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Fruitz - Daydream Single Review

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Fruitz are a quartet hailing from Dublin. Having formed in late 2017, the band played several live dates and garnered themselves a loyal following. They released their debut single "KNOTZ" which was then followed up by "U&I". They then embarked on a UK tour playing headline sold out shows in Zanzibar Club, Liverpool and Gulliver's, Manchester. At the end of 2019 they released another single "Girl Around The Corner" and finished the year off with a show in Dublin.
Now they start the year with their brand new single "Daydream" which is released today. The song is an exciting, catchy indie track which is full of energy. It will absolutely get you pumped for whatever the day throws at you. The vocals are superb and the music is spectacular. This is already one of my favourite tracks of the year.
You can catch Fruitz live on February 7th at Whelans, Dublin.

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Paradox - Welcome To The Happy Place Single Review

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Paradox are an alternative rock group from Cork. The band was formed in 1997 by two brothers, Pete and Mike Mac with the addition of Jet later on. The band have released four studio albums since then focusing on a heavy grunge style with influences such as Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Pixies, Tool and Nirvana. Their debut album "Circle Of Growth" was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 with the follow up "Sacred" released in 2004. After the lead singer released a solo album in 2009, the band then released their 3rd album "Corporate Pollution" in 2011 which was followed in 2015 by "Chapters".
Paradox have toured Europe and America extensively and have played alongside musical icons such as Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife. The band take music videos very seriously and have received numerous award nominations from Indie Cork Film Festival, RATMA Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival and also won an award for Best Music Video at the Disappear Here Film …

Finnian - I Don't Want To Fall In Love Single Review

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Dundalk singer songwriter Finnian started turning heads and pricking up ears when he released his debut single "Even Flow" last March. He followed that up in July with "Where We Go", both from hi upcoming debut album. The release of both singles saw Finnian gain high praise from David Keenan,  Paddy McPoland and Hot Press magazine to name a few. Finnian has also received plenty of air play on radio stations across Ireland. 


Now Finnian releases his third single "I Don't Want To Fall In Love" which was recorded at Black Mountain Studios in Jenkinstown. The song itself is an aural sensation. It's chilled out blues funk with the added bonus of a brass section which all go perfectly with Finnian's own incredible vocals. Could listen to this all day and maybe I just might.
Finnian is quickly emerging as another hot act to watch this year and that debut album "Under The Influence" can't come quick enough.

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KinetiX - Stronger Single Review

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KinetiX are a pop fusion band from Offaly made up of three brothers, Ademar, Theodore and Arthur Stones whose backgrounds are deeply rooted in traditional Irish music. The trio have spent most of their time at The Diffusion Lab in Temple Bar, Dublin writing and recording music. In that time they have garnered thousands of followers on social media, over 100,000 views on their YouTube channel and have had their singles played on national radio stations such as Spin and iRadio. 
KinetiX have just released their new single "Stronger". The song is a mix of various styles of pop, some dance and also a slight tinge of alternative rock. Theodore's vocals also transcends genres and there's clear depth in his voice. There's also an incredible beat midway through the song that displays the band's abilities and shows that they won't be can't be defined by one musical style.

Listen to "Stronger" here:


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Rowan - Finish Line Single Review

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Rowan are a 4 piece band made up of multi instrumentalists from Cork who create "melodramatic indie-folk songs soaked in sophisticated vocal harmonies". The group have released their debut EP "Asleep In The Rain" which saw them receive RTE radio play and garnered them some serious attention. An album has been written and the band are hoping to release it later this year. They have played alongside the likes of The Stunning, The Frank & Walters, Hamsandwich, Duke Special and Badly Drawn Boy to name a few. They are also currently on tour taking their music to Canadian audiences.
Their new single "Finish Line" is set for release next Friday, January 24th. "Finish Line" is a soothing  ethereal song which quite frankly is perfect for this calm Sunday afternoon. These guys are clearly collectively in sync and this creates the seamless sound they have. It's no wonder Badly Drawn Boy called them the real deal.


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Video Blue - Night Painting Album Review

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Jim O'Donoghue Martin, also known as Video Blue is originally from Dundalk but has been plying his trade in London for the last few years. Having released his debut album "Love Scenes" back in 2017, Video Blue is now back with his latest album "Night Painting". The album was recorded in various locations across London including Boogaloo Radio, ID Audio, SARM Studios and Jim's bedroom in Hackney.
The album starts with the sublime "What Have You Got". It's more of a spoken word poetic piece delivered over some truly beautiful relaxing beats. Next up is the previously released single "Guts". "Guts" is a dream like sequence if that dream took place in a Marrakech coffee shop. There's a contrast of music in here that is sometimes celebratory and sometimes gloomy which works perfectly. "On Desire Lines" offers an electronic hip hop beat that permeates your brain and makes you involuntarily nod your head along to th…

Chicago Typewriter - From Mountains To Megaliths Album Review

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Chicago Typewriter are a rock duo from Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. Matthew Davidson and Ryan Luney first came onto my radar with their single release "A Warrior's Will" back in March of this year and since then I've been blown away by their music. With influences such as Guns n' Roses, Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters, you know these guys are going to rock. Now they have released their debut concept album "From Mountains To Megaliths".
"XII" starts the album. A short thoughtful spoken word piece with vocal echoes that really add to the atmosphere. This is followed by the second single "Praise" which perfectly captures the incredible sound that these two guys create. The bass is heavy and the drums are even heavier. Matthew's vocals match perfectly. "The Rise" is another banging tune, slightly more laid back but still with a rocking drum beat. Again, there's a spoken word piece at the end of this song.  The Tolkien inspi…