Showing posts from February, 2019

Future West - Human Single Review

Coming off the success of the incredible self recorded 2016 album "Holy Shit... Here Come The Future West", Francis Watters has stripped down Future West from a band to a solo act and has relocated to London from Dundalk. The rebranding means that Future West has a new chilled out synth sound over the previous chaotic and heavy drum and guitar offering.
The brand new single from Future West is "Human" and it's nothing short of superb. It's almost like 4 songs in 1. Francis changes his vocal style whenever he feels like it which works brilliantly with the changes in the music. "Human" sounds like if Interpol met up for drinks with David Bowie and Gary Numan and then Divine Comedy gatecrashed. 
Check out the fantastic video for yourself:

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Sarah McCreedy - City Of Broken Dreams Single Review

Sarah McCreedy is a singer songwriter from Hollywood, Co. Down. Sarah began playing acoustic guitar at the age of 10 and in her short career has already been praised with comparisons to artists such as Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. Having released her debut single "Older" in 2018, Sarah has recently returned with her second single called "City Of Broken Dreams". The track is a Fleetwood Mac inspired triumph. It's raw and rocky with just the right amount of pop mixed in. Sarah has an incredible voice which will lure you in and make you demand more of this woman's music. "City Of Broken Dreams" is available now on Spotify.

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Arco Arena - Arco Arena EP Review

Arco Arena are a riff rock band from Dundalk, Co. Louth. The 4 piece consists of Charlie Abbott, Pauric McCrum, Peter McCoy and Eoghan Maguire. They formed in 2015 and have been putting on incredible live performances in such venues as The Spirit Store, The Róisín Dubh, The Workman's Club and Whelans. Their style is described as a mixture of Queens Of The Stone Age and And So I Watch You From Afar.

Having released two singles "Treading Water = Breathing Sand" and "Asleep Too Long", the band have now released their debut self titled EP. The opening track "Death Breathers" is an absolute belter of a song. It begins with a Modest Mouse vibe and then builds to a brilliantly rocking chorus. Then it twists again and becomes incredibly funky. Great start to the EP. "Giants" is a little bit poppier with a bassline to die for. Imagine Razorlight + The Libertines - the heroin and you'll get an idea of the sound. The beautiful and ethereal beginni…

Orwells '84 - Cailín Single Review

Orwells '84 are currently a 6 piece band from Dundalk, Co. Louth. Given the amount of additions to the band over recent years, this is subject to change as they continue to grow. Formed in 2016 by Damien McKenna, John Mellon and Sean Byrne, they later added Ella Englishby and Zoe Backwell. In 2018, Pauric McCrum joined the band and completed the lineup. Influenced heavily by Nick Cave, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys, its safe to say that Orwells '84 have a broad and varied sound which fuses neo psychedelic with blues and rock n' roll.
Their first single "Eye For An Eye" was released in 2017 to an already excited audience. The follow up single "Broken Glass" was released in March 2018 which again garnered great reviews and solidified themselves as ones to watch. Now they return with their latest single "Cailín". 
From the very first chord, "Cailín will have you hooked in. It has a Stone Roses/Kula Shaker vibe which really wo…

Sam Wickens - Falling Single Review

Sam Wickens is a singer songwriter from Bangor, Co. Down. He has been compared vocally to the greats such as Jeff Buckley and Lou Reed which will tell you a thing or two about his ability. Sam likes to blend soul, blues, folk gospel and indie into his songwriting which makes for an exciting listen.  In 2016 Sam Wickens had the privilege to play at the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville as part of the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. His performance at The Factory was recorded and broadcast by Music City Roots reaching a potential audience of over 60 million people (and countless cats and dogs). If 2016 wasn't good enough, 2017 would see him being mentored by the legendary Tony Visconti. Tony has worked with David Bowie, Marc Almond, Damon Albarn and Paul McCartney to name a few. Through this mentorship, Sam got to work with Imelda May, Stuart Copeland, Nitin Sawhney and perform at The Union Chapel in London. Sam was even featured on Sky Arts' "Tony Visconti&#…

Romeo Indigo Romeo - Spooky Scary, Spooky Scary Single Review

Romeo Indigo Romeo are a four piece metal-adjacent band from Belfast/Bangor, Co. Down. They are comprised of Aaron Reeve, Simon Harte, Adam Woods and Chris Millar. Having formed in 2016, they have been quietly making a name for themselves on the Northern Irish music scene. They have a support slot coming up with fellow metal outfit Victim Royal which will take place in McHugh's Bar, Belfast on February 22nd. They will also be performing in Heat 6 of the Battle of the Bands at Róisín's in Derry on March 9th. Before all of that though, they will be releasing their latest single "Spooky Scary, Spooky Scary" on Monday 18th February (Next Monday).

The track itself is moody, edgy and a little bit funkadelic. It begins with some raw guitar chords and is then joined by a bass which is rather melodic and funky. The metalness kicks in beautifully before sliding gently back to an Eaglesesque groove. Romeo Indigo Romeo have a way of blending genres which works even when you thi…

Daytona Rose - Done Up Single Review

Daytona Rose is a pop singer and classically trained pianist hailing from Dublin. Her music career has taken her to places such as Germany, London, Dubai, Los Angeles and she currently resides in New York City. Daytona grew up with musical talent which was evident when she landed a performance on The Late Late Show and also performed at a wedding at just 4 years of age. Daytona learned how to master her craft and the art of songwriting at Rock College in Ballyfermot. It was from here that she was chosen to head to Germany to further her career.
Since moving to New York, Daytona Rose has been collaborating with Kevin McCall and Lil Eddie who have worked with pop sensations such as Kylie Minogue and Chris Brown. She is also working with Autumn Rowe who coaches on America's Got Talent and The X-Factor.

Daytona Rose recently released a single called "Don't Say Too Much" which garnered comparisons to the likes of Jess Glynne and Rita Ora. You can listen to the track here…