Irish via Toronto band Nightbox have come back with new material to follow up their quietly bubbling but niche loved singles from the last two years.
We have heard ‘Burning’, the title song from The Panic Sequence EP but ‘In The Rural’, their latest, pushes their sound into new directions that suit them. The band’s trusted melodic are as strong as ever but the song finds them moving away from those Two Door Cinema comparisions into more Cut Copy electro division.
It’s a fitting sound for them and it seems the co-production from Al-P of MSTRKRFT and co-writing from Sebastien Grainger of DFA 1979 is helping add a sheen to that as they go. The EP is out on Toronto label Rare Beef worldwide via Caroline.
April 24 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
April 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
May 6 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle O2 Academy 2*
May 7 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla*
May 9 – Oxford, UK – Oxford O2 Academy 2*
May 11 – Birmingham, UK – Glee Club*
May 12 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega*
May 13 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece*
May 15 – London, UK – Village Underground*
May 20 – London, ON – Music Hall#
May 22 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog#
May 24 – Collingwood, ON – Casbah Bar#
May 27 – Boston, MA The Red Room @ Cafe 939#
May 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s#
May 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade#
May 31 – Baltimore, MD – Metro#
June 1 – Washington DC – DC9#
June 4 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall#
June 5 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506#
June 7 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle#
June 9 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah#
June 11 – Kingston, ON – Merchant Tap House#
June 12 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks#
June 13 – Montreal, PQ – Il Motore#
June 14 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall#
* w/ Albert Hammond, Jr.
# w/ Rush Midnight
I’m really liking this new track from Longford producer Imploded View. ‘Withering Lights’ has a hypnotic groove that reminds me of the work of Fort Romeau. Jerome McCormick plays Phase One Festival in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday. I’ll be DJing there too.
Imploded View – ‘Withering Lights’
Imploded View is from Co. Longford who likes to utilise analogue synths and tape machines on his tracks. He’s had two albums out, the last of which, Anomaly Domine was released on Blurry Pup. He also has an EP of remixes of his tracks by R.S.A.G., VHS Head, Christ. and Daithi. Withering Lights’ is his new single and is available onBandcamp iTunes, etc.
The Outhouse is an LGBT resource centre on Capel Street in Dublin there to support those in the LGBT community, and for the third year in a row, a team of musicians and artists have co-oped Record Store Day, another day of community to bring both the communities of music and Outhouse together under the name Record Store Gay.
From noon on Saturday, Outhouse will host a series of bands who have provided tracks for the third Record Store Gay compilation including Kate’s Party, I Heart The Monster Hero, Patrick Kelleher, French Bird, The Late David Turpin, Gar Cox, Sleep Thieves, Lo Fires and many more. The mini music festival will continue later at PantiBar from 6pm – 10:30 on Capel St.
Donations will be accepted towards Outhouse where there will be a popup record stall and the compilation will also be for sale in local record shops for the day that’s in it.
But first, you can have an exclusive listen to the compilation which features Le Galaxie covering Visage’s ‘Fade To Grey’, Kate’s Party cover No Doubt’s ‘Just A Girl, Swimmers’ covering Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’, Cave Ghosts’ covering Kylie’s ‘Come Into My World’, Stephen Quinn’s ukelele cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Talking Bout A Revolution’, Crayonsmith tackling Lykke Li’s ‘I Follow Rivers’, Carriages reworking Madonna, I Heart The Monster Hero honouring Queen and more. Listen here:
There’s also a video for White Sage’s John Maus cover of ‘Rights For Gays’:
Leftfield DJ set, Beardyman & more added to Sea Sessions
Sea Sessions said they were done with announcing their lineup for the festival in Bundoran, Donegal on 27th-29th June 2014 when they added Kelis and The Strypes two weeks ago, but they’ve found room for a few more with a Leftfield (DJ set), Beardyman, Little Matador and The Disconauts, The Vincents, DJ Keith Marshall and DJ Rez Lowe added too.
That adds to a lineup that includes Flight Facilities, Erol Alkan, Ella Eyre, Drenge, The Minutes, Walking On Cars, DJ Yoda and more.
Tier 1 tickets for the event are now sold out.
Tier 2 tickets are on sale now at €99.00 plus fee for a full weekend pass including camping.
Gruff Rhys, Ray Davies & Polar Bear for Dublin Writers Festival
Dublin Writers Festival is happening around the city over nine days in May from may 17th to 25th and in the programme this year are a number of events of interest to the music fan, as well as the literary one.
Last year, Twin Shadow gave us a new track in the form of ‘Old Love/New Love‘ which was one of the best things George Lewis JR has done in a while (that second album isn’t great is it?) Well, on ‘To The Top’, he goes deep into Whitesnake-style ’80s hair metal balladry. It’s teetering so close to the edge of cheese, it’s kind of amazing.
The track is on iTunes. You’re going to want it eventually.
London bass-heavy trio YOGI pulled off a major coup by having Pusha T on their huge ‘Burial’ single, no doubt helped by their presence on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Their debut EP is out on May 5th but before that we asked them what songs are floating their boats.
1. What song(s) have been inspiring your new material?
Blake: ‘Partition’ by Beyonce and ‘Coast Is Clear’ by Skrillex ft Chance The Rapper.
‘Cherry Bomb’ has been getting a baiting on Irish radio for the last month so it feels like there’s a lot of people who will be interested in hearing what The Minutes have come up with for album two Live Well Change Often on Model Citizen Records on Friday 9th May.
‘Supernatural’ sounds like the band are getting their swagger even further with a track that has its ’70s classic rock and garage influences intact.