The best of ideas can be thought up over a few pints in the local but the plans and promises can soon be forgotten in the light of a new day. Not so with new Limerick 4-piece, Protobaby. Formed over a year and a half ago when guitar player Tony and bass player Aidan first met Dublin born singer Colm for the first time through an ad placed in a national newspaper. Meeting in a local bar, sat next to an open fire Colm took out his guitar and played some of his songs. The lads loved his deep baritone Johnny Cash / Ian Curtis flavoured voice and captivating lyrics. A rehearsal was arranged and drummer Bryan was soon onboard. Colm’s songs, mixed with riffs and guitar ideas from Tony along with the musical ideas and arrangements from the entire band have come to form the Protobaby sound. Protobaby will be officially launching their EP ‘Freedom’ in Whelans Dublin on Jan 9th and in Limerick at Upstairs, Dolans on Jan 22nd. Support acts on the night will be singer/songwriter Tom Ryne and a local band to be confirmed.
Check out the new song “Freedom” here.
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For more information check out www.myspace.com/protobaby
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.
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.
RTE’s Band From School takes Irish bands and artists back to revisit their old school they attended as kids. Giveamanakick’s Steve Ryan and Keith Lawler return to Ardscoil Ris in Limerick, where they perform Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark with school band, ‘Better than you’. They meet the the current crop of students, reminisce about their own school days, the teachers that inspired them, the mischief they got up to and relive the experiences in school that inspired their earlier music. Produced by Rival Productions, it is a fun show with teachers and band hamming it up for the cameras but also a quiet poignant one as the band embark on their final tour in the coming weeks.
Final tour dates for GAMAK
Sat 7th Nov: Electric Avenue Waterford
Sat 14th Nov: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Fri 20th Nov: Whelans, Dublin
Sat 28th Nov: Roisin Dubh, Galway
Fri 18th Dec: Dolans Warehouse, Limerick