Event Horses – ‘Dance With The Devil’ (EP)

Have you got enough riffage in your life? If not Event Horses are the answer to all your problems.

Formed in April 2010, the punk-pock and hardcore trio have already become a hot favourite within the North of Ireland music scene following some high-profile gigs and their critically acclaimed debut EP, Faces.

The Antrim 3-piece’s second EP, Dance With Devil serves up three savage slices of aggressive rip-roaring punk-rock fury. We are confronted with a relentless aural assault of gritty, raw and energetic songs as they screech their way through dangerously addictive riffs and foot stomping drum beats that are ‘Dance With The Devil’, ‘From The Start’ and ‘Desperate Times’

A caustic racket to be reckoned with no doubt, these guys are going destroy places with their live shows.

Dance With The Devil is out now on Generation Peace Records.

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Event Horses – Dance With The Devil

Glastonbury ’11: Bits n’ Bobs

Glastonbury is over and done with for another two years, but thanks to the brilliant BBC coverage we were all able to enjoy a lot of the weekend’s action from the comfort of our respective couches.

Much of the weekend’s antics isn’t online yet but here are some of the highlights from across the weekend…

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The legend that is Jimmy Cliff

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More feel good vibes from Primal Scream

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The Kills ripping it up

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The Horrors new album really can’t come quick enough

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Elbow doing what they do best

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Old masters The Chemical Brothers tearing it up.

Pete And The Pirates – One Thousand Pictures

It’s been about three years since Pete and the Pirates released jangly upbeat debut Little Death.

The Reading outfit’s forte remains well-observed, ditsy, easy on the ear and infectious indie although One Thousand Pictures is far less carefree and jaunty than its predecessor.

There has been a definite maturation, both lyrically and musically, with a real preference for slightly psychedelic, pithily whimsical songs about the British way of life. Sanders timeless songwriting ability of capturing the everyday ponderings and personal portrait we got from Ray Davies in his pomp. Encapsulated by ‘Come to the Bar’, a celebration and critique of drinking culture (you decide) or album closer ‘Half Moon Street’, a lovely, wistful ballad about a couple held together only a shared love of drinking.

Tom Sanders’ distinctive and emotive vocals triumph alongside the band’s often eccentric and downright peculiar music. As well as the touching and rousing there is an underlying sense of fun to One Thousand Pictures. be it the adorably infectious ‘Motorbike’, the more experimental ‘Winter1′ and it’s off-kilter synth channelling to the perfect pop of ‘United’.

One Thousand Pictures is both melancholic and beautiful, fragile and robust and rowdy and rousing without ever feeling forced or misplaced. Not since Mystery Jets’ 21 has there been an indie-pop album so close to perfection. They don’t come around very often so enjoy the moment.

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Pete And The Pirates – Come To The Bar

Pete And The Pirates – Half Moon Street via Jaumita

Video: Anna Calvi – Desire

English songstress Anna Calvi is releasing ‘Desire’ as the second single from her spellbinding eponymous debut album on June 20th.

‘Desire’ is pretty typical of what the album’s all about; wonderfully rich, brooding and dramatic gothic pop. It is accompanied by a moody video directed by Aoife McArdle and will be available on 7″ and via digital download, backed with a reworking of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Joan Of Arc’.

Calvi plays Vicar Street, Dublin on November 19th and The Empire, Belfast on November 20th.


Echo & The Bunnymen – ‘Do It Clean’ (Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here Live)

For three decades Echo & The Bunnymen have been serving up some of the finest indie/post-punk on the planet and they can throw together a set list to rival any band. In recent years however, McCulloch & co. have taken to touring classic albums instead.

Do It Clean was recorded at a sold out show in their hometown of Liverpool, playing classic albums Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here. I have yet to get my hands on a copy but they have kindly made ‘Pride’, ‘Crocodiles’ and ‘Show of Strength’ all available via their facebook.

Also, The Bunnymen take their ‘Ocean Rain Tour’ to Dublin’s Olympia on Friday 23rd of September. The band will perform their classic 1984 album, Ocean Rain live, accompanied by a full string section. I’ve already got a ticket, it should be immense!

Do It Clean is strictly limited edition and is only available via the Echo & The Bunnymen website.

Mp3: Echo & The Bunnymen – Pride

Mp3: Echo & The Bunnymen – Crocodiles (Live) 

Mp3: Echo & The Bunnymen – Show Of Strength