(Video) Candice Gordon – ‘I Haven’t Eaten In Days’

Candice Gordon has released a brand new video for her track ‘I Haven’t Eaten In Days’. The song featured as the B-side to her Rock ‘n Roll stomper, ‘Smoking Like The Barrel Of a Gun’, released back in July. 

‘I Haven’t Eaten In Days’ exhibits a different side to her talents. It is a slow-burning, delicate, lamenting affair allowing her vocals to flicker amid a sea of twanging guitars and steady drums. It is a far cry from the ferocity of  ‘Smoking Like The Barrel Of a Gun’ but with no less real emotion.

The video self made in her flat in Berlin with Stephen Fanning and can be checked out below.

BarryGruff Presents: Our Krypton Son, Conor Mason and The P Affection :: The Twisted Pepper :: Dublin :: Sat August 25th

 

I’m delighted ‘BarryGruff Presents’ is on its way back to Dublin again, this Saturday, August 25th. We’re taking over The Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street for what promises to be a great night.

I’m especially excited to have three of the best acts in Ireland (and three of my favourites) – ‘Our Krypton Son’, ‘Conor Mason’ and ‘The P Affection’ – with me on this one. There is more details and tracks from the acts below. Doors at 8pm and admission is €7, hopefully plenty of you can make it along to what will be a really special night. [Facebook event]

Our Krypton Son (Smalltown America):

Chris McConaghy aka Our Krypton Son hails from Derry, where he cut his first musical teeth with psychobilly art-rockers Red Organ Serpent Sound. Having graduated unscathed from those rambunctious ranks, Chris established his song writing credentials sharing stages with David Kitt, Gemma Hayes, Jape and Cashier No. 9 around the Irish club circuit. Gathering plaudits as a writer of note, Chris gathered close musician friends together in early 2010 to create Our Krypton Son. Our Krypton Son’s muse traverses the songscapes of Wilco, Costello, Bowie, Waits and Orbison. McConaghy’s voice is at times fragile, tender and touching and on occasion shimmers romantically in rare, Irish sunlight.

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Our Krypton Son – Catalonian Love Song

Our Krypton Son – Nowhere

 

Conor Mason (Armellodie Records):

Also hailing from Derry, music has been present in Mason’s life from a young age. With three albums under his belt, Mason has now found his space on the musical landscape, not dissimilar to that occupied by luminaries Matthew Jay or Elliott Smith. His latest album, Standstill, is a masterpiece in song writing, flowing gently by, amid a sea of soft lilting vocals, whispering lyrical poeticisms and subtle instrumentation. His music is permeated by an air of richness, comforting tranquillity and shrouded in melancholy. This is Conor Mason’s first Dublin show in sometime and one definitely not to be missed.

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Download: Conor Mason – Better Than Nothing

Conor Mason – Out of the Blue 

The P Affection (NIPPI Records):

The P Affection is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Padraig McCauley. The Naas based band’s self-titled debut was released to rave reviews and their recently released follow-up Cakes For Occasions has exceeded even their lofty expectations. They have grown as a band, their sound even tighter; a wondrous blend of indie-pop, rock, ska, and folk is formed into a distinct and cohesive sound, all of their own.

The P Affection – My Main Squeeze

The P Affection – Gone Fishin’

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Crows – ‘Glamour of the Gods’

Crows are a four piece band from Kilburn in London. There isn’t a lot known about them but on the evidence so far, it is safe to say they like to make a lot of noise, of the scuzzy, dirty blues stomp variety.

Their latest single ‘Glamour of the Gods’ is a case in point. It is a pretty gung-ho, raw affair, set to a back drop of twanging, spooky feedback and layers of unnerving, chilling darkness. It’s not short of a rousing anthemic chorus or two either. A fantastic and ferocious blast of  doom laden rock n’ roll.

Check ‘Glamour of the Gods’ and the pretty slick video below.

Effy – ‘Feel That’

Yes, it’s that familiar story, with more musical talent arising from Newbridge. Effy are the combined talents of Newbridge duo Peter Fleming (Kaleid) and Kieran Craddock. 

