News From The North Week 48

2 03 2010

Want some NI band news? You got it punker.

News

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.

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Church Of Noise #1

15 02 2010

As some of you may have noticed-I’ve started doing a column in the Big List called the Church of Noise. It’s basically a round up of what’s happening music wise in the north with me throwing in a few willy and boobie jokes for good measure. It’s one of those columns where they require a pic to go along with it, so I’m sending in a daft photo in every month because I’d be mortified if anyone thought I was one of “those” writers with the really serious, photo-shopped  mug shot….

Oh and while I am getting my blog on-check out this week’s Hot Press for (yet another) photo of me plus a biog in the featured contributor section.

Anyway-here’s Church of Noise #1

Church of Noise

Local music news with NME and Hot Press scribe Edwin McFee

In the immortal words of NI’s greatest band Therapy?-“Welcome to the church of noise.” Each month we aim to bring you all the latest happenings in the local music scene plus news of gigs, albums and any scandalous goings on we hear. So, if you’re a fan of Fighting with Wire, General Fiasco and more, or if you’re that dude from Ajenda who keeps emailing me about their demo then your luck’s in as this is where you will get to read about it all.

First off, fresh from bothering Coronation Street viewers’ ear-holes with their ace single ‘Long May You Reign’ by way of the Discover Northern Ireland advert, John Shelly and the Creatures are set to unveil their debut album ‘Dinosaur.’ Released on March 5 via iTunes, the band are about to undertake an extensive tour down south, will feature in session on former Late Late Show presenter Pat Kenny’s radio on show on RTE Radio 1 and my friends south of the border tell me the band have been making plenty of new fans already. But enough talk about all these shows happening down Mexico way we hear you cry, when are they playing here? Well readers, the band will launch their album with a gig in Auntie Annie’s on March 4 and support comes from Queer Giraffes and Before Machines.

It seems that being a bass player in a local band these days is a bit like being the coolest kid in school as there are a ton (well ok, not literally unless NI bands have gone on a pie eating rampage) of acts looking for someone to bring the low end. If we mentioned them all, then this issue of the Big List would be like the Never Ending Story (only without the flying furry dudes and sweet soundtrack) so we’ll pick three bands in need at random. First up Katie and the Carnival seek some four string action and if you think you’re up to the job then check out their MySpace (www.myspace.com/katieandthecarnival) to listen to their Camille O’Sullivan/Nico-esque noise. Secondly, awkward alt rock noise assassins (author’s note-we can’t prove that they’re actually assassins) Delirium Tremens also need a bassist after some in-band reshuffling, so have a listen to www.myspace.com/deliriumtremensrock and see if you fit the part. Lastly, stoner rock behemoths Howlin’ Widow also desperately need some low end throbbing and if early Sabbath, Kyuss and Goatsnake are your bag (and why wouldn’t it be?) then check out their MySpace on www.myspace.com/howlinwidow. Hell, even if you can’t play bass, check out Howlin’ Widow any way as they kick more ass than a football match between Newry and Larne.

Finally, as most of you already know-a huge earthquake decimated Haiti recently. Keen to do their bit, the NI music scene have banned together for a gig on January 31 at the Spring and Airbrake, the Limelight and Katy Daly’s. Organized by Ron from the Black Bear Saloon, Anto from Tin Pot Operation and John from Bruised Fruit, it features 50bands including the Answer and General Fiasco and while it’s already no doubt been mentioned in the Big List it’s worth stating again that you need to be at this show. For more information and for up to the minute news, click on www.twitter.com/belfast4haiti.

See y’all next month folks. Up the Irons.

Edwin

 

PS-This month’s photo was taken backstage at Download 07 after Valient Thorr’s set-hence the reason why I look fuckin’ mentals.