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Silverbacks – Just In The Band // Live Session

Dublin art-punks Silverbacks have impressed with latest single ‘Just In The Band’, produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox and released through their own PK Miami Records. Today, they reveal a live video for the track after Clash described it as “an incisive, intense, pulsating performance, reminiscent of everyone from Gang Of Four to Fugazi and The Fall.”

Irish art punks Silverbacks delve into themes of false idolatry and deeper connection in their latest track. Produced by Daniel Fox from fellow Dubliners Girl Band, ‘Just In The Band’ carries the same nagging unease as previous single ‘Dunkirk’ with taut drums and unrelenting bass underpinning seasick guitar arps and Daniel O’Kelly’s blunt commentary on the ‘problems down the back’. Feedback soaked and frazzled, it sees the band step further away from their indie roots and more into the groove – if the groove covered itself in petrol and dared you to light the match.

Silverbacks are a thrilling prospect, delivering their own louche take on NYC-indebted rock: slack enough for the tastemakers while also mining the gems of a pop vein, catching the ears of those with a taste for a good hook. Now a full-fledged five piece after graduating from the bedroom project of songwriting brothers Kilian and Daniel O’Kelly, they ply their trade with as much emphasis on the dry humour running through Daniel’s lyrics as the propulsive, triple guitar-led onslaught in their music.

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Saint Sister, Kormac & Jafaris release live Olympia Theatre video for ‘Causing Trouble’ collaboration

SAINT SISTER, KORMAC AND JAFARIS RELEASE VIDEO FOR ‘CAUSING TROUBLE’ COLLABORATION

‘Causing Trouble’ remix out now across all streaming platforms

Three up and coming artists collaborated as part of Three’s #MadebyMusic initiative

Live performance recorded at Saint Sister’s Olympia Theatre show

Tuesday, 4th December: Saint Sister, Kormac & Jafaris have released a video for their collaboration of ‘Causing Trouble’. Recorded at Saint Sister’s recent headline show, the video captures the unique performance of the hit song in the stunning surroundings of one of Dublin’s most famous venues, the Olympia Theatre.

This summer all three artists collaborated with Three for its #MadebyMusic initiative with each creating a visually stunning music video for one of their songs. ‘Made by Music’ celebrates and recognises the power of music to unite people and create lasting connections, and with the release of this unique take on Saint Sister’s ‘Causing Trouble’ these artists have made the ultimate music connection.

An organic music connection evolved when the three artists came together to perform this truly unique version of the Saint Sister tract at the exclusive launch of the campaign. Each artist brought their distinct style to the popular song creating a really innovative sound.

The overwhelming positive response to this once-off musical collaboration has led to the artists preforming the track live on national radio and at leading Irish festival, Electric Picnic. Most recently, Saint Sister invited Kormac and Jafaris to join them on stage at their first headline show in the Olympia Theatre. A venue which has played host to many amazing performances, the surprise collaboration brought the audience to their feet, receiving a rapturous ovation from the crowd in attendance.

The first of its kind, ‘Made by Music’ is an innovative move from Three to team up with three emerging Irish artists, each with very different music styles, with the aim of helping them to spread their talent to new audiences, the success of which can be seen in the incredible performance of the videos on YouTube, collectively amassing over 6 million views.

Davie Furey – Flames on the River Official Video

Oddsocks – Saying Things (Temple Lane Sessions)

 

Oddsocks return with a new synth-driven video/single, Saying Things. This hook-filled moody track is the third release from their latest album ‘The Sound Of The City’ and the accompanying video marks the beginning of their new Temple Lane Sessions video series. Oddsocks look forward to another string of Irish dates after this release beginning with a show in The Soundhouse, Dublin on December 6th.

With the release of their second album ‘The Sound Of The City’, Oddsocks gave listeners a progressive new sound under the guidance of producer Rian Trench . Synth-lead, groove driven tracks dominate the album while the soulful moods of Oddsocks’ multiple vocalists colour each track.

Now the band have been back in the studio to record a live video series (Temple Lane Sessions) covering a selection of their album favourites. These will be released on their social media platforms and website starting on November 30th and will give viewers an insight into the band’s arrangements and performance style.

