Category : Music Reviews

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Overoth – The Forgotten Tome

With 2017 seeing vast swathes of the world going to hell in a handbasket, it can seem like nothing good will come of this tumultuous year. Happily that’s entirely not true, as Northern Ireland has seen some sterling music coming…

September 20, 2017

Echo Raptors – Turn Into One

One of my favourite quotes about music comes for legendary producer Dr Dre, who once told a then-aspiring Eminem that, when in the song writing process you must “work hard to get it, and TWICE as hard to maintain it”,…

September 18, 2017

Aidan Logan – 14th September 2017

Aidan Logan EP launch with support from Kaz Hawkins, Lauren Bird & Ben Cutler Thursday 14th September 2017 – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Belfast songwriter Aidan Logan really made a name for himself earlier this year, being selected as one of…

September 18, 2017

No Oil Paintings

No Oil Paintings – Too Close To The Sun

  Too Close To The Sun has something which belongs to a movie like Into the Wild or Captain Fantastic. The general tone and the choice of instruments class the band in a genre between folk and country music. The…

September 17, 2017

Moira Calling 2017

Food trucks, families and unpredictable Northern Irish weather. Moira Calling festival returns for a second year. And the kids at Moira march to the beat of their own drum… literally, with a band of samba playing youngsters greeting me on…

September 12, 2017

RMCK

RMCK – RMCK

Whatever perceptions of banjo-related music you have are swiftly about to change. Long associated with that “duelling” scene in Deliverance and perhaps every stereotype of country music imaginable, Belfast outfit RMCK’s self-titled E.P. beats those caricatures into a musical pulp…

September 11, 2017

Empty Lungs Band Photo by Carrie Davenport

Empty Lungs – Don’t Get It

Empty Lungs are the Kings of Punk in our Northern Irish bubble but that hasn’t stopped them conquering mainland UK, Europe and North America as they live and breathe in a perpetual state of touring. Their most recent release, a three…

September 10, 2017

Parapa Palace

Parapa Palace – Subterrane

Recorded in Belfast’s Half Bap Studios, ‘Subterrane’ is the sophomore EP from County Down quartet Parapa Palace. Kicking things off we have lead single ‘Before the Dark Times’, a dark and gloomy track complete with spoken word verse and stand-out…

August 30, 2017

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Lauren Bird – The Inbetween

Normally she has a ukulele in her hand and a monologue at the ready. You may know her as the Strabane writer of ‘Goodbye, Good Luck‘, a song about stepping away from unrequited feelings. Now Lauren Bird has an album…

August 29, 2017

Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ – 19th August 2017

Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ Saturday 19th August 2017 – QUB Speakeasy, Belfast Cover photo by Betsy Baillie The Gascan Ruckus BBQ returns for its second consecutive year. Last year, the event saw huge success through being both a showcase of…

August 25, 2017

Stendhal Festival Of Art 2017

Northern Ireland is blessed with only a handful of small festivals for music lovers. Without the big chart toppers to head the bill, festivals like Stendhal Festival of Art in rural Limavady rely upon a more creative approach. The festival…

August 15, 2017

Sunflowerfest 2017

Friday 28th July saw the highly anticipated return of what is arguably Northern Ireland’s best festival. Sunflowerfest has gone from strength to strength from its humble beginnings and is now a cornerstone of the summer festival scene for music fans…

August 4, 2017

rabid bitch of the north

Rabid Bitch Of The North – Nothing But A Bitter Taste

Having been a keen fan of NWOBHM flag bearers Rabid Bitch of the North for many years, this was one album that was waited on with heavy anticipation in the virtual Chordblossom halls. We’ve seen them release their first EP…

July 24, 2017

Part Time Pilots

Part Time Pilots – How To Ruin Everything

Okay, you know that perfect summer road trip rock mixed tape [cd, playlist, whatever; same diff, right]? The one that’s got a little bit of everything? Well, this record mimics that all on one album. Record in question, How to…

July 16, 2017

Marc Leach – Hail To The Geeks

In virtually everyone’s group of friends, there’s always one: that person who seems to have a magical ability to be good at almost every damn thing they try their hand at. But they’re such a lovely girl/bloke that you can’t…

July 5, 2017