Both of these guys have been earning their stripes on the Dublin bass scene this year, with residencies for Decoy and Strangeways respectively. The duo’s first effort, ‘Feel That’, is more than a little impressive. It’s a kick ass electronic production with an infectious funky core, beats and slick vocal sample. A very impressive start, hopefully there is plenty more where that came from. 

Effy play their first how tonight in The Twisted Pepper

BarryGruff Presents: One Year On | Some Idle Chit-Chat

Saturday last marked the one year anniversary of the very first ‘BarryGruff Presents’ show. Granted, a year isn’t really a long time in the grand scheme of things but I thought I’d share some musings from the year.

As with a lot of ideas, it spawned from chatting over a few pints, where by myself and Stevie decided to try doing some small gigs in our local in Newbridge, Flanagan’s. So, the idea was simple, bring music I’d been pushing on the blog, from the internet into a real world live setting. It has work fantastically well and we’ve been lucky to have witnessed some outstanding performances from some of the finest up and coming talents this country has to offer.

It may come as a surprise to many that while Newbridge has a wealth musical talent (this mixtape is just a small bit of proof), we have been pretty much starved of live original music in recent years (that’s a whole other post). This was our attempt to redress this imbalance. Live music is vital if we are to ever to sustain a vibrant music scene and this problem isn’t confined to Newbridge. I’m sure there are towns like Newbridge the length and breadth of this island, which are virtually starved of live music.

We just utilized what we’ve got and worked with it, Flanagan’s is far from a perfect for these shows but works remarkably well. Now, I’m lucky, not only did I cut my teeth putting on shows with Culture Factory but I have two top guys with me (Stevie & Poggy) who have the equipment and know how to make it possible. Of course we’re not alone and credit is due to the many people putting on gigs and promoting new talent across Ireland. I suppose the point is we’ve opened up a new place, somewhere artists couldn’t/hadn’t played previously which is most important. There needs to be more than 7 or 8 places for bands to tour. Although music is increasingly discovered and consumed online, it is vital to remember music is best witnessed live, as a collective experience. Time and time again when acts play here, people are blown away by music they have, or have not heard before (proving the limitations of my blog  too).

Having the gigs in a pub works and is a pretty natural partner. Not only are the shows free but people are comfortable in a boozer, overcoming the issue of getting people from pubs to venues, which I assume extends beyond Newbridge, to many towns across Ireland. 

What we’re doing is only small but I’m immensely proud of the achievements so far and I’m sure that lads are too. Expanding to Dublin has been exciting too but there is something uniquely special about the Newbridge gigs. I’ll be honest, it was pretty nerve racking to begin with. It had been quite sometime since I had done anything in the way of gigs but it has been a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Long may they continue.

The next ‘BarryGruff Presents’ takes place in The Twisted Pepper, Dublin on Saturday, August 25th with ‘Our Krypton Son’, ‘Conor Mason’ and ‘The P Affection’. More info here. (There will be another Newbridge show announced soon too).

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Throwing Up – ‘Snake’

Throwing Up are set to release a new single ‘Snake’, the first from the band’s forthcoming debut Over You which is set for release at the end of September.

The last time we dropped in on the East London punk trio we were treated to a dose of hard edged, high energy squall of noise. While remaining true to bashing out songs of under 3 minutes, ‘Snake’ is a slow burning piece of snarly garage-rock with smoother production, with an all important lo-fi edge. It really works for them, especially in allowing Benett’s vocals to ring through and her lyrics to hit harder.

Check it out below, September isn’t too far away.

Boys Noize – ‘XTC’ + MMM Remix

Boys Noize never manages to disappoint. He hasn’t changed the script with his brand new single ‘XTC’, taken from his forthcoming new album Out Of The Black.

‘XTC’, cheesy song title aside, pits a catchy synth, robotic vocals and a powerfully bassline together into a techno infused electro beast. That’s not all, check MMM‘s stunning remix, fleshed out to over 7 minutes, it is more minimalist, sinister and packs a serious punch of its very own.

