Last Days of Death Country
These emo/grunge rockers have in their short time together garnered a reputation for intense live shows. Their Fergal Lawler (Cranberries sticksman) produced E.P. “Mode and Effect” is due for release in the Spring and features the tracks “Venom” and “Words” which you can check out on myspace
Windings, Steve Ryan’s side project while he rocked with the late and great Givamanakick now takes centre-stage this year . The line-up has now swelled to a full 4-piece band. Their new album, recorded by Tommy McLaughlin-(Villagers, giveamanakick, Cathy Davey) is ready and due for release. Windings are playing in Dolans with Ambience Affair and Puzzle Muteson on January 20th
This 4-piece make power pop with melody and harmony. Their debut album produced by “The Cranberries” guitarist and songwriter, Noel Hogan is ready for release with the track “Bruises” slated to be the lead single. myspace
We Should Be Dead
Based in LA for most of last year WSBD have toured and toured some more to establish a US profile for the release of their, as yet untitled, second album which was produced in California by Owen Lewis ( R.E.M, Snow Patrol, The Game, Courtney, Killers, Lady Gaga). “Where Do We Stand”, “Electric”, “Breathe In” and “Up All Night” are all songs that have potential to be hit singles. The band have even impressed a hip hop legend… “That’s some top 40 shit right there” – The Game, October 2009. Here is a gem from their debut record filmed by Shane Serrano.
RTE 2fm’s Jenny Huston presenter of Friday’s new music show and The Annex on 2fm, has just launched , In Bloom her book featuring in-depth interviews with many of the Irish music artists that filled the radio airwaves in 2009. The bands speak frankly and honestly about their highs and lows, record deals signed and lost, touring and chart success. The bands featured are Bell X1, The Blizzards, The Coronas, Cathy Davey, Delorentos, Duke Special, Fight like Apes, Mick Flannery, Fred, Lisa Hannigan, Jape, Messiah J and the Expert, Mundy, Republic of Loose, Villagers.
Limerick band Roper have called it a day. From their web site they stated, “10 years of a legacy is a difficult thing to look back on, but we’d rather do that with a positive mindframe than any other. To bring things to a graceful end now allows us to do that.” Despite describing Ireland as “a tough bastard of a place to be in any sort of a band thats not considered mainstream” the band won the Miller Strat Band of the Year competition in 2005, gigged continually and built up a loyal following over the years culminating in the release of their LP Gallows Hill. Check out Regardless We Rust below. A farewell gig is not planned at time of writing.
Limerick’s Giveamanakick have announced their farewell tour in this video release. The duo Steven Ryan & Keith Lawlor have made a noise much bigger than the sum of their parts for the past 7 years releasing 3 albums, Is it ok to be loud, Jesus? (2003), We Are the Way Forward (2005) and Welcome to the Cusp (2008) playing the Oxygen and Electric Picnic festivals and supporting rock luminaries Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Undertones and Rocket From the Crypt to name but a few. But before they shut down we will get another chance to enjoy Steveamanakick singing through a gas mask on “Spring Break” and Giveamanakeith getting the crowd to block their ears to the the beat when the ferocious GAMAK live show takes a final tour this winter. New projects are eagerly anticipated from these guys in 2010.
Tour Dates are confirmed as
Sat 7th Nov: Waterford
Sat 14th Nov: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Fri 20th Nov: Whelans, Dublin
Sat 28th Nov: Roisin Dubh, Galway
Fri 18th Dec: Dolans Warehouse, Limerick