BarryGruff’s March 2015 Playlist


A regular monthly feature to the blog; a nice, neat and handy playlist of tracks featured during the month.

It was a pretty big month for the blog to be fair. We celebrated 5 years of BarryGruff with GruffWuff; a 19 track compilation of new, previously unreleased and exclusive recordings from some of my very favourite acts over the past 5 years of blogging. If somehow you missed all the hoo-ha about ‘GruffWuff’, there’s more info here & you can download / stream it here: Bandcamp / Soundcloud.

Aside from this rather significant milestone, there was the return of Tame Impala, Applescal, Crocodiles and Cian Ciaran with new tracks ahead of their respective albums, and new singles from Teleman, Telegram, Girls Names, Tandem Felix, The Dead Heavys, CaStLeS and Spies. Also featuring on the playlist are: Django Django, Ulrika Spacek, By The Sea, Hippies Vs Ghosts and O Emperor.

Listen to BarryGruff`s March 2015 playlist below. The track listing is after the jump:


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Spies – ‘Sea Creature’

Spies 2015

Dublin alt-rock five-piece, Spies have unveiled the title track from their forthcoming EP, Sea Creature.

The new EP is penned for release in March and will be available on a limited run of 12” coloured vinyl. Title track, ‘Sea Creature’, continues the lofty standards set by the group’s brilliant single from last year, ‘Moosehead’. It’s an epic, rousing tune, merging the band’s penchant for sparse atmospherics with stark, chilling guitars and piano over shuffling drums. There is something slightly dark, brooding and fearful feeling underpinning the track, such is the emotional depth of Broderick’s powerful, emotive and aching vocals. ‘Sea Creature’ is yet another dramatic and captivating track from Spies, complete with all the hallmarks that have made the band’s previous work so compelling. It also sets things up nicely for the release of their Sea Creature EP,

You can listen to ‘Sea Creature’ below.

Spies – ‘Moosehead’


Spies have been one of the most promising young bands in Ireland for quite sometime and have always sounded like seasoned professionals, even back in their earliest beginnings around 2011/2012.

The Dublin five-piece Spies are back with a single called ‘Moosehead’, which is accompanied by b-side ‘Yearner’. The new single adds further dynamism, taking their searing post-punk/indie-rock sound toward the expansive, dark and dissonant regions of post-punk. The late ’80s style guitars soar epically above the krautrock-esque rhythm section that rumbles along at pace, giving it one hell of a groove, all the perfect backdrop for Broderick’s powerful and commanding vocals. Having been partial to these guys for quite sometime now, yet say apart from a fleeting mention here and there, Spies have remained rather bizarrely absent on here. Hopefully this goes some way to rectifying that situation. This is the sound of a great band, oozing with confidence and delivering with style.

‘Moosehead’ is released on August the 4th and you can listen to it, and b-side ‘Yearner’ below.