Church of Noise 5

23 06 2010

Here’s a reprint of Church of Noise 5 that ran in issue 199 of the  Big List.

Church of Noise

Local music news

Earlier this year, your humble correspondent made his way down to the Square Peg in Warrenpoint to help out judging a battle of the bands. With six acts on the bill and the prize worth £2500 it was a tough decision choosing a winner, but ultimately we gave the nod to Silhouette (AKA Shauna Tohill and her band of musical marauders). This month she releases her new single ‘Volume Destroyed’ on May 24 via VM Records (which was part of her prize) and while we have yet to hear a copy at the time of going to print, we’re sure it’s an amazing piece of work. Produced by knob twiddler extraordinaire Neal Calderwood, the release coincides with a full-on Irish tour and Shauna has also planned a special party in Belfast on May 29 to officially launch the slab of wax so keep your eyes peeled on www.myspace.com/silhouetteofficial. Here’s hoping she saves us some cake.

 Remember how a few issues back we mentioned the new Take it to the Bridge festival in Banbridge (www.takeittothebridge.info)? Well it seems like the organisers have scored a bit of a coo as they’ve managed to bag themselves the Futureheads to headline the day (not literally of course, as that would be illegal). Yes readers, the Sunderland-based affecionados of tight jeans and spiky riffs are making their way over for the bash on July 3 and a little birdy tells us that our mention of the chicken burgers from Friar Tuck’s was what ultimately sealed the deal for the four-piece…

News reaches us this issue that Derry’s dance supremos Japanese Popstars have inked a deal with the mighty EMI/Virgin records. Now that they’re backed by possibly one of the largest labels in the universe, their as yet untitled second record (out June 5) should see the trio become one of the biggest acts on the scene today and we can’t think of a band more deserving. Staying with the trio for a second, they release a new single called ‘Destroy’ on May 28 and it features vocals by legendary funk punk warbler Jon Spencer (from the Blues Explosion) and very good it is too. Expect Decky and Co. to be announcing festival dates soon as they slowly unveil their plans for global domination.

Finally, if you’ve even the slightest interest in punk rock, local history, or even (gasp) politics, then we urge you to check out the fantastic documentary about the much missed venue/youth centre Giros, which was lovingly put together by NVTV. For those (like this writer) who didn’t grow up in Belfast during the 80s and 90s and also for those who perhaps have never heard the name before, Giros was a much needed home away from home for hundreds of punks and alternative kids over the years and provided a space for gigs and spoken word performances and also featured a vegetarian/vegan café. While the building closed in 2004, its spirit still lives on in some of the original volunteers and the documentary features some great interviews from the old guard and it’s well worth a watch. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7R_tJpihHs.

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

Edwin

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Church Of Noise 3

19 05 2010

Here’s more Church of Noise action, reprinted from the Big List.

Church of Noise

Local music news

If you’re the kind of reader who is sitting there and currently thinking to themselves, “Banbridge, what a place,” well then be prepared to get even more tingly feelings about the town as this month they’ve revealed they’re hosting their own music festival called (wait for it) Take It To The Bridge. Boasting a line-up consisting of And So I Watch You From Afar, Panama Kings, A Plastic Rose and the Complete Stone Roses (yeah, me neither….) the bash takes place at Corbet Lake on July 3. Tickets for the festival are a tasty £25 and with more acts to be announced they’re a bargain. Keep your peepers peeled on www.takeittothebridge.info for more details. We don’t know about you, but we’re already pumped about potentially getting a chicken burger out of Friar Tuck’s after the show.

 As you probably know by now, this April 23 we’ve got the ear-gasm inducing Beat Poets headlining the Big Gig at the Spring and Airbrake. Why are we telling you this again we hear you cry. Well, the four-piece are also releasing their new single ‘One By One’ on April 19 via all major download sites. The Poets are currently swanning around Texas at South by South West as this writer types this month’s missive (not that I’m jealous or anything…) and have plenty of plans coming up in the pipeline which should secure their future as one of NI’s brightest bands. Last month we got a sneaky listen to ‘One by One’ and it has a chorus to die for, so make sure you (virtually) pick up a copy.

