Bye Bye 2012

31 12 2012

Yes kids, it’s that time again where we wave buh bye to the year and welcome in a new one. Instead of words this NYE,  I’ve decided to post up some pictures which sum up the last 12 months before finishing off with my top 20 LPs of 2012.

Thanks to all the bands, promoters, PRs and mates who hooked me up with records, gigs and good times.Here’s to 2013.

2012: The Year In Photos (And The Odd You Tube Link)

May 13, 2012. I’ll remember this day until they put me in a pine box.Kinda crazy to think that long after we’re dead, people will still be able to see us on this footage of City winning their first Premier league title. Can you spot me and my Da? Handy hint: We’re under the giant purple arrow….

Chilling like villains backstage at the Odyssey with the WWE alongside my brother and nephew.Also-big thanks to the Celtic Warrior Sheamus for hooking us up and being an absolute hero.

Here’s a clip of Therapy? playing ‘Exiles’ at the Tall Ships in Dublin this summer.Y’know…I might refer to myself as “the wonderful Edwin McFee” for the duration of 2013 (the quality’s amazing, eh…..?). Mad props to the Therapy? boys.

My fanzine, Generation Why, (which started the ball rolling on this mental job of mine) celebrated its tenth birthday.

There was a lot of party rocking in a variety of different places with a number of different people this year.Here’s to more adventures.

I finally got that Iron Maiden mask I’ve always wanted.

…and that Betty Banner tattoo I’ve always been looking for too.

And lastly (but certainly not, um, leastly…) here’s my Top 20 LPs of 2012.It’s been a great year for records and hopefully 2013 will be just as good. Happy New Year and Up the Irons!

1) Therapy? ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’

2) Gallows ‘Gallows’

3) Hot Water Music ‘Exister’

4) Best Coast ‘The Only Place’

5) The Gaslight Anthem ‘Handwritten’

6) Wolfsbane ‘Wolfsbane Saves The World’

7) Triggerman ‘Hail To The River Gods’

8) JD McPherson ‘Signs And Signifiers’

9) Cloud Nothings ‘Attack On Memory’

10) Hour Of 13 ‘333’

11) Cheap Freaks ‘Bury Them All’

12) The Jim Jones Revue ‘The Savage Heart’

13) Bobby Conn ‘Macaroni’

14) James Levy And The Blood Red Rose ‘Pray To Be Free’

15) Mystery Jets ‘Radlands’

16) DZ Deathrays ‘Bloodstreams’

17) Master And Dog ‘Master And Dog’

18) Band Of Horses ‘Mirage Rock’

19) Baby Woodrose ‘Third Eye Surgery’

20) Alabama Shakes ‘Boys & Girls’

Singles Of 2012

28 12 2012

At the end of ever year I have to send over a list of my favourite albums, singles and gigs of the year to the magazines I write for.Here’s my Top 10 singles of 2012.Warning-Genre Nazis should look away now…

1) Taylor Swift FT. The Civil Wars: ‘Safe And Sound’

2) Pure Love: ‘Handsome Devil’s Club’

3) Professor Green: ‘Remedy’

4) Girls Aloud: ‘Something New’

5) Grimes: ‘Oblivion’

6) The Gaslight Anthem: ’45’

7) Lana Del Rey: ‘Ride’

8) Best Coast: ‘Do You Love Me Like You Used To’

9) Pure Love: ‘Riot Song’

10) Bat For Lashes: ‘Laura’


Betty Ross Talbot Banner Tattoo (Hulk Gray)

21 12 2012

Yesterday I got a new tattoo inspired by a panel drawn by Tim Sale featuring Betty Ross in Hulk: Gray.Nice, eh?


Metal Hammer Top 20 Albums Of The Year

13 12 2012

The Christmas/end of year Metal Hammer is out this week and as is customary, the Top 50 albums of 2012 (voted for by writers for the mag like myself) are revealed.Sadly this year, there wasn’t enough room to print the individual lists of all the scribes (boo!) but since I’m awful good to you Dead Horse readers I’ve posted up mine below.

Towards the end of the month I’ll also post up the less genre-specific list I sent to the other mags I write for,but for now, without further ado, here’s my pick of the heaviest records of ’12.

