Category : Music Reviews

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

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