(Video) Blood Red Shoes – Lost Kids

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There is something undeniably special about Blood Red Shoes. The Brighton duo consistently deliver meaty chunks of straight-up rock n roll. In keeping with this trend, they have unveiled a video for their latest single ‘Lost Kids’, which captures the bands signature sound of big, bold and brazen indie-rock.

‘Lost Kids’ is taken from Blood Red Shoes’ third album, In Time To Voices. 

Eva Petersen – Femme Fatale

Eva Petersen has been busy working on her debut solo record with Echo & The Bunnymen’s Will Sergeant. The album is almost done and dusted and should be with us later in the year.

In other news, Eva has kindly posted an amazing version of The Velvet Underground and Nico’s ‘Femme Fatale’ on soundcloud. It’s not clear whether or not this will make the album but it is an astounding track, which enables her stunning vocals to take centre stage, soaring above a wonderful ’60s aesthetic.

A wonderful track and hopefully there’s not too long a wait between now and the release of the album.

BarryGruff Presents #6: w/ Sive, Padraig McCauley & The P Affection and Sea Area Forecast :: Flanagan’s Newbridge :: May 25th

So, ‘BarryGruff Presents’ returns to Flanagan’s Bar, Newbridge for its sixth instalment on Friday, May 25th.

The first 5 shows have been fantastic & ‘BarryGruff Presents’ #6 promises to be no less impressive, with the delectable talents of Sive, Padraig McCauley & The P Affection and Sea Area Forecast on show.

Sive, the brainchild of Naas musician Sadhbh O’Sullivan, who’s recent debut album We Are Moving was greeted by rave reviews. Drawing from a wide variety of alternative rock, jazz and folk influences, Sive’s gorgeous sound fuses these influences, with excellent musicianship and charm.

Accompanying them on the bill are Naas-based Padraig McCauley & The P Affection, whose genre hopping sounds of their debut album received notable acclaim last year. Meanwhile Newbridge based Sea Area Forecast take time out from prepping their debut EP, indie, folk and rock sounds. It is going to be yet another memorable night. 

Entry is FREE as always and starts at 9.00pm Friday, May 25th. More info & Facebook event here.

Sive – Sunkissed

Download: Padraig McCauley & The P Affection – Lingo

Sea Area Forecast – Marvelous With Tin

Introducing: The Big Sun

The Big Sun are an indie band from Oxford, fronted by 15-year-old singer songwriter Berry and backed by ex-members of Candyskins and Ride.

This is a refreshingly laid back and simple approach to making music, best displayed by ‘Folly’. Berry’s voice is magnificent, coupled with a simple, rough electric guitar, ‘Folly’ imbues emotion and plucks away at the heartstrings. ‘Lazy Bones’ is quite similar in that respect but with added classic indie punch, while ‘Nightbus Topdeck’ demonstrates a more up-tempo, psych-pop sound. 

These might only rough demo’s but there is no doubt this is a very promising talent. The Big Sun are in the midst of getting a debut record together but in the meantime, there’s plenty to enjoy on their soundcloud page.

The Big Sun – Folly (Evolution Studio)

Download: The Big Sun – Lazy Bones

Download: The Big Sun – Nightbus Topdeck

(Video) Session Victim – ‘Dark Sienna’

Hamburg/Berlin based Session Victim release their debut album, The Haunted House of House this week.

Taken from the duo’s aforementioned album, ‘Dark Sienna’, blends touches of disco and soul into a nice neat house package,  polished off with an undeniable dance groove. The video is pretty neat too and was filmed, directed & edited Paul Fegan.

It would seem The Haunted House of House might be an album worth checking out.

By The Sea – Dream Waters

By The Sea have impressed a hell of a lot over the past 12 months with a steady stream of stellar singles already under their belt. It looks set to get even better with news that their debut LP, Dream Waters, is to be released soon.

The Wirral 6-piece’s album was recorded and mixed by Bill Ryder-Jones and ‘Dream Waters’ is the first taste of what we can expect. ‘Dream Waters’ has something of a mystical wondrous quality. Starting slowly it builds through the haze, transporting you on a melodious journey of breezy washed-out sounds.

A wonderful track from a wonderful band. Things are looking good for their debut album.

Devin – Romancing

Album review of Devins ‘Romancing’ published for State.ie on May 16th 2012.

Looking to the past for inspiration is common place in modern music, after all, isn’t everything is borrowed? However, 2012 is unlikely to throw up another artist so keen to embrace the past than young New Yorker, Devin. Just a quick glance at the cover of Romancing and these suspicions are confirmed, it is an unashamed throw back to rock ‘n roll of yesteryear, an ode to the days of The Stones, The Ramones & New York Dolls.

As the album and song titles like ‘Born to Cry’ ‘You’re Mine’ and ‘In My Solitude’ suggest, this is a journey through the time-honoured themes of love, loss, and heartache. Apart from this, what strikes you as soon as you set Romancing loose on your speakers, is the raw energy and spirit that drives the album. From the thundering, lightening fast opener ‘Masochist’ to ‘Run’ and ‘Forever Is Only a Moment’ the flamboyant energy never dies.

This flamboyance transposes an effortless, carefree sense of fun and a remarkable danceable quality to his songs, an admirable quality. The hip-swinging ‘New Horrors’, ‘I Don’t Think I’ and ‘Too Soon’ hit the heady heights of Supergrass at the top of their game. It may be a predominantly hyperactive mesh of lively pumped up punk and garage riffs but despite the gritty production, Devin’s soulful blues-tinged vocals inject a touching sense of emotion to proceedings. Originality is obviously not his forte and you will probably feel you have heard these songs before but Romancing offers Devin’s take on a genre and style he loves, doing it justice with an album which sounds passionate, edgy and genuine. A worthy addition to any record collection.