorded output. The collection is staggering in its depth with over 60 tracks including the international hits MacArthur Park, Linger and Riverdance.

DELOREAN SUITE
LATE entries to the Class of 2012 are veteran House producers DeLorean Suite who have just released their debut album featuring an all-star line-up of contributing artists,including legendary Bass Player Chuck Rainey(Michael Jackson,Steely Dan) and two members of Beyonce’s touring Band, Divinity Roxx and Kat Rodriguez. DeLorean Suite will perform live in March 2013.

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Good Stuff: Alabama Shakes

29 March 2012 by musiclimerick, No Comments

A new a very unique voice, Alabama Shakes performed ‘Hold On’ at Pegasus Record store in Florence, Alabama last August. The 5-piece band are from Athens, Alabama led by the magnetic stage presence of Brittany Howard on vocals and guitar. The debut album ‘Boys & Girls’ will be released on April 9. Alabama Shakes play The Academy on May 5 and Electric Picnic on Friday August 31.

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The Horrors

23 March 2012 by musiclimerick, No Comments

Taken from The Horrors ‘Skying’, the MusicLimerick No.1 album of 2011, the video for new single ‘Changing the Rain’ has just been released. The video is a gaudy, trippy cartoon made by Pete Fowler who is a long-time collaborator on visuals with Super Furry Animals. ‘Changing the Rain’ is a lush wall of psychedelia and Fowler’s visuals are a perfect, if somewhat disorientating, fit. The Horrors headline at The Academy, Dublin on Saturday, May 12 and are also on the bill for Electric Picnic 2012.

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