Category : Music Reviews

Surf Green – One Hundred Percent

Punk rock three-piece Surf Green released their latest EP 100 Percent and were gracious enough to forward me a copy to tell you, the people, what I think of it. In a sentence: it’s loud, it’s fast and it’s punk….

July 8, 2018

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The Wood Burning Savages – Stability

The Wood Burning Savages‘ debut album ‘Stability’ features boundless energy, modern sophisticated riffage and a bubbling ferocity that has it perfectly fit the mould of the modern era of rock. Produced by local sound engineer Rocky O’Reilly at the Start…

July 2, 2018

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Ash – Islands

Downpatrick veterans Ash return with their 7th album ‘Islands,’ a seasoned and thoroughly enjoyable album that sees them embrace their future without shunning their past. Following a tour supporting Weezer, this latest endeavour sees Ash dive headfirst into the new…

June 12, 2018

Rebekah Fitch – Broken Mind

The release of Rebekah Fitch’s newest EP ‘Broken Mind’ further proves that her sustained success is no fluke but a result born of both talent and passion for her craft. A mature and nuanced EP constructed from the varying influences…

June 5, 2018

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Cherym – Mouthbreatherz

  The punk and rock renaissance of Derry spearheaded by Touts’ continues with thanks to female three-piece Cherym, a dynamic group of rabble-rousers whose newest release ‘Mouthbreatherz’ is both a statement release, as well as a teaser of untapped potential….

May 27, 2018

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Stormzone – Lucifer’s Factory

I’m into sport and it may have become a cliché, but it does not make it any less true, that momentum plays a big part in deciding winners and losers in sport, especially team sports. A run of confidence-inducing results…

May 20, 2018

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Matthew McDaid – Off The Beaten Track

Matthew McDaid is quickly building a name for himself. Originally from Belfast, McDaid now bases himself in Barcelona. Returning to the music scene with his first album ‘Off the Beaten Track’, he has shown that he is definitely one to…

February 12, 2018

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Buí – Eugene

Earnest, scuzzy low-fi interspersed with spacious acoustic ballads, tied together by broad Belfast vocals. All this and more is to be found on Eugene, the debut album from singer-songwriter Josh Healy’s latest project, Buí. Healey is joined by close friends…

January 30, 2018

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Orlaith & Mollie – Chains

Frequently found busking around Belfast covering everyone from Abba to Zeppelin, Orlaith & Mollie are ready to move on to the next stage in their young careers. The duo have released their own radio-friendly, original material in their debut EP, Chains….

January 16, 2018

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No Great Loss – Eternal Sleep

Across the emerald isle, hardcore has undergone a renaissance. Local scenes from north and south of the border have become amass with a vibrant array of acts pumping out killer riffs and relentless basslines in abundance. Indeed, one such band…

December 5, 2017

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Drakonis – The Great Miasma

The dictionary definition of miasma (‘an oppressive or unpleasant atmosphere which surrounds or emanates from something’) is also a pretty decent description of death/black/extreme metal; fittingly, Lisburn-based extreme metallers Drakonis have included it in the title of their upcoming release,…

December 1, 2017

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Les Pantalons – Anybody Dancing?

Anybody Dancing? The new EP by Belfast-based band, Les Pantalons epitomizes punk fusion with bits of alt rock, punk, and a spontaneous combustion of discordant poetry. ‘Somebody New’ best elucidates characteristic vocals bending and contorting around sharp-edged guitar riffs. Think…

November 19, 2017

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Sonja Sleator – Adams

Performances at Holywood Culture Night and across Ireland, as well providing support for local legend Kaz Hawkins at the EastSide Arts Festival, have helped to further establish Sonja Sleator as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. October 2017, however,…

November 1, 2017

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Buffalos Bay – Living Under The Reef

Where do I begin with this band? They’re a psychedelic pop/rock five piece from Belfast and it’s safe to say they are incomparable on the scene today. Heavily influenced by artists such as The Kinks, The Beatles and early Bee…

October 24, 2017

Blackwater Conspiracy – ‘Shootin’ The Breeze’

Thanks to my enforced sabbatical from writing this Summer, I have had ‘Shootin the Breeze’ by Tyrone’s Blackwater Conspiracy for a couple of months now. This has been a blessing during a period where I was not feeling particularly blessed…

October 19, 2017