Category : Music Reviews

Triggerman – Atomic Rock Number 79

  There’s a line in the title track of Triggerman‘s latest EP Atomic Rock Number 79 that goes “rock to the metal, rock to the blues”, a line that neatly sums up both the band’s ethos and their sound in…

July 27, 2016

Smoking Tongue – The Cave Sessions

  Lisburn’s Smoking Tongue came to our attention a few years back with the release of their debut EP Gak Tooth Grin (you can read our review here), but the band have actually been around for about a decade, starting…

July 10, 2016

Attack the Day – Felons EP

It’s often said that time moves faster as you get older; years just whizz by in the blink of an eye. When you’re young, it’s the opposite: days drag by, months stretch out ahead of you and a year can…

June 30, 2016

Ciara O’Neill – The Ebony Trail

Country music has always enjoyed an inexplicably huge following on both sides of our border, which the national scandal that followed in the wake of 2014’s ‘Garthgate’ scandal following prodigal son Garth Brook’s cancelled stadium shows, as well as the…

June 28, 2016

Search Party – Art is life

It’s been a long road for Search Party. After forming in 2013, they’ve gone through a sizeable turn around in members, particularly in the bass department, and gigged furiously around the country before finally settling into their now established line up of Sean…

June 27, 2016

Pleasure Beach – Dreamer To The Dawn

From their first low-key gigs at The Menagerie and Bar Sub to an upcoming live performance at Longitude Festival, a look back at Pleasure Beach’s debut EP underscores the impressive musical competence that has launched the young band to critical…

June 23, 2016

Runaway [Go] – Alive

Ok. We’re a tad late reviewing this album, so apologies to all concerned. But better late than never as the saying goes, and the one thing that the delay in reviewing this fine album allows for, is the reviewer being…

June 22, 2016

Firebobbies – Small Victories

  For a group so remorseless and unmerciful in their pursuit of dastardly rock numbers and bombastic hip shakers, their makeup and modus operandi remains shrouded in mystery. With their EP revealing little outside their love of Lego and their musical roots,…

June 20, 2016

What’s Wrong Barry? – Past Problems and Future Demons EP

  In the digital age, it’s getting harder and harder for bands to remain at arms length from fans; mysterious; coy, even. Some still manage it somehow, such as Kilkeel natives What’s Wrong Barry?, whose Facebook page reveals almost nothing…

June 15, 2016

Windfall – Spiral

Progressive rock hopefuls from Belfast, Windfall’s debut EP provides enjoyable riffs and accessible melodies that appeal to a wide audience. Utilising the talents of Nathan Lacey (Vocals, Bass) Gerard Burns (Guitar), Kacper Lewandowski (Guitar) and Niall Quinn (Drums), Windfall begin…

June 8, 2016

Amanda St John – Grow

I first came across Amanda St John at Stendhal. I was merely milling about the tents when I heard these soulful, angelic vocals over the most delicate acoustics. I was so taken, hypnotised by this ethereal music that my first…

June 8, 2016

exmagician – Scan The Blue

Comprised of James Smith and Daniel Todd, exmagician have affirmed with the release of Scan the Blue that, as their name might suggest, they still know the tricks. Formerly known as Cashier No. 9, the Belfast-based duo- who have been…

June 6, 2016

The Flims – Life Outside The Womb

Indie rock can be the most frustrating of genres. The genre’s lasting popularity in the post-Strokes world is undeniable, and with good reason: at their best, the likes of The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys are able to produce a rare…

May 30, 2016

KTG and the Cosmos – Bones

Local hell-raisers Conjuring Fate have been delighting local rockers since their formation around a decade ago with their raucous live shows and classic metal tunes. The band are currently locked in the studio recording so CF shows have been rather…

May 23, 2016

CM88 – V

When I started my first listening of the EP, I was watching a video of a seal crawling on the beach to come close to the man who was taking the video and just trying to cuddle him. There is…

May 18, 2016