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SXSW 2015: the full Irish breakfast at B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub – 20th March 2015

 
By on Thursday, 9th April 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

The Full Irish Breakfast at B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub on the Friday of SXSW 2015 drew a full crowd throughout the day, probably in part due to the rainy weather outside, but in greater part because of the talented and widely varied lineup of musicians on the docket. After a last minute interview with Frank Turner, and by the time I found Mary sat at a table enjoying her full Irish, the pub was already starting to fill in. Mary had to leave early for her other engagements while I stayed to navigate the fun, hectic madness that would ensue throughout the day.

Orla Gartland at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

First on the day’s lineup were two very different female singer/songwriters, Dublin’s Orla Gartland and Derry native SOAK. Gartland’s bright and catchy brand of pop was just the burst of energy we needed to get the grey and drizzly morning off to a good start, and her onstage charm matched her offstage persona when I interviewed her a bit later in the morning. SOAK, otherwise known as Bridie Monds-Watson, captured our attention with a very different mood. Her delicately poignant songs might not have translated as well to the pub atmosphere at B.D. Riley’s as well as they had to Latitude 30 earlier in the week, but her name was certainly on everyone’s lips after her set was finished.

SOAK at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

After taking advantage of a break in the rain to step outside for interviews with both Gartland and SOAK, I ducked back into B.D. Riley’s to catch the end of Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s solo violin set. I had heard him play the previous day on the Lost In Austin boat ride, and I was pleased to see that his music wasn’t completely overwhelmed by the somewhat more disorderly audience in the pub. I almost missed the following act, Dublin punk act Girl Band (pictured in the header above), while interviewing Mac Con Iomaire, but I saw enough of their set and the crowd’s enthusiastic response to get the feeling that these four guys are well and truly on their way up.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

Next I had an encore performance from Walking On Cars, whom I’d seen at their sparsely attended Wednesday night set at the Music From Ireland showcase. While their performance that night hadn’t been lacking in any way, they were more energetic at B.D. Riley’s on Friday morning, feeding off of the more enthusiastic crowd. They elected not to perform their medley of pop hits here, wisely allowing their own energetic pop tracks to make an impression on our ears instead.

Walking on Cars at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

I was scheduled to interview self-described “cosmic reverb rock band” Buffalo Sunn ahead of their afternoon set, but they arrived to the venue later than they had planned due to the uncooperative weather outside. They did turn up in time to play, and their vibrant guitars and rich vocal harmonies were a perfect accompaniment for the mellowing ambience of the late afternoon. Luckily, the band were available to do the interview after their set; you can listen back to it here.

Buffalo Sunn at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

Unfortunately, rescheduling the Buffalo Sunn interview meant that I once again missed out on Dott, who played the Irish breakfast showcase at SXSW 2014 as well. Again, I heard just the end of their set, but it was enough to confirm that the band have refined both their sound and stage presence in the past year, as well as working up some new material for their upcoming studio album.

Dott at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

By this point in the afternoon, B.D. Riley’s was fairly packed in with people escaping the rain outside. Despite the tight fit throughout the venue, it was a favorable situation for experimental five-piece band Meltybrains?, who channeled the room’s restless energy into an ambitious and dynamic set including their by-now-famous face masks, which were floating around in the audience as well as on the stage. Their quirky stage antics and infectiously danceable rhythms made them instant crowd favourites, and their natural enthusiasm translated from the stage into my lively interview with them.

Meltybrains? at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

Hard rock duo All Tvvins followed Meltybrains? with an equally energetic set of their own, gearing up the crowd for the unabashed joviality of the final two acts, Fight Like Apes and Le Galaxie. Fight Like Apes lead singer MayKay was in particularly fine form and fine voice, engaging the audience both with her vocals and her seductive stagecraft. She was called back to the stage to join in on Le Galaxie’s recent single ‘Carmen’, adding even more fuel to their already pulse-racing electronic dance set and bringing the afternoon’s festivities to a sensational finale.

All Tvvins at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

Le Galaxie with MayKay at Full Irish Breakfast 20 March 2015

The annual full Irish breakfast event at B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub has gained a not-to-be-missed reputation, which is well-deserved both for the high quality of the musicians on the showcase and its ever-present atmosphere of warm hospitality. This was my second time attending the event, and I must say that while this year’s showcase was a bit more eclectic than what Mary and I saw in 2014, Music From Ireland once again hosted a spectacular and memorable show. Cheers!

