Category : Music Reviews

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Axecatcher – Second Hand Grief

Limavady hardcore merchants Axecatcher make a bold, defiant musical statement with their fourth EP release ‘Second Hand Grief’. Appearances at high-profile festivals such as Stendhal and Monsters of Rot are small reminders of how hard this band works to make…

July 2, 2019

Beauty Sleep – Be Kind

In 2015 Ryan McGroarty and Cheylene Murphy formed Beauty Sleep, joining up with Aimee Williamson and releasing first single ‘The Dark’ the following year. A reworked version of that very first single opens up their own debut album Be Kind….

June 28, 2019

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Dandelion Tea – Thank the Rocks for Catching Me

Dandelion Tea return on their newest EP, remaining as elusive as ever. A band known for actively avoiding genre specifications like the plague, their newest releases can go from artsy pop to indie rock to gritty and dark in the…

June 3, 2019

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The Crossfire Hurricanes – Break Through The Sky

In his infamous speech at the 2014 Brit Awards, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner took it upon himself to fight the corner for rock n’ roll, dropping the mic as he proclaimed that although “it seems like it’s faded away…

May 24, 2019

Pascalwillnotsurvivethis – Lost At Sea

I’ve always naturally drifted towards people with drive. The guys, girls and everything in between who “want it.” Whatever “it” is doesn’t particularly matter, but the “want” is paramount. The people who have a restless drive to get up and…

May 22, 2019

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Joshua Burnside – Live At The Elmwood Hall

I remember sitting with some friends in the summer of 2013 talking about the music that was amazing us at the time. I started talking about Joshua Burnside’s newly released Single “Black Dog Sin”. I thought it was lyrically compelling…

May 21, 2019

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Valium – This Feeling’s A Wave

Belfast quartet Valium’s long-awaited debut EP, This Feeling’s a Wave, is a euphonic fusion of rock and funk, that bleeds with psychedelia and a bit of blues. Sounds like a lot to fit into six songs, but they manage it,…

May 15, 2019

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James Joys – A Constellation Of Bargained Parts

There are a couple of words you can’t use to describe yourself for fear of looking like a spanner. ‘Gorgeous’ is the most mainstream one. ‘Leader’ is also probably in the top three along with ‘stylish.’ Luckily for one third…

May 14, 2019

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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

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Jealous Of The Birds – Wisdom Teeth

When I watch documentaries about a band or read an article about their beginning, I always get a bit jealous. What an experience, to have been around as Blur started their ascent, or to have been in the crowd when…

April 30, 2019

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Many A Son – The White

Following on from their debut EP ‘The Blue’ in 2018, Many A Son‘s latest EP offering of ‘The White‘ has recently been released, further showcasing the distinctive talents of this acoustic duo. The EP itself was recently launched at Arcadia…

April 8, 2019

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Sonja Sleator – Violent Strawberry

The ‘singer/songwriter’ tag carries so many negative connotations currently. By listening, you play a game of Russian roulette – will you get another chart topping copycat, an unsentimental and listless love song, the latest open mic night ‘sensation’? Luckily for…

April 3, 2019

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May Rosa – Waxwork Sweetheart

Having burst onto the scene in 2017 with the alluring debut single ‘Dancing In The Debris’, Belfast singer-songwriter May Rosa is back to confidently make her mark as an alt-pop sensation with ‘Waxwork Sweethearts’. Since we last heard from her,…

March 31, 2019

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Patrick Gardiner – Pieces Of Me

Folk music is one of the nations oldest traditions, and the fact that it retains much of its prestige is a testament to the artists who are producing it. The inclination towards DIY has long been a calling card for…

March 25, 2019

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Andrew Patterson – Out Of Babylon

Andrew Patterson‘s latest EP, Out of Babylon, opens with ‘Broadway Lights’, a track that oozes acoustic bliss. Every delicate chord change being felt beneath Patterson’s soft vocal. There is also some superb harmonies that creep in adding to the gentle…

March 7, 2019