Introducing: Department

Formed in 2012, Department are a 4 piece indie-rock band from Dublin. They’ve been in the studio working with Phillip Magee (Kodaline, The Academic), and now are planning to release their debut EP next year. To tie us over until then, they released a new song ‘You Just Don’t Get It’, accompanied by a music video chronicling the hype and heartache of stardom.

They name The Police, Michael Jackson, Arctic Monkey’s and The Killers as their main musical influences, and you can definitely see where they’re coming from on that one. It has the flow of The Police, the soul of Michael Jackson, the swag of Arctic Monkeys and the catchy indie hooks of The Killers.

‘You Just Don’t Get It’ is an poppy indie-rock anthem with the huge potential to be a number one hit both in mainstream and the alternative scene. They have that perfect balance of being the right amount of radio-friendly without sounding exactly like everyone else. It’s hyped me right up for this debut EP! Is it 2016 yet?


Words by Lissa

Review: Brand New at Vicar Street

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There’s something special about a room full of 20-something-year-olds going to see a band that they spent the best and worst parts of their teenage years listening to. Now that we’re out the other side, looking back at it through that music is a bonding experience that only a few share. And it seemed like in that dark hazy Vicar Street room we were all there for the same reason. We were all part of something that we came out of wiser, stronger and hopefully a little less self-deprecating.

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Review: State Champs at The Academy 2, w/ Knuckle Puck, and ROAM

What happens when you put three of pop punks greatest under one roof? Well, a whole lot of flannel, that’s for sure.

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Off to an early start was ROAM (we interviewed the lovely Alex back in May at Slam Dunk) storming the stage at 18.30 they brought the energy right up, waking up all the sleepy eyes who came trudging down straight after work. They got everyone moving and jumping so high I feared for the many backward cap topped heads hitting off the top of that low low Academy 2 ceiling. They did exactly what you want from an opening act; they brought energy, excitement, and got everyone pumped for the rest of the night. They’re by far one of the funnest bands to see live.

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Review: Neck Deep ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’

Life’s Not Out To Get You is the second studio album by Neck Deep who hail from Wrexham, Wales. It was released on the 14th of August via Hopeless Records. Being a huge fan of Neck Deep, I was honestly very apprehensive before listening to this album. The problem with creating a 10/10 first EP, and following it with an equally brilliant debut album, is that the bar is pretty much set as high as it can go. It’s easy to get stuck and try recreate the magic of past achievements and end up sounding dry and boring. But I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Life’s Not Out To Get You definitely lives up to Neck Deep’s former glories. In a way they’ve gotten even better. The lyrics are more powerful, and the music is more intricate, interesting, and catchy.

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Only Rival’s debut album ‘Life Is Perfect’ is out tomorrow!

‘Life Is Perfect’, the debut album from Irish band Only Rivals is out tomorrow, Friday 18th via SO Recordings! You can listen to it right now over on soundcloud and you can pre-order the album on their official website. They’re having an album launch in Fibbers Dublin on September 23rd with Red Enemy, Spines, and Versive before heading off on a UK tour.

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The Kluster-Fux release first EP ‘Kill The President’

The Kluster-Fux hail from Tullamore, Offaly, and boast influences such as Dead Kennedy’s and Operation Ivy. They’re straight up punk; fast, aggressive and loud. They fill up the space of the gaping punk shaped hole in our music scene. They released their debut EP ‘Kill The President’ with 3 launch gigs all across the country; Bradley’s Cork, Roisin Dubh in Galway, and Fibbers in Dublin.

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The EP starts with a kick ass bass line before breaking into messy noisy thrash punk that remains throughout the album. It’s angsty, vulger in places, and catchy; everything you want from a punk album. It’s not without its faults, there is no real fluctuation in the sound, it’s all very much the same, but that’s not exactly an unfounded thing when it comes to aggressive punk. They’re a pretty new band, give them a year or so and they’ll absolutely tear up the Irish music scene.

They’re having a hometown launch in Joe Lees, Tullamore on September 25th! Stall down and support your local scene!