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 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 ( 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

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.