Latest Album ‘The Sound Of The City’ Available on Bandcamp, Spotify and itunes.

 

ZAPHO – DO LIKE I DO (Official Video)

ZAPHO released her debut single ‘Do Like I Do’ on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Apple, Deezer, etc. through Distrokid. From Rathfarnham, Dublin, 25-year-old singer, songwriter, musician, producer and performer ZAPHO (aka Ele Breslin) writes the kind of smart, svelte electro-pop/soul songs that arrive only from an intuitive understanding of the form.

Do Like I Do was a long time in the making. Written and produced by ZAPHO, with varying inputs from various producers, Steve McCann, Andy Savours and Steve Osbourne, this single is truly the product of creative collaboration. Reefing Pop by its neck collar, ZAPHO’s debut single is set to turn our senses on their toes, reminding us of what we love about Pop as a genre, while unsettling our expectations of what it should be. Like ZAPHO herself, Do Like I Do, is a standalone piece, but in the same breath the song is a resounding shout-out to that feeling of doing whatever we want to do, whenever we want to do it while owning the confidence of knowing you’re great at what you do. Do Like I Do, was mixed by James Darkin of Dublin’s Herbert Lane Studio and mastered by Pete Maher.

Whistleblower – Beef Supreme

 

Starman – Jack Lukeman with the National Children’s Choir

Jack Lukeman (BCO music patron) together with the National Children’s Choir and the Trinity String Orchestra have come together for The Starman Project to release David Bowie’s iconic anthem ‘Starman’. The single will be available from all digital platforms from Friday 9th November 2018 to coincide with Science Week and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missons. 

A group of Irish students from Cork’s Educate Together overseen by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) have led the charge on The Starman Project that has seen young people from all over the country coming together to collaborate on a recording of David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ in conjunction with the Dublin Bowie Festival. 

Speaking about the single BCO spokesperson Clair McSweeney said “The Apollo missions were an exercise in testing the limits of human ambition and cooperation that culminated in timeless events that unified and inspired a generation. The small step, before the giant leap. As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission approaches in 2019, what better way to celebrate it than to undertake another ambitious project in that spirit of cooperation with students from across Ireland collaborating with Jack Lukeman and the National Children’s Choir on The Starman Project and the release of ‘Starman’ in aid of Lauralynn Children’s Hospice”.

The Starman video is inspired by the Earthrise image; the first image of planet Earth to capture the world’s imagination taken during the Apollo 8 mission on December 24, 1968 and by David Bowie’s love of Earth and Space, and appreciation of our duty of care to our only home. The video is set against a sweeping backdrop of Ireland’s Dark Sky sites, archeoastronomy sites and skyscapes such as Newgrange and the Boyne Valley where over 5,000 years ago Stone Age astronomers in Ireland built monuments to track the Sun.

‘Starman’, produced by Duncan Maitland, Ger Eaton and Jack Lukeman, was recorded at the Sound Training College by Jack Lukeman and is available for streaming/download across all digital platforms from Friday 12 November 2018

Jack Lukeman has been touring as special guest with The Proclaimers and Jools Holland on their UK tour dates since October 2018 but makes a highly anticipated return to Ireland in December including a show at the National Concert Hall with the National Children’s Choir on 2 December 2018. 

JACK LUKEMAN – UPCOMING IRISH TOUR DATES 

2 December – The National Concert Hall with the National Children’s Choir 
        18 December – The Moat Theatre, Naas
22 December –  Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
        28 December –  Wexford Church, Wexford Town 
       29 December –  The Crescent Hall, Drogheda 
       31 December – Everyman Theatre, Cork
4 January – Dumamaise Theatre, Portlaoise
       5 January – The Pavillion, Dun Laoghire 
        12 January –  Balor TheatrDonegal 
        19 January -Waterford Theatre Royal
  25 January – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
       26 January – Visual Theatre Carlow 
       31 January – Linen Hall CastleBar – Jack and Pat McCabe
1 February – Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate

        2 February The Dock Carrick on Shannon – Jack and Pat McCabe

David Burke – Hello Ocean

Touring around Australia was a dream come true for me. I spent as much time as possible swimming in the ocean and marvelling at the ocean life – Whale sharks, turtles and Tiger sharks on the Ningaloo Reef; dolphins in Byron Bay; gorgeous fish of all the colours of the rainbow on the Great Barrier Reef. It truly is a breathtakingly beautiful land & sea and we tried to capture some of that magic in our video. What a gift Mother Nature has given us – I am conscious now more than ever of the need to make a greater and more urgent effort to preserve and live sustainly within our enviornment.

