Here’s a reprint of my NI news column from Hot Press Vol 33 Issue 18. Enjoy.
Words: Edwin McFee
The Ulster Hall bound General Fiasco (the date’s Oct 31 in case you haven’t heard) continue to get bigger and better as the months roll by and on Oct 12 they release the hook-laden single ‘We Are The Foolish’ into the wild via Infectious Records. The accompanying video is pretty special too, but don’t take our word for it, have a look for yourself by clicking here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcQBB6ntDgM. The GF lads have also asked us to implore you to vote for them on Steve Lamaq’s BBC 6 Music Rebel playlist by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/steve_lamacq/rebel_playlist.shtml so if you haven’t done so already, you know what to do.
As if they didn’t have enough members to contend with, the Innishowen Gospel Choir are looking to add even more bodies to their ranks before the year is out. The critically acclaimed singers are keen to get some fresh faces for their upcoming performance at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and if you think you’ve got what it takes then pay close attention to these instructions the guys emailed us-“If you are over 17, consider yourself a singer and would like the opportunity to be a part of the Inishowen Gospel Choir come along to the auditions which will take place on Friday 18th September at 6:30 pm at the Carnival Offices, Bridgetown Business Park, Moville Rd. (behind Jaybee’s).” For more details you can email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
If you ever needed proof that NI has a plethora of great new bands sprouting up on a monthly basis then check out the gorgeous sounds of Gironans. The electronica loving three-piece have been gestating in secret for a couple of years but now they’re ready to take things up a notch by playing some gigs. Have a listen to the haunting ‘Corduroy’ on their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/gironans) and then befriend them. Go on, you know you wanna.
Finally, the Varionis release their latest EP ‘Whatever It Takes’ by playing a gig in Auntie Annie’s in Belfast on Nov 10. Formed in ’07, the five-piece have been busy beavering away on the live circuit, refining their sound and kicking ass and this latest slab of wax is their best recorded material to date. Support on the night comes from the Good Fight and you can listen to some of their songs on their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/thevarionis). Make sure you sample ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ in particular as it’s ace.