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: Artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 at 11:15 am
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2015 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Today’s installment of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015 previews showcasing bands from Ireland and Northern Ireland. This year’s acts are predominantly rock-oriented, with a few notable exceptions, including a pair of exceptional singer/songwriters and representation in the festival’s dance and avant garde/experimental categories as well.

All Tvvins (rock) – Dublin-based Conor Adams and Lar Kaye premiered their debut single ‘Thank You’ on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show back on the 10th of February. If you missed it, you can hear the relentless energy of the guitar and bass riffs under paired lyrical couplets building slowly to the climactic final lines “I may hate you, I thank you” in this live video recorded for Press Record Asylum Sessions.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/noesFmUw0Wc[/youtube]

BP Fallon (rock) – BP Fallon released his first album ‘Still Legal’ in 2013 with backing band The Bandits. The album came after a lifelong career in the music business, including jobs as a disc jockey, photographer, writer, publicist and manager. Fallon has recently released a new LP ‘Live In Texas’, which includes the single ‘I’m Still Legal’, streaming below.

Buffalo Sunn (rock) – this quintet comprises Daniel Paxton, (songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist), his brother Conor (bass and pedal steel), Patrick McHugh (guitar and backing vocals), Jimmy Cullen (keyboards and backing vocals) and Donagh O’Brien (drums). The group describe themselves on their Facebook page as “a cosmic reverb rock band”. Their album ‘By The Ocean By The Sea’ was released in Ireland last October, with subsequent release in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In the surreal video for ‘By Your Side’, frontman Paxton confronts past, present and future versions of himself.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/LnhKniNclg4[/youtube]

Dott (rock) – the Galway garage pop quartet have recently premiered the video for last year’s featured single ‘Small Pony’ (watch it below). According to their Facebook page, they are currently working on their next studio recording, which will include a track called ‘Beautiful Face’. Perhaps a preview of that song will be on their set list in Austin next month. TGTF coverage from Dott’s appearance at SXSW 2014 can be found here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1nM6Wb6yUE[/youtube]

Fight Like Apes (pop) – this Dublin-based five-piece are best known for their quirky humour and verbose titles, for example, their last studio album ‘The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner’. SXSW organisers have filed them under “pop”, but I lean toward the heavier alt-rock label for their sound. Their Facebook page indicates they are planning to release details of an upcoming third album in the near future. In the meantime, have a listen to ‘Jenny Kelly’ below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/8IQUxXvnZ88[/youtube]

Girl Band (punk) – as far as I can tell, there isn’t a single girl in this band, but so much for truth in advertising. Comprised of Dara Kiely, Daniel Fox, Alan Duggan and Adam Faulkner, this Dublin-based four-piece signed to Rough Trade Records back in December. Melding a hint of blues with their progressive post-punk, Girl Band looks like an upgrade from last year’s heavily-hyped quartet The Strypes.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/nqxe3NZKYL0[/youtube]

Go Wolf (pop) – Go Wolf will launch a new EP titled ‘Running’ just before their trip to Austin. The release launch will see the Belfast synth-pop quartet play a hometown show on the 6th of March, also featuring TGTF and SXSW alumnus Travis Is A Tourist. You can stream the uptempo title track from Go Wolf’s EP just below.

James Vincent McMorrow (singer/songwriter) – January 2014 saw the release of McMorrow’s album ‘Post Tropical’, which marked a very deliberate change in direction from his previous acoustic folk rock style. The video for the album’s smooth r&b-tinged single ‘Cavalier’ is the first in a three-part series about “the heartbreak of a boy in a small town”.

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/78293068[/vimeo]

Le Galaxie (dance) – the self-described “grids vs. guitars” quartet have recently signed to Universal Music Ireland and plan to release their next album ‘Le Club’ in April. Recent single ‘Carmen’, streaming below, features vocals by MayKay of the aforementioned Fight Like Apes.

