Video: New Enemies Single – Play Fire

Irish band Enemies have re-emerged from a two-year hiatus with a new single. Play Fire, a somewhat rejuvenated track which draws a fine line between the meticulous world of mathematically inspired rock (too far with genre specifics?) and joviality of pop music, sees the four-piece pick up from where they left off almost 24 months ago.

Bearing the signature Enemies style and layered attention to detail, Play Fire is an immediate return to form. The hook laden track is as captivating and attention grabbing as the accompanying video (which you can watch below).

For those of you unfamiliar with Enemies, you can listen to their back catalogue as well as download the new release over on Bandcamp.

New Music: Neon Atlas – Velocity

When considering the recent success of the Irish music scene, be it on a domestic or international level, it’s easy to overlook the People’s Republic (of Cork). But that’s not to say that things are quite down in the Rebel County. Recent years had seen a steady host of interesting bands emerge from Cork, Neon Atlas being one.

Neon Atlas – Velocity

 

Drawing inspiration from the likes of early days Feeder, Tim Wheeler’s Ash or even Therapy? Velocity explores the edgier side of  guitar laden indie-pop. ​The new single is set for release on May 15th and will coincide with a gig in Cork’s Cyprus Avenue. As a taster for Neon Atlas’s forth-coming album, Graffiti Reality,  it’s fair to say that there is a lot of anticipation surrounding the bands July release.

Stay up to date with Neon Atlas on Facebook or on their Official Website.

Former Monarchs – Origins

Former Monarchs, The Cost of Living

Some new music for you on this fine Sunday afternoon, all the way from the ‘People’s Republic of Cork’ (they made me say that). Former Monarchs are a four piece ‘Math Rock’ outfit (I hate the name of that genre) who have been on the scene for a couple of years now, learning their trade from support slots with the likes of And So I Watch You From Afar. They have spent the past 9 months working on a debut album ‘The Cost of Living’ (which is due to be released tomorrow) and if the following offering is anything to go on, I’m sure it will be anything but disappointing.

Origins, the album’s opening track, is a pacey, upbeat and generally ear-pleasing tune. It’s hard not to draw comparisons to the uncrowned ‘math rock’ champions, This Town Needs Guns (well the newer Henry Tremain version of the band anyway). The combination of highly tuned guitar and vocal explosions pared with the atmospheric music video by Damien Murphy, which features a hula-hoop exhibition from the performer Heist Darling, is as visually as it is aurally captivating. In other words, this is a really good track and a solid first step for the Cork hopefuls. Check back soon for more news on Former Monarchs debut release.

  • Former Monarchs – Origins

 

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New Music: Keith Moss & The Tightrope Walkers

Keith Moss & The Tightrope Walkers – Fat Men Have To Eat

Are you fed up with the economic downturn? Well so are Keith Moss & The Tightrope Walkers, even though technically Ireland emerged from recession earlier today (according to the latest CSO reports anyway). Their new single, entitled ‘Fat Men Have To Eat’.  is a retrospective backlash at the greedy minority who brought the country to its knees.  This evocative track (with the help of corresponding video directed by the band’s bassist, Elton Mullally) draws attention to the greedy few who profited off the demise of a nation.

But social and political elements aside, this new single from Keith Moss and Co, taken from the debut album ‘What Eludes You Moves You‘, is actually an interesting song, with apt lyrics and a hook laden chorus. A potential front-runner for Ireland’s recession-time national anthem? (although it may face some competition from Christy Moore’s ‘Ordinary Man for that accolade).

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Preview: Roisin O – Hold On

Róisín O has just finished a 14 date US headline tour, taking in locations such as New York, Boston, Montana, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland & more. On the back of her American success, Róisín is heading to Germany in October for a 17 date tour supporting Ryan Sheridan. She has signed a record deal with JSM in Germany, and her debut album ‘The Secret Life of Blue’ will be released in Germany, Austria & Switzerland on October 4th.

And hoping to add to her recent success, the Irish songstress has also just released the video for the new single ‘Hold On’. See what Róisín O had to say about her new single below.

“Sometimes our minds take us to dark places and it gets hard to escape. A very close friend of mine was going through a tough time, as happens us all, and I found myself wanting, but unable, to help make things better for him. Sometimes all you can do for someone is to be there for them and let them know that things will get better one day. This song is for him.”

 

 

Cold Blood – Hannes Fischer Edit

hannes-fischerI stumbled across this back in November and it’s  been stuck in my head ever since. And so to answer the two questions that nobody is asking. What is this mysterious track that has taken up permanent residence in your head? and Why have you waited this long to post it on your blog? Both are very fine questions but I’ll start with the what.

I know very little about this tune or its background bar the fact that it is a remixed version of the theme music from a German film called ‘Cold Blood’. The mix is by the Berlin based DJ Hannes Fischer and contains samples from country music as well as the original ‘Cold Blood’ tune.

And now for the why, which is slightly easier to explain. For those of you familiar with my blog you will know that there has never really been a place for electronic music. So I felt that if I posted this tune it would stick out like a sore thumb. But now I realise that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve always claimed to have an open ears policy when it come to music and so without further rambling…

  • Hannes Fischer – Cold Blood