Category : Fresh Northern Irish Music

Stream: Aeons – Welcome to the Land

Music, much like the stock market, has cycles. There will be boom periods in which local, independent artists will have a grip on the local hostelries. Personally, I am having a whale of a time carousing in the funk rock…

September 15, 2019

Watch: Brand New Friend – The Letter A

After a very long, hot minute, everyone’s favourite indie North-Coasters Brand New Friend return with gnarling new single ‘The Letter A’. And what a comeback it is. The first release since their slight line-up re-jig, the track is a glimpse…

September 8, 2019

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Stream: Junk Drawer – Ego Death In Akron, Ohio

Following on from the surreal dystopia of their ‘Year Of The Sofa’ music video, which dropped in the first quarter of this year, noise-rockers Junk Drawer look to build a head of steam behind their latest release ‘Ego Death in…

September 8, 2019

Watch: Alana Henderson – Museum

There are few in Ireland who can match the resumé nor the talent of contemporary folk artist Alana Henderson. Cutting her teeth as a cellist for the then rising Hozier, Henderson has developed and established herself as a force in…

September 3, 2019

Watch: Strange New Places – Mr Gumble

Strange New Places, the power-pop/queerpunk five piece from Belfast return with a brand new video and single in the run ahead of their debut EP Uncomfortable. ‘Mr Gumble’ is a perfect pop song featuring sprightly instrumentation with dry, self-deprecating wit…

August 26, 2019

Sonja Sleator

Watch: Sonja Sleator – Protection

Flush as Belfast is with singer-songwriter types, occasionally comes an artist who manages to raise their head from the maddening crowd. Sonja Sleator, from both sound and work ethic, falls into the latter category. With a sound that borders country,…

August 25, 2019

Stream: Eilís – Breathe

We’ve followed young singer-songwriter Eilís since coming across her in our Kickstart competition. She’s showcased her music live in gigs around Northern Ireland, but now the mid-Ulster based artist has finally released her debut single ‘Breathe‘. Drawing from various strands…

August 19, 2019

Stream: Hunkpapa – Cappuccino

For everything said of Belfast quartet Hunkpapa, one thing is clear: there is little, if anything, complicated about them. Their hooks have a devilish addiction to them, their sound is deceptively simplistic, and their indulgent on/offline personas are almost as…

August 14, 2019

Stream: Strange New Places – This City

Two years is a long time in the life cycle of any band, much less a local one with a solitary single to their name. Well, certainly Strange New Places haven’t wasted that time, completing the Oh Yeah’s Scratch My Progress programme,…

July 17, 2019

Watch: No Oil Paintings – Something Like The Truth

Returning for their first release of 2019 is the Belfast based folk-rock-alternative four piece No Oil Paintings. Distinctly darker and more driven than previous releases, ‘Something Like the Truth’ carries a sharp Southern Gothic edge all the way through the track from…

July 14, 2019

Stream: Vokxen – Revolution

Single-handedly making the 80’s cool again is no small task, but someone has to do it. Luckily for us, three-piece tour-de-force Voxken have emerged from the synth-drenched shadows to assume the mantle once again. Their latest single, ‘Revolution’, is a…

July 7, 2019

Stream: VerseChorusVerse – Hold On (A Subtle Act of Rebellion)/There Will Come Soft Rains

VerseChorusVerse, aka Tony Wright, is a busy man. Since launching his solo career, he has seen time as the artist-in-residence for The MAC, released another album and a book, and performed in a show centred around the two of them….

July 7, 2019

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Stream: DANI – The Mother Within

With a busy few months behind her, both gig wise and as the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival artist-in-residence, its amazing that DANI has found any time whatsoever to release music of her own. A steadily rising face in the contemporary…

July 7, 2019

Stream: Oscar Waves – Miracle

Working well within the realm of the bedroom producer, Belfast’s Oscar Waves has been quietly putting out releases since early last year. From remixes of other Northern Irish artists to his own compositions, his latest release ‘Miracle‘ is one of the…

July 5, 2019

Stream: ROE – Girls

We all know ROE by now, don’t we? Self-styled as “grumpy electro-pop” but you could be forgiven for thinking grumpy is not exactly the most appropriate word to describe the Derry native’s new single ‘Girls‘. While grumpy pop conjures images…

June 30, 2019