Meltybrains? (avant/experimental) – according to their Facebook page, “Meltybrains? are a 5-piece, experimental, electronic band, based in Dublin, Ireland. Their sound is quite at odds with much of what is on offer from the music scene, yet takes its inspiration from hip-hop, IDM, rock and contemporary classical music, among other things.” Have a listen to their recent single ‘IV’ and judge for yourself.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/E2Dv9qPEGb8[/youtube]

More Than Conquerors (rock) – TGTF recently featured the video for More Than Conquerors’ upcoming single ‘Red’ as a Video of the Moment. The single itself is due for release on the 2nd of March, just as More Than Conquerors begin a brief UK headline tour ahead of their SXSW appearance.

Orla Gartland (pop) – this Dublin-based pop songstress first gained attention by posting videos of cover songs on YouTube. Gartland is currently unsigned to a record label, but her second EP ‘Lonely People’ is available digitally on iTunes and Amazon. In a nod to her humble YouTube beginnings, Gartland solicited fan-submitted clips for the EP’s title track video, which you can watch just below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/FiKXjTUESPo[/youtube]

Protex (punk) – inspired by The Clash’s historic visit to Belfast in 1977, punk band Protex was originally active in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, splitting up in 1981 after releasing singles on Good Vibrations, Rough Trade, and Polydor. Original members Aidan Murtagh and David McMaster reformed the band in 2010 after a New York record label unearthed and re-released some of their old Polydor recordings. Protex’s current line up comprises Murtagh (guitar/vocals), Norman Boyd (guitar/backing vocals), John Rossi (bass/backing vocals) and Gordie Walker (drums).

SOAK (singer/songwriter) – Derry native and skateboard enthusiast Bridie Monds-Watson has already been featured as part of editor Mary’s preview of the SXSW 2015 BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation showcase. SOAK’s first EP ‘Blud’ was released last year on Goodbye Records, but she has recently signed to Rough Trade for her first LP release, scheduled for later this year.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/EwmeF9aDy20[/youtube]

Walking On Cars (rock) – the Dingle indie pop quintet signed to Virgin EMI Records last year for the release of their EP ‘Hand In Hand’. They have a busy spring schedule ahead of them, including headline dates in Ireland and the UK in March prior to their trip to America for SXSW. Following is the video for their recent single ‘Always Be With You’.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/dzk9GPpfyv8[/youtube]

We here at TGTF will be bringing you even more preview coverage of SXSW 2015 in the coming weeks leading up to the big week in Austin in March. To catch up on any of our past reporting or if you want to keep an eye on our coverage as it continues, head this way.

 

(Charity / Holiday!) Live Gig Video: Irish artists record ‘Christmas is in Your Heart’ single to benefit Peter McVerry Trust Dublin homelessness charity

 
By on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Niall Jackson, guitarist and vocalist with Irish bands Bouts and Swimmers, is the mastermind behind the charity single project Christmas Hearts. It was inspired by his and two fellow Dublin City University students’ project What is Home, which brings attention to the plight of the homeless and raises money for the Peter McVerry Trust, “established in 1983 by Father Peter McVerry to tackle homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage. Since then it has supported thousands of young people on the margins of Irish society.”

To benefit the trust this holiday season, Jackson and mates including Conor J. O’Brien of Villagers (pictured at top performing in DC last year), MayKay of Fight Like Apes, Jim McNulty of Spring Break, Shane Murphy of Land Lovers, Enda Canavan of Paddy Hanna and Brian Kelly from So Cow recorded a new single, ‘Christmas is in Your Heart’.

The song is out on iTunes, Rdio, CD and Bandcamp today, so if you like what you hear in the live video below, please buy it to support this charity. There will be an official launch party for the single at Dublin Whelan’s on the 11th of December. Tickets are just €10 and all proceeds go to Peter McVerry too. Either way you want to spend your money, dig deep for this very worthy charity!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPNgh1Qsg1c[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner

 
By on Tuesday, 26th April 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

I am always troubled when “alt-rock” is used to describe a band. I mean, what exactly is the difference between “rock” and “alt-rock”, is “alt-rock” when “traditional” rock goes mental? If yes, I suppose “alt-rock” works as a label for synth-based Fight Like Apes from Dublin. In 2009 I heard their songs ‘Tie Me Up with Jackets’, with singer MayKay’s sing/talky voice, its bleepy blips and anarchic, shouted chorus. Their second album ‘The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner’ was released in Ireland in 2010 but finally getting its release this week in the UK.