 Duke Special and General Fiasco are teaming up on March 29 for a very special gig called Unwind Your Mind and it takes place down at the Oh Yeah centre. Currated by Across the Line (yes, those dudes on the back page of the Big List who also host a mighty fine programme on Radio Ulster) the show is aiming to raise awareness about mental well being and Wonder Villains, Panama Kings, Kowalski, Ed Zealous More than Conquerors, Axis Of and Aaron Shanley also play on the night. It’s good news for all you cheap skates too as tickets are completely free. All you have to do is visit www.bbc.co.uk/tickets and apply for them. Good luck.

Finally, if you’ve found yourself still reeling from the shock announcement of Jedward getting dropped by their record label (y’know, we really didn’t see it coming) then you can find some consolation in the news that LaFaro release their long awaited debut slab of wax on May 10 via Smalltown America and play a gig in the Menagerie in Belfast on April 26 too. Now unfortunately tickets have sold out within about three nano-seconds of going on sale, but knowing the LaFaro boys it won’t take them too long to announce more shows around the rest of the country. Of course, we’d love to be able to tell you that their self titled debut is the veritable fairy on top of the Christmas tree, but as no-one has sent us our copy yet, we haven’t a clue what to expect (apart from sledgehammer riffs and killer hooks that is) and that, my friends, is what they refer to in the business as a subtle hint…

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

 Edwin





News From The North Week 53

1 05 2010

Here’s the NI news from last fortnight’s Hot Press

News

Words: Edwin McFee

Rising agit-punks Axis Of celebrate the release of their ace new single ‘Port Na Spaniagh’ on May 5 by playing a gig at the Limelight in Belfast on the same night. The north coast three-piece have been laying waste to venues all across the UK recently, so expect the show to be a thoroughly sweat drenched, fist in the air triumphant affair. Support on the night comes from Robyn G. Shiels, Visceral Attack and the unstoppable Pocket Billiards and admission is £5. Don’t worry if you can’t make this show though, as the trio have lined up dates at Pigstock in Killinchy on May 29, Ma Kelly’s in Ballymoney on June 25, the Lower Deck, Dublin on June 26 and Aras Na Gael in Galway on June 27 as well.

Fans of brain fryingly intricate finger-tapping and jazzcore drum fills will be pleased to learn that instrumental duo the Continuous Battle of Order are unveiling their debut record Pttrn Skyrs this fortnight (clearly vowels are for wimps). The slab of wax features eight tracks and fans of We Are Knives (their previous incarnation) will lap it up. The pair are planning to play a gig to celebrate the album’s release and appear at the Black Box in Belfast on May 13.

NVTV, the Belfast-based community channel, have made a documentary about the much missed venue/youth centre Giros and have put it up on You Tube for you to watch. For those who didn’t grow up in the city during the 80s and 90s and perhaps have never heard the name before, Giros was a much needed home away from home for hundreds of punks and alternative kids and provided a space for gigs and spoken word performances and also featured a vegetarian/vegan café. While the building closed in 2004, its spirit still lives on in some of the original volunteers and the documentary features some great interviews from the old guard and it’s well worth a watch. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7R_tJpihHs.

Finally, word reaches us that the brand spanking new Banbridge festival Take It To The Bridge are looking for staff to work at their merchandise stall. The bash, which takes place on July 3 and features the likes of And So I Watch You From Afar and A Plastic Rose on the bill, are offering free entry, free transport and free food in return for your time, so if you like the sound of that email john@bruisedfruitpromotions.com and tell him Hot Press sent you.





News From the North Double Dose

6 04 2010

To make up for missing a fortnight-here’s a double dose of NI band news that ran in previous issues of Hot Press. Don’t say I’m not good to you.