01) Therapy? ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ (Blast)

02) Gallows ”Gallows’ (Venn Records)

03) Wolfsbane ‘Wolfsane Save The World’ (Cargo)

04) Triggerman ‘Hail To The River Gods’ (Triggerlad Records)

05) Hour Of 13 ‘333’ (Earache)

06) Down ‘Down IV Part 1: Purple EP’ (Roadrunner)

07) Pulled Apart By Horses ‘Tough Love’ (Transgressive)

08) Gacys Threads ‘The Ignorance Of Purity’ (Savour Your Scene)

09) Turbonegro ‘Sexual Harassment’ (Volcom)

10) Trash Talk ‘119’ (Odd Future Records)

11) The Cult ‘Choice Of Weapon’ (Cooking Vinyl)

12) Rolo Tomassi ‘Astraea’ (Destination Moon)

13) Tankard ‘A Girl Called Cerveza’ (Plastic Head)

14) Pelican ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis’ (Southern Lord)

15) Purified In Blood ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’ (Indie Recordings)

16) Orange Goblin ‘Eulogy For The Damned’ (Plastic Head)

17) Witchsorrow ‘God Curse Us All’ (Rise Above Records)

18) Paranoid Visions ‘Escape From The Austerity Complex'(Plastic Head)

19) Steve Harris ‘British Lion’ (EMI)

20) Corrosion Of Conformity ‘Corrosion Of Conformity'(Plastic Head)

Man Of Steel Trailer

11 12 2012

Here’s the new Man Of Steel trailer.I think it looks ace,plus it’s got Amy Adams in it.Hello nurse!

News From The North 115

10 12 2012

Here’s a reprint of my NI music news column that runs in Hot Press every fortnight.


Words: Edwin McFee


You know what makes your humble correspondent a considerably contented wee bunny these days? It’s seeing some of NI’s best bands and artists spread their wings and book tours that take in the length and breadth of the island. While in the past a considerable number of acts (usually based in Belfast) always appeared reluctant to cross the border (and by “reluctant” I mean they never bothered their holes leaving whatever town they lived in) the last few years have seen things slowly start to change and let’s face it-that can only be a good thing for both the performers and their audiences alike.


One such band who have been steadily building up a fan-base all over Ireland are the life-affirming Empty Lungs and they bring their brand of righteous rock to the great unwashed all over the country this month for a tour and here’s the dates for your diary. Kicking off on Nov 1 at the Blind Pig, Limerick, the band play the Workman’s Club, Dublin on Nov 2, the Office, Limerick on Nov 13, Roisin Dubh in Galway on Nov 14, TBC in TBC on Nov 15 (I love that place!), Emmet’s Bar, Ballina on Nov 16, Whelan’s in Dublin on Nov 17 and the Crane Lane Theatre in Cork on Dec 4.


Not to be out-done, the mighty rock ‘n’ roll killing machine that are Gascan Ruckus also embark on a tour and dates include (deep breath) the Blind Pig in Limerick on Nov 1, the Workman’s Club in Dublin on Nov 2, the Roisin Dubh in Galway on Nov 3, the Piper Inn in Clonmel on Nov 9, Whelan’s, Dublin on Nov 10, the Top of the Town, Omagh on Nov 16, the Nerve Centre, Derry on Nov 30, the Crane Lane, Cork on Nov 12 and the Limelight, Belfast on Dec 21. The boys have also just released their ace new EP ‘Buddies’ and you can download the thunderous offering here


Finally this fortnight, alt pop sensations Runaway Go also have a huge whup-ass Irish tour in the works and you can catch them at the Workman’s Club, Dublin (Nov 2), Penny Lane Cashel, Tipperary (Nov 3), Whelan’s, Dublin (Nov 9), Monroe’s, Galway (Nov 23), Dolan’s, Limerick (Nov 27), the Crane Lane, Cork ( Nov 28), K2, Nenagh, Tipperary (Nov 30) and the Hole In The Wall, Kilkenny (Dec 1). For more info on the massively promising bunch visit


All three tours are booked in conjunction with Youth Of A Nation Promotions and you can keep up to date with them on Twitter @YOANPromotions. #MoreOfThisSortOfThing

Dropkick Murphys’ Christmas Single

4 12 2012

Here’s the Dropkicks’ new Crimbo single.’AVE IT!!