‘Come On, Let’s Talk About Your Feelings’ sounds vaguely hippie and you might worry that Fight Like Apes have gone chill. No chance of that. Humourous lyrics, instrumentation that beats you up and computer-y bleeps are still part of this band’s sound, thankfully. ‘Jenny Kelly’, the first single from the album that is currently getting radio airplay, is a great example of MayKay’s sweet voice that can morph into a screamy, energetic one without a second glance. (Watch a stripped down version of this song below.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae7NQYLI2sg[/youtube]

Screaming doesn’t really work for me unless there are good lyrics involved, this band always manages to come up with words that are memorable. ‘Pull Off Your Arms and Let’s Play in Your Blood’, the title alone applauded by Carl Barat recently on Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable, has a sultry background groove with sexy vocals. Both this and ‘Hoo Ha Henry’ start with funny spoken word samples, but the latter lays into you; once the song is over you feel like you’ve been in a fight.

After that onslaught, gently orchestrated ‘Kathmandu (Face It, You’re Caviar, I’m Hotdogs)’, while not soft at all, is a welcomed, slower tempo number. I thought the meaning of the song was clear by the title but now I’m not so sure. In a way, it’s kind of disappointing that the next song, ‘Thank God You Weren’t Thirsty (Lightbulb)’, is fab in its calm, new-wavey direction until it goes off in the normal Fight Like Apes mental direction two-thirds of the way in (MayKay absolutely screaming her head off), because it would have been fine, erm, a little smoother.

If I had to guess which songs would do the best during festival season, my vote is for ‘Poached Eggs’. (I mean, really, you can imagine pissed punters shouting “just get laid!” back at the band in the middle of Worthy Farm, can’t you?) And indeed, the sexual innuendo (the mention of hookers in ‘Z + H5 Together at Last’, the title of ‘Ice Cream Apple Fuck’) is in your face.

The main problem I see with this album is that the bleeps and random added sounds are too ubiquitous and have the potential to annoy rock traditionalists. (See ‘Captain A-Bomb’, ‘Waking Up with Robocop’.) Oh, and MayKay’s vocals can grate if not melodic (‘Indie Monster’ gives me a headache). Fight Like Apes is, shall we say, an acquired taste. And quite polarising. Just like caviar and hot dogs.

7/10

‘The Body of Chris and Legs of Tina Turner’, the second album from Fight Like Apes, is available now on Model Citizen.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #310: Fight Like Apes

 
By on Thursday, 17th March 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Dublin punk poppers Fight Like Apes will be releasing a new album, ‘The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner’, on 25 April, and before that, a single titled ‘Jenny Kelly’ on 4 April.

In celebration of their upcoming releases (and fortuitously, we’re posting this on St. Patrick’s Day!), the band are offering up for listening and/or downloading three tracks they recently recorded live at a in-store at Tower Records Dublin. They are ‘Hoo Ha Henry’, ‘Poached Eggs’, and ‘Come On, Let’s Talk About Our Feelings’, and they’re all on the new album. Stream and download them to your heart’s content below.

Fight Like Apes go out on the road in the UK this spring, beginning on the 1st of May at Glasgow’s legendary King Tuts. They will also make an appearance at Live at Leeds on the 30th of April. For all their tour information, go here.

 

Fight Like Apes / May 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 24th February 2011 at 4:00 pm
 

Fight Like Apes will be touring in the UK in May. Tickets to this tour are on sale now. The trio from Dublin from will be releasing a new single (‘Jenny Kelly’) on the 4th of April on Model Citizen, and a new album (‘The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner’ – what a title!) is on its way shortly after.

The band is also scheduled to make an appearance at Live at Leeds on 30 April.

Saturday 30th April 2011 – Live at Leeds
Sunday 1st May 2011 – Glasgow King Tuts
Monday 2nd May 2011 – Sheffield O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 4th May 2011 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Thursday 5th May 2011 – Manchester Night and Day
Friday 6th May 2011 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 8th May 2011 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 3
Monday 9th May 2011 – Bristol O2 Academy 2
Tuesday 10th May 2011 – London KCLSU

 
 
 

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