Category : Music Reviews

Michael Mormecha – LoFi Life

LoFi Life is an interesting case when it comes to solo records, as it seems to place multi-instrumentalist Michael Mormecha outside his comfort zone. Contrary to common thought however, Mormecha seems to thrive off being the sole focus of attention…

May 17, 2016

Sintasia – No Looking Back

  In today’s fast paced world, speed certainly seems to be an essential element for many new bands: settling on your sound and getting that EP/album out toute suite is almost a necessity, in order not to be left behind….

May 16, 2016

Irontown Diehards – Irontown Diehards

Let me explain something to you. The Irontown Diehards’ self-titled debut album is not just the best album by a ‘new’, local, rock band this year. If it was, you could say I am giving them extra marks for being…

May 14, 2016

Jealous Of The Birds – Parma Violets

If there’s one Northern Irish musician that’s been making her peers jealous with the plaudits she’s been garnering as of late, it’s 19-year-old Naomi Hamilton. Hamilton’s debut LP – released under the moniker, Jealous of the Birds – has been…

May 9, 2016

Making Monsters – Bad Blood

Derry’s Making Monsters are something of a rarity on these shores: a raucous rock n roll band fronted by a young woman with a gloriously raucous rock n roll voice. The band formed in 2011, releasing an EP in June…

May 8, 2016

Silences – Luna

The third EP from Armagh’s own Silences, is a refreshing four-track release that showcases a uniquely folk-informed indie rock. A sound that has seen the band achieve early success and launch them to the stages of Electric Picnic and SXSW….

May 2, 2016

Lady J – Lady J

  Derry’s Lady J is another of a increasingly long list of bands that I hadn’t heard of until they rocked up at the Diamond Rock Club, and immediately made me a fan thanks to their live performance. I like…

April 24, 2016

January – Sad Songs

A relatively new endeavour from NI hardcore scene veterans Niall, Andy and Wilson prior to new addition Mark. Although short, January’s two-song ‘Sad Songs’ EP showcases the self-styled ‘alternative emo’ outfit’s technical competence alongside their undeniably impressive energy. At first glance, the title…

April 20, 2016

Zlatanera – Legerdemain

  Rising from the ashes of several defunct local bands, tongue twisters Zlatanera formed in 2012 and almost immediately began making a name for themselves with their energetic live shows and groovy, almost bluesy stoner rock. It’s taken them awhile…

April 11, 2016

The Bonnevilles – Arrow Pierce My Heart

  From the moment Delta Blues pioneer Robert Johnson sang of having a ‘Hellhound On My Trail’, the blues has always carried the ability to transport it’s listener into the deepest, darkest crevices of the mind and to dwell on the most…

April 10, 2016

Ryan Vail – For Every Silence

For many, Ryan Vail will have come to prominence through his role as one half of Sea Legs, alongside Ciaran Lavery. Their album was shortlisted for last year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize. Fast forward the best part of a year…

April 6, 2016

So Long Until the Seance – Seducing the Devil EP

  Ever since Little Miss Stakes shut up shop and stole away in the night, there’ has been a gaping hole in the local scene for a rambunctious band that dress kinda silly, wear Halloween-y makeup, don’t take themselves too…

April 5, 2016

Black Mono – Like A Vein

“Making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel.” Bart Simpson may have been unimpressed with the brand of emotive hard rock peddled to scores of disaffected kids by the Smashing Pumpkins and their mid-90s peers, but he seemed to be…

April 4, 2016

Warriors of the Dystotheque – Return To Coney

Alright now: for all you boppers out there in the big city, for all you street people with an ear for the action… This is a special for The Warriors (that real live bunch from Coney), an EP of brooding lo-fi tracks…

March 30, 2016

Think Laura Like Me – Think Laura Like Me

  Apparently County Tyrone rockers Think Laura Like Me had never heard of California stoner rock cult heroes Fu Manchu until an early live review noted their shared love of big riffs and their ability to deliver raucous live performances. The Belfast…

March 21, 2016