Super Extra Bonus Party Return with Scintillating New Single ‘Switzerland’

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Super Extra Bonus Party are a band that will always have a special place in my heart. Not only was their music the soundtrack to a lot of great times, SEBP gigs were always superb, thrilling and often chaotic, and the source of fun times and great memories.

Add to that, they were one of a few Irish bands who did things their own way, not playing the game (whatever the game is) and experimenting without any pretentious bullshit. Needless to say, it was more than a mild disappointment when SEBP parked the project, announcing an indefinite hiatus seven long years ago.

Oh, and in case you’ve missed it, Super Extra Bonus Party have called time on their break with their new single ‘Switzerland’ – and it is a sensational return. It’s not a million miles away from where they left off their criminally underrated second album from 2009, Night Horses. Embracing SEBP’s characteristic strength of live instrumentation meets electronics, it is propelled by a powerful, hypnotic pulsing synth and metronomic beat, injected with meaty guitars, an intense drum machine work-out and all manner of electronic wizardry. ‘Switzerland’ is instilled with an energy that feels electric as it charges forth to a cataclysmic wall of sound. Opting in favour of keeping vocal duties in-house with Gavin Elsted & Stephen Fahey is a revelation too – sublime!

SEBP were always one’s for pushing things, experimenting and avoiding the obvious, safe path. The same can be said for ‘Switzerland’, and I think you’ll agree when I say, it’s great to have them back.

You can get yourself acquainted with ‘Switzerland’ below & the single is out now on 045 Recordings.

Earlier in the week, the band at down with with Headstuff to discuss their feelings about everything that had gone before, read it here – it’s definitely worth some of your time.

Touts – ‘Bomb Scare’

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Derry punks TOUTS were the finest new discovery at HWCH last year, scintillating at Electric Picnic this year and their debut EP Sickening and Deplorable, was exhilarating.

The Maiden City trio are about to release their new EP LIT and ahead of its entering the world we’ve got latest single ‘Bomb Scare’ to contend with. ‘Bomb Scare’ is an intense first preview of what to expect, and continues to build on the ’70s punk sound they’ve rather nicely cultivated thus far. An absolute punk rock stormer, this is a three-minute rattle through ’70s-channeling punk with a furious and thrilling high energy. Despite its rawness and filled with an undeniable anger, ‘Bomb Scare’ manages to maintain a certain level of fun and undoubtedly danceable. Outstanding on record and scintillating live, Touts are one of the most impressive acts on this Island right now – and if you get a chance to catch them live, do it!

Touts’ second EP LIT is out now via Hometown Records. The four track EP includes the lead single ‘Bomb Scare’, which you can sample below:

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Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #28

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A regular slot on blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past seven days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #28 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Get stuck into the tunes & enjoy the weekend! You can follow me on Spotify here.

Incoming: A Quick Chat With A.S. Fanning

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Berlin-based, Dublin-raised, singer/songwriter A.S. Fanning will be bringing his Irish tour to BRÚ House, Newbridge on Saturday, October 14 – and the tour coincides with the release of Fanning’s debut solo album Second Life.

This is the first in a series of collaborative shows between Broken Home & I, bringing some of our favourite musicians and artist to Newbridge – of which Fanning fits the bill for us both.

Previously the frontman and chief songwriter of Dublin bands The Last Tycoons and Porn Trauma, Fanning’s songs are often lyrically driven, taking inspiration from Irish literary tradition and folk music as well as from ‘60s psychedelia and gothic rock n roll. Fanning’s finest attribute is his profoundly brilliant songwriting and storytelling abilities, and observational eye, which enable him to depict vivid tales such as his meaty debut single ‘Carmelita’.

As a multi-instrumentalist he has played with acts such as Dublin troubadour The Mighty Stef, Berlin Industrial Electro outfit Suzies Ashes, and Irish songstress Candice Gordon, most recently producing and playing on Gordon’s debut LP, Garden of Beasts.

Support on the night comes from the equally wonderful Appo & the Disappointments & Rory Hughes – Doors @ 8.30pm | Tickets €5/€7.

Ahead of the weekend’s show I caught up with A.S. Fanning, to chat about the project, touring and all things music.

Tell us a little bit about A.S. Fanning. How did it come about? And what is the essence/inspiration behind the new project?

When I moved to Berlin I was working on my my own a lot. The Last Tycoons were still going at that point but we weren’t playing very often except for the occasional tour in Germany so I just started working on stuff on a laptop. That combined with being surrounded by electronic music in Berlin led to the songs taking on a kind of electro incarnation for a while.

I eventually stripped that back quite a bit, but I never really wanted to be a solo guy with an acoustic guitar. I always heard the songs having quite a full sound and having a kind of intensity in them, so I started building the songs around an acoustic guitar and vocal and adding in bits of synthesizers and organ and other atmospheric stuff to fill out the sound.

You’ve just returned from some shows in Ireland – how does it feel to go back after relocating to Berlin and starting a life there?

It feels kind of strange to be honest. Just because I haven’t played here very much in the last 5 years or so, and it’s a strange feeling to come on tour to somewhere I’m so familiar with, but which has obviously changed a lot in the last 5 years as well. But I feel like this album is largely about moving away from here so it’s nice to be able to come back to launch it, it feels like a sort of closing of the circle.

And on that, what are the biggest differences in being a musician in Berlin compared to Dublin? (i.e. audiences, opportunities etc.)

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Sorcha Richardson – ‘Waking Life’

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The last time we were discussing Brooklyn by way of Dublin musician/songwriter Sorcha Richardson was with the release of the superb ‘4AM’; a brooding, late-night anthem marked by Richardson’s wonderful vocals and captivating storytelling.

New single ‘Waking Life’ is equally as excellent as its predecessor. It’s a wonderful piece of electronic pop, with vivid lyrics and resplendent vocals remaining front and centre, set to a sonic background of electronic pulses, industrial paces and lush production. Yet another sublime, captivating piece of alt-pop brilliance and long may it continue – currently regretting missing the show in Dublin a few weeks back.

Click below to listen to ‘Waking Life’ – the single is out now. Also, Richardson is going on tour with Imelda May, view those dates after the jump.

OCTOBER

23 Wexford, Spiegeltent

24 Limerick, UCH

25 Limerick, UCH

27 Sligo, Live

28 Killarney, INEC

29 Cork, Opera House

31 Wexford, Speigeltent