Here’s a reprint of last fortnight’s NI band news column that runs in Hot Press.This week marks my four year anniversary with the mag, spookily enough…
Anywho, here you go-
Words: Edwin McFee
County Fermanagh-born fret botherers (and arguably one of the break-out bands of 2010) Darkest Era continue their relentless march towards world domination with the announcement that they’ve bagged the support slot on Scottish riff merchants Alestorm’s upcoming UK tour. Kicking off in the picturesque town of, um, Plymouth on Feb 4, the boys will be bringing down the thunder like the Mighty Thor himself for 14 dates all across the length and breadth of Blighty and by the time the trek begins they’re also planning to release a vinyl version of their whiplash inducing debut record The Last Caress Of Light so make sure you pick up a copy. For more information on the Metal Blade signees check out myspace.com/darkestera.
Next up, as it’s the New Year, your humble correspondent figured it would be a good idea to introduce you all to an act that I think could have a great 12 months ahead. Performing under the name Wyldling, this just-formed project is master-minded by former No Mean City front-lady Jilly St. John and a handful of days ago she debuted two suitably anthemic new songs (‘Waiting On Water’ and ‘Let Go’) on facebook.com/WYLDLINGmusic so have a listen. While it’s still early days for the tunesmith, both tracks boast massive stadium-straddling choruses and adopt more of a measured sound than her previous band and we can’t wait to see them performed live.
Keeping proceedings in a decidedly North-West persuasion, Derry label Smalltown America has recently announced that they’ve got a treat in store for Dublin-based music aficionados on Jan 13. Taking place at the Crawdaddy, the much-loved record company will curate a night as part of the Independence Month series and will have a selection of their roster of acts perform for your aural pleasure. Fighting With Wire, More Than Conquerors, Former Monarchs, Our Krypton Son and Wiltz will all be making the trip down to the Free State and admission is a mere fiver.
Finally this fortnight, news reaches us that Cashier No. 9’s continuing quest to be one of NI’s most important indie bands shows no sign of stopping in 2012 as they’ve just announced a string of Irish dates in February. As well as supporting everyone’s second favourite former Oasis member Noel Gallagher (Our Kid FTW) at the Odyssey, Belfast on Feb 16 and the O2, Dublin on Feb 17, they’re also playing headlines shows in Galway (Feb 23), Dublin (Feb 24) Cork (25) and Belfast (March 1). Visit cashierno9.com for more info.