Dan Sartain-Atheist Funeral/Belfast Date

23 03 2010

Good news for fans of the Skinny Man! Not only has he made a lovely video for his new single ‘Atheist Funeral’ (which you can watch below) but he’s playing in Auntie Annie’s in Belfast on May 23. I’m currently waiting on a promo of his long awaited new album and if it’s half as good as ‘Join Dan Sartain’ we’re all in for a treat.


22 03 2010

I’m off to the press screening of Kick-Ass tonight and I’m about as excited as Vanessa Feltz in a Battenberg factory. It might have taken Mark Millar and John Romita Jnr two years to produce 8 comics, but I loved ’em and fingers crossed the film will rule the school. Here’s the trailer.

News From The North Week 49

19 03 2010

Want some gossip about NI bands? You got it brah.


Words: Edwin McFee

This issue, we start things off with a bit of an appeal. However, unlike those adverts featuring scruffy dogs or those weird hairless cats that look a bit demented, this cause isn’t going to pull at your heart-strings quite as much (don’t worry though-it’s still as worthwhile in our book). You see, Belfast’s finest purveyors of heavy metal Standup Guy need your help to aid them in their quest for global domination. Not content with holding NI in their thrall, the riff aficionado’s are aiming to take over this year’s festivals too and thanks to a competition organised by Red Bull, the lads have the chance to play at the likes of Download and T in the Park. All you have to do to aid the group is go to this link http://redbullbedroomjam.com/band/videos/stand-guy-live-bbc-tv-2007-0 and vote for them (it only takes 10seconds). Standup guy are currently writing their third album and we’ll bring you news on the slab of wax over the forth-coming weeks.

Good news for fans of Heliopause. The band have made their ace EP ’Let The Silence Go’ available for free via their bandcamp page (www.heliopause.bandcamp.com) and very good it is too. If you end up falling in love with the group after that (and of course why wouldn’t you?) you can also buy their ‘Moment Of Recognition’ single (and limited edition screen prints) as well as their ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Acoustic In Berlin’ EPs as well and as all of the money goes directly to our heroes, we fully recommend you do so as soon as you can.

Congrats to the Kicks from Belfast who have just announced that they are through to the audition stage of Live and Unsigned (the UK’s biggest unsigned music completion, in case you didn’t already know). The band beat hundreds of other entries to qualify for the event and will be playing live in front of a judging panel (as well as a few thousand punters) in a bid to perform at the Live and Unsigned festival at the 02 in London. For more information on the four-piece check out www.myspace.com/thekicks101.

Finally this fortnight, news reaches us that everyone’s favourite hard to pin down rebel rousers the Tin Pot Operation are due to enter the studio this month to start work on album number three. The group (now augmented by the addition of mandolin player Daithi) are returning to their old stomping grounds of the Blueroom to start work on the much anticipated opus and if it’s anything like their second album ‘Human Resources’ then we’re all in for a treat.

Paramore For Belfast

18 03 2010

Sleepy haired Twilight fans of NI rejoice. Paramore are finally playing over in our neck of the woods. Last week I got a call about this and since it’s public knowledge today-here’s the press release.

Sidebar-The eagle eyed among you will notice Paramore play Belfast a week after Download. Are you thinking what I’m thinking…?

Date Of Issue: Thursday 18 March



Paramore have confirmed The King’s Hall, Belfast on June 22.  

Tickets for The King’s Hall, Belfast will go on sale on Friday 26 March at 9.00am.

Paramore will also play Marlay Park, Dublin on June 23 as special guests of Green Day.


Paramore’s last appearance in Ireland was their unforgettable sell-out performance at The O2, Dublin in December 2009. Their current album brand new eyes, the follow up to 2007’s RIAA platinum certified second album RIOT, went straight to the top of the Irish album charts when released in September 2009.

Produced by Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance) and co-produced by the band, brand new eyes is unquestionably Paramore’s best and brightest album yet, fit to burst with all the exuberant melodies, breathless hooks, and irrepressible energy that has made the Nashville-based band one of the most popular rock outfits in recent memory.

Paramore will release a new single The Only Exception from brand new eyes on April 2nd.



22 JUNE,  2010

Tickets on sale Friday 26 March at 9.00am

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Best. House. Ever.

13 03 2010

Seb Bach from Skid Row has all the best shit.

Nightmare On Elm Street Remake

5 03 2010

I dunno if it’s my insanely bad hangover that’s making me think this way-but I reckon the new Nightmare on Elm Street might be pretty good after all.

News From The North Week 48

2 03 2010

Want some NI band news? You got it punker.


Words: Edwin McFee

We’d like to kick this fortnight’s news column off with a huge metaphorical pat on the back to Aaron (Black Bear Saloon) Abernethy, Anto (Tin Pot Operation) O’Kane and John (Bruised Fruit) Lawson for their massively successful Belfast 4 Haiti events, which saw NI’s music scene invoke the spirit of their inner Bob Geldof and raise a lot of money for charity. So far the group have made (at the time of going to press) £21500 from the 50 band mega-gig, £9500 from the dance event in the Stiff Kitten and £7500 from a fun run (if anyone can tell this writer what exactly is fun about running then send your answers in c/o Hot Press) and there’s more to come in. Filmmaker Sean Duncan (AKA Redcap Productions) has also made an ace short video of the gig in the Limelight/Spring and Airbrake/Katy Daly’s and it can be viewed by clicking on the link www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4UgonWfTdY and should help all those who were slightly sozzled to retrace their steps…

The Belfast 4 Haiti train doesn’t just stop there though and as well as plenty of other splinter events in the works, some photographers have clubbed together to exhibit/flog their wares online for charity. Featuring an extensive selection of shots taken at the 50band gig, you can view them here www.photoboxgallery.com/belfast4haiti and buy prints to hang on your wall/cave with all proceeds going to the relief effort. I think we’re all agreed that everyone involved in the Belfast 4 Haiti project deserves at least ten fist bumps each for their efforts, so well done.

 In a few weeks time (March 4 to be precise) John Shelly and the Creatures unveil their debut album Dinosaur to the world and play a gig in Auntie Annie’s in Belfast to celebrate. Fresh from bothering Coronation Street viewers’ ear-holes with their ace single ‘Long May You Reign’( by way of the Discover Northern Ireland advert) the band have been making all the right moves at the moment and even tread those hallowed boards of the Late Late Show recently (you can watch their performance via the RTE Player if you missed it) so expect more news from the band over the issues to come.

 Finally congrats to the Vals, who have bagged the support slot for Ocean Colour Scene’s gig in the Mandela Hall, Belfast on March 7. They also play a European club tour in April-taking in Switzerland, Germany and Austria and it will be in support of their new single ‘Things Will Always Be The Same.’ Stay tuned for more Vals news as we get it.