Daily Archives : December 14, 2012

Idle Revival – High Times for Stationed Minds

This EP shows how versatile Idle Revival are, without straying too far from their strengths. It’s difficult to get noticed in a crowded Northern Irish indie scene, but with ‘High Times for Stationed Minds’, Idle Revival are going the right…

December 14, 2012

Cedric Has A Name – Farewell To Reason

On first listen, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Cedric Has A Name is the alter ego of a hardened whiskey drinker verging on middle age. But you’d be wrong. Belfast based singer/songwriter Chris Steenson is the brains behind the…

December 14, 2012

The Answer – Rise EP

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have had your fingers firmly shoved deep into your ears for the last 5 or 6 years you should know all about The Answer by now. As Northern Ireland’s permanent representatives on…

December 14, 2012

Rainy Boy Sleep – Shopping Centre EP

Rainy Boy Sleep doesn’t exactly live up to his name as far as his latest release is concerned: The Shopping Centre EP is far from coma inducing. It boasts four saccharine soaked, perfectly executed and wonderfully written tracks. This collection…

December 14, 2012

Jason Clarke – Undercover

Since starting his song writing career 8 years ago Jason Clarke has certainly been making a name for himself. Having supported the likes of Paolo Nutini, Shayne Ward and Ryan Sheridan, this 26 year old Belfast based singer songwriter enjoyed…

December 14, 2012

Good Friend – Good Friend

‘Good Friend’ is the 2012 reincarnation of ‘Under Stars & Gutters’ – however, to imply they simply changed their moniker would be far from the truth. For example, they are now firmly a 3-piece. The biggest difference is the injection…

December 14, 2012

Lowly Knights – The Even Keel

As the proud player of a banjo, I love me some modern folk. Fervently representing folk rock in Belfast are the Lowly Knights who have released three EP’s. The Riffles, The Hollow and The Even Keel. Fantastically self-described as producing ‘Grand…

December 14, 2012

Rumour Den – Melancholics Anonymous

From the same generation that churned out the much lamented Northern Irish alternative rockers; Scheer, Rumour Den take the ambient, rocky vibes of The Smashing Pumpkins and marry them to deep, passionate tracks that could have easily been produced by…

December 14, 2012

Jee4ce – Gingers Have Souls

Northern Ireland is not a part of the world normally associated with fresh hip-hop, but in the past few years, the music scene has seen a number of acts. One such act is rapper and producer Jee4ce AKA Ronan Cherry….

December 14, 2012

Indigo Fury – Drive

From the moment the intro fades and ‘Blood Red Butterfly’ kicks in you are bludgeoned with top-notch modern rock songs one after the other. ‘XVI’ comes next with its infectious lick and catchy vocal hooks. ‘Strange Day’ follows hard on…

December 14, 2012

Soak – Trains

‘Soak’ is the epitome of raw, untamed talent. This EP creates a world of beautiful melodies coupled with delicate and atmospheric guitar playing in to which the listener is instantly absorbed. It has all the gentle qualities of a Damien…

December 14, 2012

Jayne Trimble – Run Onwards EP

  Run Onwards is the debut EP from singer songwriter Jayne Trimble. After a brief but intense recording session in the USA with John Keane (producer for REM, B-52s, Indigo Girls), she has returned to her Northern Irish homeland with…

December 14, 2012

Joby Fox – End of the War

‘End of the War’ is a fine example of the singer/songwriter genre and more besides. The music itself is beautifully crafted and expertly produced. The production is crisp and clear with the mix between the instruments and Fox’s raspy ‘lived…

December 14, 2012

Lantern For A Gale – Lands More Hostile

North-coast Hardcore five piece Lantern For A Gale release “Lands More Hostile” in a follow up to last years self titled debut EP. Clocking in at just over 25 minutes its more mini album than EP. Already leading lights with…

December 14, 2012

Lost Avenue – Ethanol

After their somewhat disappointing self titled debut we have Ethanol, and already there are vast signs of improvement for this young band from Derry. From the first listen it is clear that there has been greater care put into the…

December 14, 2012