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The Fast Camels are a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland consisting of Drew Sturgeon, Mark O'Connor, Andy Rennie, Joe Smith and Craig Jenkins. They are heavily influenced by 60's Psychedelic rock, power pop and freakbeat such as Jefferson Airplane, The Beach Boys, The Zombies and Bob Dylan to name a few. They released their debut album "The Magic Optician" back in 2007 and have since gone on to record another 3 albums, the latest of which is "Full Of Strange". They played some top venues such as King Tut's in Glasgow before embarking on a UK tour which then saw them invited to play at the prestigious Monterrey Pop Festival in California which ultimately they had to cancel due to the departure of one of their original members.
A few personnel changes and a few albums later, The Fast Camels released their fourth album "Full Of Strange" at the start of this month.
The album begins with "Blissful Serenity" and immediately the influences …
Rebecca McManus is a 24 year old sing songwriter from Lurgan, Armagh. Rebecah has been gigging locally for the last number of years which has seen her secure support slots to acts such as The Four Of Us and Aslan. In January she will support Brian Kennedy. Rebecah was a finalist in the Panarts Young Songwriter of The Year and came third in the Dawson's Singer Songwriter of The Year 2019 competition. To date she has released two singles. "Yours" is the third single from Rebecah.
"Yours" is truly breathtaking. Rebecah's voice is enthralling. This makes you feel at ease immediately which means that her gently beautiful lyrics are delivered perfectly. The emotions and vulnerability in Rebecah's voice make her even more endearing and her guitar playing demonstrates subtle brilliance to boot.
La Di Da are an indie pop band who formed in 2018. They played their first ever gig at the Abhaile Festival in Roscommon. After the release of a couple of singles "Get Close" and "Proving Myself", they are back with their latest single "Honey".
Watch the official video here:
"Honey" is everything you want from a pop rock song. The vocals are superb, the wall of sound created by the 3 guitars and drums seems effortlessly brilliant and combined they make for a chilled out enjoyable listening experience. For a relatively new band, La Di Da have their sound polished as if they have been playing together for years.
The Grey Merchant are a shoe gaze band from Cork. They released their debut album "Avenue De Rennes" in 2017. It's been quiet on the music front from the three piece who have now become a five piece. However, they're now back with their first single "Blood Book" which is taken from their upcoming second album "The Claude Glass" due in early 2020.
"Blood Book" was recorded in Cork, mixed by Ciarán O'Shea in Whitewall Studios, Berlin and mastered at the infamous Abbey Road Studio with Alex Wharton.
Listen to "Blood Book"
"Blood Book" is incredible. Within moments you can tell it's going to be awesome. The addition of two new band members has really given the band a new dimension with a much fuller sound. The underlying beat coupled with the juxtaposition of the sedate vocals and the screaming chorus is nothing short of magnificent.
February can't come quick enough. The new album is bound to be immense.
Czech Republic native, Yana released her debut single "Distant Shore" in September to rave reviews. The song was about the abortion referendum in Ireland. Now Yana releases the second single from her "Distant Shore" EP which is due for release in 2020. The new single is "Will You Be There?".
"Will You Be There?" was recorded at AP Studios in Dublin and much like the first single, features Liam Ó Maonlaí of The Hothouse Flowers. The duo once again create a chilling atmosphere while the song itself has a raw simplicity to it which gives a certain level of confidence in Yana's ability and trust in Liam.
Amy Ellen is a singer songwriter from Dublin. Amy is a product of the brilliant BIMM music institute where she met her bandmates. In 2018, Amy had her first live performance at a charity event in Whelans with artists like Pete Pamf and Elkin. After this came opportunities to play The Crystal Skull Sessions, FlutterTone Sessions and The We Bloom Sessions. Amy has also supported Leila Jane, Emma Langford and Fields whilst also working on her new EP.
"My Heart" is the brand new single from that upcoming EP. It's a very gentle enjoyable love song delivered with Amy's soothing vocals. "My Heart" is a heartbreaking tale of being in an unloving relationship which is told through relatable lyrics. Amy's voice is enthralling and that is why the emotion in the lyrics becomes even more powerful.
What was the music scene like when you were growing up in Belfast?
I didn't really get into the music scene until I was 18 because I couldn't get into any gigs or pubs! But when I finally was able to it was great! Loads of open mic nights and lots of sweaty gigs in small rooms thinking my mates band were the next big thing! Haha!
What was the first album you bought?
Well, for Christmas one year I asked for Shania Twain - Come On Over and Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP. I think I was about nine so I couldn't actually afford to buy them myself. But I think with my own cash was Good Charlotte – The Young and the Hopeless. I remember it costing about £15 and I had to save for ages!
What was the first gig you attended?
I think it was Alloy Mental in a tent while waiting for Faithless to come on. It was amazing!
When did you decide that you wanted to be a singer or did it just kind of happen?
I always thought I was going to be a writer but I think I secretly wanted to be a sing…