Death In The Sickroom – ‘Tonight’

Death In The Sickroom 2014 hi-res press shot

Death In The Sickroom aroused plenty of interest when they announced themselves with a tasty selection of sublime demos over two years ago. It has been interesting tracking their progress since then, albeit a quiet one for new material, preferring to take their time, playing gigs and honing tunes before treating us to a sneak preview of their work with ‘Brick To The Face’ late last year.

Now the young Dublin band have unveiled ‘Tonight’, the lead single from their forthcoming Brick To The Face EP, which is due out in August. ‘Tonight’ is jangly, upbeat and infectiously catchy. It swaggers along the most palpable of guitar jangles, that is sparking, blissful and sublime. This, combined with some snappy drumming, excelsior lyrics and delivery, sees their pop-sensibilities shine through a tune that bears all the hallmarks of an ‘indie classic’. Yes, we’ve been here before, albeit in demo form, but now fleshed out and polished, ‘Tonight’ has lost none of its former charm.

You can check out ‘Tonight’ and its video ahead of the forthcoming release of their debut EP, Brick To The Face.

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Ghost Estates – ‘In Your Dreams’


It seems like a long time since Ghost Estates’ released their self-titled debut album, an impressive and stylistically diverse record taking in straight up indie-rock, reach for the sky guitar anthems and new wave.

Two years on and Ghost Estates are back with a new single, ‘In Your Dreams’, which is taken from their forthcoming, as yet untitled second LP. The lineup has seen a reshuffle with vocalist/guitarist Alan Monaghan and drummer Keith Byrne moving on and new drummer, Dave Mulvaney (formerly of Cheap Freaks) coming in. Yet going by the new single, the personnel changes have done little to diminish the sparkle that made their debut so good, and ‘In Your Dreams’ sits nicely alongside their previous output. It comes across as an under three minute reaffirmation of that very fact, albeit in a more streamlined, honed and refined fashion. Things are looking good for the new record, hopefully they don’t leave us hanging on too long.

You can stream ‘In Your Dreams’ below or pick it up for a cool €1 from Bandcamp. Also, Ghost Estates play Whelans on May 22nd.

(Video) The Horrors – ‘So Now You Know’

The Horrors 2014 New Album Single

So, you might have heard, The Horrors will release their forthcoming fourth album Luminous on May 5th through XL.

Even a whisper of new material is greeted with a flurry of excitement around these parts – all justified too of course – seen as their previous two, LPs Primary Colours (2009) & Skying (2011), are astonishingly good records and two firm favourites. So with all that in mind, their new record, Luminous was always going to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year. The Horrors have shared ‘So Now You Know’, the second song and lead single from their new LP and it continues their usual sophisticated and colourful sound, touch of post-punk and Faris Badwan brooding croon. Although, the darkness which marks much of their previous work seems to have abated, replaced by a new wavey trickle of euphoria, mellow synth sounds and a bouncy backbeat. Tune in, drift away in this bliss of colourful groove.

Luminous is out on May 5th through XL and you can get an earful and video(full) of ‘So Now You Know’ below.

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Echo and The Bunnymen – ‘Market Town’

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Echo and the Bunnymen have unveiled ‘Market Town’, the lead track from their first new album in five years, Meteorites.

It’s probably a fair to assume that most people are acquainted vintage Bunnymen, that of the 1980’s and tunes like ‘The Killing Moon’, ‘Lips Like Sugar’, ‘The Cutter’ and ‘Seven Seas’. This longevity isn’t really surprising seen as how good those early Echo and the Bunnymen songs are, and how remarkably well they’ve stood the test of time. Even in more recent years they’ve managed to release some rather tasty material, saying all that, it’s been a while since they’ve sounded as vital as they do on ‘Market Town’. McCulloch’s voice, which has got better with age, rises vibrantly above shimmering guitar lines, whispery harmonies and New Wave synths to generate an infectious groove and waves of sparkling effervescence.  ‘Market Town’ is an anthemic seven minutes which brings to mind some stunning moments from the group’s earlier life. It’s familiar enough to be classic Bunnymen, but different enough to sound fresh and new, and in doing so ‘Market Town’ has set the bar pretty high. Let’s hope Meteorites follows suit when it’s released in June.

Meteorites is due out June 3rd via 429 records but before all that, cop a load of ‘Market Town’.