News

Words: Edwin McFee

Vol 34 Issue 04

This fortnight we’ve mostly been freezing our unmentionables off and been grumbling about the fact that February sucks ass, so in a bid to look on the brighter side of life we’ve decided to turn our attentions this issue to June 5, 2010. Why June 5 you ask? Well that’s the date when NI’s biggest band (no, not D-Ream, Snow Patrol you fools) play a very special homecoming show in Ward Park, Bangor. This is only one of a handful of outdoor shows the band will play all year and to make it extra special they’ve roped in General Fiasco for support duties. By that stage, GF will be dominating the world from their secret underground bunker if their debut record Buildings is anything to go by (out March 22 via Infectious Records) and keep your peepers peeled to this column for more news on the show as and when we get it.

For the past few years, NI’s finest alt rockers Yakuza have sadly been indulging in a bit of Odin-Sleep, but much like that one eyed all-father of Norse mythology (see-we can do high brow references when we want to) the four-piece have returned with a vengeance in 2010 and have been playing a gaggle of great gigs as a warm up for the release of their second album (which we’ve yet to hear hint hint…). In addition to their live activity, they’ve also made a new video for their song ‘What Were They, Psychos?’ which was directed by Darren McNanney (who also provided the album artwork for their first slab of wax One Nation Under Awed) and suitably insane it is too. If you want to watch the clip for yourself then check out this link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcma1ry63Dc.

 Staying roughly on topic for once, everyone’s new favourite band Two Door Cinema Club have made a great video for their superb single ‘Undercover Martyn.’ Adored by the likes of Kanye West (who we’ve heard loves the Bangor trio as much as he likes making an arsehole out of himself on live TV shows) and Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 (y’know, the one who isn’t covered in tattoos or in Angles and Airwaves) Two Door can do no wrong right now and their video is pretty special. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLK4oaXUuLg.

Finally if you haven’t heard enough about music videos-then we’ve got good news for you. Producers of a new local TV show are on the hunt for new and exciting clips from unsigned bands. All you have to do to get involved is email john.anthony@bbc.co.uk with a link to your video along with full contact details and that’s that. Simples.

News

Words: Edwin McFee

Vol 34 Issue 06

On April 5, seven-piece whiskey soaked troubadours Captain Kennedy release their new double A-Side single ‘Scratch That Penny’/’Sweetest Friend’ via all major download sites as a pre-cursor to their hugely anticipated debut record which comes out in the summer. Last month Hot Press became the first ones to hear the single besides the band (yes, get us) and both tracks really are songs to fall in love to and ‘Sweetest Friend’ in particular has greatness stamped all over it, so make sure you (virtually) pick it up. For more information on the Lurgan lads and lass, check out www.myspace.com/captainkennedy.

What are you doing on July 3rd? Well, if the answer is “Sitting around and secretly wishing there was a music festival taking place somewhere in Mid-Ulster” then your dreams have come true as Banbridge are hosting their very own open air bash. Taking place beside Corbet Lake, the event is dubbed Take It To The Bridge and features And So I Watch You From Afar, A Plastic Rose, Panama Kings and others on the line-up. Tickets for the event are £25 and for details on where you can snag some check out www.takeittothebridge.info.

LaFaro release their long awaited debut album on May 10 via Smalltown America and play a gig in the Menagerie in Belfast on April 26. Sadly tickets sold out within about three minutes of going on sale, but knowing the LaFaro boys it won’t take them too long to announce more shows around the rest of Ireland. Of course, we’d love to be able to tell you that their self titled slab of wax is the veritable cat’s pyjamas, but as no-one has sent us a copy yet we haven’t a baldy notion what to expect (we haven’t worked out if this hint is subtle or not…). Altogether now-BOOOOOOO!

Newry/Warrenpoint metallers Ozzmium have unveiled their amazing clip for ‘Worse Than Ever’ this fortnight and it’s an absolute belter of a video. In the process of making the promo they destroyed a cottage, broke some fingers, blew out their ear drums, smashed bottles, got involved in a domestic dispute and generally sweated like a fat bloke at a game of paintball to create the clip and you can watch it by clicking on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efCjRx6lNWM&feature=player_embedded. Fans of Killswitch Engage and loud noises going BOOM will love this lot, so check out www.myspace.com/ozzmium for more.