The Horrible Crowes

31 08 2011

Next week the debut album by the Horrible Crowes comes out, so here’s a reprint of my review of the LP that ran in Hot Press.It’s my album of the year so far and if you like night-time music and having a wee mope (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then check it out.

The Horrible Crowes

Elsie (Side One Dummy)

Four and a half stars

Key Track: ‘Behold The Hurricane’

Gaslight singer delivers plenty of anthems for his debut side project.

Billed as Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon’s “quiet band,” the Horrible Crowes is a brand new side project that sees the crooner pair up with his old friend Ian Perkins and for the duration of their debut album Elsie they unashamedly indulge their inner torch singers and channel Tom Waits, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, the Afghan Whigs and more on this hugely entertaining opus. Though not quite as chilled out as we were initially expecting, the songs on the record are sexy and soulful and fans will be pleased to know that they stand shoulder to shoulder with some of his best work in his “day job.”

In addition to being a skilled melody writer, Fallon is also a super-talented wordsmith and his heart-sick lyrics really shine on the mellow material and lines like “It’s such a shame/I heard the wind say this morning/Be still my heart/I age by years at the mention of your name” (‘Behold The Hurricane’) really come alive thanks to the more relaxed musical delivery. The perfectly measured melancholy of ‘Cherry Blossoms,’ the anthemic ‘Crush’ and the Waits-esque carnival stomp that is ‘Mary Ann,’ all see the singer at the peak of his powers and there is rarely a wasted moment on this inspired release. Pick this up now.  

Edwin McFee

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengence Trailer

25 08 2011

A few days ago the trailer for the new Ghost Rider film was released and I have to say it looks pretty good.Having grown up reading the comic during the Midnight Sons era I prefer the horror-based version of the character rather than this action-oriented incarnation of ol’ Flame Head, but I’m looking forward to seeing Blackout et al make their big screen debuts.

20 Years of IMRO

24 08 2011

Yep, hard to believe the always entertaining I.M.R.O. showcase is 20years old this September. This year’s line-up kicks off in Belfast (and features the especially ace Bomb City 7) and here’s the press release below.See you all down the front.



The dates, venues and line-ups have been announced for the 20th IMRO Showcase Tour. The annual tour shines a very bright spotlight on Ireland’s best new music talent. IMRO are proud to showcase Ireland’s most exciting emerging acts at the best Irish venues across the country. This year saw a record breaking response to the call for entries, with more than 600 submissions made from young Irish acts hoping to take part in the tour. After much serious deliberation, IMRO are delighted to announce the dates, venues and line-ups for the 2011 IMRO Showcase Tour. 

The eleven date tour will take place between September 7th and 30th at various venues in Belfast, Derry, Athlone, Cork, Mayo, Kildare, Galway, Limerick and Dublin. Fifty bands will participate in the tour this year and the cream of the crop will be chosen to perform at the Best of IMRO Showcase Tour 2011 in the Workman’s Club, Dublin on Saturday October 22nd. The day-long celebration will see IMRO Showcase bands stage a takeover of the venue and the event will include multiple gigs, a number of all ages show, workshops, industry talks and much more.

Wed September 7th                    Belfast: Limelight & Katy Daly’s (with Smalltown America Records):

Amidships, Southern, runaway Go, Morning Claws, Seven Summits, Bright Falls & Bomb City 7.

Fri September 9th                        Dublin: Crawdaddy:

East Island City, Rooftop Anthem, The Young Folk & The Fallen Drakes

Sat September 10th                    Derry: The Cellar Bar, Draperstown (with The G Sessions):

Rams Pocket Radio, Intermission, Mojo GoGo & Our Krypton Son.

