29 04 2009

Thankfully this week isn’t as crazy as last week, but there’s still a butt-load of stuff happening to ensur I’m never in my house for too long. Last night was the Wolverine screening (I give it four and a half claws out of six) tonight is Girls Aloud at the Odyssey and Friday and Saturday I’m covering Morrissey in Omagh and Belfast. If all goes well, I’ll also be able to make it to Fighting with Wire Vs And So I Watch You From Afar in a tent on Saturday too and I urge everyon to go-purely for the comic genius of FWW’s recent viral video.

More details here-

Friday Night

28 04 2009

Dear ‘Dead Horse’ readers,

You’ll all be thriled to learn that last night’s gig went off really fuckin’ well, if I do say so myself. I’m even feeling a faint tinge of pride about it all to be truthful. The Spring and Airbrake was packed, the bands were well looked after and everyone seemed to have fun, which isn’t bad going considering it’s only been a few months since we discussed putting on a gig in the first place.

For those that don’t know, about eight months ago I was approached by the Big List to come on board and contribute a few bits and pieces every month. So far I’m very happy with how it’s all panning out and in January I attended an editorial meeting  down at their offices (a rare thing for me as I never go to these things for anyone else) where we came up with the idea of putting together a monthly local band showcase called the Big Gig.  After some to-ing and fro-ing, we found a venue (the Spring and Airbrake in Belfast) and we now have bands booked up until June. Most of the leg-work is done by the Big List’s Damien and Jon, with me helping out on the booking side of things-essentially giving a hand getting bands who will work well together on a bill and then promoting the fuck out of it. I’ve always been tempted to put gigs on in the past (in fact myself and the Irish Thorriors were talking about bringing Valient Thorr to Belfast a while back) and it’s definitely something I enjoy, so expect more in the future.

I must also add, the Big Gig is a non-profit making exercise (coz we’re punk as fuck). The money on the door is split equally between all three bands and we’re only doing this for kicks. Truthfully, for the last year or two I’ve been spending six days a week/52 weeks a year writing and I see this as a great way to blow off some steam. Hopefully future gigs will go as well as this one and some readers can make it down every month.

Some pics from the show can be seen here-

the Big Gig

24 04 2009

There’s a gig tonight in Belfast that you all need to be at. Poster below. Check it, and then of course wreck it.

Flight 666

21 04 2009

Today I am a very excited young man. You see after a year of waiting, I’m finally going to watch the Iron Maiden film-Flight 666-in the cinema. I never thought I’d get to see my favourite band on the big screen and I really can’t fucking wait. To put my excitement into perspective-I’ve been a  Maiden fanatic since I was 8 (Daddy Christmas gave me a copy of ‘Live After Death’ that year) no matter how bad tempered I get, ‘Flight Of  Icarus’ always cheers me up, I’ve a Maiden tattoo (and I’m getting an Eddie on my leg this summer) and they’re a band who have never let me down in the last 21years I’ve been following them. One day I hope to have an Iron Maiden room in my house for all the tshirts/LPs/toys/posters I’ve got  and interviewing Bruce Dickinson, Paul Di’Anno and Blaze Bayley have been some of the proudest moments of my life.

If you’re heading to see Flight 666 tonight too then I hope you enjoy it as much as I will. Happy Maiden Day y’all.  Up the Irons.

Steel Panther

17 04 2009

Well it looks like comedy metal is back!

“Fuck the Goo Goo Dolls, they can suck my balls indeed! Carrie’s favourite is Lexi Foxx

In Case of Fire

16 04 2009

Here’s my review of the In Case of Fire record that ran in Hot Press a while ago. The record’s out May 11.

In Case Of Fire

Allign The Planets (Search And Destroy)

Three and a half out of five

Ever since their formation in ’05 (where they arose from the ashes of former band Element) Portadown’s In Case Of Fire have been blazing a trail that is uniquely their own. This writer actually witnessed one of the band’s first ever gigs on a dreary Saturday afternoon in Belfast and even then it seemed like good things were coming their way. Well, after a few years of false starts, their album Align The Planets finally sees the light of day and it certainly capitalises on their huge momentum right now.

Featuring tracks that have been staples of their live shows for quite some time, their debut is a loud and proud statement of intent. There are no half measures, no compromises and no let up for the full forty minutes or so. Opening with ‘This Time We Stand’ the record rattles along at a break neck pace throwing in hellish riffs and razor-sharp guitars with abandon (‘Parallels,’ ‘Landslides’).

Sadly the decision to go for the jugular has slightly impeded the impact of the record though. There is little light and shade and at times the heavier than thou tunes can blend into one, but the addition of the wonderfully abrasive ‘Plan A’ (which features a speech from Martin Luther King) is a master-stroke. While Align The Planets isn’t quite the incendiary effort we’d hoped for from In Case Of Fire, it’s easily one of the finest rock releases to come from Ireland in quite some time.

Key Track: ‘Plan A.’

Edwin McFee

The Beat Poets

14 04 2009

I’ve always been a big fan of the Beat Poets and try to give them as much coverage as I can. They’ve a great work ethic, have their heads screwed on and are a kickass live band.Where is he going with this, I hear you cry.Well, their singer John has resurrected his blog ( and there’s a great video from their time in America last month on there. My favourite part is when guitarist Beefy Doran says Times Square reminds him of  “the Quays in the Town.” He’s wrong of course. There isn’t anything that even comes close to the Quays in  Newry.

Anyway, check out the video below and look for them on MySpace  The song ‘Bloodline’ is the business.