Category : Music Reviews

gnarkats waves collide

Gnarkats – Waves Collide

First appearing on our radar at the very beginning of 2016, Gnarkats initial recordings were rough around the edges but showed glimpses of inventiveness and talent. The Belfast four-piece’s progress since then shines through on new EP ‘Waves Collide’, released…

January 9, 2017

Malojian

Malojian – This Is Nowhere

2016 was a year marked by loss. Internationally, we lost some of our biggest heroes: David Bowie, Prince and Motorhead’s Lemmy. And at home, we lost some of our own local heroes – the legendary Bap Kennedy, and the tragically…

January 3, 2017

Ciaran Lavery – 19th December 2016

Ciaran Lavery, with support from Joelle Taylor Monday 19th December 2016 – The MAC, Belfast It’s been a busy year for Ciaran Lavery. Between performances at Great Escape, Latitude, even a break from the summer festival circuit to play a…

December 24, 2016

Lost Highways - Beneath the Cedars

Lost Highways – Beneath the Cedars

It took me a few listens before I could put in to words my opinion of Lost Highways, Beneath the Cedars, not my usual cup of tea is how I can best put it. Purely instrumental, I can appreciate the talented…

December 13, 2016

Remains Of Youth

Remains Of Youth – There Is Hope Without Progress

The band left us in 2007. Now, almost a decade later, Remains of Youth have made their return with ‘There Is Hope Without Progress’, a release clearly grounded in experience, development and creative passion. The band’s return to the arena…

December 12, 2016

‘Rock’ Singles Club – November 2016

Having indulged myself by using the word ‘smorgasbord’ repeatedly in the October issue of Singles Club, I thought to myself ‘how much more self-indulgent could I be with my column?’ Then it came to me, I had to go from the myriad…

December 4, 2016

Disconnect – The Sum Of All Parts

Belfast industrial duo Disconnect describe their sound as ‘New Age Catharsis’ – a description which told this prospective reviewer absolutely nothing prior to listening, and which was very nearly filed under an expansive list of ‘pretentious descriptions bands have used…

December 4, 2016

Will Varley – 25th November 2016

Will Varley with support from Molly’s Lips Friday 25th November 2016 – Sunflower Bar, Belfast English singer-songwriter and Smugglers Records Co-Founder Will Varley this week brought his latest headline tour overseas to Ireland for the first time this year, with…

November 27, 2016

Belfast to Berlin – 17th November 2016

Katharine Philippa, R51, Sister Ghost & Vokxen Thursday 17th November 2016 – Loophole, Berlin When I was fifteen or so, I saw Sunset Boulevard in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Clinging to the male lead’s leg, the tragic silent movie…

November 24, 2016

Alpha Twin Band Photo - Ciara McMullan Photography

Alpha Twin – Keeping It Real

Although not far removed from their first EP, what Zeppelin puppers Alpha Twin lack from other bands n experience they more than make up for it their unique firebrand style of music. Going from strength to strength since there self titled debut EP,…

November 23, 2016

Drakonis – As They Rot

Dark, moody and angry…no, not your average teenager, but Lisburn black/death metallers Drakonis. Starting life several years ago as Order of Shadow, the last few years have seen a slightly altered lineup, a name change and an EP (Ravens Fill…

November 17, 2016

The Answer

The Answer – ‘Solas’

It’s a long time since 2006 and The Answer‘s acclaimed debut album, ‘Rise’. The Co Down hard rockers received plenty of plaudits back then, especially from the specialized Rock press, and were tipped for great things. Has that promise been…

November 17, 2016

Singles Club – October 2016

This month’s Singles Club is brought to you in conjunction with the word ‘smorgasbord’. A Scandinavian word literally meaning a buffet meal featuring many types of open sandwiches and horse’s douffers , smorgasbord now refers to anything which has a variety…

November 10, 2016

Sam Wickens

Sam Wickens – Send Me

In an age where acoustic and folk talent is seeing a revival, Sam Wickens’ Send Me EP could not have come along at a better time. A profoundly rich, well-rounded and earthy sound, Wickens’ is a wonderfully gifted singer-songwriter whose music undoubtedly…

November 9, 2016

Emmet McGonagle

Emmet McGonagle – ‘Marigold’ E.P.

I know I have mentioned this more than once, but I think it’s important for the artists I review, to be reminded that I have sung in bands for much longer than I have been writing about them. And the…

November 8, 2016