Thurs September 15th             Westmeath: Athlone IT, Athlone:

 Nova Static, Henrietta Game, Marc O’Reilly & Bipolar Empire

Friday September 16th            Cork: Cyprus Avenue:

Zombie Computer, In Valour, The Empire Lights, Fingersmith & Bona Fide Federation

Sat September 17th                    Mayo: Bar Ritz, Castlebar (with Finbar Hoban Presents):

Pearse Mc Gloughlin, Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters, Race The Flux, New Sunset Hotel & Brain Washington

Thurs September 22nd             Kildare: The Late Lounge:

Avalanche Ammo, Super Hanz, The P- Affection & Awake Young Soldiers

Fri September 23rd                    Dublin: The Grand Social:

danielle harrison, The Hot Sprockets, Ghost Estates & I’m Your Vinyl

Sat September 24th                    Galway: The Roisin Dubh:

Daithi O’Dronai, Rainy Boy Sleep, Junior85 & Milan Jay

Thurs September 29th             Dublin : Crawdaddy (with Future Bright):

Cars Love Girls, Last Days of 1984, Bear Bones & TBC

Fri September 30th                     Limerick: Dolans:

Dead Red Light. Jefl & Hyde, Moscow Metro, Tenaka & The Hip-Neck Blues Collective.

Sat October 22nd                          Dublin: The Workman’s Club:

Best of IMRO Showcase Tour 2011

Arthur’s Day Play On The Day Shortlist

16 08 2011

Over the weekend I spent a good deal of time listening to demos as I was on the judging panel for the Play On The Day mega-competition that’s currated by Hot Press.Myself (and a few others) were charged with the task of whittling down the acts to a final 25 to represent the north of the island (yes that includes Donegal, Cavan etc) and this morning those names were revealed and put up for public voting. Nice to see some old and new faces on the list…here they are in alphabetical order:

The North
(All of the province of Ulster)
Allison and Soulantics – One More Moment
Cathal King & Pauric Carney – Up and Down
City of Stars – Magic Cape
Clubbed Foot – Good Get Right
Comply Or Die – Shanghaied
Eatenbybears – Vanderhoof
In Elegance – The End
Katie and the Carnival – Went To The Fair
Like Statues – A Journey To Speak Of
Miss Paula Flynn – Holiday In Sweden
Mojo GoGo – Romance In The Lie
Nine Lies – Save Me
Paul Casey – Big World
Red Light Inferno – Envy Glorious Envy
September Cross – Closer to the Edge
SertOne – Off The Burn
Shawn Morrow – Found Something
Shouting At Planes – Surrender
Suzanne Savage – Damage
Swanee River – Gypsy Promise
Terence Rowlands – Zen
The Bandits – Vicious Little Missus
The Making – Beautiful Tonight
The Popgun Plot – Svengali
Young Aviators – Life in the Front Seat

You can vote for any of the acts above (and the others that represent the south, east and west of Ireland) here–Play-On-The-Day-Competition/8126246.html?new_layout=1

Valient Thorr-Sleeper Awakes

10 08 2011

Whether you like punk, metal, rock ‘n’ roll, comics, wrestling, boozing, talking shite, horror films or just good old fashioned badass riffs and huge choruses-you should check out this video.

Arthur’s Day-Play On The Day

5 08 2011

In a Band? Well read this-


‘Calling All Bands and Artists! Win the chance to join the official line-up for Arthur’s Day 2011! Do you think you have what it takes to play on the world stage? Well, this is your chance to prove it!’
Entrants only have until August 12 to submit their entry. 
The prize package is amazing… 
• The opportunity to play the Main Stage at the Guinness Hop Store on Arthur’s Day
• A full three-day recording session with a senior Record Producer, in RTÉ studios
• A special Flip Cover of Hot Press including a full professional photo session and interview
• A label to release the single, with no strings attached
• A place for a band member/manager on Hot Press’ MIX course including consultation with industry experts

• €4,000 worth of Guitars from FENDER
• €4,000 worth of Drums & Keyboards from YAMAHA
• €3,000 Gift Voucher from WALTON’S MUSIC