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Derek Ellard is an indie folk artist based in Galway influenced by Sufjan Stevens, Villagers and Frank Turner. The Tipperary born musician started his musical career in post hardcore band Set On Black. After the breakup of the band, Derek moved to Barcelona and started recording his solo music. Upon his return to Ireland he moved to Galway and met like minded musicians. He released an EP Candour and played over one hundred gigs in the first year. Then Derek made a big call and deleted all of his music from online platforms and started again. He enlisted the help of The Future Business Model who are Joseph Padfield, Kyle Dee and Dylan Murphy. Derek has graduated from the prestigious BIMM and has supported acts such as Wallis Bird, Gavin James and Le Galaxie. Last week saw the release of new single Equal To Or Greater Than. This is the first of six singles to be released alongside an EP over the next twelve months.
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Equal To Or Greater Than is a song about the Iris…
Kryan is a singer songwriter from Swords, Co. Dublin. His influences include Kodaline and Gavin James. He began dabbling in musical instruments at the age of 12 after being immersed in records from his dad being a pirate DJ at Radio Nova in the 80's. He currently studies modern music at BIMM. Kryan released two singles previously under his name Ryan Kelly. Alone and Rumours in 2019. Now he releases his third single I Always Knew.
No matter how hard you might try, there is literally no way that you can dislike this song. I Always Knew is catchy, it's melodic and it just makes you feel good. The vocals walk a fine line somewhere between pop and indie and probably just about the right line in fairness. To be honest, coming into this review I wasn't expecting to like it as I'm not a fan of Gavin James or Kodaline but I've been pleasantly surprised. On a side note, I used to live in Swords, not too far from where that petrol station is in the photo below …
First Day Lions are a five piece indie rock band from Moate, Co. Westmeath. The band consists of Brian Rabbitte, Barry Cushion and Justin McCann with childhood friends Adrian Rabbitte and Adam Cunningham being the two main and founding members. The band formed early in 2019 and take influences from Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Queen. In their first year together they released a debut album Time, supported Paddy Casey and Aslan and received glowing praise from Hot Press Magazine and RTÉ Radio. The band show no signs of slowing down as they have just released Summer Child, their third single of 2020. Summer Child is the personification of a feel good summer hit. Their are some definite groovy licks in here and the song just exudes happiness. This is perfect for driving with your mates, sun shining and top down (a convertible car, sunshine and friends are needed for this though). It's a shame that festivals aren't going ahead this year because this would certainly have been a cro…
Brothers Johnny and Michael Cronin teamed up with Fiachra Milner and Brian Murphy to create the band Cronin. The band formerly known as The Aftermath spent many years in the UK but have since returned to Ireland. The bands fan list includes high profile names such as Nick Cave, Pete Doherty, Noel Gallagher, Johnny Depp, Shane MacGowan, Bono, Niall Horan and Alan McGee. The group have worked alongside Shane MacGowan on many occasions and even performed at his wedding with Johnny Depp joining them on guitar. They have just released a mini album called A View From The Next Room. The cover photo of which was taken by Paul Gallagher, brother of the Oasis duo. About the EP, Mick says "Some of these mixes have been about for sometime and others are relatively fresh. With us unable to work in the studio we thought now would be a good time to release these as a mini album. It's a diverse mix compared to our releases so far, it shows another side of what we have in our heads." Th…
Barry Lally, Graham Fagan, Daniel Rooney and Cian McCluskey formed modernlove in 2014. Since then the Drogheda band have been going from strength to strength accumulating fans and admirers along the way. They have been raved about by Hot Press Magazine, played on 2FM and recently got a spot on Spotify's New Music Friday Playlist with their latest single If You Wanna See Me.
If You Wanna See Me is an experimental offering from the group with sounds reminiscent of 80's U2 and Sigur Rós. The vocals are sometimes layered beneath the electro synth sounds which creates a fascinating experience trying to separate one from the other. The band took a big risk with a song like this but the risk has definitely paid off as this is a triumph.
Johnny Bourke is a musician from Co. Tipperary. Having spent many years as a session musician, a job which took him to Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, Johnny is now heading out on his own and released his debut single Can't Do Without. Johnny lists his influences as John Mayer, Khalid and Shawn Mendes.
Johnny Bourke · Can't Do Without Can't Do Without is catchy as hell and uplifting in so many ways. The guitar is in perfect harmony with Jonny's vocals and creates a really exuberant sound. This is a very accomplished single and considering it's his first that means the excitement is building for what's next to come.
Belfast five piece Civil Simian are back with new single The Miner. Following on from the brilliant single and video Bramble reviewed on this blog earlier this year, Ruari McCloskey, Sean McCann, Ben Fleming, Marty Price and Colm O'Flynn offer up this song about an Australian miner who emerges from underground after many years and struggles to reintegrate.
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The Miner is another cinematic style tale from Civil Simian. The band have a knack for for being able to write songs that tell an interesting story and keep the listener engaged from start to finish. Both the music and vocals are marvellous.