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Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson is a music nerd, freelance writer and Mike Skinner aficionado.

Revisited Damien Rice O

Revisited: Damien Rice – O

In the next installment of our series exploring classic Irish albums, Taylor Johnson digs out his Dad’s battered copy of Damien Rice’s debut O. Often celebrated as one of the greatest folk albums of the noughties, he asks the question…

June 21, 2020

Revisited Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History

Revisited: Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

It’s a balmy spring evening in March, 2008. The world feels on the cusp of change, with a new decade slowly creeping into view. A Jamaican sprinter by the name of Usain Bolt is preparing to make history at the…

June 9, 2020

Revisited The Undertones

Revisited: The Undertones – The Undertones

Part 1 of our new series exploring classic Irish albums begins with The Undertones, one of ‘the greatest pop groups in the English speaking world’ (according to a 1980’s  Sounds magazine cover story). Over 4 distinct records, the band released…

May 25, 2020

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Interview: Rory Friers

Rory Friers is laughing. We are in week 6 of a national lockdown and like all of us, he’s at home, self-isolating. The long serving, guitar slinging talisman of the North Coast’s most successful band is working from home and…

May 7, 2020

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Interview: Ryan McMullan

One of the most important conversations in Ryan McMullan’s life took place via text, at a petrol station somewhere on the outskirts of Somerset. “I was driving to Glastonbury to play the festival for the first time.” he remembers. “Half…

May 1, 2020

Son Of The Hound

Son Of The Hound – Cheers, Sound, Good Luck

‘Start a band, when everyone’s starting a family’ This is perhaps the most important lyric across ‘Cheers, Sound, Good Luck’s ten tales of hope, self-belief and honesty. It comes from a songwriter who even if he hasn’t quite seen it all yet,…

May 1, 2019

Introducing #43 – Mere Moths

  Name: Mere Moths Formed: January 2012 (becomes solo project in August 2012) Hometown: Dromore Genre: Acoustic Rock Line-up: Patrick Wright (Guitar/Vocals) Similar to: The Black Keys | The Libertines | Bob Dylan What They Say:  “Acoustic rock or whatever I feel like writing on the…

November 18, 2013

Introducing #42 – The Sass

  Name: The Sass Formed: January 2012 Hometown: Belfast Genre: Rock ‘n’ Roll Line-up: Colm Donnely (Vocals) | Colin McGrath  (Drums) | Lawrence Taffe (Bass/Keyboards) | Brendy Burns (Guitar/Vocals) Similar to: Elvis Costello | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Beady Eye What They Say:…

October 29, 2013

Introducing #40 – The Great Artiste

Name: The Great Artiste Formed: June 2011 Hometown: Nancy, Eastern France Genre: Shoegaze styled Alternative Rock Line-up: Aurélie Caillard (Bass) | Quentin Masanet (Drums) | Benoît Driencourt (Guitar/Keyboard/Backing Vocals) | Etienne Beaud (Guitar/ Vocals) Similar to: The Cure | Joy Division…

October 17, 2013

Introducing #39 – Levity Breaks

Name: Levity Breaks Formed: July 2010 Hometown: Belfast Genre: Alt-Rock Line-up: Marty McLoughlin (Vocals / Bass) |  Eamon Lenehan (Drums) |  Jonny McGuiness (Keyboards/ Vocals) | Richie Lappin (Guitar) Similar to: Editors | Glasvegas | Cry Before Dawn What They Say:  “Music with pop appeal, but an underlying…

October 9, 2013

Introducing #38 – The Remedy

Name: The Remedy Formed: February 2012 (As ‘The Essentials’) Hometown: Belfast Genre: Rock ‘n’ Roll with ska, jazz and indie elements. Line-up: Joel McCracken (Vox / Gtr) | Chris Hanna (Drums) | Gareth Davies (Bass) | Daniel Donaghy (Lead Gtr) Similar to: The Stone Roses |…

September 30, 2013

Introducing #37 – Aaron Shanley

  Name: Aaron Shanley Hometown: Lisburn Genre: Acoustic-Indie Similar to: Neil Young | Donavon | Damien Rice What They Say:  “Mellow, honest, acoustic based pop-music” What We Say:  Stunningly beautiful, haunting acoustic ballads, delivered with raw passion and emotion. ◀ Q & A ▶…

September 23, 2013

Introducing #36 – Echo Raptors

Name: Echo Raptors Formed: September 2009 (As ‘The Kicks’) Hometown: Belfast Genre: Resurgent 90’s Britpop/60’s Psychedelia Band:  Phil Rainey (Vox & Gtr) ⁞ Vince Cadell (Lead Gtr) ⁞ Owen Duffy (Bass) ⁞ Emmett Stewart (Drums) Similar to: Oasis | The Verve | The Manic Street Preachers What They Say:  4 piece Rock ‘n’…

September 15, 2013

Introducing #34 – Left Undercover

Name: Left Undercover Formed: May 2012 Hometown: Larne Genre: The lighter side of punk Line-up: Shea McIlroy (Vocals / Bass) | Ciaran Miller  (Guitar) | Padraig O’Rourke (Drums) | Fearghal Breslin (Guitar) Similar to: Angels & Airwaves | Blink 182 What They Say:  “Spirited, ridiculously…

September 10, 2013