Everything is looking good for the new album which will be with us in October.

The Casanova Wave – All Of It’s Yours (Feat. Neon Wolf)

Essentially the work of one man – Waterford’s Brian McCartan – The Casanova Wave specialise in alluring, deliciously upbeat electronic pop.

‘All Of It’s Yours’ (featuring the fantastic Neon Wolf) is the second single taken from The Casanova Wave’s debut album Joy Of Being. It, like their aptly titled debut album, is an absolute joy to listen to and sums up what The Casanova Wave is all about. Equipped with a series of succulent slices of deliciously upbeat electro pop, this is a record which will put a smile on your face, and a bounce in your step. Joy Of Being is one of the most inviting and enchanting Irish albums released this year.

Joy Of Being is out now on Bluestack Records and can be picked up right here.

Chicken Lips – D.R.O.M.P (The Emperor Machine Extended Version)

The Emperor Machine‘s (aka Andy Meecham) wizardry hasn’t gone unnoticed on this blog, especially the supreme remixing talent. Meecham is also a member of Chicken Lips, of which he’s produced an extended mix of their latest release, ‘D.R.O.M.P’.

‘D.R.O.M.P’ is a funk fueled disco track with a hint of DFA styling coursing through its veins. It is a great track it’s own right but the pulsating relentlessness to The Emperor Machine’s extension is something quite spectacular. A slow-burning, shape-shifting sound with a serious amount of funked-up bass.

Both versions of ‘D.R.O.M.P’ are below an it’s out now on Southern Fried Records. 

 Chicken Lips – D.R.O.M.P (The Emperor Machine Extended Version)

 Chicken Lips – D.R.O.M.P (Special 12″ Mix)

Howie Payne – ‘The Brightest Star’

Liverpool’s lineage and musical heritage is, well, bloody impressive. Although flying under the radar since the demise of The Stands, Howie Payne is a deserving addition to, and exponent of this proud tradition. 

While Payne has been relatively quite since releasing his debut solo album, Bright Light Ballads in 2009, he’s back in the studio of late and working on new material. He has also been sharing the fruits of his labour with us by posting some demos online. The latest , ‘The Brightest Star’, is a wonderful exposition of his talent, superb songs which straddle folk, blues and country.

It is a style often broached but rarely mastered, something gladly Payne has achieved. Payne’s talent is deserving of so much more notoriety, here’s hoping we get a new release from him very soon and it does just that. 

Check out The Brightest Star’ & some choice cuts from Payne’s past work below.

Introducing: Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg may be just 18 but he sounds much older, his songs of melancholic folk and bluesy rock, sound older still, with a stripped down rawness reminiscent of early White Stripes and the early days of rock’n’roll.

It is refreshing to find a young musician picking up a guitar and doing things in something of the old fashioned way. Bugg rattles through songs of both youthful swagger and real honesty as he paint us a picture of the world as he sees it. If one song could sum up his entire approach it would be ‘Trouble Times’. It offers an autobiographical window into life on a council estate, over a driving, rustic acoustic melody he sings “Stuck in speed-bump city where the only thing that’s pretty is the thought of getting out, there’s a tower block overhead, all you’ve got is your benefits and you’re barely scraping by.”

There’s been quite a lot of talk about this young man from Nottingham but on the evidence of his early singles, it’s very much justified. Looking forward to the debut album coming in October this year but until then we have these few gems to tide us over.

Groove Armada – ‘Pull Up’

Groove Armada seem to have been with us for an eternity but judging by ‘Pull Up’ they have lost none of their party verve.

In fact, Groove Armada are back with a bang, taking things back revisiting their sound of old. The new single ‘Pull Up’ has a distinct Groove Armada feel; from the opening synths they delve straight into a mix of dirty and funky club beats, while Slarta John vocals just scream ‘Superstylin’. There’s a bit of an early Basement Jaxx vibe to it too as they lead the charge through bouncy big beat house with a serious fun and funky party buzz.

‘Pull Up’ is an absolute thumping track and available now as a digital download.