Introducing: The Family Monore

Christmas is great but I cannot personally think of any one event responsible for backing up so much work. I mean It’s the end of January and I’m still feeling the effects of it. As I mentioned on my Facebook page (yes this is  a shameless plug, please click on the link and like my page) one of the best aspects of being a music blogger is that great music finds you. All I have to do is log into my email and nine times out of ten there will be a new band waiting for me to listen.  Which brings me on to The Family Monore. Again, those of you familiar with my Facebook page (sorry this is the last time I mention it) will have already heard their debut single, Hotel Room,which I posted there last month. But for those of you yet to hear it, today is your lucky day.

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The Family Monore are a newly formed duo made up of Craig and Amy Monore. The met by chance in Liverpool and instantly bonded through their mutual love of 50-60’s film and music. It wasn’t long until they began to explore their musical talents and drawing heavily on the aforementioned influences they created their debut single, Hotel Room.

The track has been described as ‘a delicate combination of distorted chords, subtle percussion and restrained vocals’ which says it all really.  The pair’s contrasting vocals do well to draw on the dark and slightly doleful subject matter of the lyrics. Hotel Room is deep, atmospheric and effortlessly communicates a very real sense of anguish which may not be too foreign to the duo.

Unlike Jona Lewie, you will not find The Family Monroe in the kitchen at parties. But you will find them on Facebook:

Hotel Room is also available for download on iTunes with all proceeds going to the hearts4teens charity:



Boy Lights Fire – Atalanta

The New Wave trio, Boy Lights Fire, have gone from strength to strength following the release of their debut EP ‘Weatherman’ last year. A hard work ethic and a commitment to gigging has also seen them land some prestigious festivals including; Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Temple House. The North Dublin based group have also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a host of great Irish acts such as Jape and And So I Watch You From Afar. A busy year by anyone’s standards.

Boy Lights Fire are back in 2012 with a brand new single and an interesting visual project, the likes of which has never been attempted in Ireland before. The music video for the new single ‘Atalanta’ sees the band perform between layers of mesh-fabric as abstract visual are projected on to them. This interesting video concept came about from a collaboration with Le Tissier, one of Ireland’s leading visual artists. Lead vocalist and guitarist George Mercer comments:

“The technique that was used for this video is unique in that it has never before been used in Ireland and we’re definitely very lucky to be the subject of such an exciting project.

The track itself is an atmospheric indie ballad with as many layers as the video itself. Deep vocals are infused with diverse experimental music resulting in a sound that is both captivating and intriguing. ‘Atalanta’ is a positive advertisement for all that is right with the current Irish music scene. The over-lavish video project may not be necessary but it does no harm either. Drummer, Kevin Mc Donnell, remarked:

“This is a really exciting time for us as a band, we’re working really hard at it and this collaboration with Visual Artists – Le Tissier, Cashmere Media and director Ros Madigan has worked really well. We’re all really happy with the result and can’t wait to show it to everyone!”

Check out the video for ‘Atalanta’ below.

Mumford and Sons – Lover’s Eyes


Whilst I haven’t yet had the opportunity to listen to Babel, the newest musical offering form Mumford and Sons, in its entirety. I have, like the rest of you, been bombarded by the ghastly debut single ‘I Will Wait’. But rather than waiting around for a better single to be released, I fished around and found this diamond in the rough. That’s not to say that there aren’t other great tracks on the album. I just haven’t gotten round to hearing them yet. So in the meantime, I’ll leave you with ‘Lover’s Eyes. It’s been around now for over a year so most of you have probably already heard  it. But for those of you who haven’t, it’s well worth a listen.

Below is a live version they performed last year for iheart radio. Enjoy!!


Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone

Two Door Cinema Club are back with brand new single, Sleep Alone. It is the debut single off the bands second album ‘Beacon’ due for release this September. The single is due to be officially released on the Zane Lowe Radio 1 show, on the air now.  The single is also free to download from the bands official website for the next 24 hours .

You can listen to the song below. Be sure to let me know what you think. I will write up a full review of the single once I’ve listened to it a few times. So watch this space.


The Killers – Runaways

Guess who’s back, back again… The Killers are back, tell a..ah forget it. I think this is most definitely the cheesiest way I have ever started a blog post. But you get the picture all the same. The Killers are back and they are better than ever. Really? It’s probably too early to make such a statement. But they are continuing exactly from where they left off. The new single ‘Runaways’ was released two days ago and already seems to be grabbing attention in the music world. Their move away from the previous pop/dance style music is going down well. What do you think? You can have a listen below.

‘Runaways’ is taken from the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Battle Born’. It is due for release on 17 September.

Foster the People: Don’t Stop

Title: Don’t Stop (Color on the Wall)

Artist: Foster The People

Album: Torches

I only recently picked up the debut album by ‘Foster The People’, and with the ‘Pumped up kicks’ bombardment still resonating in my ears, ‘Dont Stop’ naturally was the track I gravitated towards. This track is catchy, energetic and most of all not over played, well not yet anyway. So, if like me you are starting your working day and need an early pick me up to see you through, then maybe you should check out the original version below. If on the other hand, you are looking to unwind then maybe try the live version above.

Happy listening 🙂