During the trip, as always, I experienced life’s up and down rollercoaster like we all do. This video tries to grab hold of and appreciate the good and positive energy.

I hope you enjoy the video. Music & Adventure are my 2 great passions in life. Ty has done an amazing job packing in so much colour and beauty into a music video.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip so special.

Thanks again to those who helped me create the music – Stephen Shannon, Tom Domican, Aongus Ralston, Max Greenwood and Bill Blackmore.

The Lost Brothers – Come Tomorrow (Official)

The Lost Brothers, Oisin Leech from Navan and Mark McCausland from Omagh, have released a new video and single entitled “Come Tomorrow” ahead of their upcoming Irish Theatre Tour this December. The song is taken from their 2018 album “Halfway Towards A Healing” which has been nominated for Album Of The Year at the upcoming RTE Folk Awards and has received widespread critical acclaim since its release including making The Irish Times’ Best Albums Of 2018. The band will be playing at the awards in Vicar St next Thursday, 25th Oct.

The video is by Tyrone video maker James Coyle, who has combined tour footage filmed on the road with a montage of 1950s TV and B movies which keep the band entertained while they travel from gig to gig.

This is the third video James has done for us” says Mark. “He is a busy cat. He could be in the depths of New Orleans making a documentary on moonshiners, or halfway across the Atlantic Ocean drinking brandy. It captures the song and frames it inside a battered TV from the 50s, like a lost mind frantically flicking through the static, stumbling in and out of consciousness, walking the thin line between dreams and reality. We are sure it means something. We just don’t know what. We love it” says Mark from The Lost Brothers.

The song was produced by Howe Gelb in Tucson is partly inspired by hearing Tim Rose’s self -titled 1967 album which was recommended by a pal Sheffield musician Richard Hawley. 

The song was probably the last addition to Halfway Towards A Healing” remembers Oisin. “The Tim Rose album was a massive influence and the lyrics were written while walking the countryside up around Omagh in the Gortin Glen in County Tyrone. We also had Johnny Cash’s mysterious 1963 Irish Tour in mind when writing the song. We had often been told about this tour and we hear that they recently found the tapes. James, who made the video, added some old 1950s TV footage to some tour footage we had filmed so as to make sure things don’t get too serious.”

The Lost Brothers will Tour Canada in February next and return to Australia in  April 2019.

The Lost Brothers December Irish Theatre tour dates are as follows…

Dec 13 An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny Co. Donegal.

Dec 14 Strule Arts Theatre, Omagh Co. Tyrone. 

Dec 15 Backstage Theatre, Longford Co. Longford.

Dec 21 Live At St Luke’s Cork City Co. Cork

Dec 22 Town Hall Theatre Westport Co. Mayo

Dec 23 Solstice Arts Theatre Navan Co. Meath 

Jan 23 2019 St. Michans Church Dublin.

All tickets available from www.thelostbrothersband.com 

Danny G & the Major 7ths // Say When feat. Osmojam (Official Video)

Say When is a love song: an apology to a partner for not paying her enough attention, for not listening. Danny G takes the first verse, full of promise and remorse. The female part of the duet is sung by French artist Osmojam who asks for action, not apologies.

On a wider social level, we heard echoes of these feelings in the Repeal movement.

The Republic of Ireland was not listening to its women, and the historic referendum result in May 2018 was experienced by many as an acknowledgement of the pain caused, an apology, and a promise to do better.

Both this movement and the activists involved gave us hope for the future – that our daughters could be raised in a fairer, more just society. There is still much work to be done. I hope this video serves as a small but fitting tribute to everyone involved with the cause, and a celebration of their momentous success.